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Ed Byrne: Standing Up, Falling Down
New stand up show about the adventures of an ordinary man at war with the everyday world.
This probably isn't the best place to see Ed Byrne. Not just
the venue, a cavernous sports hall that nonetheless gets so hot
he has to leave the huge loading door open, meaning people milling
about outside are forever in the peripheral vision of around
half the audience, but the Fringe itself.
Tonight's gig was made all the stranger by audience interruptions,
not so much heckling as fans wanting to engage in tangential
conversations with Byrne from the back row. It's an indication
of how well he's got that 'mates down the pub' style of casual
delivery nailed that people genuinely think it's a two-way street,
not a gig. The interruptions make it impossible to build up momentum,
at least until Byrne silences them with typical good grace.
This show is touring in the autumn, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it when it's the only big comedy show passing through your town that week. But here, where there's 500 other more ambitious comedy shows vying for your attention, to see a big, safe show seems hardly in keeping with the Fringe spirit.
I didn't enjoy it at all - think his material is going down the hill and it was very mainstream.
I had seen Ed before at the Festival and on tour and for me; he has been a lot funnier. Don't get me wrong, this show is really funny in places but it just seemed a little tired this year. I wanted to like it more because he is a very engaging performer.
Laughed from start til finish at his views on life and other things. A genius.