Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Peri-Peri Funny Night as Black Books Eccentric Counts Londoners' Chickens

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Peri-Peri Funny Night as Black Books Eccentric Counts Londoners' Chickens

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Byline: BRUCE DESSAU

DYLAN MORAN Hammersmith Apollo, W6 IT SAYS something about the volatile state of the nation that even master of quirkiness Dylan Moran feels compelled to comment.

At the start of last night's rapturously received sell-out show he was in unusually serious mood, describing the country as a divided land of haves in the capital and have-nots in the North.

He then clarified exactly how Londoners are privileged: "You are never more than 10 metres from a Nando's."

This was very much a gig of two halves, with the first section given over to the Black Books star's political apercus. The elegantly unkempt Irishman nibbled chocolate as he explained how his countrymen were not cut out for economic booms. One minute they were making soup out of stones, the next they were in "helicopters eating swans". It was a recipe for disaster and sure enough the Irish are supping stone soup again.

After the interval, Moran put his own offbeat spin on the familiar comic terrain of masculinity. …

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