ED Byrne heads to Wirral later this year as part of his national tour.

The comedian, television presenter, columnist and mountain climber reflects on everything from life as a father and husband to feminism and transgenderism during the Outside Looking In show at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton on May 3.

He also talks a lot about his family and the show is his most personal yet.

He said: "I didn't make a conscious effort to write a more personal show, but that was what was coming out when I started writing it.

"People come to see me for a laugh and I would like to think they go away thinking the show is quite heart-warming.

"A lot of comics may talk about the same stuff, but what makes it mine is that what I'm saying is what I genuinely think on this subject, and I try to make it as funny as I can."

Away from the stage his television credits include appearances on BBC's Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, The One Show, Live At The Apollo and Comic Relief Bake Off 2015.

He has now broken into factual presenting, with appearances on BBC Two’s Dangerous Roads and Volcano Live. He also co-presented a series Dara & Ed’s Big Adventure with fellow comic Dara O'Briain. 

He is also a serious outdoors enthusiast and recently climbed Mount Blanc, Europe's highest mountain, for the second time.

He also writes a regular column for The Great Outdoor Magazine!

An established touring favourite, the Irishman recently marked up 20 years as a comic.

Wirral Globe:

Ed Byrne. Picture: Roslyn Gaunt

And he has altered the subject matter over the years. 

He said: "My comedy reflected my life at that time – single and enjoying myself – and most of it was fairly harmless 'the difference between men and women' kind of thing.

"But some of the stuff about an ex-girlfriend I can see was a bit angry and I wouldn't do it now."

He's currently writing a sitcom set in an outdoors shop.

Ask if he plans to introduce his sons to the pleasures of outdoors, he said: "My wife, Claire, and I already have.

"So far they love it, camping and canoeing, that sort of thing.

"As they're growing it's hard to be apart from them when I'm on tour, and I try not to be away for more than a couple of days at a time.

"But one of the great things about my job is that it means I can spend a lot of time with them when I'm home."

Tickets for his show at the Floral Pavilion on May 3 are from the box office on 0151 666 0000.