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Quote:Grumpy Irishman on a visit to SwedenThe superpopular irish comedian Dylan Moran known from, among other things, the comedy series Black Books, are back in Scandinavia for a minitour where he performes as himself. We of course had to call him up to get some comments concerning this.Hello there, hows it going?-Its good, thanksI read somewhere that you dont like to talk to journalists, is that correct?-Have you talked to a lot of journalists? I have been interviewed hundreds of times, and they are probably nice people, but sometimes it is difficult to talk about yourself. It isnt that you get stupid questions, its just that you get the same questions the whole time. I understand that it becomes like that, but sometimes you just get tired of it. But dont worry, I have no problems talking to you.That is good to hear. When did you realise that you were funny?-It wasnt like I went around thinking that I was funny, even if I maybe succeded in amusing my closest without realising it. It was more a coincident that I fell into this in my twenties. Thats probably how it usually is.Youve been described as a grumpy old man in a young mans body, do you think that description fits you?-I would probably describe myself as a grumpy old man in an old mans body actually.Do you enjoy tourning?-It is fun when youre in the middle of it. It takes a while to get used to this kind of existence, because its a strange way of living. The biggest problem is that you miss your family.This is your second visist to Sweden this year, what kind of impression did you get the last time?-The audience is terrific, so there is absolutely nothing to complain about. But I travel around so much that I unfortunatly never remember what has happened in the different places.Do you have any favourite swedes?-There is one amazing actor that I think is swedish, but his name is completley impossible for me to pronounce. Stellan?Stellan Skarsgrd?-Yes, thats him. Hes brilliant, one of my absolute favourite actors. I think I saw him once in the streets in Dublin. I thought about approaching him, but it didnt happen because he dissapeared around the corner.If somebody want to watch good stand-up comedy, who would you recommend?-Me of course! Apart from the obvious ones, Ardal OHanlon is very good. He was just recently in Sweden. Bill Baily, who played in Black Books with me, everybody needs to see. Hell probably come to Sweden pretty soon too, he is amazing.What can people excpect when they go to see your show?-It is difficult for me to say, believe it or not. I am currently working on developing a new show, so there are alot of things that are in my head. I talk about different things that are common. Im afraid that is the best explanation I can give. Im sorry.
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Quote:Live from the cerebral cortexYou are intelligent and are good listeners. Your english are better than alot of what youll hear in London. This is how nicely Irelands big stand-up hope, Dylan Moran, talks about the Swedish audience. Tonight he performs in Gothenborg and Saturday in Stockholm.He arrives with a label saying Eddie Izzards favourite. The master has let his light shine on Dylan Moran, but he would have made it fine on his own.He is a lovable misanthrope with a somewhat rugged appearance. A glass of wine and cigarettes as crutches. A kind of man that some women would like to put in their handbag and take home.Dylan Moran can, in spite of his pub-image, be fantastically funny, intelligent and radiate energy. But then again he comes from Ireland and states that he spent his youth in the pub. He now lives in Edinburgh.I try to avoid the Irish when Im not at home, hes said. There is so much talk about being proud of being Irish. I cant stand it. Scotland is better, both for me and my family:Someone has taken a hold of his Irish origin and compared his stand-up to the constant forward going (?) inner monologue, stream of consiusness of James Joyce. Free flowing, evasive reasoning, digressions. Uncensored from the cerebral cortex.It is of course not like that. He has complete control, and there is alot he doesnt talk about, like his family for instance.On a wobbly cell phone connection Dylan Moran says that even if the ones closest to him never appears verbally in his show, he is inspired by everyone that he has the oppertunity to study up close.-I am most interested in behaviour, how people are acting in different situations. Right now it has something to do with age. Life changes and it is strange to realize that you are alive and going on without freaking out. You know, we are going to die: I think alot of people are walking around in a constant state denial. I mean of everything of how totally insane it is to be alive.Dylan Moran is the intellectual type. On his last visit he didnt use only the standard references to swedish stereotypes, but he also made references to Strindberg.-Yes, I think about where Im going and prepare quite a bit, but the rest is just nonsense.His language is surreal, associative and abstract. Alot of it looks to be spur of the moment.-There are moments of total improvisation. I dont want to know exactly what Im going to do when I go on stage. If I knew that, it would be like doing a play, and then I would get bored.-But alot of it is of course written down. You know, when you sit down with a pen and paper and see what happens. Some days are horrible and some are good, sometimes it is like recording things that are all prepared in your head.He usually has a glass of white wine and a cigarette, props from the real life, on stage.-I think better with a cigarette in my hand. But I have to quit eventually like everyone else.The white wine has the same function as the cigarette, it gets the brain going, he says and adds: -I dont need stronger stuff, I dont need heroin to think. And I do other things too, sometimes I eat a vegetable.He has certain similarities with Bernard Black, the grubby owner of the bookshop Black Books in London. The one that hates his customers, and would like most of all to sit and read, undisturbed, with some red wine and cigarettes. SVT aired the award-winning series, rather unnoticed, a few years ago under the exciting title Bker (Books). But those that chose to watch, got hooked.Like alot of great stand-up comedians, Dylan Moran, doesnt consider himself as political, but he is unpredictable. And that makes him able to say things like he did during his tour two years ago, where he said the following:It's a mistake to believe that Bush is stupid,PauseHe may be a savage drenched in blood, but he's not stupid.After the shows Monster and Monster II, he is now working on a new one: Like totally.-Ill try to do as much new material as I can remember in Stockholm. If my mind goes blank, Ill remember something else. I have a whole department store up there.
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Quote:Dylan Moran on the lineOn CANAL+ we have seen this irish, morose, misanthrope to comedian in the comedy The Actors, where he forms a swindling team (?) with Michael Caine. Dylan Moran is most known for his comedy series Black Books where he plays the second-hand bookshopmarauder Bernard a cynical (and irresistable) arse that makes you think of Absolutely Fabulous! And The Office. Dylan Moran has previously been bobbing close behind Eddie Izzard, but now he is establishd as a comedic star with his own light, in Britain as well as internationally. We got a talk with a hungover Dylan over the phone from Oslo.Dylan Moran was in Sweden this sping and is back in october with his new show.-By the time I arrive in Sweden again, I will do thorough reaserch, says Moran. Partly because your country is interesting, but also because I as a comedian want a local anchoring, a feeling for the place where I perform.-Something I discovered, that is interesting, is the difference between the scandinavian countries. They are similar, but still very different. It is a bit like the difference between Ireland and Great Britain they are close geographically, but culturally they are continents apart.He is currently writing on a new tv-series, in addition to new stand-up material, even if his work ethic has been so so the last few weeks.-I havent excactly been writing from nine to five recently, but I get my moments where Im a good schoolboy and work around the clock.It is obvious that he is feeling bad about not having written enough and that deadlines are passing him by in a dangerous speed and explains the creative lull simply:-I have been packing constantly for two weeks. Looking for my clothes mostly, you know..Dylan Moran has established himself as one of Europes best stand-up comedians, and has had some big hits with the series Black Books and in parts in movies like The Actors (now shown on CANAL+) and the zombiecomedy Shaun of the Dead. In other words, mostly comedies.-What is most real is stand-up comedy, still. Its live, its happening then and there. You are responsible and have the power, it is more direct. I have room for all the mediums, but it is the stage that is most satisfying.To have power over your own material is important, but it is also a burden.-Its much easier when you act someone elses script because then you dont have to worry. When you write yourself, you want to be sure that everything works. Acting is much, much easier. All you have to do is show up, put on some clothes and say the lines the best you can... It isnt even responsibility in the same way.To be standing on stage, alone, with all eyes on you and with the expectation of making a few hundred people laugh, sounds to many like a nightmare. Michael Caine, Morans co-star in The Actors, has expressed his admiration for the courage it takes to expose yourself to something like that. And why do you do it?-Its presumably because of some kind of disease, but what I dont know. Something horrible happened in my childhood or something. But I really think that you shouldnt worry that much about what other people think. Boring people are often sad because they are afraid what others think of them. Its of course more fun to be around someone who has no restricitons and can talk about anything. And that kind of a person can either become a stand-up comedian or a dictator, I presume.. The trick is to not care too much.According to himself, Dylan has a really bad memory which must be horrible considering his profession.-I take is as it comes.. I have a list in my pocket on stage, and vague understanding of the set, but it often doesnt turn out excactly like that I walk on stage and do nothing of what I have written down.The improvising might explain why he always chainsmokes and has a bottle of wine on stage.-At that time of the evening I usually have a drink nearby anyway, so I can just as well bring it with me on stage. As long as you keep control of the intake it is no problem.
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The Irish Independent. - Wednesday 25 February 1998
Dylan Moran appeared in the new BBC comedy How Do You Want Me? last night. It's the latest step in the career of a reluctant performer who seems to have
stumbled into celebrity.
Written by Simon Nye, the brains behind Men Behaving Badly, the show is described by the BBC as ``a realistic but gleeful story of what happens when you drop
an urban man into the murky goldfish bowl of rural life and watch him trying to swim.''
If it is
half as successful as Nye's previous writing effort, then Moran looks set to become one of the biggest entertainment icons of the next 10 years.
typically unusual move, he plays Ian Lyons, a born and bred Londoner who thinks one grimy urban cinema more worthy than a thousand country fairs. This culture
shock, along with his wife's family who despise and distrust city folk, sets the stage for numerous comic misunderstandings with, hopefully, hilarious
a brave move for Moran, but then this is one performer who has never done anything by the book. Something of an oddball even by Irish comedian standards (and
that's really saying something), Moran is almost impossible to classify and seems to derive a certain satisfaction as he leaves over-analytical journalists
trailing in his coat tails as they try to get some sense from his interviews.
don't really like doing interviews,'' he has said numerous times in the past. "I don't really understand why these people want to talk to
me when I so frequently don't want to talk to them.''
That's a typical Dylan Moran statement. In an era when
most comedians have to be prepared to do and say just about anything in an effort to get noticed in an increasingly crowded and vicious market, the most
animated Moran ever seems to get is an exaggerated sigh and flounce of the hair.
only do stand up because it's an excuse to get up late from bed,'' he once half joked. But Moran, who left his Navan school at 15 ("because I
was bored'') and moved to Dublin ("where I was bored''), has never looked like he takes his job seriously.
makes him even more perplexing is that he beat the likes of Bill Bailey to win the prestigious Perrier award for Best Comedian at the Edinburgh Comedy festival
fact that previous winners such as Frank Skinner and Steve Coogan have all gone on to enjoy glittering television careers, people were rather surprised to hear
Moran dismiss the whole event.
"I'm not excited by the whole thing at
all,'' he said. "It's just a piece of metal and a bit of wood. I'm depressed.'' Even the organisers of the prize, which also
included the not inconsiderable cash sum of £3,000, felt the need to apologise for him. It was unlikely that he was ever going to apologise for himself,
because what makes Moran's career so interesting is his apparent lack of interest in everything he does.
hands of a lesser comedian, this attitude would come across as truculent, spoiled and, even worse, boring. But the simple fact is that Dylan Moran is the best
comedian from the Republic of Ireland since Dave Allen.
there are quite a few similarities between the two talents. A meandering delivery that seems aimless until arriving at a punchline that has the crowd rolling
in the aisles. Comparisons with Dave Allen don't end there, either.
older comedian became known for a having a drink and %$+ during his shows, Moran was in danger of losing the plot completely. It seemed as if doing a show was
just an excuse for quaffing vast quantities of booze while on stage and off.
to prove that the ability to tell a few jokes to your mates in the pub does not a comedian make, Moran seemed to become funnier the drunker he became.
"It's an extremely tedious business,'' he said during a time when his drinking was at its worst. "The focus is on you all the time. So to
distract yourself from that you get hammered.''
be the real excuse is that Moran just likes the taste of drink, but it's a sign of his talent that he can go on stage after a few drinks and continue to
slurp away. Most comedians do it once and have nightmares for years Moran does it most nights and never seems to mind.
expect a comic to be consistent: if you want that go and see an accountant. So there wasn't much surprise that Dylan, who once dismissed television,
saying, "I wouldn't want to just give my name to something; I'd want to write all of it and design the production ... television is unspeakable
but horribly fascinating,'' ended up doing this new sit-com.
who could very well become the first Irish comedy superstar seems remarkably unfazed by a lifestyle that must be a million miles away from the one planned for
him in Navan. There, he went to the same school as Tommy Tiernan. Trying to explain why two of Ireland's funniest comedians should come an inconsequential
school in a town not renowned for its sense of humour, Moran remarked, ``What you just said is the reason we got into comedy. When you spend so much time being
really depressed and miserable you have no other choice but to go into a fantasy world and make up stuff, which is what we both do.''
there must be more method to his madness than he would like to admit.
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