Byrne legacy unclear
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-year-old 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 as 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 comedian has returned to his roots of prop-based comedy following an interlude in story-based stand-up.
“I get bored quickly, so I change the show all the time,” he said.
“I have a two-hour show in my head but we can only do an hour, so I just keep swapping and changing it, while my technical manager has a great time keeping up. The audience get on stage and join in the stuff, which is absolutely hilarious.
“It uses up a lot of energy, so sometimes I wish I just sat in an armchair and told stories while smoking a pipe.”
Comedian Jason Byrne.