- 12 Mar 01
was born in Navan, discovered comedy in Dublin, paid his dues in London and then conquered Edinburgh in 1996. Liam Mackey meets Dylan Moran, the stand-up comedian with the world at his feet.
1996 has been a vintage year for Irish comedy and no mistake, what with Father Ted swallowing awards like Fr. Jack swallows drink, and Edinburgh once more succumbing to gaels of laughter, as Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran made it a double triumph at this year's festival, the former being deemed 'Best Newcomer' and the latter following in Sean Hughes' footsteps by winning the prestigious Perrier Award.
What's even more remarkable is that Tiernan and Moran hail from the same town and the same school, making Navan - heretofore more famous for material to stand-on rather than material for stand-up - an unlikely candidate for the title of Comedy Capital Of The Universe.
"Bizarre, isn't it?," says 25-year-old Moran, on the eve of a homecoming tour which this week brings him to Dublin. "Tommy was either a year or two ahead of me and there was another guy in Tommy's class, called Willy Byrne, who is one of the funniest people I've ever met, just naturally gifted that way. And he's now in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' in the West End. So that school, Navan St Patrick's Classical School, obviously went through some kind of warp over that couple of years."