Steve Byrne at the Water Street Tavern. Nicole Jones/KSU News Lab for The Portager

Photos: Steve Byrne returns to his alma mater for comedy at Water Street

Comedian Steve Byrne headlined a night of comedy at the Water Street Tavern on Thursday night, along with Bill Squire, Anthony Savatt and host Mike Polk Jr. 

Byrne, a 1996 Kent State theater graduate, is best known as the creator of the Sullivan & Son series that ran three seasons on TBS. He has performed his stand-up routine on various late-night shows.

At Water Street, he moved among the audience and asked Polk questions, making playful remarks with the audience members. 

Polk opened the show with his own set, joking about his experience studying communication at Kent State, his career in journalism and recent events. 

Polk handed it off to Savatt, who was a Kent State accounting major. 

Squire was the only comedian there who did not graduate college. Squire joked with a group of women in the audience who were studying nursing.

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Mike Polk Jr. and Steve Byrne
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Steve Byrne
Mike Polk Jr.
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Mike Polk Jr.
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Nicole Jones is a photojournalist with the Collaborative News Lab @ Kent State University.