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Ed Byrne: On tour in Peterborough and Lincoln

TV household name Ed Byrne performs in the area as part of his current tour ‘If I’m Honest’ - and there’s still a chance to get tickets.

With an extension of dates to the tour, he’ll be at the New Theatre, in Peterborough, on Wednesday, January 29, at 8pm, with a handful of seats left.

The comedian has been seen on pretty much every TV programme in the UK including Mock The Week, Top Gear, Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, Live At The Apollo, The One Show, The World’s Most Dangerous Roads, Dara and Ed’s Big Adventure, Dara and Ed’s Road to Mandalay and, most recently, QI and The Pilgrimage.

Comedian Ed Byrne. Photo by Idil Sukan.
Comedian Ed Byrne. Photo by Idil Sukan.

In his latest tour, he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children.

While he’s a familiar face on our screens, the Irishman is still best-known and best appreciated for his stand-up performances, writes Jason Barlow.

Ed’s new show, If I’m Honest, digs ever deeper into a father’s sense of responsibility, what it means to be a man in 2019, and whether he possesses any qualities, whatsoever, worth passing on to his two sons. Occasionally accused of whimsy, ‘If I’m Honest’ is a show with a seriously steely core.

Ed Byrne. Photo by Idil Sukan (23930802)
Ed Byrne. Photo by Idil Sukan (23930802)

Ed, who broke through in the mid-1990s, when the ‘New Lad’ became a genuine cultural phenomenon, doesn’t want to submit to any unnecessary revisionism, but admits that if the times have changed, he has changed with them. He reflects a little ruefully on one of his most famous jokes, involving Alanis Morrissette.

The new show also takes his natural tendency towards self-deprecation to unexpected extremes. “I do genuinely annoy myself,” Ed concedes. “But the thing of your children being a reflection of you, gives you an opportunity to build something out of the best of yourself, only for you to then see flashes of the worst of yourself in them. It’s a wake-up call about your own behaviour.”

Tickets for the show can be booked online at: www.newtheatre-peterborough.com or call 01733 852992.

He’s also at Lincoln’s Engine Shed on March 11.


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