Review by Rebecca Haslam
Whereas most comedians might be irritated by latecomers, Jason Byrne uses the tardiness to his own advantage quipping: “Nice going Huddersfield, come in whenever you’re ready!”
There’s no harsh intent in what he says and the audience laps it up, especially when he notes they’d been propping up the bar.
It’s refreshing to see a comic open with a statement that ultimately sets the scene, taking into account the venue and location he’s performing in.
Pointing to the white board on his right, he announces that it will be up to the audience to choose the name of the show, handing out boards and marker pens to a lucky few in the first few rows.
He then soon has the audience in fits of laughter as he chatters about bulls sneaking up on people and men wearing head torches in supermarkets.
The audience plays a central part throughout his show, perhaps even taking him ‘off-script’ more than he planned.
With such a receptive audience, it’s not long before he has them engaged in a mass debate of sorts about local social hierarchy, while he tries to pronounce Holmfirth correctly.
The younger members of the audience don’t escape his attention for long either. Danny and Jack, two brothers in their teens, are among those chosen to spin the wheel on stage which decides the topics Jason talks about.
There’s hilarity as it lands on ‘suppositories’ to set up some very funny, but adult, tales which has the audience in stitches.
Finally the show’s title is decided. Minus a swear word, it was: “Kids, Coats, Bulls and Inbred People.”
Joking that he’s going to come back to the LBT and sit in the crowd during a comedy show, he exits the stage to rapturous, well deserved cheers having provided proof, if any were needed, that he sure is a comical force to be reckoned with.