I've been a fan of Dylan Moran for a few years, watching his stand-up shows, Black Books, movies, clips, interviews... basically, everything.
First of all, his new tour, Off The Hook, is amazing. After the first five minutes, I couldn't stop laughing. His surrealistic rambling and intelligent observations; the nihilistic remarks and bleak critisism of life, society, and everything else: his new material has his fantastic personal style. Like wine, he gets better with age; and so did his art (I was quite impressed, and at times even distracted by the bizarre and colourful pictures).
It's been a tradition that people bring cake for him to his shows (and here's why: https://youtu.be/UJ3wGpWFLbI). My friend and I knew this and wanted to, of course, bring him a sweet treat. However, I've read in an interview that apparently he's sick of receiving cakes. Instead, we decided to do something different. Inside a cupcake box, which I placed on the stage in between acts, there was a picture of a cake - as in "This is not a pipe".
A few minutes after the second half started, he spotted it. Grumbly, he picked it up and acted annoyed because it was "empty". However, when he saw the picture he simply laughed (and, oh, what a lovely laugh it was). "Very clever" he remarked, and explained to the audience what just happened. He also improvised "I'm not allowed to eat cake. I can't do anything I want. I have a picture of a chocolate chip cookie laminated in my pocket".
By then, I thought that was going to be the highlight of the night: not just enjoying the show, but having an interaction with the comedy genius - and getting a laugh and a praise from him! My friend and I were blissful. After the show ended, we stayed outside next to a handful of eager fans, hoping to at least get a glimpse of him. But that's not what we got. He actually spent a moment with us, shaking our hands and signing autographs (my ticket and my friend's Black Book DVD!). I also told him that we were the girls behind the "cake" and he said, again, that it was "very clever". Before I could assimilate what had just happened, he simply crossed the street and walked into his hotel - like a regular bloke.
All I can say is
"This is fantastic... I'm in Heaven"
Sat 2nd May – Dylan Moran