Dylan Moran: 'I get these ideas for themes or identities that obsess me for years and Dr Cosmos has been around for a while'

Dylan Moran

Irish comic on the inspiration behind his new show

Who is the Dr Cosmos of Dylan Moran's new show title? Is it some fictional man of the world? Or is it the Irish comedian himself in stage guise?

'I get these ideas for themes or identities that obsess me for years and Dr Cosmos has been around for a while,' states the Edinburgh-based Irish comic. 'I'm writing a pilot episode which has Dr Cosmos as the title and it's about all kinds of things, like consumerism and mental health and the idea of a snakeoil salesman. A lot of the live show is about people just trying to cope. The big things still apply: family is still there and the root systems don't change, it's just the way that we're living has.'

A great deal of this new way of living has, of course, much to do with the technology that seems constantly at our fingertips. It's fair to say that Moran isn't exactly approving of our dependency on screens.

'Look at the mystery that has been taken away from us: the whole romance of human history was made by all the imagination and projection of people in one place wondering what was over the hill. There was myth and storytelling, but now everything we could concoct in the dark has been replaced by the crystal clear Samsung LED screen. All those deliberations that were needless but very human and showed how inventive, capable and nutty we were has been swept away now.'

Thank the bejesus then, that we still have skilled storytellers like Dylan Moran at our disposal.

Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Fri 14 & Sat 15 Sep.

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos

Curmudgeonly Irish stand-up who wrote and starred in the TV sitcom Black Books.

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