Dylan William Moran (// MORE-an; born 3 November 1971) is an Irish comedian, writer, actor, artist and poet. He is best known for his observational comedy, the comedy series Black Books (which he co-wrote and starred in), and his work with Simon Pegg in films such as Shaun of the Dead and Run Fatboy Run. He was also one of two lead characters in the Irish black comedy film A Film with Me in It.
|Born||3 November 1971|
Navan, County Meath, Ireland
(m. 1997; div. 2022)
He is a regular performer at national and international comedy festivals such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and the Kilkenny Comedy Festival. In 2007, he was voted the 17th greatest stand-up comedian by Channel 4; in the updated 2010 list, he was ranked as the 14th greatest.
Dylan William Moran was born on 3 November 1971 in Navan, County Meath. He attended St Patrick's Classical School, where he experimented early on with stand-up alongside fellow comedians Tommy Tiernan and Hector Ó hEochagáin; he left with his Leaving Certificate at age 16. He has said that he then spent four years unemployed "drinking and writing bad poetry". He worked as a florist at some point, but hated it and quit after a week. He has said that he was very passionate about rugby and enjoyed watching many games when he was growing up, but has since lost interest and has no interest in any other sport either. He nonetheless makes an effort to keep somewhat abreast of popular sports, explaining: "otherwise nobody would talk to me, as its very hard to find anyone else who's not rabid about sports."
Moran came to comedy at age 20 after watching Ardal O'Hanlon and other comedians perform at Dublin's Comedy Cellar, a fifty-seater comedy club with no microphone, in the basement of The International Bar on South Wicklow Street. He began his stand up there in 1992 and got a good reception. In 1993, he won the So You Think You're Funny award at the Edinburgh Festival. He went on to become the second youngest person to win the Perrier Comedy Award in 1996 at the Edinburgh Festival at age 24. Gurgling For Money was Moran's first major one-man stand-up UK tour in 1997. He went on to perform at many other festivals including the Hay Festival, Montreal comedy festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. Between 1995 and 1997 Moran wrote a weekly column for The Irish Times.
Moran won his first major television role in 1998, playing Ian Lyons in the BBC 2 sitcom How Do You Want Me?, with Charlotte Coleman. He went on to appear in a small role in the 1999 movie Notting Hill as Rufus the thief. In 2000, Black Books was launched on Channel 4. The sitcom, about depressed, bitter, alcoholic, chain-smoking and misanthropic book shop owner Bernard Black, was based on a dream Moran had in the mid-eighties during a weekend away in Limerick. The first series was co-written with fellow Irishman Graham Linehan, and produced by Mark Buckley and Albert Kenny of Kenley Studios. The second series was televised in 2002, and the third, which aired in 2004, was greeted with great enthusiasm by critics and fans alike. In the same year Moran appeared in his first major film role, playing David in the horror comedy, Shaun of the Dead.
Moran toured his stand-up shows Monster I and Monster II in 2004, including performances in New York and Milan, as well as a tour across Britain and Ireland which culminated in a week-long run at London's Palace Theatre, before two shows at Dublin's Vicar Street, and finally an appearance at the Hay Festival. The tour was described by The Times as a "masterclass of comic charisma: swinging from topic to topic in a manner seemingly spontaneous but actually tightly organised".
A live DVD of the Monster II tour, filmed on 28 May at Dublin's Vicar Street, was released that year, as Moran's first live stand-up DVD. After a successful run in New York City in 2004 as part of the British/Irish Comedy Invasion (including performances by top British and Irish comedians such as Eddie Izzard, fellow Black Books star Bill Bailey and Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan) Moran returned to New York for a month-long run at the Village Theatre. He then performed a two-week London West End run at the Wyndham's Theatre, 1–13 November 2004.
His third major tour, Like, Totally, opened at the Buxton Opera House on 3 May 2005, and as with his previous tours the stand-up routine was accompanied by projected cartoons drawn by Moran. A DVD of the tour was released in December 2005. Moran appeared as the character of Gordon in the comedy film Run Fatboy Run, released in September 2007 which cast Moran as the best friend to protagonist Dennis, played by Simon Pegg, having played an adversary to Pegg's character in Shaun of the Dead.
In June 2008, Moran appeared with Ardal O'Hanlon and Tommy Tiernan at Liverpool's Echo Arena in 'The Three Fellas', a one-off comedy event, part of the city's European Capital of Culture 2008 celebrations. Between October and December 2008, Moran embarked on What It Is, a new UK tour starting at the Grand Opera House in York, and ending at Oxford's New Theatre. The tour was extended into 2009 and has now been released on DVD.
A compilation DVD of highlights from Moran's three previous stand-up shows was made available in November 2010 called Dylan Moran: Aim Low. Yeah, Yeah, a stand-up tour of Scandinavia, the Baltic states, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK began in April 2011.
In 2012, Moran performed shows in Russia (following two sold-out performances in neighbouring Estonia). The show's promoters indicated that they believed it to be the first time an Irish stand-up had performed live in a Russian venue; his routine mocked Russia's new law banning "homosexual propaganda" and jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
In 2014, Moran wrote a pilot for ABC about "news media and conflict, war zones and cable news". The channel decided not to go ahead with the show but may possibly sell it to another  The following July he took his stand-up show Off the Hook to South Africa for the first time, performing three sold-out shows at the country's National Arts Festival.
In June 2019, while on Ray D'Arcy's RTÉ radio programme, Moran reported he was developing a "small format" show for the BBC. The series, Stuck, starred Moran and Morgana Robinson. It aired on BBC Two in 2022.
Awards and commendationsEdit
At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, he won the 'So You Think You're Funny? Award' in 1993, and the Perrier Award in 1996, but later dismissed the latter as "a load of media rubbish," stating Bill Bailey deserved it more.
A popular poll commissioned by Channel 4 ranked him the 14th-greatest comedy stand-up. Moran was declared "the greatest comedian, living or dead" by the French newspaper Le Monde in July 2007. He has also twice won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Situation Comedy, both for Black Books.
|1999||Notting Hill||Rufus the Thief|
|2003||The Actors||Tom Quirk|
|2004||Shaun of the Dead||David|
|2005||A Cock and Bull Story||Dr Slop|
|2006||Tell It to the Fishes||Finn|
|2007||Run Fatboy Run||Gordon|
|2008||A Film with Me in It||Pierce|
|2011||The Decoy Bride||Charley|
|1998–99||How Do You Want Me?||Ian Lyons|
|2000–04||Black Books||Bernard Black||Also creator and writer|
|2012||Little Crackers||Father||1 episode, also writer|
|2022||The Witcher: Blood Origin||Uthrok One-Nut|
|2022||Stuck||Dan||Lead role, BBC original comedy|
|Monster – Live||15 November 2004||Live at Dublin's Vicar Street|
|Like, Totally... Dylan Moran Live||27 November 2006||Live at London's Hammersmith Apollo|
|What It Is – Live||23 November 2009||Live at Sydney's State Theatre|
|Aim Low: The Best of Dylan Moran||29 November 2010||Selected scenes from previous three DVDs|
|Yeah, Yeah – Live in London||14 November 2011||Live at London's Hammersmith Apollo|
|Off the Hook||30 November 2015||Live at London's Hammersmith Apollo|
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