Dylan Moran talks about Dublin, greetings, cigarettes, drugs, life potential, the ideal body, health foods, modern cookery, wine, hotel rooms, mobile phones, cash machines, partying, vodka, whiskey, gin, children and their owners, babyboomers, blues, rap music, young people, politeness, lies, politicians, flatmates, news, euphemism, anti-americanism, the French, religion, prejudice, homosexuals, smurfs, Jesus, beauty, fear, men, women, male genitalia, female genitalia, dialects, Englishmen, Americans, and Irish hair. Written by
Peter Brandt Nielsen
Seen in his full glory (and not the BBC America version) Monster is 90 minutes of laughter and lines you'll be quoting for years to come.
Never having seen Dylan Moran perform live I had the misfortune of going to see a taping of Monster for BBC America. The taping was short confused and felt like the series of punchlines to longer jokes. Walking out of the taping with some friends we figured that there had to be some reason that Moran had a hit TV show and sold out concerts around the world, some reason we were missing. When the show finally aired on TV it was further cut down to fit in an hour time slot with commercials and comedy inserts.
As luck would have it I saw that Amazon UK was selling a version of Monster that ran twice the length of what I had seen at the taping. Curious, I picked it up.
Taped in Dublin prior to the BBC America show, the difference was night and day. Dylan Moran in his full on glory is a very funny man. No one and nothing is sacred as he dismantles everything from religion, to children, to drinking, to hair, to your full potential, to god knows what. Moran has a problem with everything and he's going to tell you about it in a very funny manner. Seeing Moran speed down the tracks building up more and more steam as he goes is one of the great pleasures I've had in a long time. Think of him as a slightly inebriated combination of Eddie Izzard and George Carlin (but with out the black world view and the cross dressing) as filtered through an Irish sensibility. Its a unique view that we should all be exposed to as often as possible.
If you can get you hands on a copy of the show, do so. Its something you'll be watching and quoting for years to come. Trust me
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