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Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmo –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matthew Forrest

It would be fair to say that playing the shambles has served Dylan Moran well throughout his career. His seemingly sporadic approach to stand-up is a refreshingly fun journey into the darker parts of his soul; with little indication of where he may be taking us, and his new show Dr Cosmois no different!

From the outset Moran touches on the big news topics of the day which of are course Donald Trump and ‘Brexit’: this includes some on-point observations about Teresa May’s face, however, this just provides an entry point for the real crux of the show: a tirade/ love letter to young adults specifically 25-year olds with the world at their feet. Moran seemingly revels in the decisions that the older generation have made that will have a negative impact on future generations: of course, like his shambolic persona, this is all an act, Moran is sympathetic to the plight of young people blighted by a system that is failing them.

You would never have guessed that this was Moran’s first UK tour in three years: he is certainly plugged into what material hits the mark and what doesn’t with musings on his recent self-expulsion from alcohol hitting the mark, whilst observations on a French Bulldog less so (a bit weird even for my tastes). However, the undoubted highlight of the first half was a cat as voiced by Alan Rickman: which is everything you would want it to be and more.

Despite the morose delivery, there is a glint in the eye and a wry smile from Moran as we are treated to material about marriage, family life, and rather surprisingly sex: despite these being fertile ground for most stand-up’s Moran tackles them with a blend of pitch black and the surreal. Moran frequently strays into absurd flights of fancy which are as hilarious as they are inane: it may not be for everyone, but the audience were lapping it up this evening.

At the start of the show the Black Books creator informs us we’re here to escape “the shitty state of the world”, well for just short of two hours were taken on a darkly whimsical journey into the mind of a comedian at the top of his game: it’s just a pity we must come back to reality!

Reviewed 16th September 2018 | Image: Contributed

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