Jason Byrne interview: ‘Stand-up comedy is like a curse sometimes. You can’t just step away’
The Dublin-born comedian's livelihood was badly damaged by the pandemic, but a recent health scare means he’s keeping everything very much in perspective
Jason Byrne is someone who can have fun even with the most serious of interview questions. We’re sitting in an empty RTÉ canteen in Dublin on a weekday morning when I ask about his criticism of government policy during the pandemic.
He laughs at this attempt to steer the conversation into political territory. “Oh, you mean when I called the government gobshites? ‘Their policy’, haha. Yeah, I often stand up in the Dáil and tell ...