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Ed Byrne

Ed Byrne

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Ed is a nationally loved comedian.


Ed is one of the most successful stand-up Irish comedians who has appeared on television shows such as Uncut! Best Unseen Ads, Just For Laughs and BBC2's Mock the Week. Ed has been a panelist on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and has also done voiceover work in prominent television ad campaigns. Ed's material is famed for its quick fire wit and acute insight into a world that is clearly mad from his sane vantage point. His observational stand up is regarded as unrivalled, instinctively sensing the ridiculous in everything.


Ed's standup 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 twenty 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.

Ed has also developed a huge overseas following and has performed to capacity audiences in Australia (where he shook hands with David Bowie backstage at a television show), New Zealand (where he was briefly a media sensation because of an argument with a barman), Singapore, Belgium, Bermuda, Norway, Austria, Switzerland and more.

In Canada, Ed has made several appearances at the prestigious Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, even hosting a gala in 2006 and touring with Just for Laughs in 2008.

In the US he has performed at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and in top comedy clubs in New York and LA, as well as making five appearances on NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien.

In the UK and Ireland, Ed has become a regular fixture on television and radio. He presented his own show on London Live on Saturday mornings --often with his mother in tow--, 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.

Recently Ed has been involved in more factual television work, including an appearance in the second episode of Three Men Go to Scotland,
several segments of the BBC's Volcano Live, a segment on the BBC's Science Club and an episode of the BBC's Dangerous Roads,
which saw Ed and Andy Parsons drive across some of the world's coldest inhabited places in the name of entertainment.

Ed lives in Essex with his wife, two children and their cat. He will be on the road with his Roaring Forties tour in 2013 and 2014

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