Preview: Dylan Moran
Well-known stand-up comedian set to intoxicate Prague with his brand of sardonic humor
Posted: September 25, 2013
Irish-born stand-up comedian Dylan Moran will be in Prague one night only, performing Sept. 30 at Lucerna's Grand Hall.
The last time Dylan Moran decided to come to Prague, word didn't even have time to spread. Tickets for the one show that was scheduled, at Divadlo U Hasičů, were sold out in less than 10 minutes. Although this was part of wider tour whose dates were already fixed, the organizers at Fource Entertainment managed to add another show for the night before and then got lucky by getting the Grand Hall at Lucerna for the night before that, as well.
The extra two gigs were sold out almost as quickly as the first, and even though his upcoming performance might not have the same cachet it did in May - when he did stand-up in Prague for the first time ever - there are no tickets left, and there haven't been any for a while. Honestly, if you were paying any attention to the scramble for tickets that accompanied his May showings, you should have been better prepared: The tickets for this September engagement went on sale at the end of June, just a few weeks after he was here in May.
This time around, unfortunately, there is no chance of extra performances, and Moran will only be at Lucerna's Grand Hall for one night: Monday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. The previous evening sees him in Estonia and the following in Austria on a very tight schedule that will also have him touring the United States from coast to coast in October.
The Irishman, a longtime resident of Edinburgh, Scotland, is best known for his role as Bernard Black, the boozing, smoking (both with worrisome excess) and generally irksome owner of Black Books in the eponymous television that was broadcast 2000-04. A mere 18 episodes were produced, spread over three seasons, but the repulsive yet oddly compelling personality of the central character, whose humor was as dark as his surname suggests, was seared into the minds of viewers, especially in the United Kingdom. In a 2007 poll conducted by Channel 4, Black was ranked 19th on the list of the 50 greatest comedy characters of all time.
When: Monday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m.
Where: Lucerna, Grand Hall
Tickets: 590-990 Kč (final tickets on sale)
Splitsider, a website with comedy-related news, was the first to report Sept. 16 Moran had signed a deal with the U.S. television network ABC to develop a pilot for a potential comedy series. This would be Moran's first television series in the United States.
In May, Moran told Czech Television's Petr Koubek some of the look and the feel of Black Books was influenced by Czech animation films he watched as a child. He said in Czech culture there are "striking aspects that are sometimes similar to home [Ireland]," a view that Irish performer Glen Hansard, a repeat visitor to the Czech Republic, has also reiterated in many interviews.
"I don't imagine Czech people - although maybe they would for hockey! - jumping up and down for joy," he told Koubek. "It's much more: 'We'll see, maybe; I don't know, let's try.' There's a lot of joy, as well, but it's not very explicit."
That may be true, but Moran is sure to have his Czech and English-language audience in stitches come Sept. 30. His show will be in English only, and no Czech interpreting will be provided to those struggling with the language, or the accent.
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