Comedian with three brains is back!
POPULAR Irish comedian Jason Byrne is coming to Southport next week. Byrne, 45, will be performing on two days of this year’s Southport Comedy Festival.
The festival opened last Thursday and runs until Sunday, October 22 throughout 30 Southport venues.
The funnyfest is now in its seventh year, and Jason has had sellout performances in the town for the last three years.
He is looking forward to revisiting the town.
He said: “I would have loved my first-ever gig to have been in Southport – the crowds and reaction are amazing.
“They always have amazing ‘craic’ and and great energy.”
Jason, who has appeared on Live at the Apollo and The John Bishop Show, claimed he has begun to notice that the same people tend to attend his events.
He said: “I always attract the same group of people, who like my type of comedy, and it is like a family reunion.
“I have never finished a show in Southport – so much improvisation happens and the audience have a real input in the show, so I never have time!”
Jason will be performing on Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19 at The Ramada Plaza Hotel, on the Promenade, from 8.30pm.
But he is also set to stay at that hotel during his visit to the town.
He said: “I am staying in the hotel I am going to be gigging in, and that’s always strange. Being in my hotel room watching TV one minute, and then entertaining crowds the next.”
He will be performing his new show, The Man With Three Brains, which is suitable for over14s.
On announcing the tour, Jason said: “I wanted to show them some of the method behind the madness, peeling back to reveal my three brains.
“It’s going to give audiences an insight into my mind, with a lot of laughs along the way!”
Jason has a love of comedy, and takes inspiration from various comedians including Billy Connolly.
The 45-year-old explained: “Billy Connolly is a great role model for me, he was the first comedian I ever saw live and he was amazing. But, he didn’t get me into comedy, in fact, I left saying ‘I never want to do that ’... but here I am!”
Looking forward to next year, Jason said he has got a busy 12 months ahead.
He will soon be finishing a new children’s book, starring in his television series called Don’t Say It, Bring It, and doing a new comedy tour.
Tickets for Jason’s show, The Man With Three Brains, cost £15, and can be purchased from the Ramada Plaza Hotel or from: www.southportcomedyfestival.com
THE BID-supported Comedy Festival is now into its second week and we have already seen a great turnout for our first comedy pub crawl which took in a number of Southport’s best venues.
There are still three more to go, so check out www.southportcomedyfestival.com for further details – or see page 10.
The autumn is still going to see lots of activity with our upcoming Hallowe’en Festival – there are dozens of events throughout the town centre and we would love to see businesses putting on their own events to be added to the programme and promoted for free through our website and social media.
With over 7,500 followers on Facebook alone, tens of thousands have already seen our posts and thousands are engaging, so it is a great free outlet for publicity.
The festival is about getting locals and visitors into the town centre and exploring and engaging with the town centre so business involvement is vital.
The entertainment continues with the Christmas Lights Switch-On, taking place on the 19th of the month, which launches our brand new lighting scheme this year.
We are working on a full afternoon of performances and fun to bring families into the town centre all day, and not just the early evening.
A voucher booklet is being looked at which would be handed out to the 10,000 strong crowd, full of business offers to help bring them back in over the Christmas period.
A small fee would apply and you would need to create artwork, but we would love to hear from interested businesses so we can gauge response to go ahead.
It isn’t all just events and fun though. We still continue working behind the scenes to fight for improved parking fees, to negotiate funding applications and have been meeting the police and local security teams over anti-social behaviour in the town.
This week the first of our self-assessments for our Purple Flag (safe nightlife certification) application takes place and we hope to have our official inspection before Christmas.
Receiving Purple Flag accreditation will help provide a boost for the night-time economy.
Jason Byrne – The Man with Three Brains... and you can have a laugh at all of them when he appears in the Southport Comedy Festival next week
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