Saturday 16 December 2017

RTE could learn how to make a show from TV3, says comedian Jason Byrne

Jason Byrne reckons RTE could learn a thing or two from TV3
Jason Byrne reckons RTE could learn a thing or two from TV3

Elaine MacCahill

Funnyman Jason Byrne has praised TV3 for listening to the views of comedians and actors when commissioning shows, saying RTE could learn from the approach.

Byrne made the comments while speaking about his new comedy show for the Ballymount-based broadcaster.

He said: "Jeff Ford, the new director of content, brought loads of people - actors, writers, comedians - into his office in TV3 and asked: 'what do you like doing, what do you want to do?'"

And he claimed: "RTE have never ever done that.  Can you believe that?

The top comedian will be joining the new TV3 schedule with his new show, Jason Byrne's One Hour Photo.

For the show, Jason will be taking celebrities and a studio audience down memory lane, embarrassing them with dodgy photographs from their childhoods.

While Jason has praised Jeff Ford for having an open stance, he also said TV3 can't compete with RTE when it comes to cash.

"The only thing about TV3 - the downside of it is - you get this show and they go, 'brilliant', and then their final line is, 'We don't have very much money'.  BUt this is one show, (Jason Byrne's One Hour Photo) that I would do for free."

Byrne has a busy few months ahead as he'll be touring with his stand-up gig, You Name the Show.  He's also running the New York City Marathon in November for Temple Street Children's Hospital.

However, despite being so busy, he always makes time for family.

"My 14-year-old is in secondary school and it's harder to take him out and the other one is seven now, she he's going into first class.

So we sit down with the agent and we carefully map out family, gig, TV and radio," he said.

Jason has experienced great success since his days at the International Bar, becoming a regular fixture on BBC One, ITV, Channel 4, Sky One and RTE2.

He will also be taking to the stage at this year's Electric Picnic in Stradbally from August 29-31 along with Rubberbandits, David O'Doherty, Simon Amstell and David McSavage.


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