Different Class examines Byrne’s inability to fit in, whether it be with the youth of today, the old, the middle class or the working class. Steadily turning into a grumpy middle aged man Ed touches on all things that exasperate him including the planning of his recent marriage, class and all its divisions, the young and their ways and anything else that strikes him as humorous.
Byrne’s show has arrived in the West End after two national tours, international dates in New Zealand and Canada, and sold-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and west London’s Riverside Studios. The DVD of Different Class is released this autumn.
Byrne’s previous stand-up shows include Standing Up and Falling Down, Me Again, A Night at the Opera and Psychobabble. He’s been seen on TV on Father Ted, The Graham Norton Show, Live at the Apollo and as a regular panellist on Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You.
Other comedians who’ve recently had extended seasons in the West End include Bill Bailey, Eddie Izzard and Rob Brydon. Later this autumn, both Ross Noble and Dylan Moran will have stints at the Apollo, while Frank Skinner will resume a Monday night residency at the Lyric for his Credit Crunch Cabaret from 12 October (See News, 29 Apr 2009).