Dave Gor­man

The Scotsman - - Reviews - JAY RICHARD­SON

Play­house Theatre, Ed­in­burgh

AS CON­SIS­TENTLY good as Dave g or man’ s tele­vi­sions how Mod­ern Life is Good­ish was, the show’s end­ing af­ter five years has an up­side. Gor­man has now re­turned to tour­ing, and With Great Pow­erpoint Comes Great Re­spon­si­bil­ity point re­tains much of the TV show’s for­mat, with its in­ves­tiga­tive anal­y­sis of the un­ex­am­ined ev­ery­day and the Pow­erpoint-style on-screen punch­lines he orig­i­nally de­vel­oped live.

But there’s per­haps more cut­ting cyn­i­cism here, a dash of ex­tra, wel­come edge, es­pe­cially about the BBC’S day­time sta­ple Cash in the At­tic.

There’s also a sly nod to his bete noire Alan Su­gar and a cou­ple of his TV show’s reg­u­lar high­lights: found po­ems com­piled from mo­ronic on­line com­ments. with one about the re­cent royal wed­ding re­duc­ing the comic to help­less tears of mirth, it’s surely a bit­ter­sweet feel­ing for Gor­man to know that any­thing he writes can al­ways be up­staged by the in­ter­net’s in­fi­nite num­ber of mon­keys.

De­spite giv­ing the au­di­ence what they want, he re­sists be­com­ing for­mu­laic be­cause, by his own stan­dards, he’s also shar­ing slightly more of his per­sonal life.

Blow­ing up a mi­nor dis­agree­ment with his wife about toi­letries is clas­sic Gor­man, drilling down into the num­bers to claim the du­bi­ous high ground.

But he also coun­ters sneer­ing so­cial me­dia about his fam­ily leav­ing Lon­don for Bournemouth with some wit ty ma­nip­u­la­tion of de­mo­graphic sta­tis­tics, surely a unique com­edy fur­row and one that re­flects upon the cur­rent tone of on­line dis­course. Taking a pop at The Daily Ex­press’ use of click­bait is an easy tar­get, but Gor­man ap­plies a pri­vate eye’s method­ol­ogy to tease out the laughs, while again light-heart­edly mak­ing his point about the ero­sion of stan­dards.

Co­me­dian Dave Gor­man

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