The Dave Gorman Collection
Added: (Wed Dec 20 2000)
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The television debut from the 2000 Perrier Award nominee, Dave Gorman
The Dave Gorman Collection
A new comedy series for the BBC, The Dave Gorman Collection
BBC Choice Tuesday 23rd January 2001 at 22.30
BBC2 Sunday 18th February 2001 at 22.45
Following a drunken evening with his flatmate Danny Wallace, Dave Gorman embarked on a unique journey to find and meet other Dave Gormans from around the world. If Dave was to meet Danny’s challenge, he had to meet, shake the hand of and photograph 54 Dave Gormans; one for every card in the deck…including the jokers.
The Dave Gorman Collection takes you on a journey covering 20,000 miles from New York to Portsmouth, Swindon to Tel Aviv meeting Dave Gormans from all walks of life. Dave has documented his adventures across the globe meeting Dave Gorman the semi-retired lighthouse technician, Dave Gorman the guru, Dave Gorman the American policeman and countless Dave Gorman insurance brokers to mention a few.
This extraordinary tale documents Dave’s travels with graphs and statistical analysis of the Dave Gorman brotherhood as he plots his attempts to stay within what he considers a respectable average of ‘m.p.d.g’ – miles per Dave Gorman.
To raise public awareness of his incredible search, Dave took his exploits to the Edinburgh Festival where his sold-out show brought more Dave Gormans to his attention. He jokingly asked members of the public to change their name by deed poll to Dave Gorman. 5 people have taken up the challenge including 2 girls! Without trying, the story has been picked up by press from New York, Norway, Dublin and even made the front page of a Danish newspaper. Dave hasn’t even been to Denmark! The Dave Gorman story has also been featured on Late Review (BBC2), Big Breakfast (C4) and Late Night with Jerry Springer (C5).
“Gorman is becoming the Bill Bryson of stand-up: charming, whimsical, adventurous and laced with belly laughs.” Stephen Armstrong, Sunday Times.
Dave Gorman is an acclaimed comedy writer having won two Bafta’s for his writing on The Mrs Merton Show alongside Caroline Aherne. He was also nominated for a Perrier Award at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival with his sold-out show Are You Dave Gorman?
Dave Gorman Facts:
? Dave Gormans range from 5 to 70
? Dave Gormans are 96% male
? The average age of Dave Gormans is 37 ½
? The average height is 5” 6 inches
? The average shoe size is 8
? Most Dave Gorman’s grow ginger beards
? The most likely area of work for Dave Gormans is the financial sector
? Over 24,000 miles have been travelled in search of Dave Gormans
? 60% of Dave Gormans were wearing a blue shirt
? Since the search began, there have been 10,000 hits at www.davegorman.com
? 4 of the Dave Gormans have children called Dave Gorman
? 5 of the Dave Gormans have fathers called Dave Gorman
? 66% of Dave Gormans prefer being called Dave
? 34% of Dave Gormans prefer being called David
? We have met no-one else called Danny Wallace
Dave Gorman grew up in Stafford and at 18, moved to Manchester to study for a Maths degree. In his first year at Manchester University, Dave attended a workshop run by a little known Frank Skinner and Henry Normal (now an award winning comedy writer) run in conjunction with The Red Stripe Tour for Amnesty International. Henry immediately offered Dave a place on the bill at an upcoming benefit gig. Two weeks later he bumped into Frank who offered him a paid gig at a Birmingham club he regularly compered. Dave dropped out of university, signed on the Enterprise Allowance Scheme as a stand-up comic and started to work the alternative comedy circuit in the North of England. In 1995 he starred in the critically acclaimed late night cabaret show THE COMEDY ZONE at The Edinburgh Festival.
The following year, Dave won his first BAFTA for Best Entertainment Series for THE MRS MERTON SHOW (BBC1) the hit comedy series which he co-wrote with Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash and Henry Normal. He also teamed up with Simon Munnery to co-write the Sony Award winning ALAN PARKER’S 59 MINUTES OF TRUTH (BBC Radio One) and still found the time to support Simon Day, star of BBC2’s THE FAST SHOW on his national tour.
In 1997, Dave won his second BAFTA for Best Chat Show for THE MRS MERTON SHOW (BBC1) and starred on the first series of the new stand-up show, THE COMEDY NETWORK (C5), alongside Jenny Eclair and Stewart Lee. He also worked as Associate Producer on JENNY ECLAIR SQUATS (C5). A topical chat show, that was filmed from a different location every week at the homes of Jenny’s guests.
While continuing to work on the circuit, Dave used his one-man shows to start the move away from conventional stand-up comedy. REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL, which he took to the Edinburgh Festival in 1998 was a ninety minute dissection of the lyrics to the Ian Dury pop song of the same name. The show was described as “extraordinarily inventive…astounding” (The
Times). He then went on to perform regularly on the hit comedy show, THE STAND UP SHOW (BBC1) and to star on the second series of THE COMEDY NETWORK (C5).
In 1999 as the roving reporter, Dave co-hosted MOVIE BABYLON (Sky) alongside Sue Perkins.
In the same year, Dave wrote to over 2000 local papers requesting sincere suggestions from their readers for making the world a better place. From the responses he received, he created his new Edinburgh Festival show, DAVE GORMAN’S BETTER WORLD. Described by The Observer as “a masterpiece of investigative journalism; funny, uplifting and profound. If you are wondering what the point of the Fringe is, go and see this”, the show was a sell-out success and continued the move away from joke based stand-up into a genre all his own: documentary comedy.
Following Edinburgh, Dave brought BETTER WORLD to London for a three week run and was later invited to perform at the prestigious MONTREAL JUST FOR LAUGHS COMEDY FESTIVAL. Whilst there, he appeared in 3 Brit Coms, one of which was recorded for broadcast on JUST FOR LAUGHS (BBC) later in the year and was specially invited to perform in the BEST OF THE FEST SPECIAL at the prestigious Club Soda. He also co-produced JENNY ECLAIR’S PRIVATE FUNCTION (C5) a new late night topical chat show hosted by the brash and bawdy comedienne.
This year, Dave took his show ARE YOU DAVE GORMAN? to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, winning a Perrier Award nomination. The Independent on Sunday described it as "Fascinating and hilarious. What starts out as a drunken bet grows into an existential odyssey and a life affirming, heart-warming chapter in the history of English eccentricity. It's utterly unique." The show sold-out from day one. Dave has recently been invited to appear at the prestigious US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen in March 2001. He is also starting to work on his first novel.
WHAT THE PRESS HAS SAID…
ABOUT THE DAVE GORMAN COLLECTION LIVE SHOWS
“Gorman’s show is literally like no other. It must be seen.”
"Fascinating and hilarious. What starts out as a drunken bet grows into an existential odyssey and a life affirming, heart-warming chapter in the history of English eccentricity. It's utterly unique."
Independent on Sunday
"It's the funniest and most absorbing show I've seen this year. Simultaneously ridiculous and enthralling. The result is a real-life detective story littered with absurdist details. Gorman's odyssey eventually assumes Homeric proportions. Every minute of the show yields some precious nugget. It's sheer delight from start to finish."
"Gorman is becoming the Bill Bryson of stand-up: charming, whimsical,adventurous and laced with belly laughs."
"For the third successive year, Dave Gorman, the writer-comedian, has succeeded in turning a totally original concept into a fantastic show that's part comedy, part documentary, part lecture and wholly entertaining."
Edinburgh Evening News
"Like his previous shows, Dave Gorman's latest vehicle is a brilliant example of what can happen when you take an idea and run with it. It's one of the funniest shows in years - an hour long rollercoaster of comedy. The tale is fascinating and Gorman's immaculate timing and deadpan delivery mean there is scarcely a second's break in the hilarity. 5 Stars"
"This may sound like an absurd premise for a show, but it's impossible not to get carried away with his ardour. Are You Dave Gorman? is a magnificent tale of obsession and adventure. No put-downs, no punch lines, no smutty stories, no bitching, no self-congratulation. If only more comedy were like this."