Funnyman Ed is roaring into his 40s

Comedian Ed Byrne
Comedian Ed Byrne
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For a bloke who once studied horticulture, Ed Byrne hasn’t done too badly for himself.

Byrne spent the first year at the University of Strathclyde dreaming about being a landscape gardener before his life took a change of direction when he was made entertainment officer in his second year of study.

Two decades on he is one of the UK’s best stand-ups and the good news is he’s coming to Blackpool.

The Irish-born comic is at the Grand Theatre tomorrow, the second night of a mammoth four-month tour around the country.

“I’m really looking forward to coming to Blackpool again, because last time I was at The Grand Theatre I had a brilliant time, “ said Byrne.

“The wife and I had a great time with the guys from the theatre, who took us out on the town afterwards.

“It will be a bit different this time though because now we have two toddlers, so this time she won’t be coming – they will be staying at home instead.

“But I’m still looking forward to being in Blackpool, it’s a place I’ve always liked.”

Byrne’s show is titled Roaring Forties and deal with middle age (he turned 40 last year).

It follows on from previous award-winning shows Crowd Pleaser and Different Class.

“I really enjoy the time on-stage – it’s the writing of the show which is the difficult bit,” he said.

“That takes a lot of time. There’s always some degree of worrying I’m not going to do it. But then they set a date and start selling tickets, so I know I have to do it, and that kind of works for me.

“It’s a show about me being in my 40s, about me being middle-aged and about family life and everyday things. It’s about getting older.

“But it’s not all-consuming about being middle-aged. It’s just sort of a thread which runs through the whole thing.”

Byrne started a comedy night in Glasgow while still at uni and enjoyed it so much he eventually gave up his studies and moved to London.

Head to or call the theatre box office on 01253 743339 to see if there are tickets left.