Ed embracing the roaring forties with open arms

Ed Byrne.
Ed Byrne.

Comedian Ed Byrne is at Dundee Rep Theatre this week sharing his personal take on life in his 40s.

While for others this might result in a crisis that prompts the purchase of a sportscar, Ed is embracing middle age with open arms.

As he puts it, he has been a “miserable old git” since the age of 23.

As part of his current tour he is at Dundee Rep Theatre on Friday, May 9 for one night.

His show has received glowing reviews including “Comedy’s holy grail.... Go see!” (The Sunday Times), “Ed Byrne is on top form” (Time Out London), “Jokes come so fast that hecklers don’t have a chance to get a word in edgeways” (The Times) and “It is rare for a comic to merit the word ‘masterful’ but in this case it is no overstatement” (The Scotsman).

Ed’s stand-up career began during his college years at Strathclyde University, Glasgow.

As student welfare officer he was often called on to MC events in the university and soon was being invited to perform at other third-level institutions around Scotland. 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.

During his 20 years 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.

He has also developed a huge overseas following and in the UK and Ireland has become a regular fixture on television and radio. He presented his own show on London Live on Saturday mornings, is the current presenter of ‘What’s So Funny’ on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and has officially been named a “friend with benefits” of the Shaun Keaveny Breakfast Show on BBC 6 Music.

On television, he has appeared on panel shows like ‘Mock the Week’, ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’, ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’, and ‘Have I Got News for You’, and has made several memorable appearances on ‘The Graham Norton Show’.