Jason Byrne’s inspired, original brand of high-energy lunacy ensures that there is no other comedian presently like him. His free-wheeling style makes his act a helter-skelter of a show – where the audience are promised the ride of their lives.
The Irishman is one of the most prolific comedians performing today, racking up an amazing 14 Edinburgh shows in his career to date.
It all started to take shape back in 1996 when Jason was a finalist in So You Think You're Funny. Two years later he was nominated for the Edinburgh (then Perrier) Best Newcomer Award.
In 2001 he took his first solo show to the Festival, imaginatively titled Jason Byrne and was nominated for the main prize.
Since then he has returned to Edinburgh every year, and was rewarded with a Forth One Fringe Award in 2004, for having his fourth show on the trot. In 2007 he finally got his hands on a proper gong, winning the Best Headliner at the Chortle Awards.
If you've never seen Jason Byrne on stage then you're really missing something. Part stand-up, part variety show and all round madness, Jason comes across like a sixth form Tommy Cooper but it is all hilariously executed.
If he's not telling you about his childhood in Ireland with his special eye then he's getting members of the audience into madcap situations such as attaching them to a strong man by cellophane for a rolling race or involving them in his ill thought out magic tricks.
Jason is a star in his native Ireland. Starting as a planted audience member on the legendary Late Late Show, he told guest Bill Murray about his paranormal investigation service that dealt with possessed animals.
Jason has acted in the likes of Father Ted, the TV adaptation of Alice In Wonderland and 2010 film Killing Bono. He was the principal writer for Lenny Henry In Pieces and has presented the Jason Byrne Show on BBC Radio 2 and The Byrne Ultimatum on Irish television channel RTE.
Many comedians are described as unique, but Jason Byrne truly is. He is an all round entertainer, albeit one who will appeal to those who like their entertainment a little off-kilter. Miss his show, or even see it, at your peril.