Jason Byrne is a rare breed of stand up comedian. There are not many comics that can garner belly-aching laughs from start to finish the way Byrne can so effortlessly. There is something really joyous and special about being at a Jason Byrne gig, and I say gig because it really did feel like one. Even before he took the stage, there was a palpable excited energy amongst the audience – everyone knew they were in for one heck of a time.
If you’ve been to one of his shows before, you’ll know to expect some props to be thrown into the mix too. Aspects of the show are structured almost entirely around props; one particular joke uses a series of props and became a running gag and crowd favourite throughout the show.
The hour flew by as he regaled us with comical tales about his travels, his parents, family and beyond. From marriage to technology to the current heat wave that is plaguing us – there is nothing that Byrne can’t turn in to comedic gold. He is a natural performer, seamlessly switching between different personas and characters at the drop of a hat.
What impresses me the most about Byrne is his innate ability to connect with his audience, be it through friendly banter or when he invites audience members to participate. He uses his interactions with the crowd to mould his show so there is a certain unpredictable, ‘off the cuff’ quality to his show.
Jason Byrne is a master at his craft and is an absolute must see. His energy is infectious and his madcap antics will have you gasping for breath and (almost) rolling on the floor with laughter.