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Peter-john Byrnes

Comedian, Writer

JFL Chicago 2014, Limestone Comedy Fest 2013, This Week in Despair podcast


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Chicago, IL

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Peter-john Byrnes has been described as having "a voice both hilarious and at times uncomfortable in the best of ways." He eschews typical subject matter in favor of informing audiences about the inevitability of human decline, the end of civilization, and other light-hearted fare. He also uses words like "eschews." He averages about two H.P. Lovecraft references a show.
His album recording, "American History XXX," played to sold-out audiences at the Indianapolis Fringe festival in 2014 and was listed as a top pick by both the alternative weekly NUVO and the Indianapolis Star newspaper.
Byrnes started performing stand-up professionally in 1985 at the age of seventeen and continues to this day, with the occasional decade of inactivity. He has opened for the likes of Orlando Jones, Erin Foley, Cameron Esposito, Dan Telfer, and Hari Kondabolu. Festival appearances include Limestone Comedy Festival 2013 (Bloomington IN), Just For Laughs Chicago 2013, and the Arch City Comedy Festival 2015.
His comedy podcast, This Week in Despair (, has listeners in over 45 countries. He is inexplicably popular in Finland.