‘I love be­ing in Scot­land, but I have a real soft spot for Dundee’

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - By SARAH WIL­LIAMSON

And when he ar­rives in Dundee in March, he’ll be able to take in­spi­ra­tion from the home town of a cer­tain well-known mas­ter of mis­chief.

“The Beano was the mag­a­zine of my child­hood. But nowa­days, I see Den­nis the Men­ace as a cor­rup­tor,” joked Ed.

Child­hood has been a re­cur­ring theme of Ed’s stand-up for many years, and Spoiler Alert again looks at the 45-year-old’s early mem­o­ries and com­pares his own grow­ing up with his chil­dren’s.

“I talk about how spoilt they are,” he said. “In short, how de­mand­ing my chil­dren are, in a way that I my­self never re­mem­ber de­mand­ing things, as if I ******* worked for them.”

Young peo­ple head­ing to his show can per­haps ex­pect a rough ride. Ac­cord­ing to his pro­mo­tional blurb, the work­ing ti­tle for Ed’s tour was “I’ll Mil­len­nial You in a Minute”.

Tech­nol­ogy, Ed muses, has made life much too easy for to­day’s youth, who have come to ex­pect ev­ery­thing to be done at the touch of a but­ton.

“I’m in a car right now and you don’t have to put a key in the ig­ni­tion to start it, you have to push a but­ton,” he said, by way of ex­pla­na­tion. “It’s just lit­tle things like that.”

Spoiler Alert comes to Dundee Rep for two nights on Fri­day March 16 and Satur­day March 17.

It’s been nearly two years since Ed was last in the City of Dis­cov­ery — at the Rep — and he says he’s look­ing for­ward to his re­turn visit.

“Scot­land is my favourite place to tour, but I have al­ways been very fond of Dundee,” the Dublin comic said.

“I have some very happy mem­o­ries in Dundee in par­tic­u­lar, and the Rep is a great venue.”

Ed has spo­ken to the Tele in the past about his time in Dundee as a stu­dent, where he hosted live on­stage blind dates and karaoke while work­ing i n en­ter­tain­ment for Glasgow’s Strath­clyde Univer­sity.

This time he’s hop­ing to pay a visit

IN his new show, Spoiler Alert, co­me­dian Ed Byrne asks whether the world is as bad as it seems or if we’re all just whiny brats.

to the of­fices of the Tele’s pub­lisher, DC Thom­son, cre­ator of The Beano and Den­nis.

“I try not to squan­der my time in Scot­land,” he said.

In be­tween gigs he also plans to head out of the city to go hill walk­ing.

A keen out­doors­man, Ed has been known to base him­self in Cri­eff for his Dundee shows.

Na­ture is an­other sub­ject Ed en­joys dis­cussing in his rou­tines.

“If you are into the out­doors there’s a lot of stuff about the out­doors in the show,” he said.

Af­ter 20 years as a tour­ing co­me­dian, Ed shows no signs of get­ting bored.

“The stand­ing on stage I gen­uinely quite en­joy and I never let any hang-ups of the day carry on stage with me,” he said.

“To per­form stand-up live with as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble is my goal.”

Ed’s tour will take him up and down the coun­try un­til June.

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