Steve Byrne: The Byrne Identity
Steve Byrne: The Byrne Identity
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Steve Byrne has established himself as one of the premier stand-up comedians of his generation. In his second one hour special, Steve asks the universal question "Who are you?" The result is a poignant, inventive, and immensely funny look at how we identify ourselves in America.
|Format:||Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen|
|Number of Discs:||1|
|Run Time:||73 minutes|
|DVD Release Date:||July 27, 2010|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 19 reviews|
|Average Customer Review: ( 19 customer reviews )
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8 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Holy Crap Jul 28, 2010
By Christopher Grannon
This is one of the best comedy specials I have ever seen. It will blow you away. I'm getting the DVD because I have seen him live and I know he has tons of other material that wasn't even aired! If you like to laugh, buy this DVD!
9 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Two Words: PURCHASE IMMEDIATELY Jul 28, 2010
The Steve Byrne Identity is INCREDIBLY funny! His jokes are original and he finds a way to relate to ANY audience member! The act is very well written which makes this his best special yet. So many of the jokes had me in tears. You will definitely be missing out on some great laughs if you do not purchase this DVD. There are also parts of his act that are included on the bonus features of this DVD that you must see!
8 of 10 found the following review helpful:
HILARIOUS!!! Jul 28, 2010
This is the best comedy DVD I have bought to date. Steve is hilarious! His jokes are intelligent and so entertaining! My cheeks hurt from laughing so much. I'm definitely glad I made this purchase. And to the other person who was so offended by the joke about Titanic. First of all, these are JOKES. Second, this joke is not about the people who were killed during the Holocaust but about how Hollywood is repeatedly creating movies about the Holocaust year after year when there are other tragedies that have happened or are happening that never get made into movies. Bottom line: The Byrne Identity is an EXCELLENT DVD!!!
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Almost there Dec 16, 2011
By Grant Robinson
I've never met Steve Byrne, but from what I've seen of him, he comes across as a genuinely nice guy. In my book, that's worth a lot of points. Steve's WTF Podcast interview alone was additional fuel for me to keep rooting for his success. Steve has spoken about how he wanted to step away from the frenetic physical comedy that he did in his previous special in deference to doing more spoken material, and The Byrne Identity definitely has that. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments, but this special does not meet its full potential. The risks that Byrne takes are misplaced in jokes about racial stereotypes, which produces a shocked response at times, but even these risks are somewhat safe, as this kind of ground is well-tread. A lot of the material is safe and therefore comes across as pandering, as if the comedian was thinking, "this sounds like something they'll laugh at," rather than material that gives the viewer an idea of what the Byrne Identity actually is. Also, there were places during the show where Steve's timing is rushed, and rather than building tension in the audience (letting them out and then reeeeeling them back in), he rushes to the punch line, giving him the appearance of being overeager for the laugh.
However, where Steve gets personal with his material and the timing isn't rushed, (So as not to give punch lines away, The iTunes bit and the Chinatown bit were great)it works very well and is very funny. Steve has great tags, is visually entertaining to watch, and knows when to escalate a punch line. The Byrne Identity is funny and shows Steve's evolution as a comic. However, beyond being half Korean and half Irish, I'm still not 100% sure yet just who Steve Byrne is. I look forward to his next special and wish him all of the success in the world.
2 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Hilarious! Sep 27, 2010
I'm just going to come right out and say it: I'm cheap. I will stalk ebay so I can buy a movie for a dollar. I will rummage through boxes at yard sales and haggle to get ten dvds for the price of a cheeseburger. I will slip movies into my purse at the homes of my friends and return them a week later. I have never paid full price for a dvd...
I've seen Steve live a couple times and he has always put on an incredible show (at one of them, I even got to be part of the act. For those who have purchased the dvd, I got to be the lucky lady for the last part. For those who haven't, well... now you have to buy it to get in on the secret. Trust me, it's hilarious). After I caught part of his special on Comedy Central, I knew my purchase would be well worth it. There's some hilarious stuff that didn't make it onto TV, so if you're on the fence about buying this: fear not, it is worth every penny.
Steve is observant, intelligent, and witty. This is especially showcased on this DVD. He takes some of today's relevant issues and puts a comedic spin on them, making the material on this DVD something a good humored audience can identify with.
Buy the dvd. You won't regret it!
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