to many as the shoplifter in ‘Notting Hill’ and the star and co-writer
of Channel Four’s Bafta award-winning sitcom Black Books, Dylan
Moran has made a name with his drunkenly acerbic brand of humour.
won countless comedy talent awards throughout the 90s, including
the 1996 Perrier Award, he started the new millennium with film
and TV appearances and found his profile boosted by cult comedy
series ‘Black Books.’
year will be busy for Moran, whose first starring role in a film
– The Actors, in which he plays Michael Caine’s sidekick will be
released. Secondly, the third series of ‘Black Books’ will be broadcast.
‘Monster’ tour is a return to the medium and type of material that
made his name as a comedian. In the flesh, Dylan Moran reminds you
of the drunken stranger you find at the end of any bar – both in
demeanour and appearance.
on stage to the sounds of the Velvet Underground clutching a glass
of wine and a packet of lung stripping full-strength cigarettes
he made it clear that this would not be a night of “typical” stand-up
from the off.
Moran is clearly not from the “joke then punch line” school of comedy,
currently undergoing a rebirth thanks in part to Peter Kay.
far more diverse range of subjects and life experiences and just
the plain irrelevant was up for discussion. His Swindon show illustrated
that he was prepared to talk about anything – except his career.
inviting questions, it took a while for the audience to realise
that Moran wouldn’t talk about his career. Somebody asked when his
new film was out, his answer was “I don’t know” – and then there
was a deadly silence. After a few more questions with equally short
responses Moran stated: "the good bits of my life don’t really make
for exciting material, so can we talk about something else."
this point, posed questions included the scientific theory of species,
relationships and buying presents for people you don’t like. All
brilliantly handled, crafting an interesting story along the way.
impromptu questions and replies to an increasingly annoying heckler
proved that despite the drunken appearance, Moran is a quick witted
thinker who can easily lead off from somebody’s question into his
‘pre-determined’ material without anyone seeing the join.
of Moran’s material is philosophical – someone asked how many cigarettes
he smoked in a day – after he seemingly chain smoked throughout
the whole gig. The comedian responded: “That depends on your understanding
of time – Last week I had a day which felt like it lasted about
eight years – I would have smoked loads then.”
the joke above shows, you can’t retell Dylan Moran’s material in
the same way you can with that of his contemporaries Peter Kay or
Adam Bloom. But this should not detract from the fact that he is
about the performance was unconventional but strongly recommended.
On finishing his performance he asked if he would be asked back
for an encore. The audience erupted with applause and the comedy
stayed on stage for a further 10 minutes because he “doesn’t like
to waste time or energy”.