[Full Interview] Stand Up Comedian Steve Byrne


Comedian Steve Byrne has gone through the ranks of the comedy world to become one of the industry’s best comedians. Born and raised from Pittsburgh, PA, Steve Byrne was born to a Korean mother and an Irish father. Comedian Steve Byrne went on to star and be the creator of Sullivan & Son, a half an hour comedy show on TBS along Vince Vaughn for three years.  1. What other jobs did Steve Byrne do before starting stand up comedy?  EVERYTHING! Washed cars, cooked in kitchens, washed dishes, waited tables, sold kitchen knives door to door,  delivered videos back when people watched videos, golf caddy, telemarketing, you name it, I got fired from it.  2. How did you know you wanted to be a comedian?  The first time I did stand up, it was like the first time I had sex: it was quick, I cried immediately afterward and I knew I had to do it again, as soon as possible. I was hooked. In all honesty, when I saw Gary Cannon doing it, I knew, well, if he can do this… 3. If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing? Selling my body as an instrument of passion.  4. Where are some of your favorite places to perform? New York City, my first 7 years were cutting my teeth in the clubs. I always felt like I got my masters in Manhattan. There’s a vibe to the NYC clubs. You just feel like you’re part of the city when doing those clubs. It’s hard to explain but I feel the same way about Vegas. I love Nashville too. Usually, it’s a city that has great food as well. NEW ORLEANS!!! Bad comedy city but I always just have fun and great meals.  5. Who are some of your favorite up-and-comers in the comedy world? Camilla Cleese is someone I’ve worked with that I enjoy watching. Very funny and great jokes. Melissa Villasenor. She’s on SNL and I love how positive she is. She’s got a really likable stage presence. Just easy to watch her at The Comedy Store. Patrick Keane has been doing it a while but GREAT WRITER!!! Ryan Dalton as well. Really funny guy.  6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Don’t drink before your set. 

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