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ED BYRNE – ROARING FORTIES

Ed Byrne - Roaring FortiesNATIONAL TOUR: February – May 2014

A self-confessed “miserable old git” since the age of 23, Ed Byrne is now in his Forties. While for others this might result in a crisis that prompts the purchase of a sports car, Ed embraces middle age with open arms. Come join him, as he truly comes of age and gives out his clarion cry: “I am in my Forties. HEAR ME ROAR!”

Following on from the successes of his last shows Crowd Pleaser and Different Class, brilliant Irish comedy star Ed Byrne returns to the road this spring for the second leg of his UK tour of his all new show Roaring Forties.  However happily Ed slides into middle age, he isn’t ready for the slippers and woolly jumper quite yet.  Still as angry as he ever was, you wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of one of his withering rants.  Family life (now a father of two) and everyday frustrations (seriously something, EVERY day) all come in for a pasting with hilarious results as Ed casts his curmudgeonly comic eye over his life.

This promises to be a rip roaring night you won’t want to miss.

Ed has been very busy since he last was on tour. His many TV appearances over the last couple of years have included a recent foray into factual broadcasting and he has been seen presenting VT’s for BBC2’s Volcano Live and also driving through Siberia for BBC2’s World’s Most Dangerous Roads.  He continues to be a regular panellist on BBC 2’s Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You as well as various other new comedy shows including Don’t Sit in The Front Row and Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask.  A sucker for a quiz, particular recent highlights for Ed have been taking part in Celebrity Family Fortunes where his family won the jackpot, Celebrity Mastermind and being a contestant on Celebrity Pointless.  Ed is also a regular contributor to comedy and music shows on BBC Radio’s 2, 4 and 6 Music.   Ed presents a comedy series for BBC Radio 4 Extra called What’s So Funny?   A mix of interview, review and conversation What’s So Funny? is a definitive guide to the best available comedy on stage, TV, radio and the big screen.  Ed continues to gig extensively abroad taking in New Zealand, Norway, Austria, Spain and Australia during 2012 and has plans for Norway, Iceland, Austria, France, and Switzerland already for 2013.  Ed continues to be a keen outdoors enthusiast, escaping to the Highlands whenever he can to walk up mountains and has a regular column in TGO magazine.  Ed has recently climbed Mt Blanc (Europes highest mountain) for the second time.

PRAISE FOR CROWD PLEASER:

“Comedy’s holy grail…. Go see!”  ✭✭✭✭The Sunday Times

“Byrne is at the top of his game” ✭✭✭✭The Sunday Telegraph

“Byrne is a crowd pleaser in the best sense: original, distinctive and humorous” The Guardian

“Crowd Pleaser does precisely what is says on the tin” ✭✭✭✭ London Evening Standard

“A show full of top –class observational humour….A great comedian making the simple sublime, Byrne gives his audience exactly what they want” ✭✭✭✭ Edinburgh Evening News

“Superior stand up from the nerd next door” ✭✭✭✭ Glasgow Herald

“It’s joke making of the highest order” The Arts Desk

“Hilarious anecdotes!….l assure you Ed Byrne is one comedian you should DEFINITLEY see” ✭✭✭✭✭ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine 

What the papers said about Different Class:

“a masterful display of the comics art…This is a seamless and perfectly timed show that could stand proudly next to any Izzard, Bailey, Carr or Skinner stadium-filler.” . ✭✭✭✭✭Sunday Times

“Jokes come so fast that hecklers don’t have a chance to get a word in edgeways” ✭✭✭✭ The Times

“It is rare for a comic to merit the word “masterful” but in this case it is no overstatement” ✭✭✭✭ The Scotsman

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