SOME OF BRITAIN’S best-known comedians joined together recently to hold a last-minute gig in Edinburgh to help Irish comedy director Paul Byrne treat his cancer.
While Paul is known in the industry for his work behind the scenes and back stage his brother Ed Byrne is a familiar face and voice to UK TV and radio audiences.
All proceeds from PaulMooners, A Fullmooners Moontacular, which took place on Wednesday, August 21 at the 1,000-capacity McEwan Hall as part of the Edinburgh Fringe, were given directly to Paul Byrne, the comedy director and brother of comedian Ed, who is performing on the night.
The 36 year old from Dublin was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the beginning of the Festival, and has returned to London to begin an intensive course of chemotherapy.
John Bishop is on the line-up for the high-profile event, which is a special revival of Andrew Maxwell’s late-night Fullmooner’s show, which Paul Byrne directed.
Bishop, who played a full Fringe run at the McEwan Hall in 2010, the last time he was at the festival, said of his only appearance this year: “I was performing at one of the best venues at the festival, with some of the best people from the festival, for a true gent of the festival.”
Also on the line-up were Jason Byrne, Phill Jupitus, Glenn Wool and Terry Alderton.
According to the Lymphoma Association, more than 1,800 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma each year in the UK. It can be very successfully treated and the majority of people with it will be completely cured.