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Comedian Jason Byrne giving North East audiences the chance to name his show

The Irish comic is bringing his You Name The Show, show to Gala Theatre Durham and Middlesbrough Town Hall this autumn

Comedian Jason Byrne brings his new show to the North East in October
Comedian Jason Byrne brings his new show to the North East in October

Comedian Jason Byrne is kicking off a new tour on October 9, and his North East fans have two chances to catch him.

The tour of follows a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, where he performed the show to packed houses throughout August.

It’s called ‘You Name The Show’, and it certainly lives up to its name.

Each year Jason is asked for the name of his touring show and each year Jason has to think up a title. This year, Jason is handing the power back to the people and is asking his audience to name the show for him.

The best name - decided at the end of the tour - will win £500. When the comic does his shows at Durham Gala Theatre on October 24 and Middlesbrough Town Hall on November 21, audiences will see a leader board on stage.

Each night Jason will select a handful of audience members and give each one a white board to write down what they think the show should be called. At the end of the show, the entire audience will vote on which name is the best and the winning name will take place centre stage on the aforementioned leader board.

At the end of the tour, Jason and his final audience will choose the winning name.

Jason said: “I have great fun when I am on the stage and really looking forward to seeing what my audience come up with for the name of my show. I can’t wait to hit the road and see what happens. I love nothing more than giving them a laugh. The show breaks all the rules and is not to be missed.” If he does say so himself.

As well as getting the crowd involved in picking the tour name, Jason also enlists their help to decide the order of the show, using the ‘You Name The Show’ wheel of fortune.

This is when anything can happen, literally. By Jason’s own admission, the content of the show has been known to change “up to 546 times”. The show could open with the ending, end with the beginning and the opening might pop up mid-way! The show is completely up to the audience and the homemade wheel of fortune.

So if it’s all over the place, blame the spinner, not Jason.

Tickets for the shows are available from the Gala Theatre and Town Hall box offices on 0191 332 4041 and 01642 729 729 respectively or online at www.galadurham.co.uk or www.middlesbroughtownhallonline.co.uk

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