A real live wire

A real live wire
Jason Byrne: ‘Getting out there for an hour, jumping up and down like a lunatic, making sure you don’t have a heart attack. That’s hard’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

Jason Byrne has just finished an acclaimed sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival. With a new show, a new book and an Irish tour on the horizon, he talks to Jessie Collins about the nature of accidental success

We all know Jason Byrne. Or at least we think we do. The hyper, madcap, expletive-spewing stand-up-up has been on the comedy circuit for more than two decades. His routines draw heavily on his own life experience. He’s written a book, Adventures of a Wonky Eyed Boy, about his upbringing in the Dublin suburb of Ballinteer. It was a memoir of sorts, albeit delivered through Byrne’s quintessential irreverence. But, like so many of his biographical...

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