‘Less words, more physicality’ is how Dylan Moran describes his new show Off the Hook, which is quite hard to believe from a comedian known to most of us as a man of many words. The Edinburgh-based Irish master of comedy is bringing his unique humour to Barcelona’s Apolo theatre as part of this year’s Barcelona Comedy Festival. More than just a comedian, he’s also a dab hand at writing, acting and illustrating. Moran is well-known for his series, Black Books, written by Dylan and Graham Linehan (writer of Father Ted). He plays a cynical bookshop owner, plagued by the mundane trivialities of life in London. Based on the success of his previous tours—Monster, What It Is and Yeah, Yeah—Off the Hook is sure to be a sell-out gig. Inspiration for the material comes from our relationship with technology, the idea of never being available, despite constantly being available to each other via technology. He explores the effects of this modern phenomenon on our mind and soul. Moran focuses on the art of conversation, picking and choosing the comic elements in the endless drivel we talk and type, delivering it in his typical, witty, rambling style. Like the wine that Moran is so fond of on stage, his talents are maturing with age.
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