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‘Irishman Abroad’ episode 13: Dylan Moran

The Black Books star talks about getting lost as a young hick in London, gigging to make a living, winning awards and developing a ‘following’

Wed, Dec 4, 2013, 19:29


“I was a hick… I remember being on an escalator in [one of the big Tube stations] and being swallowed into the mouth of this station and feeling like an atom. I remember that, and spiritually gulping at the whole prospect of what I was doing. I felt like I was floating in space.”

Navan-born comedian and actor Dylan Moran is in the hot seat with Jarlath Regan this week, talking about leaving school at 16, emigrating to London (“when you are young and stupid and you don’t know anything, that’s when you make these moves”), gigging for free and becoming his own boss, before going on to create Black Books and star in Shaun of the Dead.

The ‘Irishman Abroad’ podcasts are free to download on iTunes. Read more about the series in the Generation Emigration interview with comedian and creator of the podcasts Jarlath Regan.

Previous episodes: Robert Sheehan, Lisa Hannigan, Chris O’Dowd, Brendan Dempsey, Paul Kimmage, Michael Smiley, Tony Cascarino, Dara O Briain, Sharon Horgan, Jason Byrne, Ed Byrne, Graham Linehan