Cherie Moore - Theatreview.org.nz'Byrne is sharp: he addresses the audience and never misses an opportunity to use a response to create comedy. This makes the content more local, and from beginning to end the audience is a collective group on Byrnes comedy roller-coaster'open/close
The topics Byrne's covers in his comedy are things that are recognisable, and this is what is delightful: the ability to recognise yourself, or an extreme version of yourself, in his humour. It allows you to personally relate and to laugh at yourself from a slightly removed perspective. His treatment of experiences we traditionally think of as very private or even mundane have the audience in fits. Dating, masturbation, married life, sex, family, and people sneaking out to use the bathroom or refill their drink during his set, are all ammunition for Byrne's funny firing...
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Ingrid Grenar - KeepingupwithNZ.com'5 Stars - This expert people puppeteer can play with his audience like no other. It becomes a shared experience where the whole crowd joins in the conversation. Even people’s toilet breaks become part of show...'open/close
The juggernaut that is Jason Byrne makes quite and entrance in his show at Q Theatre.
A show that doesn’t actually have a name yet, as he wants you to name it for him for a prize of $1000 cash! The winner will be announced onstage at the final show.
As always with Bryne there’s so much fun that time seems to run away with him, so don’t expect a tight 1 hour show. A Jason Byrne performance is not like a normal stand up show, as only around 50% ends up being actual material. This expert people puppeteer can play with his audience like no other. It becomes a shared experience where the whole crowd joins in the conversation. Even people’s toilet breaks become part of show.
Byrne seems genuinely overwhelmed by his audiences ability to amuse him. Dispute the chaos he appears to be in control, and can easily slip in and out of conversations and planned material.
Byrne’s wonderfully animated story telling allows him to brilliantly recount an unfortunate health problem, where he encountered inappropriate medical professionals and suppositories. His material centres on family relationships, mainly his wife, but his impersonations of his pubescent son were hilarious. Jason also reminisces at his mother’s discipline techniques and the changes in the male role in the home. Due to all the audience interruptions he never quite finished his anecdote about his dad, so if anyone goes to the show please let us know the rest of the story! I have a strong feeling however, that each night will be very different and will depend hugely on the randomness of the audiences responses!
This ambidextrous approach to stand -up creates a joyous atmosphere. I challenge anyone not to have a good time at a Jason Byrne show!
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4 Stars - Jason Byrne’s astounding entrance... has the crowd whooping and roaring before he even speaks a word.
That riotous moment is hard to beat but he does it again, after spending 10 minutes berating the sheepish latecomers who include his favourite audience members, the Prahran bogan family and the student nerds.
It’s impossible not to like this Irish comedian with his wild-eyed demeanour, impassioned delivery, Irish accent and his inimitable ability to milk the audience’s comic potential.
His improvised work with the crowd provides the funniest material as he teases the caravan-builder and his tiny girlfriend, the teens who can’t survive an hour without their phones and the video gamers who shout out “Head Shot”, which has Byrne scanning for a sniper.
Byrne is strangely limber and very physically active on stage, and his rough mime of diverse, sexual acts is an education to the teens and probably some adults.
If you love scatological language, lurid sexual jokes and graphic visual gags, then Byrne’s material is for you.
Byrne is a charming, animated, fast-talking, funny guy who keeps up a relentless pace for an hour and leaves the crowd wanting more.
Red Nicholson - Macandmae.com'An experienced performer who has no time for awkward segways, contrived setups, or shoe-horned punchlines, you leave Byrne’s show without a great sense of what just happened, or any particularly meaty takeouts, but really, the destination matters little when the journey is that good...'open/close
Let’s not muck about, folks: If you like a decent serving of audience participation alongside your comedy, you cannot miss Jason Byrne’s show. Wikipedia lists one of Byrne’s comedy genres as “insult comedy”. Now, aside from the obvious question of whether or not that should even be a thing, it does the man himself a gross disservice. Does Byrne seek to humiliate his audience? Definitely. Pillory? Absolutely. Insult? Watch yerself matey.
I feel entirely comfortable inserting lame hat-tips to Byrne’s Irish heritage, because a) he spends a fair amount of his set trading on it, and b) I know he’d hate it (he goes to some length in his routine to describe an excruciatingly uncomfortable situation which his doctor tries to make lighter by finishing a rather serious sentence with “indeed indeed indeed” in a faux-Irish accent, much to Byrne’s chagrin).
His material is wry, observational humour at its finest, touching on everything from the changing role of the Irish father-figure since the 1980s – “Part of your father’s job in the 70s and 80s was to not be present”; the power of hate in keeping a marriage alive – “You end up hating them so much all you want to do is outlast them”; and outrageous alternatives to disciplining your children – “Just squish their faces into the aisle of the supermarket; there’s no law against that”.
It’s worth mentioning, however, that Byrne does talk about sex. A lot. “You haven’t truly become a man until you’ve tried to shush your own willy”, he opines, recounting an act of desperation under the sheets during a particularly ‘dry’ spell. I also haven’t seen a man use a microphone as a visual representation of his penis as effectively as Byrne did last night since Eddie Murphy in ‘Raw’, so you really ought to be prepared for that. I’m not sure the gentleman who brought his 15 year-old along to last night’s show was.
An experienced performer who has no time for awkward segways, contrived setups, or shoe-horned punchlines, you leave Byrne’s show without a great sense of what just happened, or any particularly meaty takeouts, but really, the destination matters little when the journey is that good.
Ultimately, the test of a good routine is how much time you spend thinking about work, dinner, or just how good Matthew McConaughey was in True Detective. I am equal parts grateful to and disappointed in Byrne that I had no time to think about any of those things; I was far too busy laughing.
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Jason Byrne literally came in like a wrecking ball, so for this audience member - who loves a good pop culture reference as much as the next guy - it was a good start. I’d read in the write-up for his show that it was the funniest thing ever and generally received those good old 5-star ratings, so I thought I’d be on to a winner with this one. I wasn’t entirely proven wrong but there were definite peaks and troughs throughout the hour-long show at Rangitira, Q Theatre.
Byrne’s Irish and expectedly threw a few classic tropes (a reference to potatoes and that “diddly-dee” melodic progression) in the mix, but these were far from the focus of his routine, which, I feel, was refreshing to see.
The biggest draw is his conversational ease of delivery: his transitions were seamlessly uncontrived whiIst still giving enough time to appreciate the surreality of some of the situations he somehow fostered. This might have had a lot to do with the audience; an audience full of such bizarre characters, that Byrne spent most of the show pointing out their ridiculousness.
In between stories of the joys of marriage, raising children and a smattering of Embarrassing Bodies, Byrne took advantage of organic audience material, and full credit to him, because sometimes the greatest comedy is the stuff where other people do all the work for you.
As long as you know where you live and what your partner’s name is (unlike some unlucky/lucky audience members on this night), you're more than qualified to watch this accessible comedian.