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Dylan Moran at Vicar Street, Dublin review: 'funnier, sharper and more entertaining than ever before'

Eamonn Sweeney

Published 29/09/2015 | 11:08

Dylan Moran
Dylan Moran

Dylan Moran is now 43, but a surprisingly large portion of the audience are still in their twenties.

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Moran remains an evergreen household name and a bit of a national treasure by simply sticking to his guns. Earlier this year, he revealed the constant conveyor belt of comedians appearing on panel shows completely horrifies him. 

Moran throws a sucker punch straight at the start, rather than his tried and tested tactic of luring you in gently. Within moments, he hilariously lambastes Enda Kenny, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, and every single politician on the planet.

His put down of the former is deliciously timely, but unfortunately, it is far too crude and potentially libellous to share in a family newspaper. This frustration certainly chimes with the current contempt society has for politicians, but it is a hilarious and reflective routine rather than angry.

Dylan Moran
Dylan Moran

Moran still looks endearingly dishevelled as he sips from a glass of wine, but the chain smoking anarchic messiness of his twenties is a distant memory. The gags are sharper and take no prisoners.

Moran's anger at what he beautifully calls the "poncification" of society is a joy, as he tells a story about going into a trendy coffee shop and getting into an altercation with a barista.

Moran tackles family life, reaching middle age and making sense of the 21st century in his own inimitable way.

While he has lived in Scotland with his wife and young family for years, you seemingly can't take Navan out the man, as he makes one or two razor sharp remarks about his Meath upbringing.

Moran has a rare gift that has improved with age. He is funnier, sharper and more entertaining than ever before, and also arguably the greatest living comedian we have.

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