Irish comic Ed Byrne revels in middle age in latest show coming to Bromley
PUBLISHED: 11:30 08 January 2014 | UPDATED: 11:30 08 January 2014
A self-confessed "miserable" old man since the age of 23, comedian Ed Byrne explores growing old at Bromley's Churchill Theatre next month.
While most men turning 40 may turn to sportscars, or leather trousers, the Irishman reveals he embraces middle age with open arms on his Roaring Forties tour.
“It’s about getting older,” he says. “About being at an age where you’re not really that old but no one thinks you’re trendy anymore.
“It’s like a spring-clean of my life and I’ve come up with reasons why you can’t be my friend. There are seven billion people on the planet and I only have the time to be friends with 10 of them and so I have to choose carefully.”
Byrne first rose to prominence when he was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award in 1998, alongside Peter Kay, Al Murray and eventual winner Tommy Tiernan.
He would go on to appear in Channel 4’s Father Ted, and has had major success with three stand-up tours prior to Roaring Forties, which began in September and runs through to May next year.
With 20 years performing under his belt, Ed says his act have evolved and he has now stopped faking opinions for “the sake of a joke”.
“I mean there’s always comic exaggeration and embroidering a story to make it funnier,” he added. “But it’s more true to my life now.
“I used to say I hated kids, for example, and it wasn’t true – I’ve always loved kids and wanted to have them, but that wouldn’t have fitted with the style of comic I was earlier in my career.”
Ed comes to Bromley on Sunday, February 16 from 8pm. Tickets cost from £27.40 to £42.40, call the box office on 08448 717 620 or visit atgtickets.com/bromley.