Byrne set to bring the hilarity of middle age to the Blackpool stage

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 on Friday February 7, 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 – although now we have two toddlers, so this time she won’t be coming. They will be staying at home.

“The show is basically 90 minutes of hilarity about middle age and funny incidents which have happened to me.”

It follows some top class comic bookings for The Grand, which, in recent months, have included Bill Bailey and Milton Jones, while Jason Manford performs at the venue in January.

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.

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.

After building up his act – specialising in observational comedy – his career took off when he was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award in 1998 at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.

Since then he’s been a permanent fixture on our TV screens, appearing on panel shows like Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You and a five-time guest on The Graham Norton Show.

He has performed six sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and three sell-out UK tours.

Tickets for his Blackpool show at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or 01253 743339.