Jason Byrne (2 stars)

Shouty, sweary, hyperactive man-child

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This article is from 2010.

Jason Byrne

Jason Byrne is a Fringe institution, a literal poster-child for the festival. Every year, his face is plastered over a hundred walls, perhaps with some bizarre, almost rhyming title (see ‘Sheep for Feet and Rams for Hands’ or ‘Cats Under Mats, Having Chats With Bats’). The fact that this year’s show is lazily titled ‘2010’ says a lot about Byrne’s current level of involvement.

That’s not to say he doesn’t expend a ton of energy on stage – the man is a whirling ball of sweaty hyperactivity, who starts the show off with a skipping routine – but the material is generally restricted to easy observations without punch-lines, embarrassing people in the audience, or saying ‘fuck’ very loudly. It’s known in the industry as ‘Billy Connolly syndrome’ – you’ve been around so long, people will laugh no matter how uninspiring the jokes may be.

He hits his stride around the 45-minute mark (bear in mind, this is an hour-long show), but even the funniest material is the usual ‘sex after marriage’ or ‘ungainly childhood’ material that’s as familiar to the Fringe as Byrne himself. Ask anyone who was present, and they’ll tell you they laughed their arse off – but they’ll be hard-pressed to quote any of it with the same effect.

Assembly @ Assembly Hall, 623 3030, until 30 Aug (not 16, 23), 9pm (plus 12am on 21 Aug), £17–£19.50 (£16–£18.50)

This article is from 2010.

Jason Byrne 2010

  • 2 stars

He's moved in, he's officially a Scot, there's just no getting rid of Jason Byrne at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He returns each year with a show that is hilarious, exciting, and full of surprises. 'Jason Byrne 2010' - a show about where Jason is in his life now... at his funniest! 'An hour of stand-up so joyous the…


1. Kevin17 Aug 2010, 12:11am3 stars Jason Byrne Report

Agree with above - he is good but over-rated and too many knob jokes. For the £17 / £19.50 it costs to see Byrne you could go and see 2 shows from better comedians at smaller venues...

2. JAW27 Aug 2010, 3:44pm1 star Jason Byrne Report

I Couldn't agree more with the review.

So lazy he couldn't even be bothered to write a punch line. Even the beginnings were predictable.

Out of a group of 5 I was the only one to hate it though.

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