Dylan Moran on his new show coming to Liverpool Comedy Festivalby Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo, April 22nd 2011
In the midst of a world crisis Dylan Moran is on a mission to cheer us up. Catherine Jones reports.
"THE world is going through this incredible period of spasm really, and huge change and paroxysms of revolution, and disaster, and whatever else is going on and will go on in the coming weeks.”
Dylan Moran is ruminating on the state of things, and what with earthquakes and tsunamis, and turmoil in Africa and the Middle East, it’s an unsettling time all round.
But a subject for comedy?
Well, in the hands of the man from County Meath, anything is possible – and it’s the current news that underpins his first touring show in two years, Yeah Yeah, which he brings to the Liverpool Comedy Festival next weekend.
Still, while global events go on around us, Dylan is using them as a context to look at what actually matters to you and me on a daily basis.
He explains: “I’m interested in how people place themselves when the world does go through these incredible tail spins like the one that it’s in now, how it affects you in relation to your own day.
“Because most of the time you’re thinking about getting the kids to school, and how you’re feeling about your job, and whether you’ve had an argument with your partner or whatever.
“Everybody is entirely right to be concerned about what’s immediate and local to them because that’s their life.
“Although sometimes the last piece of news you heard from the world often does make you want to lie down in the street and think ‘I’m not moving. Forget it!’.”
For Dylan, Yeah Yeah is a return to stand-up after taking time out to pursue some writing projects (a film script that’s ‘only a first draft’ he reveals, plus some short fiction).
While his tour nominally opens tonight in Malmo in Sweden, at the start of five dates in Scandinavia, in reality it’s Liverpool that kicks off the major UK leg.
“Liverpool’s a great place to play, it always is – fantastic audiences,” he enthuses.
It also marks a return to the Royal Court where he delighted fans in 2009, and which followed his appearance at the ECHO arena in 2008 as one third of the Three Fellas alongside Ardal O’Hanlon and Tommy Tiernan.