As an observational stand up Ed Byrne is unrivalled. He has played in major comedy venues across the UK and Ireland. His UK tours are always hugely popular and well received by the critics.
He has also found huge success on the international circuit where he has performed to capacity audiences at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, on Just for Laughs tours across Canada, at the Festival in Montreal, and at festival and tour gigs in Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Belgium and New Zealand.
Ed has also performed at the US Comedy Arts Festival (Aspen) and at top comedy clubs in New York and LA; he has made five appearances on NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien.
Film appearances include the role of Rudolph in RAT (Universal Films (UK), a cameo in I Could Never Be Your Woman (Universal), a co-lead role in Are You Ready For Love (Carnaby Films) and the lead role in Zemanovaload (distributor: Red Bus).
Ed often appears as a guest on television panel shows including the BBC’s Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, and he has been a presenter on such shows as RTE’s Ed Byrne’s Just for Laughs, which ran for four series. He has also made memorable appearances on shows such as the BBC’s Graham Norton’s Bigger Picture and Never mind the Buzzcocks. Ed is also developing a radio show for the BBC.
Ed’s television acting roles include
“grungy teenager” in the Father Ted Christmas Special
Aladdin in the ITV/LWT Christmas Day Panto, Aladdin, opposite Patsy Kensit
Alex in the ITV/LWT sitcom Sam’s Game, with Davina McCall
Barry Cassidy in the RTE sitcom The Cassidys
Mickey Moran in BBC’s Doctors
He has also done voiceover work in prominent television ad campaigns.
Theatre roles have included the lead in Kings of the Road, by Brian McAvera, which played at the Edinburgh Festival for three weeks in 2004, the Ambassador Theatre in Dublin for a three-week run, and a short run at the Greenwich Festival and the Theatre Royal in Winchester.
In July 2006 Ed was given the enormous honour of hosting the 2006 Just For Laughs Festival Irish Gala at the St Denis Theatre in Montreal. His 2006 Edinburgh show–Standing Up and Falling Down– was the biggest-selling comedy show at the Fringe Festival that year. He followed this with a promotional tour for his stand-up DVD, Pedantic and Whimsical (Warner Vision).
February 2007 saw Ed perform a hugely successful residency with Standing Up and Falling Down at Riverside Studios, London. In April and May he took the show to comedy festivals in Australia and New Zealand where he played to capacity audiences.
In 2008 Ed performed in Bermuda, Montreal, Rome, France, Switzerland, and Ireland, before wowing audiences and critics alike with a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe with his show Different Class. He went on to a five-week residency at the Riverside Studios in London, a highly successful run at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre, and a UK tour.