Jason Byrne (4 stars)

  • List.co.uk
  • 11 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

In his latest Fringe offering the beloved Jason Byrne continues to tell tales on his wife and six-year-old son. He paints a somewhat exaggerated picture of his spouse as a fearsome gorgon with whom he risks certain death if he asks for sex and then there’s his absolutely barking offspring who bounds around spouting nonsense. Wonder where he gets that from?

It’s not just his larger than life descriptions and the exaggerated visual images that set Byrne apart but how he can react to anybody in the crowd without hesitation. At one point he pulls a particularly young-looking audience member out of the front row to weigh him on a pair of kitchen scales and when a latecomer arrives, bizarrely, five minutes before the end he repeats the show just for him. Not the opening section, mind, but the whole show is repeated on fast forward. And he recalls it perfectly. (Marissa Burgess)

Assembly Hall, 226 2428, until 28 Aug (not 21), 10.15pm, £12.50-£14.50 (£11.50-£12.50).

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