Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest

Comedy (stand-up)

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  • Assembly Rooms - Music Hall
  • 21:00
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Ireland
  • Group: Vivienne Smith Management
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 14 and above (14+)(Strong Language/Swearing)
  • Accessibility:
    Signed Performance
    Sight not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has any traits that are worth passing on to his children. 'Masterful... Go see!' ***** (Sunday Times). Lauded as one of the finest observational comics in the industry, it is no surprise that he is now a TV name. BBC appearances recently have included: Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo (Host), Top Gear, QI and The Pilgrimage. An avid hill walker and canoeist, Ed writes a column for The Great Outdoors magazine.

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  • Signed Performance
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: There is lift access into the performance space. If not taking the lift there are 23 steps into the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
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Signed performances

  • Dates: 14 August, 21 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating requests in relation to the location of the interpeter.

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Elin 89 days ago

Having never seen Ed was persuaded to go along as it was the signed performance. Well he didn’t fail to live up to expectations.
The woman beside me laughed so much she cried. It’s def a show to see if your a parent I’m sure you will relate to it!
Yvonne the signer was brilliant and I’m not sure how she kept up with such a fast paced show!

Sue Grimshaw 89 days ago

Stealing from the title of the show, if I’m honest, I did not enjoy this show as much as I thought I would. It had its moments and I could never fault Ed on the enthusiasm of his delivery, but on the whole it didn’t make me laugh too much sadly :(

Ellen 93 days ago

Brilliant show - glad finally got to see Ed Byrne live! Thoroughly enjoyed it - one of our favourite shows at the Fringe!

Tony 93 days ago

Strong, fun show about his life and kids.

Dawn Morris 93 days ago

Loved the show as did my teenage boys. Very, very funny. A booking error means I now have 5 tickets for Sat too ( which is sold out) . Phone Rutland hotel if you are interested!

UK Family At The Fringe 96 days ago

Went with family group of 10, age 14-78 and we all enjoyed it. Very funny, although we did see him this year at Ealing comedy festival, so part of the show was exactly the same material. As mentioned in other reviews - since being a parent is the main theme, other parents will appreciate the jokes. Great venue - worth booking in advance. Would recommend

Pauline 100 days ago

Funny and enjoyable but Ed seems to rely more on delivery than material

G C 101 days ago

Ed Byrne was on great form, with fantastic energy, passion and story weaving skill. However, the rapid delivery and accent did make it hard for my Moldovan friend to follow. If you enjoy him on TV then you'll love him live. Excellent venue, with good views and audio (I was at the back row of the main stalls).

John French 101 days ago

A very professional performance. Would have cost a fortune in London where the venue would have been bigger and the stage much further away

Carola Martin-Smith 102 days ago

Laughed out loud from the beginning to the end! Fantastic.

Fern Bamford 102 days ago

We expected to laugh and that we did - in abundance. A very well crafted, energetically delivered show. Ed includes a lot if references to his family, particularly his kids and delivers his remarks in a self deprecating way. The hour long show flew by and we left feeling thoroughly entertained.

Sean Davis 104 days ago

Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest (*****)
Byrnes comedy centers on his own failings and dealing with his two young sons and wife. Though it seems impromptu he carefully crafted his show to “drift” between a variety of topics with his fathering serving as touchstones. From super hero movies to seeing himself in his children to his final sarcastic interaction with his wife, his gentle humor had me wiping tears of laughter from my eyes throughout.

This was the 3rd most enjoyable of the 43 shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other similarly short reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website: www.fringefan.com.

Nix 105 days ago

Hal Cruttenden spent a lot of his set complaining that Ed Byrne is much funnier. Turns out he's right.

john wood 105 days ago

I hate Ed Byrne as on TV he is very funny and in real life guess what - he is even funnier bastard!!!!
Seriously yes he does talk about his family, but I think he 47???, so family will be a big reference point and in fairness it did say this in the fringe synopsis of the show as they also warned us about the language and what did you expect from a man whose mother was abducted by Icelanders and lives in a Thermal Spa, see the show for the reference.

Just a top performer on top of his art.

Edinburgh fringe goer 106 days ago

Funny yes, but a lot of talk about his kids. Aimed at the 40 plus age range,

Ruth M 106 days ago

I agree with the previous review. We were rather underwhelmed and left not sure if we had enjoyed the show - certainly no belly laughs. There were moments which made us smile but far too few.

Sheila H 107 days ago

If I'm honest(!), this didn't always hit the mark. It was funny in parts but punctuated with lots of swearing and even faster than normal Ed Byrne delivery meant some funny snippets were lost. The sound wasn't quite right, perhaps too loud, which affected the delivery. However overall an enjoyable experience.

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Chortle (4/5 stars) 85 days ago

Like many comics currently, Ed Byrne is addressing his mental health. But rather than setting himself apart from other people, the Irishman is seeking to make the voices in his head relatable. ...

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One4Review (4.5/5 stars) 88 days ago

It was 1998 that a first saw Ed Byrne perform in Edinburgh. It was his nominated show A Night at the Opera and I, along with others were blown away by the ease that he drew laughs and told his … Read More...

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Voice Mag (5/5 stars) 91 days ago

If I’m Honest is a superbly crafted hour of entertainment, and is definitely stand-up at its best. If you manage to get tickets for it in Edinburgh you are in for a treat, but if not, he is touring the show around the UK after the Fringe, and you would be remiss not to try and catch it.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (3/5 stars) 92 days ago

Irish raconteur and TV regular Ed Byrne bounds onto the stage to thunderous applause in this packed, upmarket venue. The tousled quiff and red lamé jacket make him look unsettlingly like the charismatic lead s...

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 92 days ago

If you’re looking for high quality stand up from a master of observational comedy, you’ve come to the right place. With decades of experience, Ed Byrne holds the stage with confidence and finesse. His show centres around his children and what he might be able to teach them despite his...

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FringeReview 94 days ago

When you visit the fringe it can be a difficult task to work out who to go and see. One way to simplify this is to pick a name you are already familiar with. Ed Byrne has been a regular on our TV screens for many years, he has toured...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 96 days ago

Ed Byrne has some great material about not being a hero to his wife and children. ...

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Daily Business Magazine (5/5 stars) 100 days ago

A masterclass from one of the finest comedians on the circuit.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 101 days ago

Following a sell-out 2017 Fringe run, Ed Byrne returns to Edinburgh with a side-splitting show about family life, getting older and passing questionable traits onto his kids. While claiming he needs his comedy career more than ever – despite his initial belief that raising a family would give him newfound...

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