Review: comedy - Dave Gorman at Vicar Street, Dublin
Before Dave Gorman, from Stafford, became a comedian, he worked as a highly successful TV writer, co-authoring scripts for The Mrs Merton Show, The Fast Show and numerous other high-profile jobs with Caroline Aherne, Steve Coogan and Harry Hill.
Now, a lot more people know the West Midlands man thanks to a plethora of TV appearances and incessant touring.
Gorman is so committed to performing that he once undertook a cycling tour of the UK of 1,563 road miles by bike with a live show every night.
He mightn't have swum over from Holyhead for the evening, but he clearly has done plenty of thorough preparation with another one of his infamous PowerPoint presentations.
The show is subtitled 'Dave Gorman Gets Straight to the Point (The PowerPoint)'.
Right from the off, he uses the big screens to guide us through a madcap evening of unpredictable hilarity.
Gorman starts by dissecting the lyrics of the popular children's song 'If You're Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands', which in cold print sounds like the behaviour of a pedantic lunatic who probably needs to get out more.
In the capable hands of Gorman, it becomes a comedy grenade detonated with aplomb. It provides the perfect launching pad for the evening's numerous flights of fancy.
Gorman displays all the characteristics of possessing a very inquiring mind. Perhaps, unsurprisingly, he studied mathematics, but didn't complete his studies - but maths' loss is comedy's gain.
Gorman is not afraid to engage in some good old-fashioned devilment, talking us through placing a fake online ad on a website specialising in churning out content for reality television and tacky 'true life' magazine profiles. He unwittingly co-opts a colleague to assist this massive wind-up. Somehow, his wife also gets entangled in what becomes a very surreal mess.
Gorman is a highly likeable performer with a terrific sense of timing.
The old elephant in the room of taking photographs at live shows is hilariously handled better than any other comic I've ever seen.
Contemporary comedy is populated by the good, the bad and the unfunny. The circuit is full of chancers trying to shock and chicken 'n' chips charlatans telling willy jokes.
Dave Gorman brings something fresh and exciting to the table. It is an absolute joy to behold.