Wednesday 21 February 2018

Touring pays rich dividends for comic as profits jump to €1.66m

Bill Bailey, Dylan Moran and Tamsin Greig in ‘Black Books’
Bill Bailey, Dylan Moran and Tamsin Greig in ‘Black Books’

Gordon Deegan

Entertainer Dylan Moran had a bumper year last year when accumulated profits at his entertainment firm almost doubled to £1.397m (€1.66m).

According to accounts just filed by Moran's Venus Lucia Productions Ltd to Companies House in the UK, the firm enjoyed profits of £654,461 last year to bring the company's accumulated profits to £1.39m.

During the same 14-month period to the end of September last, the firm's cash pile increased from £802,695 to £1.06m.

The comedian was able to add to his firm's coffers after a tour around the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand last year.

He performed multiple dates in his 'Off The Hook' tour at Vicar Street, the Opera House in Cork and the Black Box Theatre in Galway. Mr Moran - who now lives in Edinburgh - left school at 16 and initially sought to earn a living from cartooning before turning his attention to stand-up comedy.

He has had a long career in comedy and was the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Perrier award at Edinburgh. He scooped the prize in 1996 at the age of 24.

A career highlight for Moran was the acclaimed Channel 4 comedy series, 'Black Books', which he co-wrote with 'Father Ted' creator Graham Linehan.

The show, which ran from 2000 to 2004, won two BAFTAs. The series centred around a miserable and unsociable book shop owner, Bernard Black. Moran has also appeared in a number of movies including 'Calvary'.

Irish Independent

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