Ed Byrne
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Ed Byrne, born in 1972 in Dublin, is a Perrier Award-nominated Irish stand up comedian and voice over artist. He has presented television shows, gone on live stand-up tours and is a regular guest on various television panel games.

He is an Edinburgh Fringe favourite and has performed six sell-out shows at the Festival, not to mention three sell-out tours across the UK. Byrne has also been warmly received abroad, performing to huge audiences in Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand and the US. His chatty style of observational comedy and colourful anecdotes appeals to most audiences and he's pretty smart with it to, occasionally veering off into innovative ideas and threads.

Byrne had presented television shows Uncut! Best Unseen Ads and Just For Laughs, and is a regular guest on The Panel, HeadJam, Channel 4 comedy quiz 8 Out of 10 Cats and BBC Two's Mock the Week. He also made a few appearances on Have I Got News for You and is due to appear on The Unbelievable Truth a second time, having appeared once.

In 1998, Ed was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Festival.

In 2006 he toured the UK, recording a DVD in Leeds, entitled Pedantic and Whimsical. He has also appeared in Father Ted, and is  known for being the voice of the Carphone Warehouse adverts. On February 3, 2007 Byrne appeared on a comedian’s special edition of The Weakest Link.

Byrne has performed six sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs and three sell-out UK tours. He has also developed huge success on the international circuit where he has performed to capacity audiences in Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Ed has since garnered a raft of major broadcast credits, including five US appearances on Late Night With Conan O'Brien (NBC).

Ed featured in a series of comedy shorts on the MSN Video Channel in which he discusses some of his pet hates, including occasional smokers, and his girlfriend's snoring.

In 2001 Ed was the main character in an RTÉ-produced sitcom entitled The Cassidy’s. During his tour of New Zealand, at the conclusion of his Christchurch performance on 14 May 2007, he announced his engagement the previous day to his girlfriend.

In July 2007, Ed made his debut at the Newbury Comedy Festival, having participated in the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny shortly before.

Ed recorded his new live DVD "Different Class" at The Kings, Glasgow on 23 March 2009, which was released on the 23 November.

Ed appeared on The Graham Norton Show on 12 December on BBC One alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Will Young to promote his DVD.

In 2010, Byrne stars in the BBC television pilot Reunited, playing Rob.

Ed plays the part of Irish radio presenter Dylan Dale in the British feature film version of Tony Hawks' book Round Ireland with a Fridge which was released in September 2010 and on DVD on November 8th 2010.

As well as his comedy, Ed has shown he has a serious side on shows like Question Time and Newsnight.

Ed is currently a regular on Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You.


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