Comedy, Festivals

MICF: Jason Byrne: You Name the Show

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I won’t ruin it for you, but you’ll see a LOT of Jason Byrne in You Name the Show. And you’ll learn a lot more about the Irish comedian than perhaps you wanted to (a long story about his infected left testicle was particularly informative). But the 42-year-old Dubliner is a dab hand at this comedy caper, and his confidence in front of a crowd and easy-going humour prevents the show from being a gross-out fest.
You Name the Show (the actual naming of the show seems to be an afterthought, something about submitting titles to win a prize, but he barely mentioned it) is very improvisational. There are a few “Wives! Amiright?!” and “so I went to the doctor the other day, and he said …” set pieces, but much of the humour came from interacting with audience members. He’s not a belligerent or cruel comedian, with interactions with a group of women sharing a box of Maltesers providing much hilarity. But if Byrne isn’t rude, he is crude, with an Irishman’s penchant for the word “fuck” and plenty of jokes about arseholes, his own and other people’s.
Jason Byrne provides a good night out, with jokes coming thick and fast and the audience in an uproar. He seemed as delighted to be there as the audience was, cackling at his own jokes and bemused by our laughter. An energetic, confident performer with a quick wit and plenty of material, Byrne is worth checking out.
[box]DR Comedy Warnings: AP, MW, IV
Jason Byrne: You Name the Show is at the Athenaeum Theatre until 20 April. Tickets are available at comedyfestival.com.au[/box]

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