Meath man Dylan Moran started performing in a male/female double act in Dublin circa 1991 and made his first solo TV appearance in the final of the Late Late Show Tennants Comedy Search a year later. For the record, another finalist was Belfast based student Patrick Kielty but the judges (including actor Pat Shortt and journalist Brendan O’Connor) chose bank worker Alan Shortt (later star of Bull Island) as the winner.
Now Edinburgh based, Dylan has emerged as the most enigmatic and successful of all Irish comedy stand ups and writers. Now he has just released his new special: Off The Hook. Recorded during his 2015 UK tour, he has gone ‘new school’ and decided to release it on VOD (Video On Demand) first, with the DVD hitting the shops on November 30th. With Jimmy Carr recording his new special for Netflix instead of DVD, Grintage is hoping this is the beginning of Irish comedians getting more of their content online first.
Now for the sad part! When talking about the possibility of his Channel 4 sitcom Black Books (co-starring Bill Bailey and Tamsin Greig) coming back to our screens for a new series, Moran was pretty adamant that he wan’t keen on it happening. Chatting to Digital Spy about any form of comeback, he jokingly replied “No, no, no, no! No! Does that answer the question, no!” and then presumably drank a bottle of wine in one mouthful.
But don’t fret if you’re a fan of his dry cerebral comedy, he confirmed he’s working on a brand new TV show, although he wasn’t giving much away on what it was about or who would star alongside him. Still, a new Dylan Moran DVD release is always something to celebrate!
Here’s a clip of him performing his latest show in Prague: