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Sam and I went to see the opening night of Dylan Moran's one-man show "Monster" at UCLA's Macgowan Little Theater. Evander met up with us just before the show, which was cool because he's one who first introduced me to Moran by lending me a Region 2 DVD of his BBC 4 series Black Books.
Dylan Moran's standup comic persona is more-or-less the same "monster" as his TV character Bernard Black, which is the exact opposite of his character from Shaun of the Dead. Moran is a grumpy, disheveled, chain-smoking, wine-guzzling Irishman clad all in black. His routine is rambling and angry, but his wit is razorsharp and his social commentary is spot-on.
I loved every second as he ranted on the shallowness of Los Angeles, the arrogance of Americans, the hypocrisy of religion, and anything else that popped into his head. One of my favorite moments was when he seemed to run out of ideas so he asked the audience if we had any questions. Evander, who was sitting next to Sam and I in the very front row shouted, "How do you feel about Scotland?"
Instead of answering Evander's question, Moran asked him a series of questions trying to figure out Evander's unusual accent. When Moran learned that Evander grew up in France and England and that one of his parents is Scottish and the otehr is American, Moran spent several minutes creating various different backstories about how Evander's parents might've met. It was absolutely hilarious how Moran turned a random question into a very funny adlib. Evander was a very good sport about having his lifestory turned into a comedy routine.
After the show, Eddie Izzard was hanging around outside. Evander hung out to listen to Izzard and he managed to get Dylan Moran to autograph his DVD of Black Books.