Jason Byrne - The Byrne Ultimatium
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
The Byrne Ultimatium
The Byrne Ultimatum is a brand new 6 part entertainment show where well-known faces answer some seriously silly questions.
Each week they will be playing five different games and there will be two teams. There is one round called celebrity death match where Jason shows a picture of a place and the contestants have to work out which celebrity dies in that place.
To help Jason keep track of the proceedings, he's decided that each week he'll be enlisting the assistance of a member of the studio audience to help to co-present the show with him.
He'll also be appointing an audience member as the show's musical director. What could possibly go wrong for these lucky individuals as they find themselves centre stage at a Jason Byrne-run circus?
Comedians involved in the show include John Bishop, PJ Gallagher, Des Bishop and Bernard O'Shea.
He's also asked lots of top female celebs to take part in the show - Amy Huberman, Rosanna Davidson, Charlene McKenna, Gail Porter and to-date they've all been able to hold their own with the comics. Rosanna Davidson in particular impressed everyone with funny quips!
Jason grew up watching British TV, saturated by comedy shows in the 80's. He remembers watching show after show featuring comedians like: Kenny Everett; Spike Milligan; Tommy Cooper and Benny Hill. Rather than singling any one out as a particular hero of his, he claims it was more of a general diet of comedy.
Jason set up a comedy club called Corduroy with John Henderson in The White Horse Pub on the Dublin quays. Although they founded it together, Jason admits once it got going Henderson was landed with all the booking and organisational responsibility. Loved for his zany, madcap, no holds bared wit.
Jason spends the entire month of August doing a show at the Edinburgh Festival and six weeks in Australia every spring. Throughout the year he gigs in Ireland and the UK. He has recently recorded a second series of The Jason Byrne Show, for BBC Radio 2.
Jason broke his own record for playing to the most amount of people at The Edinburgh Comedy Festival. He played to nearly 28,000 people.
He used to find doing all the gigs in Edinburgh easy when he was in his 20's but now that he is in his 30's and a family man he finds it a bit more tiring.
He believes that Irish people are the funniest people in the world.
At the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, where his sell out shows have attracted Best Headliner Chortle Award in 2007, a nomination for 1998 Perrier Newcomer Award, and then a much revered Perrier Award Nomination for his outstanding 2001 show. Jason has performed in New York, Boston, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brussels, Milan and Paris.
He decided to name his show The Byrne Ultimatum because American's always pronounce his name Bourne like the Matt Damon movies. His DVD is called The Byrne Identity, his Edinburgh Show was The Byrne Supremacy and his TV show is The Byrne Ultimatum.
Random story: At one of his gigs a wedding party left the reception to attend his gig. Bride, groom, bridesmaids the lot. They went back to the wedding after the gig.
TV Credits include:
The Byrne Ultimatum RTE
Jason Byrne Can't Stand BBC NI / RTE
The Jason Byrne Show RTE
Elvis has Left the Building BBC NI
Out on a Limb BBC3
Jason Byrne is Twiggy no Branch Channel 4
Dark Ages ITV
Stuck in the Middle BBC
Who Lives in a House like This? Granada TV
BBC Stand Up Show BBC
The Comedy Store Channel 5
Father Ted Channel 4
Stop the World BBC
The Manchester Festival Years Granada TV
Edinburgh or Bust Channel 4
Radio Credits include:
Jason Byrne, A New Ear for a New Year BBC Radio 4
The O Show BBC Radio 4
Currently working on a sketch show for BBC radio 2&4
Up coming Gigs:
26 September - Pavilion Dun Laoghaire
3 October - Vicar Street, Dublin
7 October - Roscommon Arts Centre
8 October - Carrick Arts Centre
30 October - An Grianán, Letterkenny