Ed Byrne is one of the strongest observational
comics around. Instinctively sensing the ridiculous
in everything, he dresses sharp social satire in throwaway
banter, belying the talent that's gone into the writing.
For beneath the Irish insouciance, the material is
crisp and efficient - observations lesser comics might
stretch a two-minute routine out of are efficiently
despatched with a devastating, and hilarious, one-line
that sums it all up.
His set is based firmly in the everyday. It's about
smoking and dentists and mobile phones and affectionate
nicknames. True, the things he says might have crossed
many a mind before his, but his skill is to expresses
it with a wit and eloquence few others can master.
That he comes across as a friendly, honest-to-goodness
sound bloke is no hinderance, either
It all goes to make Byrne a classy, assured stand-up
who continues to lead the field in what he does.