Co­me­dian with three brains is back!

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @chantelle­heeds

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

Ja­son Man­ford is one of the big names com­ing to South­port, play­ing the Lit­tle The­atre on Oc­to­ber 22 and 23

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