Steve Byrne went to Kent State in Ohio to study theatre, “I never had the intentions to be a comedian! I went to New York City after college,” he said, “and just walked up and down Broadway looking for a job. I ended up in a comedy club that offered me work.” And success followed. In New York, Byrne was performing 7-8 times a week and his advice to up-and-coming comedians is to just keep getting on stage. “Get up on stage as much as possible, write, develop you own view of the world, but there’s much you need to find out on your own. There’s a stage and you gotta tell jokes,” he said.
So how does a successful stand-up comic transition to a successful actor? “Stand-up is a very selfish occupation. You wear what you want, say what you want, but acting is a long laborious process.” Just like rehearsing a play, sitcom actors “rehearse to put on the show in front of our live studio audience.” So which feels more natural for the comedian? “I’ve been doing stand-up for 14 years and acting for 2 months. They’re both extremely fun, and in the end you’re getting tons of laughs.” And that’s Steve Byrne: smart writing, en pointe deliveries, and just tons of laughs. The show premieres on TBS on July 19–here’s a trailer.