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Ed Byrne per­forms in Dunedin on May 12. I can play with no­tions and stereo­types. Some of the things I talk about on stage are quite filthy but, if you an­a­lyse it, the moral cen­tre is gen­er­ally sound,’’ he says.

‘‘There’s a bit I do that I’m quite fond of. I saw a kid wear­ing a T-shirt that said ‘I love pussy like a fat girl loves cake’. I go through it point by point as to what is wrong with that.’’

For Byrne, ev­ery minute of ev­ery day is viewed through his wry comedic eye.

‘‘ You’re con­stantly think­ing that way, your brain is skewed that way the whole time.’’

When he’s not on stage, peo­ple don’t ex­pect him to be funny, he says, but there are other side ef­fects to life as a comic.

‘‘ The thing that peo­ple do when you’re a comic is they think they can be as rude as they like to you and it’s OK. You’re in a shop, you’re dis­cussing a new pair of glasses and the op­ti­cian knows who you are and starts call­ing you a

‘‘Some­times peo­ple recog­nise you and just start laugh­ing. I’ll take a laugh with­out hav­ing worked for it.’’

The ob­ser­va­tional comic has made many tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances on The Gra­ham Nor­ton Show and Live At the Apollo, among oth­ers, but has re­cently branched out into fac­tual pre­sent­ing, drawing upon his love of the out­doors and moun­tain climb­ing.

He’s climbed Europe’s high­est moun­tain, Mt Blanc, twice, and writes a regular col­umn for The Great Out­door Mag­a­zine.

‘‘ I feed my soul by go­ing hik­ing,’’ Byrne says.

‘‘I plan to do that around the Welling­ton area so I’ll get my boots out while I’m there.’’

Although he’s play­ing ev­ery­where from Dunedin to Auck­land, there’s one place in New Zealand he won’t go.

‘‘ Argh, Oa­maru, ‘‘ he says, with a sigh.

‘‘On my last tour ev­ery­where I went I got laughs and ev­ery­one seemed to get and en­joy my show but in Oa­maru there was just si­lence. Shortly af­ter I started that show I just ditched the new rou­tine and went back to the old stuff. Oa­maru is a tough gig. Oa­maru is not part of the tour sched­ule this time.’’

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