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Quote:Aberdeen Evening ExpressMay 18, 2006 ThursdayDylan Moran New stand-up show. The Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen, 7.30pm, Thursday, June 15.The Independent (London)May 17, 2006 Wednesday Comedy; DYLAN MORAN: LIKE, TOTALLY Warwick Arts Centre COVENTRY ***BY Julian HallThere seems to be nothing disingenuous about the applause and stomping feet of the Warwick Arts Centre audience who attempted to procure an encore from a reluctant Dylan Moran ("I'm tired of talking," he modestly mutters). Nothing fake, yes, but such rapture seemed incongruous in response to a comic whose style is not to deliberately whip his audience into frenzy. He could if he wanted to, of course, but then Moran could do a lot of things if he wanted to, and the quasi-stadium layout of the Butterworth Hall reminds me that he could probably hold a Wembley-sized audience as much as Eddie Izzard, who he strongly resembles in a few of his passages tonight. Passages, or moments, seem the best way to describe the loose narrative structure of his act, meandering from American Star-bucks-led imperialism to how children make you realise how little you know' or the occasional random U-turn back to themes such a Catholicism, first dissecting the decorative aspect of the religion and then talking about the "sugary shame" facing a Catholic encountering a packet of biscuits.Not that a narrative map, something that Moran talked about in a recent interview in The Independent ("People want the map. They want to be told about their lives." , has been dispensed with altogether. However, his map operates on his Irish basis of time and space that he describes as "polychromic" as opposed to the monochromic basis of the English. This means that one minute Moran is describing the German language as like the sound of "typing on tin foil", and the next he suggests that the English are Teutonical-ly challenged because they are unwilling to accept their German heritage. It' s a kind of volte-face that many of Moran's drawings, shown on a screen above him, also exhibit.Time spent with Moran makes for, overall, a gentle evening. Along the way, his best jokes provoke bursts of laughter among the contented chuckles' lines such as, "People who turn to Jesus tend to be people who haven't done that well with anyone else." Nonetheless, such gems stand out all the more for being sown throughout a show that is satisfying -even edifying - but somewhat less than electrifying.Touring to 28 June (www.mickperrin.com)Coventry Evening TelegraphMay 12, 2006 Friday What'sOn: Your 60 SECOND guide to the week ahead.....TOP COMEDYPERRIER award-winning comic Dylan Moran is famed for his laconic Irish style and has starred in and written several TV comedies including Channel 4's popular Black Books with Bill Bailey.He's looking, sell-out success when I appears at Coventry's Warwick Arts Centre tonight with his stand-up show Like Totally. Phone 024 7652 4524 to check for ticket returns.The Times (London)May 12, 2006, FridayDylan MoranBY: Dominic MaxwellDYLAN MORAN. The Deco, Northampton. ***When he's on song, Dylan Moran is one of the most excitingly articulate stand ups around. The former Black Books star stands and delivers with a winning charm, looking like some American sitcom smartie in jeans and blazer. To his right, a small comfort table bearing water, coffee, fags and wine. Behind him, projections of his doodly cartoons. The man himself: delightful company. But over two hours, this show reveals itself as a work in progress. Biting new observations turn into chunks of old material, with the odd endearingly awkward pause as he waits for the gods to forward him his next routine.By his own admission Moran takes a few dozen hours on-stage to chisel new material into shape. A week into a big British tour, his theme of looking at life square-on falls in and out of focus."I relate to this place instinctively," he says in an amiably rude intro, "the huge, unspoken despair." He then contrasts nothingy provincial life with a double-edged tribute to urban life: "Mobile-phone tumours are far more common in the city," he announces. "You know what? So is everything else, including sex, coffee and conversation."Moran, who was brought up in rural Navan, Ireland, gets good value from his on/off attitude to the ways we cover up our animal natures. Dating? A fancy camouflage for prolonging the species. The Royal Family? A fairytale for grown-ups.Conversation?A way of "inveigling your way into other people's consciousness to escape your own".And his almost literary turns of phrase, conveyed in a seemingly casual conversational tone, suggest that his forthcoming comic novel should be a treat.City coffee-lovers sip "nimbuccinos"; middle-aged women act out "a fantasia of hair dye and despair"; "the people look like pork," he says in a purposely prejudiced routine about Germany and Hitler.So there's plenty to enjoy. But when he brings in clumps of old material or flits in and out of anecdotes about fatherhood, he doesn't live up to his own high standards.Nobody expects a two-hour stand-up show to sort out all the mysteries of "the mortal shame of being alive", as he puts it. But Moran is so bright, so capable of turning plain truths into his own illuminating comic language, that you long for him to get even more value from his own good ideas. On past evidence, as the tour goes on, he'll do just that.On tour. Next show tonight, Warwick Arts Centre (024-7652 4524)Aberdeen Press and JournalMay 9, 2006 TuesdayStage set for an entertaining summerHorsecross, the organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, has unveiled its first summer season programme.....As well as Craig Hill, comedy fans can sample the delights of Ross Noble and Dylan Moran.
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Review from Lancashire Telegraph.
BURNLEY needed to laugh after a fairly wretched 48 hours - and Dylan Moran was more likely to score than Paterson, Nugent and Eagles combined on that front.
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An Englishman, an Irishman and an American go to a park in St Albans.
They all stand on the first purpose-built comedy stage in the UK,
surrounded by 5,500 seats, 450 crew members, 66 trucks and
167 portable toilets. The Englishman says: “This should work…”
Laughs in the Park saw comedy giants Eddie
Izzard, Dylan Moran and Reginald D Hunter share a unique stage in
Verulamium Park last weekend (September 24 -26).
Each day comedy fans enjoyed around three hours of top-quality
stand-up, refreshments including pizza and warm cider during the breaks
and a rousing fireworks display to finish.
The massive stage area comprised three large screens which, as well as
showing close-ups of the performers, had live Twitter updates from
Eddie’s fans around the globe. During the intervals they
even had a ‘crowd cam’, which excited some and embarrassed other
audience members who saw their faces on the screen before them.
Eddie Izzard worked with promoter Mick Perrin to produce the event, and said he wants Laughs in the Park
to become a comedy festival. He said: “Since Woodstock, people
have been perfecting how to do outdoor music festivals. Comedy has
always been the poor relation. There’s often just a comedy tent at music
Irish comic Dylan Moran, who wrote and starred in Channel Four’s Black Books,
met Eddie at the age of 20, when he started his comedy career in a club
in Dublin. “I was
on and Eddie was on that night as well,” he said. “To go from that to
us both being on in a field in St Albans with several thousand people is
US-born Reginald D Hunter has just performed at the Edinburgh Fringe
Festival, and has found British audiences enjoy his comedy as much as
American ones. He said: “British people seem to have an
ability to laugh at themselves, which may come from having a certain
degree of superiority. I really admire that.”
Those in the audience lucky enough to have VIP passes enjoyed a
reserved hospitality tent, which the comedians frequented between sets.
On Saturday evening, artist Rich Simmons wowed them by
spray-painting a portrait of Albert Einstein’s famous ‘tongue out’
photo from scratch. The work was then auctioned off for £350, which will
be donated to The Prince’s Trust.
At the end of the (very cold) night, Eddie Izzard finished his set by
walking into the crowd to admire the impressive fireworks display. The
audience left, cold but happy, and fervently
anticipating the next Laughs in the Park.
Michael Dias www.michaeldias.com
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His current show ranges over various areas of modern life and human
existence: politics, religion, technology, the battle between the sexes
and the related skirmishes between adults and children (what is
sometimes called ‘family life’) and much else. There’s an
autobiographical angle too, centreing on the travails of middle-age.
At numerous junctures throughout this meandering honey-sweet blarney,
he demonstrated imagination, idiosyncrasy and incisiveness; and because
he was quite willing to laugh at himself and his existential burdens,
he was therefore entitled, you felt, to cast a critical eye over
others. However, he never picked on the weak or was unnecessarily
cruel, as some comedians are wont to be.
Between the apt characterisation of the Lib Dems as the mystery
utensil in the kitchen drawer (what are they for?) and the conflation of
Osama bin Laden and Kate Middleton (‘Nice dress’ pretty much sums up
both personages), there were topical references a plenty to be had.
Moran was a genial, regaling charmer even if his hair was a bit
dishevelled: he may well share the same hairdresser as Tom Stoppard.
Infectious entertainment, with just a touch of Dave Allen, which is of course a terrific thing.
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