Jason Byrne: The Byrne Supremacy
  • By Rob Marks
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  • 13th Aug 2009
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  • ★★★★★

Spotlights swirl as Bond tunes blast from the speakers, a gun-toting silhouette hung from the ceiling as a backdrop. His name is Byrne, Jason Byrne and if you don’t know who he is you must be living under Arthur’s Seat. This is a man so hilarious that he doesn’t even need the excellent material he writes (the show focuses on a number of injuries he’s sustained since childhood). He can make a cardboard box the funniest thing in the room. How do I know? I was there and he did it.Every show is different because he relies on the audience for a good half of his set. Nothing fazes him. The night I was there, he even had children in the audience and still managed to use them to make the room roar with laughter. His improvisational skills are phenomenal and he uses them to ensure he crams as much comedy into his set as possible. He uses his whole body to comic effect prancing around the stage in bizarre shapes. Even his hair is funny. Byrne makes people funnier just by being near them.I’m told laughter is excellent exercise. I think I lost a stone given how much I laughed and I’m well on my way to a six-pack the number of times I was doubled over. There wasn’t a person in the room who didn’t have an excellent night. Steal your best friend’s ticket if you don’t have one of your own.

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The Blurb

Total sell-out, 1997-2008. 'A bit like witnessing lightning in a bottle' (Edinburgh Evening News). 'Comic nitroglycerine' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Stand-up so joyous, the clinically depressed should get it on prescription' (Metro).

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