17th Oct, 2017

Family focus for Ed Byrne’s show at the Palace

COMEDIAN Ed Byrne is coming to the Palace Theatre in Redditch with his brand new show Ed Byrne – Spoiler Alert.

Recognized as one of the finest observational comics in the industry, Ed’s television credits are countless with 20 years as an acclaimed artist under his belt.

This time around he’ll be focusing on the family and the Irish comic is firmly of a belief that the current breed of parents spoil their kids rotten – whether it’s to do with the ever-increasing size of garden trampolines, or his own kids’ demand for elderflower cordial.

“My dad wasn’t a bad dad, he was just a 1970s dad,” he said.

“I could never see my children ever again from this moment on, and I’ve already done more parenting then he did in my entire life,” he said.

“But, of course, I made a conscious decision that I was going to be an awesome dad.”

In his new show Ed compares and contrasts the old-school child-rearing days with 21st century methods.

“I grew up in what I would call an aspirational household in that my parents bettered themselves over the course of my childhood,” he said.

“I’d still say you are expected to do a lot more parenting than our parents did and that’s a weird thing because you tend to think your parents are where you learned parenting from.”

Brexit doesn’t escape his attention though and Ed’s way of tackling it is to draw an analogy with the time his son was determined to touch an electric fence despite his dad warning him of the dangers.

“I was telling the story of the electric fence for a while, and then suddenly it struck me it was Brexit in microcosm.

“I don’t want to alienate half of the population or maybe a third of my audience, but it works as an analogy whichever side you’re on.

“The government told you not to do this and that it would be a terrible idea, but you said ‘no, we want to do it anyway’.

“So now we’re doing it and it’s proving a terrible idea – but no doubt for some it will come across as me being a typical liberal elite Remoaner.”

Ed Byrne – Spoiler Alert is at the Palace Theatre on Thursday, October 12. Tickets are £25 in person from the box office or on 01527 65203 or buy online at www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk

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