Steve Byrne shares some insight into his character on Sullivan & Son. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, Byrne was born to a Korean mother and an Irish father. His unique background has given him the comedic material for his first television show, TBS’s Sullivan & Son. On the comedy series, Steve returns home to Pittsburgh to run the family bar and reconnect with his family and friends after an unfulfilled with his life as a corporate lawyer in New York. Steve becomes Sullivan & Son’s resident “bartender-slash-lawyer,” which is sometimes frustrating, sometimes rewarding, but always fun to watch.
Steve Byrne as Steve Sullivan on Sullivan & Son
More about Steve Byrne
In just a few short years, Steve Byrne has risen through the ranks of the comedy world to become one of the industry’s most innovative and sought-after performers. He has evolved throughout the years into an extremely versatile entertainer who delivers on a day-to-day basis.
After winning TBS’s cutthroat competition, The Myspace Standup or Sitdown Comedy Challenge, Byrne was hurtled into a nonstop television and film career. As his popularity began to expand, Byrne was featured in his very own half-hour Comedy Central Presents, which was soon voted as one of the best specials of all time in the Comedy Central Standup Showdown. His unique brand of standup has been seen on NBC’s The Tonight Show, TBS’s Conan, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, CBS’s The Late Late Show and BET’s Comic View. In 2008, Byrne’s first one-hour special, Steve Byrne’s Happy Hour, premiered on Comedy Central and further cemented his star status.
Packing an impressively wide range of appeal, Byrne’s comedy soon landed him on the The History of the Joke on the History Channel and the Discovery Channel’s The Science of Laughter. He has since appeared on some of TV’s hottest shows, including The Middle, The Chapelle Show, The International Sexy Ladies Show, The Howard Stern Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and TBS’s The Very Funny Show. He was also a series regular on NBC’s The Real Wedding Crashers. Byrne’s most recent hour special, The Byrne Identity, premiered in 2010 on Comedy Central to rave reviews. He is currently getting ready to tape his third hour special titled “Shoot the Locks Off”.
A true international comedian, Byrne has performed to sold-out crowds around the world. He has been a featured comic at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Toronto and Chicago; HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Las Vegas; and the CanWest Comedy Fest in Vancouver. He has been part of several national comedy tours, including The Jameson Comedy Tour, Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Tour, The Kims of Comedy, The Camel Cigarettes Sin City Tour and his own national Myspace Comedy tour. Byrne even had the honor of opening for such esteemed musical acts such as Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Modest Mouse, Puddle of Mudd, Spoon, the Rev. Horton Heat and many more. As a big supporter of the US troops, Byrne also headlined several USO tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan and Guam. He and his cast mates will tour the U.S. this summer on the Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour, beginning in Philadelphia on July 17, 2012.
On the big screen, Byrne has appeared in the hit comedies The Dilemma, Couples Retreat, Four Christmases and The Goods: The Don Ready Story. His 2006 documentary, 13 or Bust, chronicles the attempt to perform 13 comedy shows in Manhattan in one night. Byrne’s lack of ego and outstanding work ethic has helped him become one of today’s most respected comedians.