Some people are just born to be on stage and Irish comedian, Jason Byrne, is one of them. His show is wonderfully eccentric, belly-clutchingly funny and all over far too quickly.
Byrne is an Edinburgh Fringe regular, attracting big crowds and the high expectations which come with them and he doesn’t disappoint, weaving his way from a recent vasectomy to a Coldplay concert with rarely a moment to let the audience catch their breath. He is famed for his wacky exploits and wild audience participation and this show is no exception, inviting various people up on stage to perform hilarious acts and commentating his way through them to the point that Byrne himself is bent double with laughter.
When the comedian is having as good a time as the audience, it is reflected in the atmosphere and this is clearly something which Byrne still gets a buzz from even after all these years as a touring comedian. His “craicology” as he calls it is at fever pitch as he dances his way round the stage sweating profusely (just going to prove how much energy is going into this performance).
The show is billed as being an in-depth look at the inner workings of Byrne’s brain where the left side improvises, right provides the scripted material and the centre brain pushes the comedian along. This may well be true but if there is a shortcoming, there is little to no reference to these “brains” and it’s difficult to see what the title has to do with it. Jason Byrne is a big enough star that he doesn’t need such titular gimmicks.
Many that flock to the Fringe year after year leaf the pages of the Fringe brochure looking for a guaranteed hour of rambunctious laughter to get them roaring in the aisles and talking all night about it with their friends. This is it. Byrne knows how to work an audience, knows how to put on a performance and certainly knows how to make people laugh.