Ed Byrne gets talking about Guildford showBy Laura Nightingale
September 29, 2011
“NOWADAYS I say what I genuinely think about things,” stand-up comedian Ed Byrne tells us what to expect at his gig coming soon to Guildford.
Born in Dublin, funnyman Byrne, 39, says he does not use Irish jokes nor follow politics from his place of birth; instead he is part of the London and Edinburgh Festival circuit.
He admitted that when he first started out he would say things that would guarantee a laugh even if he did not believe in them.
Byrne said: “I used to say how I hated kids, but actually I am quite fond of kids. If it was funny I would just say it.
“But now I say what I genuinely think about a subject.
“Sometimes it is hard to make it funny if you are genuinely being truthful, but it is a nice target to set yourself.”
Now living with his wife and children in Essex, London, he tends to say jokes about married life, his cat, shopping and general family life dilemmas.
In his show called Crowd Pleaser, on stage on October 7 in Guildford, he said the performance will be split into two, the first half about current affairs and popular culture and the second half about home life.
Appearing on TV programmes such as BBC’s Live At The Apollo, Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You, Byrne has experimented with camera, stage and also radio.
But he said nothing could provide the ‘immediate gratitude’ than what a live audience could give.
“It is completely different to anything else. I prefer stand-up.
“There is no-one editing you, you don’t have to watch or listen to it back or read a review to find out whether it was good or not. You know straight away if the audience likes it or not,” Byrne said.
He said TV and radio were fillers in between his keen interest which was touring live on stage.
“I am 40 next year and done everything that I have wanted to do.
“I think I will go on for a few more years and then I will retire [he laughs].
“Although I wouldn’t mind doing some more movies.”
On the film theme, Byrne said this would be his second visit to Guildford, the first being a couple of years ago when he performed as part of his UK tour.
“When I came to Guildford the first time, the science fiction nerd that I am, I was really excited,” Byrne said.
“Ford Prefect, from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comes from Guildford.”
Last year Byrne toured Canada and New Zealand with his sell out show Different Class, which also burst with every day anecdotes.
This autumn fellow Irish comedian Karl Spain will be supporting him on his new UK tour, that promises to be a hilarious night you won’t want to miss.
Tickets cost £21 and can be booked by calling the G Live box office on 0844 7701 797.