Dylan Moran’s ‘Off the Hook’ Comedy Tour

Misanthropy and metaphors: Dylan Moran is back and there is a new addition to the comedian’s show- his belly! The middle-aged Irishman cracks plenty of jokes about the unglamorous truths of growing old-and outwards- but the Off the Hook tour is brimming with diverse material from general election candidates to erotic literature; “hide my phone charger!” proved an apt climax for his own sadomasochistic story after repeated censure of techno addicts.

A cocktail of gravely resonant and childishly fresh discussions.

Moran’s performance at York’s Barbican last night began with an immediate descent into lowbrow humour and took Bettys Tearooms right down with it (don’t ask; it involved a goat.) Following this came a cocktail of gravely resonant and childishly fresh discussions. He developed these with such an honest and self-deprecating attitude that the audience was soon contemplating life just as much as they were laughing at it. Taking us on a whirlwind ride through the stages of existence – “child, failure, old and dead”- Moran confronted the question of why so many people glue themselves to technology, cram food in their faces, and remain in unhealthy relationships. The answer to this was, unsurprisingly, the fear of being alone. Cleverly undercutting this with revelations of his other phobias, Moran entangled the poignant fear of isolation with images of Irishmen fleeing leaves and hiding from daytime. One bizarre anecdote and we were plunged back into the realm of Moran’s non sequitur imagination with comic ease.

Never cruel but ever cynical, Moran’s humour is refreshingly profound.

Moran’s aphoristic tongue is sharper than ever. His sentences spin off into such unpredictable territory, one can’t help but notice the inadequacy of traditionally direct locution. Apparently Frank Underwood, ham and a carefully selected profanity can form the perfect metaphor for late night snacking. Who knew? Never cruel (besides crumbling an audience member’s cake into oblivion) but ever cynical, Moran’s humour is refreshingly profound. All four ages of man covered in less than two hours and dietary tips too! (Don’t eat the cookie. Just take a laminated picture of it wherever you go.) Well, with moral didacticism like that, we must have learnt something. What exactly that was, I’m not too sure. One thing is for certain, Moran needs to keep his comedic jacket off the hook for the considerable future.

Dylan Moran’s Off the Hook show continues to tour the U.K and Ireland until the end of October.


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