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Ed Byrne comes to the Churchill Theatre

PUBLISHED: 15:39 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:09 21 February 2018

Ed Byrne will be in Bromley on Arpil 10. Picture: Roslyn Gaunt.

Ed Byrne will be in Bromley on Arpil 10. Picture: Roslyn Gaunt.

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Acclaimed stand up Ed Byrne will soon be arriving at the Churchill Theatre as part of his biggest tour to date.

Ed Byrne. Picture: Roslyn GauntEd Byrne. Picture: Roslyn Gaunt

Continuing the second leg of his sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show Spoiler Alert, Ed reveals the show was almost given a different name.

He said: “I originally intended to call the show I’ll Millennial You in a Minute, but my promoter considered the title ‘off-puttingly baffling’.

Ed explores the thin line between righteous complaining and brat-like whining and asks, ‘are we right to be fed up, or are we spoiled?’

As he prepares to launch himself upon the nation with the show, the Irish comic is firmly of a belief that the current breed of parents spoil their kids rotten whether it’s to do with the ever-increasing size of garden trampolines, or his own kids’ demand for elderflower cordial.

“My dad wasn’t a bad dad, he was just a 1970s dad.

“I could never see my children ever again from this moment on, and I’ve already done more parenting then he did in my entire life.

“But, of course, I made a conscious decision that I was going to be an awesome dad.”

In the show, Ed compares and contrasts the old-school child-rearing days with 21st century methods and suggests that there are different ways to learn how to be a mum or dad: “I grew up in what I would call an aspirational household in that my parents bettered themselves over the course of my childhood.

“My mother was a radiographer and ended up a lecturer in radiography, while my dad was a sheet metal worker and went up to a supervisory role.

“I’d still say that you are expected to do a lot more parenting than our parents did and that’s a weird thing because you tend to think that your parents are where you learned parenting from.

“But you don’t, really, it’s more that you look around you to see what’s going on with other parents.”

As well as stories about his two young sons, Ed weaves in routines about running out of petrol in the most awkward place imaginable, helping rescue an injured man in the Cairngorms, and the nation-dividing campaign and result of the EU referendum.

His way of tackling Brexit is to draw an analogy with the time his son was determined to touch an electric fence with his dad trying to warn him of the dangers.

“I was telling the story of the electric fence for a while, and then suddenly it struck me that it was Brexit in microcosm.

“I don’t want to alienate half of the population or maybe a third of my audience, but it works as an analogy whichever side you’re on.

“The government told you not to do this and that it would be a terrible idea, but you said ‘no, we want to do it anyway’.

“So now we’re doing it and it’s proving a terrible idea.

“I do think it’s a fair analogy, but no doubt for some it will come across as me being a typical liberal elite Remoaner.”

Spoiler Alert also continues a theme that he’s tackled in previous shows, that of his gradual shift from being a working-class Dubliner to a fully paid-up rural-residing member of the middle classes.

Where once he would do routines slating 4x4 owners, he is now the proud(ish) owner of such a vehicle.

And in the poster for his tour, he brandishes other signifiers of social mobility: a bowtie and chainsaw. “It’s one of two I own: that one is the smaller of the two,” Ed remarks of his chainsaw rather than his neckwear. “I use it for firewood, both for my wood burning stove and also for the barbecue. The first time I used one I was fine, though I think it worried my parents that I had bought a chainsaw.”

Ed will be at the Churchill on Tuesday, April 10.

Tickets cost £28, to book visit https://churchilltheatre.co.uk/Online/tickets-ed-byrne-bromley-2018

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