Like his fellow Irish stand-ups Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan and Owen O'Neill, Byrne is a highly skilled graduate of the rambling school of comedy. His material flows in a likeable, meandering way, rather than coming out as a rat-tat-tat attack of one-liners. But don't be deceived by the casual appearance: he is always in complete control on stage. As The Independent put it, Byrne is "a master of the comic diversion and `strange but true' observations that catch audiences squarely under the ribcage".
Derby Assembly Rooms, Market Place (01332 255800) tonight, 8pm, pounds 12; Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry (02476 524524) tomorrow, 7.30pm, pounds 12Reuse content