I’d have ended up as a teacher if I hadn’t met Frank Skin­ner...

Co­me­dian Dave Gor­man, 47, chats to MARION McMULLEN about life, laugh­ter, and the im­por­tance of tak­ing a dart­board and a re­li­able lap­top on tour

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How did you go from study­ing maths at univer­sity to comedy? (Laughs) I MADE one big leap. I al­ways used to go to comedy gigs and there was an Amnesty In­ter­na­tional tour go­ing around to a lot of uni­ver­si­ties with peo­ple like Jo Brand and Frank Skin­ner on it.

Frank Skin­ner loves comedy and he was run­ning a work­shop for peo­ple in­ter­ested in do­ing it. I re­mem­ber it was £2 for the work­shop with the money go­ing to Amnesty In­ter­na­tional.

I had never said any­thing about want­ing to do comedy to any­one, but my friends were like ‘mate you’ve got to do it’.

Three of them frog­marched me out and put me on a bus and made me go. Henry Nor­mal, who later set up Baby Cow Pro­duc­tions with Steve Coogan, was also on the tour and he came along to the work­shop and got me my first – un­paid – gig for char­ity three or four days later.

It was a very lucky start and I promptly dropped out of univer­sity, I aban­doned that at the drop of a hat. This was so much more fun.

What was your orig­i­nal ca­reer plan?

I NEVER had a ca­reer path, but I may have ended up be­ing a maths teacher. It has been pointed out to me that on stage I do show all my work­ings out on the board and how I got to my con­clu­sion. It’s some­thing the maths teacher pro­grammed all of us to do.

How has your With Great Pow­er­point Comes Great Re­spon­si­bil­ity point tour grown?

BE­CAUSE peo­ple kept buy­ing tick­ets. I’ve not been tour­ing for four years be­cause of Mod­ern Life Is Good­ish on Dave. It took nine to 10 months of the year and was in­tense work. There was no time to tour.

We put a few dates out to test the wa­ter. We started with 26 dates and now it’s 61.

Is there one thing you al­ways pack for a tour?

MY dart­board. The best part of tour­ing is the time you are on stage and the worst part of tour­ing is the time wait­ing around to go on stage.

I know a lot of peo­ple have com­puter games in their dress­ing room to kill the hour be­fore a show be­cause it can be so bor­ing, or some peo­ple who are throw­ing up be­fore a show be­cause they get so ner­vous.

I spend so much of my life look­ing at a com­puter screen that I have a dart­board that I strap on the back of door frames and play for an hour be­fore­hand to clear my head.

How would you de­scribe the show?

PEO­PLE see Pow­er­point and think of­fices and ‘how bor­ing is this go­ing to be’ – the sales fig­ures for the first quar­ter and stuff like that? They also say never use more than 20 slides. (Laughs) I use 25 in the first three min­utes and in the whole show there are some­thing like 700 to 800 slides.

It’s very snappy. And there will be no ques­tions or sur­veys at the end. Peo­ple can re­lax.

Are there ever any tech­ni­cal prob­lems?

I AL­WAYS have back-up. I al­ways have a way around it if it does go wrong, but there’s never been a prob­lem.

Many peo­ple who have lap­tops on stage use their per­sonal lap­tops that they use for emails and ev­ery­thing and those will slow down and get a bit glitchty. I have two stage lap­tops that are never al­lowed to go near the in­ter­net. They only ex­ist for the theatre.

Will you get home much to see your lit­tle boy Eric while on tour?

I’M hop­ing to get home two or three nights a week. It’s in con­trast to last year when I was work­ing 100 hours a week, ev­ery week, of­ten in a shed at the bot­tom of the gar­den.

I spent so many years not plan­ning more than six months ahead then Good­ish came along and dur­ing the first se­ries they com­mis­sioned se­ries two and three and I was plan­ning two years in ad­vance. But then it came to the point when I thought ‘I can’t keep do­ing this. I’m knack­ered.’ The TV pro­duc­ers were bril­liant about it. We’re kick­ing around an idea for a show, but we’ll see what hap­pens.

You used to fea­ture shop pun names in your TV show.

Any favourites?

I WISH I could get it out of my head but there was a hair­dress­ing place in Birm­ing­ham called Salon Le Bon.

There was also a mo­bile ke­bab place called Ja­son Doner Van and a car­pen­ter’s shop called Chisel Me Tim­bers.

I think my favourite was a fish and chip shop called The Cod­fa­ther 2. (Laughs) I think it’s the ‘2’ bit that I like best.

Not just nam­ing your shop after The God­fa­ther, but nam­ing it after the se­quel.

Dave Gor­man has had to ex­tend his sell-out tour With Great Pow­er­point Comes Great Re­spon­si­bil­ity

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