Ed Byrne

Ed Byrne

As an observational stand up Ed Byrne is unrivalled. He has played in major comedy venues across the UK and Ireland, including the Vaudeville, Riverside, and New Ambassadors theatres in London, and the Gaiety, Olympia, Ambassador, and Vicar St. theatres in Dublin. His UK tours are always hugely popular and well received by the critics.

“His wit won deafening cheers and feet stomping” The Guardian
“Delightful lead performance from Ed Byrne” The Scotsman
“Dazzling” The Sunday Times

He has also found huge success on the international circuit where he has performed to capacity audiences at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, on Just for Laughs tours across Canada, at the Festival in Montreal, and at festival and tour gigs in Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Belgium and New Zealand.

Ed has also performed at the US Comedy Arts Festival (Aspen) and at top comedy clubs in New York and LA; he has made five appearances on NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien.

Film appearances include the role of Rudolph in RAT (Universal Films (UK), a cameo in I Could Never Be Your Woman (Universal), a co-lead role in Are You Ready For Love (Carnaby Films) and the lead role in Zemanovaload (distributor: Red Bus).

Ed often appears as a guest on television panel shows including the BBC’s Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, and he has been a presenter on such shows as RTE’s Ed Byrne’s Just for Laughs, which ran for four series. He has also made memorable appearances on shows such as the BBC’s Graham Norton’s Bigger Picture and Never mind the Buzzcocks. Ed is also developing a radio show for the BBC.

Ed’s television acting roles include

“grungy teenager” in the Father Ted Christmas Special

Aladdin in the ITV/LWT Christmas Day Panto, Aladdin, opposite Patsy Kensit

Alex in the ITV/LWT sitcom Sam’s Game, with Davina McCall

Barry Cassidy in the RTE sitcom The Cassidys

Mickey Moran in BBC’s Doctors

He has also done voiceover work in prominent television ad campaigns.

Theatre roles have includ

ed the lead in Kings of the Road, by Brian McAvera, which played at the Edinburgh Festival for three weeks in 2004, the Ambassador Theatre in Dublin for a three-week run, and a short run at the Greenwich Festival and the Theatre Royal in Winchester.

In July 2006 Ed was given the enormous honour of hosting the 2006 Just For Laughs Festival Irish Gala at the St Denis Theatre in Montreal. His 2006 Edinburgh show–Standing Up and Falling Down– was the biggest-selling comedy show at the Fringe Festival that year. He followed this with a promotional tour for his stand-up DVD, Pedantic and Whimsical (Warner Vision).

February 2007 saw Ed perform a hugely successful residency with Standing Up and Falling Down at Riverside Studios, London. In April and May he took the show to comedy festivals in Australia and New Zealand where he played to capacity audiences.

In 2008 Ed performed in Bermuda, Montreal, Rome, France, Switzerland, and Ireland, before wowing audiences and critics alike with a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe with his latest show Different Class. He went on to a five-week residency at the Riverside Studios in London, a highly successful run at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre, and is currently touring the UK.

Ed’s new DVD, Different Class, is now available from all good DVD retailers.

‘He’ll make you smile, he’ll make you laugh, he’ll make you want to fall in love with him’The Stage

Television and Radio

The Sean Moncrieff Show (RTE)

Live At Jongleurs (IMWP/UK Gold, series 1, 2 , 3 and 4)

The Comedy Store (Open Mike Productions/CH5, series 1, 2 and 3)

The Comedy Store St Patrick’s Night Special (Open Mike Productions/CH5)

Funny Business (Channel X/ITV)

Stand Up Show (BBC,series 2, 3 and 4)

The Comedy Network (Avalon TV/CH5)

The Live 6 Show (Action Time/B Sky B)

Good Stuff (Carlton)

Space Cadets (Wark Clements/CH4)

Last TV (RTE)

Call My Bluff (BBC)

‘Hot’ Music Awards Special (presenter/MTV)

Don’t Feed The Gondolas (RTE)

Father Ted Christmas Special (Hat Trick/CH4, ‘grungy teenager’)

The Entertainment Biz (FFP/BBC)

Comedy Spotlight (Comcast, USA)

The Jack Docherty Show (Absolutely Productions/CH5)

Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment (United Film and TV/CH5)

Hot (presenter/MTV)

Vinyl Tap (Freeform Films/presenter/music/CH4)

Edinburgh Nights (BBC Scotland/BBC)

The Green Green Grass Of Home (Subject of documentary/Power Pictures/RTE)

The Take (presenter/BBC Choice)

Net.Comedy (Action Time/On Digital)

Stop The World (BBC Choice)

Loafers (BBC North/BBC Choice)

The Comedy Game (Celador/ITV2)

Des O’Connor Tonight (ITV)

Edinburgh Nights Comedy Special (BBC)

Jesus Green (sitcom pilot/Absolutely Productions)

Sunday Nights At The Palladium (ITV)

Royal Variety Performance (ITV)

British Comedy Awards (ITV)

Late Night With Conan O’Brien (NBC, USA; five appearances)

Head On Comedy (BBC1)

Aladdin (LWT/ITV – lead role)

Blankey Blank (ITV)

Sam’s Game (ITV, 6 pt series, Chrysalis Television, co-lead)

Mikey Robins’ Special (Channel 10, Australia, interview)

Dale’s Celebrity Other Half (BBC1)

The Cassidys (Graph Films/RTE – lead role)

Late Late Show (RTE, interview)

Dublin Nights (Planet Wild, Channel Four, interview)

Joy Of Text (BBC1, stand up)

They Think It’s All Over (BBC)

BBC Northern Ireland Children In Need (Presenter 12pm-1AM, BBC NI)

Weakest Link Comedians Special (BBC, contestant)

Meteor Irish Music Awards (RTE, Host 2005, 2003)

I Love the 1990s (BBC, contributor)

I Love Father Christmas (BBC, contributor)

Test The Nation (BBC 1, contestant, celebrity team)

The Panel (RTE; 3 series)

Best Unseen TV Ads (SKY)

Ed Byrne’s Just For Laughs (RTE; 4 series)

TV Firsts (UKTV)

I Love The Muppets (BBC, contributor)

Live Floor Show (BBC Scotland, stand up)

Kelly Show (UTV, interview)

It’s Only TV But…. (BBC, pannelist)

Big Brother’s Little Brother (CH4/E4, guest)

Stand Up Britain (Granada/ITV, Host)

Ed Byrne’s Just For Laughs (RTE, Host, 4 series)

Pure 24 (BBC, guest)

Doctors (BBC, featured actor, 1 ep)

TV Firsts (UK TV host)

Street Cred Sudoku (UKG2, team leader)

8 Out Of 10 Cats (Zeppotron/BBC)

Life In Music (VH1 guest)

War Of The Worlds (MTV, guest)

The World Stands Up (stand up, 2 series, Paramount/ Comedy Central/BBC USA)

The Blame Game (BBC N Ireland, panelist)

Sky One Sunday (promo idents, Sky 1)

Liffey Laughs (RTE stand up)

The Rant (solo performance, Title Role Productions, ITV)

Comedy Casino (3 Keys TV, Belgium)

My Hometown International (CBC, Canada, Winnipeg Comedy Festival Gala stand up)

Comedy Greats (Visual Voodoo CH4)

Irish Gala Just For Laughs (CBC)

Mock The Week (BBC)

Heaven and Earth Show (BBC)

Graham Norton’s Bigger Picture (BBC)

T4 (CH4)

Transmission (CH4)

Have I Got News For You (BBC)

Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC)

Feature Film

Comic Act (’stand-up comedian’/Spider Pictures)

RAT (‘Rudolph’ Universal Films UK/Ruby Films, Producer: Alison Owen)

Zemanovaload (Lead role, Zema Productions, Producer Jayson Rothwell. Distributor: Red Bus)

I Could Never Be Your Woman (I Could Never Ltd, cameo)

Are You Ready For Love (Carnaby Films, co lead)


ED BYRNE Show (London Live, Host)

National Student Radio Awards (BBC Radio, Host)

The Pig’s Back (BBC Radio 2, Comedy Play/actor)

Griff Rhys Jones Sketch Show (BBC Radio/actor)

4 At The Store (stand up)

Clive Anderson’s Chat Room (BBC R4)

Wise Buddah (host various quiz shows, Napster)


Kings Of The Road, lead Role (Writer Brian McAvera, Dir: Chris Parr), Edinburgh Festival, Ambassadors Dublin, Winchester Theatre Royal, Greenwich Theatre 2003)

The Act (Writer: Ed Byrne, Brendan Burns) Edinburgh Festival 1997