Ed Byrne is unrivalled as an observational stand up comedian. His material may come from everyday life, however his skill at identifying the absurdity within the subject and applying his eloquent wit is anything but commonplace.
Unlike others on the circuit, Byrne doesn't fall back on any concept of Irish charm. With his material, he doesn't have to.
A regular performer in locations as diverse as Dubai, Dublin and Singapore, Ed certainly has plenty of experiences to consider, but whether he'll hone his remarks into a 22-carat one-liner or set off into a grade-A rant all depends on how he's feeling on the night.
Nominated for the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award at the 1998 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ed’s stand up career began during his college years at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. As student welfare officer he was often called upon to MC events in the university and soon was being invited to perform at other third-level institutions around Scotland.
So it wasn't long before he'd quit his studies completely and started up a small comedy club in Glasgow. From there he moved to London, where he started all over again with open spots and short sets on the club circuit, honing his material and developing the curmudgeonly and nerdy persona we've all come to know.
After making his TV acting debut on the sitcom phenomenon Father Ted, and was the voiceover on the Carphone Warehouse adverts for eight years, Ed has since garnered a raft of major broadcast credits including five US appearances on NBC’s Late Night With Conan O'Brien.
During his two-plus decades in comedy, Ed has enjoyed huge critical and popular success in the UK and Ireland. He has performed hit tours, sold out many runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, had a successful two-week run in the West End and appeared on radio, television, the stage and the big screen.
Ed has also developed a huge overseas following and has performed to capacity audiences in Australia, Singapore, Belgium, Bermuda, Norway, Austria, Switzerland and more. In Canada, Ed has made several appearances at the prestigious Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, and in the USA he has performed at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and in top comedy clubs in New York and LA.
In the UK and Ireland, Ed Byrne has become a regular fixture on television and radio. He has appeared on or presented a range of shows on BBC radio, including The Unbelievable Truth and What's So Funny. He is also a regular panellist on shows like Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You, and has made several memorable appearances on the Graham Norton Show.
More recently, he travelled to Central America to co-host the adventurous travel show Dara and Ed's Great Big Adventure with Dara O'Briain and drove across Siberia with Andy Parsons for an episode of World's Most Dangerous Roads. He has also presented pieces for Countryfile and The One Show, and has appeared on programmes like Science Club and Volcano Live.
But, like all great comedians whose first passion was, and ever shall be, live shows, Ed Byrne saves his best stuff for the stage.