The second the energetic Irish comedian bounces out from behind the curtain, he dives into the audience and starts pulling people onto the stage. Before you know it, he’s managed to get the packed out Athenium theatre applauding for what is essentially an aerobics workout. There aren’t many comedians who can manage that.
He’s got a very inclusive kind of comedy, so it’s not the kind of show you want to be late for. It’s very physical, it’s slightly confronting and uncomfortable, but very, very funny. But I have to wonder if it’s funny for those he’s singled out. It looks like fun, but then again, I’m not a guy born in 1939 sitting in the front row. Jason’s style is his own though, and he’s perfected it after years of performing at the Edinburgh Festival.
While it strikes me as a very spontaneous show, I’m sure it’s anything but that. I know that at some point, you’ll hear a story of a Thai massage in Dubai. You’ll have the song ‘popcorn’ ruined for you. But at the same time, Jason talks to the audience and makes them part of his routine. It works so seamlessly that his show is probably different every time.
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There is little theme or structure. There’s just Jason Byrne.