Steve Byrne is a veteran comic who created and starred in the TBS sit-com “Sullivan and Son”. That show, which ran for 3 seasons from 2012-2014, was a veritable who’s who of stand-up comedians: Roy Wood Jr., Ahmed Ahmed, Ken Jeong, Billy Gardell…all had either regular or recurring roles on this show.

Steve Byrne’s new movie “The Opening Act” ALSO has a murderer’s row of great comics: Bill Burr, Tom Segura, Cedric the Entertainer and a slew of other have roles.

Here’s the trailer for “The Opening Act” followed by a bit of our visit with Steve in which we reminisce about the comedy scene in L.A. in the late nineties through two thousands, Vince Vaughn and many of our mutual friends and acquaintances.

“The Opening Act” is co-produced by Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley. Most people know who Vince Vaughn is from movies like “Wedding Crashers” and “Swingers”. You ALSO know who Peter Billingsley is even if you don’t REALIZE it. He played Ralphie Parker in possibly the greatest holiday movie of all time, “A Christmas Story”. He was the “you’ll-shoot-your-eye-out” kid!

Vaughn and Billingsley have been two of the die-hard fans and driving forces behind the L.A. comedy scene since at least the early 2000’s. That’s right…the tall handsome guy from “Swinger’s” has been a major force for stand-up comedy for almost 20 years. The other guy from “Swinger’s”? The kind of dumpy sad-sack? Oh, he’s only been responsible for most of the pop culture stuff that you’ve loved for the past two decades, generating BILLIONS of dollars in the process.

Here’s some of our chit-chat with comedian, actor and director Steve Byrne.