JA­SON’S WORK IS NO JOKE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Tanya Mac­Naughton

IR­ISH co­me­dian Ja­son Byrne’s 10-year-old son loathes what his fa­ther does for a liv­ing.

“He’s at the age now where he ei­ther calls me dad or Ja­son Byrne; they’re two dif­fer­ent peo­ple to him,” Byrne said.

“So he’ll ask ‘is Ja­son Byrne do­ing a gig tonight?’.

“And then my 17-yearold son just thinks I’m a clown and I’m not, I’m a se­ri­ous, deep-think­ing co­me­dian – with in­flat­able ducks.”

Both of Byrne’s sons and his wife have made a rare trip to Aus­tralia to ac­com­pany him dur­ing the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val be­fore he trav­els west on April 29 and 30 for the Perth Com­edy Fes­ti­val .

But he does not want his boys get­ting any ideas of fol­low­ing in their fa­ther’s ca­reer foot­steps.

“They’re funny but will be go­ing to col­lege and get­ting a real job,” Byrne said.

“I’ve been do­ing this for 20 years and it’s been a ter­ri­fy­ing 20 years be­cause you work for your­self.

“Ba­si­cally when peo­ple have a real job, they try to do as lit­tle pos­si­ble be­cause it’s not their com­pany, but when you work for your­self, you have to do as much as pos­si­ble.

“It’s the whole other end of the spec­trum and you have to work day and night. I would hate to see my sons in it, but it’s not like I would stop them.”

Byrne’s lat­est show Propped Up is, like it al­ludes to in the ti­tle, all about props.

“The au­di­ence get on stage and join in the stuff, which is ab­so­lutely hi­lar­i­ous.

Ja­son Byrne works hard for the money.

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