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Ed Byrne

Ed Byrne


4/10/1972, Swords, Dublin, Ireland

Birth Name

Edward Byrne


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Born in Swords, Dublin, Ed Byrne is a stand-up comedian. A regular on panel comedy shows in the UK such as Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats, he has also presented television shows Uncut! Best Unseen Ads and Just For Laughs. Ed has two brothers…more


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    • (on where he lives, as of March 2007)
      Ed: I live with Claire in the Essex countryside. It's great here. I have a real country cottage with a sit-on mower, and I do real country things like chopping logs and screwing up paper to make fire-lighters.

    • (on being on stage)
      Ed: Being on stage feels like the natural environment to me. In the live arena, I can be truly myself - there is no one editing me or executives interfering. It's just me and 500 people killing themselves laughing. That's great feeling, I can tell you!

    • (on his flat-sharing experiences with fellow comic Ross Noble)
      Ed: The shittiest places were the ones I shared with Ross Noble. We had three different flats in north London: one in Haringey, where we had rats, another in Finsbury Park on the third floor but still managed to get rats. Then we went to Leytonstone, where we also got rats. We managed to infest every property we moved into.

    • (on interacting with his audience)
      Ed: I try to get into it with the audience and have a chat. If somebody has a good answer I don't take the piss out of them. I don't like comedians who pick on audience members who don't deserve it. Having said that, some of my best friends do it. I'm generally determined not to make people look stupid because at least then they'll keep answering your questions.

    • (on his changing comedy style)
      Ed: I haven't necessarily set out to have an agenda, but now I feel more inclined to talk about things I feel passionately about. I have things I want to get off my chest.

    • Ed: (referring to his DVD, "Pedantic and Whimsical") This DVD has been twelve years in the making, which means I started writing it before most people even had DVD players.