Almost a decade since Britain’s Dave Gorman commenced his remarkable Googlewhack Adventure at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, this genre-stretching comedian is back! And for this brand new show he’s formed a double act... with a projector screen. And they’d like to show you their PowerPoint presentation.
The man sells out a 500-person theatre with good reason. English comedian/author/radio host Dave Gorman’s patented brand of off-the-wall hilarity translates well to this side of the world (he told us Melbourne is every comics’ favourite festival, and it shows).
This ain’t yo grandma’s Powerpoint. No, sir. There’s none of those fancy transitions between slides, and with over 800 of them, it would make the show unbearably long if he’d indulged in such needless frippery. From the get go, Gorman uses fancy interactive tricks with his slides that has the audience eating out of his hand, and he continues with the interactive bits periodically throughout the show.
As seen in one of his previous best-selling books – Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure – this is a man who loves the internet. Loves. When he explains how his wife (affectionately referred to as ‘Mrs Gorman’ throughout) asks him to research one thing and he’s suddenly found himself surfing the web four hours later, you’ll understand that there is nothing on teh interwebz that is too trivial for him to enjoy.
Much of Gorman’s humour derives from his ability to, firstly, notice the mundane; and secondly, to break it down into little pieces. Little, hilarious pieces. Take one of his funniest bits, about the times displayed on mobile phone ads. Who notices this? And who then goes around photographing said ads? And who reads all the comments on sensationalistic UK news stories and turns them into a spoken-word poem? Only a mind a brilliantly twisted as Gorman’s can yield such inane, side-splitting humour.
While he graciously ended his show with recommendations for other comedians, we can’t recommend his show highly enough. Get tickets if they haven’t already been snaffled up by rabid Gorman fans. As for us, we’re off to follow some guy on Twitter…
Dave Gorman interview