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Are You Dave Gorman?

Note: This review is from 2013

Review by Steve Bennett

This is, quite simply, a stunning show.

In a drunken moment, comedian Dave Gorman decided that he should meet his namesake, the assistant manager of East Fife football club.

From there, the idea snowballed and now he's on a quest to find as many Dave Gormans across the globe as he can.

As a sad obsession, this has something going for it. As the premise of a full-length Edinburgh show, the idea seems somewhat less sound.

So it's a tribute to Dave's skill that the sell-out audience become so emotionally involved in what should, by rights, be a bit of pathetic personal trainspotting.

Why anyone should care how far he has to travel to meet each fellow Dave Gorman is a mystery. Yet everyone cheers and boos the pointless statistics and wishes they, too, could help in this important mission.

There couldn't have been one person in the room who didn't take the sworn pledge to join the search with the heartfelt sincerity it deserved.

How did we become so involved? Magic. Gorman casts a spell over the audience with his charm, wit and contagious enthusiasm for the project.

But above all, this is a very funny routine with laughs coming thick and fast, and from unexpected directions.

This is a perfect show from a consummate stand-up. Unmissable.

Review date: 1 Jan 2013
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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