Jay Lafferty shares her thoughts on her comedy hero Dylan Moran

My comedy hero by Jay Lafferty

Why Moran's Bernard Black is 'the poster boy for the manchild'

I have always had a thing for dark haired, unshaven, slightly dishevelled gents. I'm a big fan of the sardonic drunk who turns up at parties to roll his eyes and make sardonic quips which is why Dylan Moran is not only my comedy hero but something of an icon for me.

I was first introduced to him through the Channel 4 series Black Books and instantly fell in love with Moran's Bernard Black. There is nothing more entertaining and liberating to watch than someone else's self-indulgence. Now, no sitcom is complete without at least one gloriously conceited man-toddler but before your Larry Davids and David Brents were even glints in their creator's eye, Black was the poster boy for the manchild.

As a stand-up, Moran, for me, is the pinnacle of observational comedy. Instead of dealing with the airport/shopping/sexual humiliation-type universal experiences that are so exhausted by stand-ups, he probed the darker, more unsightly parts of our common psyche and using his own self as evidence, loudly proclaimed the universal ludicrousness of life.

While other comics sat next to fat men on planes, Moran was doing jokes about why it was dangerous to realise your full potential. It was just such a relief and a joy to hear his carefully crafted nihilism permeate through the bland comedy landscape. Recently, I had the privilege of gigging with the man himself at The Stand in Edinburgh. With an upcoming tour he was road-testing new material and after 13 years of hero worship I was not disappointed

The Stand, Edinburgh, Mon 20 May (Red Raw), Tue 4 Jun (Wicked Wenches); The Stand, Glasgow, Wed 5 Jun (Wicked Wenches); Gaiety Theatre, Ayr, Tue 18 Jun

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