Ed Byrne ready to roar into Harrogate

Comedian Ed Byrne
Comedian Ed Byrne

By Graham Chalmers

I had the great pleasure recently of interviewing one of the biggest names in comedy for the Harrogate Advertiser.

Ed Byrne, who is bringing his brand new show to Harrogate’s Royal Hall next month, told me quite a few interesting things - like who the best man at his wedding was and, well, you’ll have to read the Harrogate Advertiser (January 16 edition) to find out the answer to that - and other questions I asked him.

Anyway, he was as charming and funny on the phone as he is on BBC TV’s Mock the Week show.this popular observational comic’s latest tour, Roaring Forties arrives in Harrogate on Friday, February 14,

Inspired by hitting the ripe old age of 40 in 2012 his new show sees the funny side of reaching ‘middle age.’

Ed said: “The show is about getting older, about being at an age where you’re not really that old but no one thinks you’re trendy anymore.”

His latest tour will still include his trademark mix of one-liners and extended anecdotes but the subject matter is more honest than ever.

Irish-born Ed said: “One thing that has changed is that I now don’t pretend to think something for the sake of a joke. I mean there’s always comic exaggeration and embroidering a story to make it funnier, but it’s more true to my life now.”

When Ed’s Roaring Forties hits Harrogate, audiences will hear gags ranging from everything from fatherhood and friendships to vasectomies and driving awareness courses!

For tickets, call 01423 502116 or book online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

For the full interview, see next week’s Weekend section in the Harrogate Advertiser - or read it online here, too.