Dylan Moran – 1993

dylan_moranDylan fell into comedy at age 20 after watching Ardal O’Hanlon and other comedians perform at Dublins ‘The Comedy Cellar’, a small 90-seater comedy club with no microphone. He had a go at standup at the Comedy Cellar in 1992 and found his calling- attracted also by the need for no qualifications! Between 1995 and 1996 Dylan was writing a weekly column for The Irish Times.

Dylan’s talent was acknowledged in 1993 when he won the ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ award at the Edinburgh Festival. He then went on to become the youngest person to win the Perrier Award in 1996 at Edinburgh Festival at age 24. ‘Gurgling For Money’ was Dylans first major one man stand up UK tour in 1997. He went on to perform at many other festivals including the Hay Literary Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival.

He is most famous for his sardonic observational comedy, the television sitcom Black Books which he co-wrote and starred in and his work with Simon Pegg in Shaun of the Dead and Run Fatboy Run. Moran also appeared as one of the two lead characters in the Irish black comedy titled “A Film with Me in It” in 2008. He is a regular performer at national and international comedy festivals including 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 comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups and again in the updated 2010 list as the 14th greatest stand-up comic.

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