Comedian Jason once broke royal protocol by asking King Charles III and then Prince Charles if he wanted to “go out for a drink.”
he Dubliner tells the story on this week’s episode of Angela Scanlon’s talk show, Ask me something, which airs tonight.
Byrne said he met King Charles twice on the Royal Variety Show, and the first time he “died on my ass” during his stand-up performance.
When asked to perform a second time, he swung across the stage on a “wrecking ball like Mylie Cyrus,” he said.
When the show ended, Byrne said he would “queue” with the other acts to meet the future king.
After exchanging pleasantries with Charles and Camilla, he asked the prince to meet for drinks, but was told Camilla would be more willing.
“I said, ‘Would you like something to drink later?’ He looks at me and says, ‘I won’t, but she will,'” Byrne said.
The comedian, now 50, opened up about his personal life, health issues and his late father, whom he called “Paddy Lama”.
His father Paddy died in February 2020, and Byrne said in the coming months people would approach his father’s age and say his father “didn’t like to be around now” because of the Covid-19 restrictions.
“I said, ‘I’m pretty sure he would have preferred to be alive,'” he said.
Byrne shared how, in his early stand-up days, his father was reluctant to come to his shows if someone was bothering his son. At one of the few shows his father went to, he came backstage and looked nervous.
He said it later emerged that his father had pulled a heckler out of a seat, hit him and the bouncers had to drag him away.
He recalled that his father had an overall relaxed attitude to life and death and as he always said, “If you worry you die, if you don’t worry you die anyway, so why worry?”
Byrne also shared that he has five stents in his heart. He said when he tells British audiences about his heart surgery he gets “sympathy” while Irish audiences just want to know “if you almost died”.
The comedian is joined this week by singer Erica Cody, who opened up about the success of her recent single love like that.
Ms. Cody speaks second place about the discipline she gained from playing basketball as a teenager Dancing with the starsher turtle obsession and her pet turtle named “Biggie”.
The singer, who will soon be traveling to Los Angeles for the first time to work on a musical collaboration, added, “Other people don’t make things possible for you – you have to make them yourself.”
Also featured on tonight’s show countdown Start Rachel Riley.
Join Angela and the crew for Angela Scanlon’s Ask Me Anything on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player this Saturday night at 21:30.
https://www.independent.ie/news/comedian-jason-byrne-recalls-the-time-he-asked-king-charles-iii-to-go-for-a-drink-42086565.html Comedian Jason Byrne recalls the time he asked King Charles III to “go out for a drink.”