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Dylan Moran an 'instant hit' at Warwick Arts Centre

Coventry Editorial 21st May, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COMEDIAN Dylan Moran didn’t hold back during his show at Warwick Arts Centre.

With a glass of red wine in hand, the star of hit TV show Black Books put the world to rights on the Coventry leg of his ‘Off the Hook’ tour.

The Irish comedian’s clever way of associating with every age group made him an instant hit with the audience, and his views on the recent general election were a great way to start the show.

He described Ed Miliband as ‘someone who had escaped from a laboratory one injection too early’ and UKIP leader Nigel Farage as looking like a ‘refugee from a 1970s sitcom’.

Now living in Scotland with his wife and two children, he said SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is like a ‘freaky doll from a horror movie’ and Wales is the traumatised child in Scotland and England’s fractured relationship.

Some of the show had a slightly more sombre tone, with the 43-year-old talking about people who had come to watch him alone and would go home alone.

But the dampened atmosphere was rectified with a description of Moran’s battle with middle age and his weight.

He says the supermarket is his favourite place, and his physique is ‘interesting European delicatessen fat’ rather than ‘American fat’.

The Shaun of the Dead star manages to give his take on everyday life beautifully, with the struggles of relationships and fatherhood a running theme throughout.

And it was his realistic views and descriptions of society – like the hipster man with an ‘Edwardian cricketers beard’ working in a fancy coffee shop – which made him such a pleasure to watch.


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