Review: Ed Byrne at Ipswich Regent, March 3
Ed Byrne, Crowd Pleaser, Regent Theatre, Ipswich, Thursday, March 3
“THESE jokes worked in Tunbridge Wells, so if you don’t like them it’s your fault,” warned Ed Byrne while warming up the audience for his own warm-up act - strangely not the most surreal thing that happened that night.
That honour goes to a story involving Bruce Willis, but we’ll get to that later.
Byrne’s latest show was a tour de force, an outpouring of every petty peeve that’s bugged him over the last year or so.
Be it the pitfalls of dating - especially buying your partner flowers or introducing them to your mates - and inappropriate child clothing to chip and pin and why alcohol and working on the CERN Hadron Collider don’t mix nothing escaped his curmudgeonly charming wit.
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He tackled the big stuff too, such as being a new dad, the problem with agnostics and his cat’s worryingly escalating obsession with catching impressively large wildlife.
Despite some excessive heckling from a bawdy bunch, fellow Irishman Karl Spain more than earned his support slot.
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- 3 Suffolk man guilty of raping schoolgirl and facing jail sentence
- 4 Teen among two arrested in armed police incident
- 5 Man airlifted to hospital after suffering serious leg injuries in crash
- 6 Jail for man who threatened to 'do a Raoul Moat' and kill police
- 7 Britain's poshest train set to return to Ipswich
- 8 'We have formed a successful partnership' - Morsy on his Evans reunion
- 9 Suffolk shops struggling to secure fresh meat as CO2 concerns deepen
- 10 Things to do in Suffolk this weekend with friends and family
His description of Limerick’s first Gay Pride march and a traumatic bath time experience as a youngster had the audience howling; as did his attempt at giving relationship advice to a long-term engaged couple in the front row.
Oh yes, Willis.
Too good to be true, yet too weird to be a lie, an audience member’s tale of how the action star got his mum arrested while on a family day-trip to a new Heathrow airport terminal nearly upstaged Byrne.
A fantastic night out.