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The star of cult TV comedy Black Books lived up to his reputation as
one of the top names in British comedy as festival-goers strained their
limbs to try and get a view in the packed-out arena this lunchtime. His
grumpy, put-upon husband and father routine sparkled just as much as
one of his big arena tour sets, with Moran admitting it was quite odd
for him to be performing during the day and being able to see the faces
of all of his audience.
He seemed to enjoy the relaxed Latitude
crowd though, talking about it being a “middle class” festival and as
being “proper culture”, joking that it is the only festival he had heard
people ask “where is the organic pesto?”. With plenty of
to-be-expected laughs at the expense of his Irish homeland, Moran kept
his audience happy throughout the 45-minute set with a host of gags
about his recent experiences. That included being mistaken for
Hollywood actor Liam Neeson in New York, a fellow Irishman, something
Moran said he was happy to go along with, despite the fact he appeared
in movies such as Notting Hill and Shaun of the Dead himself. He
also stuck up for Germans, saying that they do have a sense of humour,
despite the famous reputation, and talked of a prank played on him while
travelling in Europe by a German.
The main part of his set was
focused on his new fictional novel, based on the 50 Shades of Grey
erotic novel series, much of which was far too rude for this newspaper. He
also talked of his fantasy about actually having a “real job” and about
the pains of growing older, “no one told me dreams get more boring as
you get older,” he moaned.
Moran was named in the top 15 of
Channel Four’s 2010 list of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups and he proved exactly
why with this cool, funny and entertaining performance which left the
audience wanting more. The lunchtime scheduling however meant the
end of the set prompted a mass exodus of the Comedy Arena, leaving many
feeling a little sorry for the next act, BBC Radio Six Music’s breakfast
show DJ, Shaun Keavenay.
Stand-up comedy continues to grow in
popularity at Latitude and Moran was a perfect example of why. The
popularity of comedy means individual tickets to stand-up gigs can
easily cost upwards of £50 but at Latitude you get over 40 comedians,
including top names such as Sean Lock, Moran and Eddie Izzard.
on this performance, I would quite happily pay upwards of £50 to see a
longer performance from Moran, whose standing as one of my favourite
comedians has only been strengthened by his Latitude laughs.
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Jul 31 13 8:59 AM
It's been a while since Dylan Moran graced an Irish stage. It seems like aeons since he last appeared at a major comedy festival.
Bishop may be the household name at this year's Vodafone Comedy
Festival, selling out multiple nights in the O2 at the drop of a hat,
but it's the return of the Navan man that is the real treat of the
weekend's festivities.Moran performs four consecutive sold out
shows. For his penultimate appearance, he is supported by the exciting
up-and-coming talent Fred Cooke.
Gildea brilliantly MCs, which is an apt choice as Gildea is a former
member of Mr Trellis, Ireland's first alternative comedy troupe that
gave Moran his comic epiphany in the late eighties in the International
Bar on Wicklow Street. Gildea welcomes everyone's favourite
bumbling Irishman to the stage, a familiar sight with his dishevelled
hair, jeans and glass of wine. The constant chain smoking of yore may be
knocked on the head, but there's something reassuringly amusing about
Moran's familiar persona.
Dylan confesses that he doesn't spend
too much in Ireland anymore, but the tumultuous change of recent years
hasn't escaped his notice. He observes that not too long ago people were
seemingly too busy to talk to him, caught in a whirlwind of mobile
communications and the pursuit of wealth. Now, people stop him on the
street to say they once bumped into him in a Spar. Moran notes
that the financial crisis in Europe has hit the fun countries hardest,
namely Spain, Portugal, Greece and Ireland. "No one ever goes to Germany
saying they're going to relax," he splutters in his inimitable,
slightly contrary and infectiously funny manner.
Dylan possesses a
brilliant turn of phrase and superb comic timing. He brings a highly
likable personality to his performances, making him such a precious
comedian. The runaway success of his other projects such as the classic television series 'Black Books' with Bill Bailey
grants him the luxury of being selective when it comes to his sporadic
touring schedule. On a circuit that suffers from an overreliance on a
familiar coterie of usual suspects, a Moran show is a joy.
sure-fire sign of a great comedy gig when it seems to whiz by in the
blink of an eye. One audience member howls mournfully, "Please do at
least another half an hour!"
A running theme of this spellbinding
appearance is the numerous ways in which we attempt to escape from
reality. An evening with Dylan Moran is definitely up there as one of the best.
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