Dylan Moran talks to Gusher reporter Steve Mills about his new comedy show

Dylan Moran.
Dylan Moran.

The star of the comedy series Black Books is touring the UK for the first time in three years with a brand new show.

Dylan Moran, right, who created the cult Channel 4 comedy brings Off the Hook to the Royal and Derngate in Northampton on Friday March 13.

The Daventry Express spoke to the comedian at the beginning of February and at the time of the interview, it is safe to say the show was not quite ready.

Dylan said: “I am still in the middle of putting it together. That is not to say that it is not written. But there is lots of bits at the moment, and you have to work out which bits will appear in the show and which bits will not.

“But it will be looking at the news and politics. What you have currently is that the media always goes for the more sensational, the most gory, the most violent things because that gets headline.

“Therefore you have media outlets always scraping the bottom of the barrel.

“Some people will respond to that and I think that is why some people pay no attention to the world around them and go and watch Mad Men or one of those shows that goes on forever.”

Comedy and stand up in particular though has been something that he has always wanted to do.

Dylan added: “I saw people doing stand up for a living and that is something I thought I could do.

“However I have never been one of those people who has a plan. And subsequently I get approached by young comedians asking for advice and I always think it is unusual to plan for a career in this business. But then I think there are more comedians out there now than when I started.”

Northampton is not the most unusual venue that he has performed stand up in.

He added: “I have done a lot of gigs in Eastern Europe and will be going out to Vilinus, the capital of Lithuania.

“I love doing the gigs in different countries. I get to explore the different places of the world and make people laugh which is a pretty good career.

“The shows do translate but I will always read up on the place that I am going to and put a couple of jokes in there about the place.”

Moran will always be known as the star of Black Books which he created alongside Graham Linehan.

He said: “It was one of those ideas that if you go into second hand bookshops wherever you go, they are all like that and the people who run them are exactly the same.

“I thought it would be the basis for a good sitcom and lo and behold it was.

“I will be doing the tour around the country until the end of May and from there I will be going off with the same show touring around Europe and Australia which is what I have been doing with my life.”

The show starts at 8pm and it is recommended for ages 15 and above.

Tickets for the show cost £26 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk.