This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Comedian Steve Byrne, headlining in The Comedy Works at The Plaza February 6-8. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Byrne talks about his atypical persona as a non-neurotic comedian; his experience being raised by a Korean mother and Irish father; his decision to become more vulnerable with his material; why traveling is the worst part of show business; who he considers his comedic role models, including Colin Quinn and Bill Burr; and his decision to direct a documentary on The Amazing Johnathan.
Byrne has performed to sold-out crowds around the world. He has been a featured comic at the Just for Laughs Festival (in Montreal, Toronto and Chicago), HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Las Vegas and the CanWest Comedy Fest in Vancouver. He has been part of several national comedy tours including The Jameson Comedy Tour, Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Tour, The Kims of Comedy, The Camel Cigarettes Sin City Tour, and his own national Myspace Comedy tour. Byrne opened for popular musical acts such as Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Modest Mouse, Puddle of Mudd, Spoon, Rev. Horton Heat and many more. As a big supporter of the US troops, Steve also headlined several USO tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan and Guam.