Five interesting things about... Dylan Moran

5 things you might not know about... Dylan Moran

Irish comedian shares hometown with Tommy Tiernan and Pierce Brosnan

1 Irishman Moran has been living in Edinburgh for some years now, but is originally from Navan, a small, five-lettered palindromic town, like Kivik in Sweden or Catac in Peru. Tiny it may be (according to the 2006 census, 3710 people resided there) but it has spawned two other world-class comedians: Tommy Tiernan and Pierce Brosnan.

2 In the public’s mind, Moran became progressively funnier between the years of 2007 and 2010. The statistical analysis used to reach this conclusion is Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Up polls: during that period, he leapt from number 17 to 14. If he continues at that mercurial rate, he’ll be the second funniest comic who ever lived by 2022.

3 Moran got married in London on 6 September 1997. It was a truly unforgettable day when the city came to a standstill as millions took to the streets and billions watched on their TV sets around the world. Unfortunately, the global event they were watching was the funeral of Diana, the Princess of Wales.

4 When Christopher Eccleston announced he was quitting as Doctor Who, an online petition was launched to have Moran installed as keeper of the Tardis. It didn’t work, of course; some Scottish guy got the job.

5 That surname, people. You pronounce it with emphasis on the ‘o’ rather than the ‘a’.

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow, Sat 18 & Sun 19 Jun.

Dylan Moran: Off the Hook

Moran plays up to the stereotype of the bumbling, drunken Irishman, but his comedy is much more intelligent than mere cliché-mongering: on stage he is uniquely charismatic, a foul-mouthed mixture of lovable and misanthropic, and always very, very funny. Moran'll be on your radar in a very big way if you know your…

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