Reviewer: Marie Smith
Jason Byrne is “Propped Up” is a brand new show from the very experienced, very funny, highly acclaimed, side-splitting, feel good comedian.
Byrne brings back his warmth and generous stagecraft with even more props and silly humour and his famous white suit. Recently on his British and Irish tour he reintroduced his prop comedy mixed with his stand-up and audience participation. The audience wanted more silly props… more giant ducks, more rubber hands, owls, boxes and music and that is what he delivered.
Byrne involves the crowd and takes an interest in what they do and smoothly uses it in his jokes. He teases teenagers about being young and inexperienced and jokes with their family members in a really natural way. His ability to stop hecklers is fantastic- he uses Deal or No Deal numbered boxes with swear words to insult them and asks them to pick a box. He also uses a Countdown style set with letters to spell out insults to quieten them down.
Ensuring the women stay on side he jokes with them about mother-in-laws and how to deal with them. He also describes married life brilliantly which is so relatable it has the couples in hysterics! Describing the difference between men and women and how men don’t need kisses and cuddles and how women manage to do household jobs during sex he has the audience literally crying with laughter.
Byrne thinks of every last detail in Propped Up, he cleverly talks about the toilet five minutes before the interval so that a few members of the audience sneak off and become the subject of his last joke before the end of the part.
The use of props including masks placed on members of the audience make the second part ridiculously funny and continues the madness as he playfully drags a man on stage he breaks his belt which adds to the stupidity and leads him to get a ‘community belt’ from someone else in the audience!
Byrne reminisces about growing up in the 80’s with Andrew’s Liver Salts to cure all illnesses and acts out trying to change out of your trunks on the beach behind a towel with a prop to suggest him flashing his bits!
With hilarious facial expressions which are used to great affect throughout, Propped Up has something for everyone, you won’t be dissapointed.
Reviewed on 23rd October 2016