Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace had a bet that Dave couldn't meet 54 of his namesakes (1 for every card in the deck including the jokers). It all got out of hand and they ended up travelling ... See full summary »
Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace had a bet that Dave couldn't meet 54 of his namesakes (1 for every card in the deck including the jokers). It all got out of hand and they ended up travelling tens of thousands of miles around the world with Daves credit card and Danny's video camera to complete the task. Only after the event, with the help of the home video footage was the journey turned in to this TV series. Written by
Very funny, but doesn't stand up to repeat viewings
Challenged to find 54 other people called David Gorman by his flat mate and camera man, comedian Dave Gorman travels the world to meet his namesakes and record them. He presents his findings to a studio audience as he tries to meet the requirements of his bet.
When Dave Gorman made this he was an active stand up comic. This was his first major TV presenting job and he brings his own style with him well. He isn't a great joke teller but he does manage to make things humourous. Mostly he does this by use of his projector whether it be complicated graphs etc to show silly things or calculating averages to find where the average Gorman lives or what he looks like or even just showing boarding passes etc. The quest is so silly that it is easily funny but Gorman still manages to keep it fresh and funny, even though it's the same every week.
While it may seem a bit pointless and is certainly an acquired comedy taste this is actually very good. I'll admit that it doesn't stand up to repeat viewings simply because it's the fresh appeal of the show that makes it good and carries I past the times when it isn't very funny. The criticisms of it can be that it does start to repeat itself after a while or start using variations on the same jokes etc so, like I said, doesn't really stand for repeat viewings.
Overall, simply because this is different from other comedy shows it is well worth a watch. However once you've seen 2 shows, if you still don't like it then you should give up as Gorman doesn't manage to bring very much variety into what he's doing.
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