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