Saturday 18 January 2020

Profits tumble at Dylan Moran firm

Current assets at Dylan Moran’s company declined from £1.02m to £610,909
Current assets at Dylan Moran’s company declined from £1.02m to £610,909

Gordon Deegan

Accumulated profits at the entertainment firm owned by comedian Dylan Moran last year dived to £607,684 (€684,697).

New accounts lodged by Mr Moran's Venus Lucia Productions show that accumulated profits at the firm declined by £386,910, from £994,604 to £607,694, in the 12 months to the end of September 2017.

During the same period, the company's current assets - mainly made up of cash - decreased from £1.02m to £610,909. The decline in the accumulated profits and cash pile at the firm coincided with Mr Moran touring less last year than he had in previous years. The accounts lodged with Companies House show that the company employs two people.

Mr Moran left school aged 16 and initially sought to earn a living from cartooning before turning his attention to stand-up.

He has had a long career in comedy and was the youngest-ever winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award, scooping the prize in 1996 at the age of 24. A career highlight for Mr Moran (46) was the acclaimed Channel 4 comedy series 'Black Books', which he co-wrote with 'Father Ted' co-creator Graham Linehan.

The Bafta-winning series - which ran between 2000 and 2004 - centred around a miserable, unsociable, drunken and disorganised book shop owner, Bernard Black.

In a press interview last week, Mr Moran reflected on his time in comedy and said: "I've been doing this for a quarter of a century. I'm probably going to know about as much as I'm ever going to know on a working level. There's a liberty in that."

Irish Independent

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