Ed Byrne

If you know the  person who has everything, why not treat them to a night of high quality live comedy in its purest form.

Big Comedy are proud to announce that Irish stand up comedian and TV star Ed Byrne will be bringing his critically acclaimed show Tragedy Plus Time to the beautiful Southport Little Theatre on Thursday 7th March 2024.

You can book tickets at the Southport Comedy Festival website here

The show, which started with a month-long run at the Edinburgh Festival was revealed as the best reviewed show of the festival receiving multiple 5 star reviews. 

It  has now been extended into next year due to nationwide sell-out dates this autumn and he is taking it to Southport.

Ed’s brother, comedy director Paul Byrne, died last year of Hodgkin Lymphoma.

Attributed to Mark Twain, humour is defined as Tragedy Plus Time. Ed Byrne tests that formula by mining the most tragic event in his life for laughs.

Ed Byrne is an award-winning comedian and household name as seen on Mock the Week, Live at The Apollo, Top Gear and QI. Ed enjoys worldwide acclaim for his live stand-up and remains the master of observational comedy.

Here is what the critics had to say

★★★★★ “Hilarious, extremely dark, profoundly touching and resolutely unsentimental. Ed Byrne has plumbed the very depths of his soul and found something verging on greatness” ROLLING STONE (2023)

★★★★★ “This is no misery memoir, Byrne is too talented a comic for that” THE ARTS DESK

★★★★★ “Poignant, touching, spiky and laugh-out-loud funny… beautifully written and

flawlessly performed ” EDINBURGH REVIEWS (2023)

★★★★★ “he has delivered a fantastically funny and moving monologue where there is no

doubt that we are seeing the authentic Ed….Byrne has hit new heights” LONDON


★★★★★”A full range of human emotions, from rage to dark humour to poignancy and back

again, is felt during this magnificent comedy hour” LONDON THEATRE 1 (2023)

★★★★★”Side-splitting… Byrne is comedy gold” THEATRE &ARTS REVIEWS

★★★★★ “A fierce tribute… tremendously funny, thoughtful and fond” FEST MAG

★★★★★”Moments switch from dark humour to tear jerking observations… he manages to make dying and death very funny” DAILY BUSINESS GROUP

★★★★★ “Touching and inspiring, yes, but funny above all else” CHORTLE

★★★★★ “Ed Byrne breaks the five-star rating system to the point where multiples of stars could be added to this review and it will still not be close enough to what he deserves for this show. Nobody is performing or writing stand-up comedy like Ed Byrne… Byrne deserves to get a standing ovation every night for Tragedy Plus Time”   BROADWAYBABY 

★★★★★”Masterful… a must-see performance that is both hilarious and deeply moving” ENTERTAINMENT NOW

★★★★★ An unexpected rollercoaster of emotions, with joyous high points. An absolute master of observational comedy…. Very funny indeed!” NORTH WEST END UK

 Grab your tickets now to see one of the masters of live comedy at work.

Show: Ed Byrne – Tragedy Plus Time

Date: Thursday 7th March 2024

Venue: Little Theatre Southport, Hoghton Street, Southport,PR9 0PA

Seating: Unreserved

Ticket Price: £27.50 

Book: southportcomedyfestival.com 

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