Ed Byrne leads tributes as brother and comedy director Paul Byrne dies aged 45

Ed Byrne has paid tribute following the death of his brother and comedy director Paul Byrne at the age of 45, with comedians across the UK sharing their condolences.

Byrne, who was well-loved across the UK comedy circuit, was known for helping to craft incredible comedy shows, working with comedians including Andrew Maxwell, Roisin Conaty, Glenn Wool, Catherine Bohart, Sarah Keyworth, and Sindhu Vee.

Ed, 49, shared a photo of the pair of them on Twitter, writing: ‘Paul Byrne was a lot of things to a lot of people.

‘A talented comedy director and stand up fixer, he was loved by so many.But to me, he was my pain-in-the-a**e little brother and I will miss him so much. RIP Paul Byrne 1977-2022.’

Richard Herring responded: ‘Much love to you Ed. He was loved by a lot of people and will be greatly missed.’

Shaparak Khorsandi added: ‘Oh Ed. Like every comic, I loved hanging out with your brother. Took it for granted would do so again. He was so in-the-moment, had the best chat, lovely, funny man. My love and deepest condolences to you and your family xxx.’

Jessica Knappett wrote: ‘So sorry. Such a funny, clever man who always brought out the best. I loved being in his company. Sending so much love xxxx’.

Maxwell, who Byrne had often worked with, shared a photo writing: ‘Rest in Peace Paul.

‘You embiggened life in so many ways. Forever you will be my perfectly cromulent friend.’

Wool added: Goodnight KiKi, If laughs were money we’d have been billionaires, Safe travels. Paul Byrne 1977-2022. RIP (it up).’

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