Ed aims to Please

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FOR nearly two decades now, comedian Ed Byrne has been pleasing crowds up and down the country. So it is quite appropriate that his new show should be entitled “Crowd Pleaser”.

He will be bringing his latest gags to Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel on Thursday, May 5 - so prepare to be pleased!

Ed said: “You get this huge buzz from playing live. When you’re on stage, you keep finding new lines. You keep getting better and improving, which is, of course, the same thing!”

The comic, a regular guest on TV panel games such as Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, expands on the theme. “There is this brilliant speech in the film Mr Saturday Night, which Billy Crystal’s character gives about what stand-up is. He says, ‘When it’s good, when it’s cookin, you got ‘em, they’re yours. You can take ‘em anywhere you want, you’re powerful. You prowl the stage like a panther. It feels so good, the laughs go right into your blood. You can be a schmuck in the afternoon but you’re the king of the night.”

So what can Ed’s fans expect from Crowd Pleaser? The comedian discloses that he will be talking about the recent arrival of his first child, a gorgeous baby boy, and seeing the funny side of his pregnancy. “I couldn’t wait to be a father,” he said. “I was desperate to get my wife back! The first three months of her pregnancy were like living with an alchoholic - ‘I feel sick, I need a wee, get out of my way’!

“She was also afflicted with pregnancy brain. She couldn’t remember the name for anything. It was funny when she met her father who has his own ‘senior moments’. Neither of them could remember the name for the hand of a clock. My mother-in-law and I bonded over the fact that we were shackled to a pair of idiots!”

Ed will also be discussing “coming out” as a nerd in his show. “Judd Apatow movies and the popularity of Simon Pegg have made being a nerd far coolers,” he said.

“So now I’m enjoying letting my inner nerd come out to play a bit more. I’ll be happy to drop a few nerdy references into the show. Did you know, for example, that an anagram of Ed Byrne is ‘Be Nerdy’?

He will also be performing a typically hilarious routine about owning a cat. “We treat pets better than we do humans,” he said. “We found this cat by the bins and fed it, and it ended up living with us. You’d never do that with a human being. If you saw a tramp, you wouldn’t say to him, ‘Come and live in our house’.

During the course of Crowd Pleaser, Ed will also be addressing such subjects as children wearing age-inappropriate clothing and how disappointing it can be to meet your heroes.

@ Tickets for Ed Byrne’s Crowd Pleaser show cost £20 and are available from the Winding Wheel box office, contact (01246) 345222 or www.chesterfield venues.co.uk