Reviewed by Kathryn Carr
If I hadn’t already been familiar with Dave Gorman and his detailed analysis of the mundane everyday, I’d have been forgiven for mistaking his ‘With Great PowerPoint comes Great ResponsibiltyPoint’ live show for some kind of conference. However, with Gorman firmly on my radar, I knew a hilarious, forensically foolproof stand-up set was on the agenda.
The show took place at The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre in Salford Quays where I met my friend, previously a stranger to Gorman’s great gabbing and now a convert. With easy links to the motorway network, it’s a convenient place to meet up. The theatre’s position amongst restaurants and bars, with a multi-storey car park on site add to its attraction.
As a fan of Gorman’s ‘Modern Life is Goodish’ TV show, I immediately recognised that the live show was to follow a similar, fantastically funny format whereby he used the various functions of PowerPoint to analyse and mock aspects of his and our day-to-day lives. Social media, newspaper journalists and daytime TV were amongst the targets of the comedian’s mind-blowing over-thinking. His show made me realise just how open we are to and how easily we accept whatever the media presents us with. Gorman will get you thinking about just how much of what is written or said, we accept without a second thought. He goes on to do what we don’t do – deconstruct the relentless, poorly thought out, inaccurate, lazy information (ahem, lies) that come our way, with hilarious results. Insightful yet amusing.
Prior to being introduced to Dave Gorman, if you’d told me one of my favourite comedians would entertain me with a huge screen, a ‘clicker’ and the deployment of a range of graphs and data, I’d have said you were the one having a laugh.
The amount of research that Gorman puts in to back up his theories and prove his points is phenomenal. What makes his act funny is that his nit-picking of seemingly trivial issues is thus given a sense of huge importance by the resulting amazing, analytical data he presents to explain and support his thoughts. I can’t express how funny it is and this is one of the hardest reviews I’ve had to write because the concept and formula behind the jokes seems so formal; dare I say boring. If you haven’t seen Dave Gorman before, you’ll have to trust me when I say that although he uses PowerPoint in the way it was intended, the fact that he goes to such extremes to present such detailed arguments on such minor matters make his a very clever and laugh out loud routine.
From the demographics of the place he calls home to beauty product dilemmas to photoshop ponderings, Gorman will have you questioning parts of life you’ve never stopped to consider before. PowerPoint it seems is a highly effective tool for this comedian. You won’t look at colleagues’ presentations in the same way again.
For fans of Dave Gorman attending the show, they’ll no doubt be pleased that in includes a couple of his trademark ‘Found Poems’. Dave relishes in the naivety of the ill-informed by piecing together misguided and tragically funny comments found at the bottom of online news articles to compose his own piece of prose.
The support act came in the form of Nick Doody who worked as part of the ‘Modern Life is Goodish’ writing team. Despite obviously sharing a similar sense of humour, I didn’t immediately warm to Doody as I did to Gorman, however, his act which also showcased his piano playing talents and penchant for superheroes went down well with an audience who may well never have heard of him before, and who now know his wife isn’t the most attractive woman on the planet.
Whether you’ve watched Gorman on TV and are eager to see more or fancy something a bit different, I can’t recommend this hard to market, wickedly witty and ingenious performance that spawned from presentation software used for training and educational purposes enough. You will be educated. In all things funny. Dave himself offers one very good reason for people to see his show; ‘for the world’s best giraffe joke’.
Dave Gorman is currently on tour around the UK, for more information and tour dates visit davegorman.com.
For other shows at The Lowry visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000