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Dylan Moran puts on a Monster evening of fun!



Review by Emma Whitelaw

IT MUST be the luck of the Irish that makes a grumpy, dishevelled, pessimistically drunk, Dylan Moran, so popular. Or perhaps it is this depressingly dark and mysterious persona that alludes to his charm?

Either way, he has banded himself together quite an army of adoring fans for his new stand-up show, Monster II, at The Palace Theatre.

Now the lovable grump isn’t the easiest personality to pull off. It just goes to show that true talent can make anything work. In fact, Moran has it down pat; he has a relentlessly petulant stance on all things even slightly enjoyable – barring, of course, the odd cigarette or glass of wine, but then that goes without saying.

Reminiscent of fellow ill-tempered Irishman, Sean Hughes, Moran took to the stage with a remarkably boundless energy - the sort of energy that would be needed to keep the audience interested in the incessant moaning that was to follow.

But therein lays the brilliance. Moran so carefully balances the whining with the most side-splitting of deliverances that, for the majority of the time, it wasn’t what he said, but how he said it. These defining moments are what set dry wit apart from mere sarcasm and, believe me, he does it oh so well!

The comic genius of Moran is the result of years of experience. In 1993, Moran won Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny Award. Three years later, he won the Perrier Award for Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

He has starred in such films as Notting Hill, The Actor’s (alongside veteran comic, Michael Caine), and can be seen in current box office spoof, Shaun of the Dead.

But Moran is more widely known for his most cantankerous of characters, Bernard Black, in the hit series, Black Books. Those coming to the show with expectations of similar-style humour will not be disappointed.

However, in saying that, the animalistic antics of Bill Bailey were most certainly sorely missed!

Still, Moran held his own with ease, as he exuded his unique brand of dry humour. Going off on many a tangent, he would quite often lose himself, having to turn to the audience to cue him as to where he was at. Although seemingly erroneous, this merely added to his drunken demeanour.

With anecdotes of surreal situations, like his fantasy of sex with a Smurf, nothing was taboo – even children were referred to as mini-drunks!

But the biggest of laughs were for his ‘Irish hair impression’ – you’ll have to see it for yourself, but, believe me, it is one for the memory bank!

Dylan Moran: Monster II, The Palace Theatre, Cambridge Circus, from Monday, May 17 to Sunday, May 23 inclusive. Monday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 7pm. Prices: £25, £20, £15
Box Office: 0870 890 0142.

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