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DAVE GORMAN'S POWERPOINT PRESENTATION Extended into Spring 2012

Following a hugely successful Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a sell-out UK tour it is announced today (17th January 2012) that DAVE GORMAN will extend his stand-up tour, Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation, by a further 48 dates, including four nights playing the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre in London. His critically acclaimed return to Edinburgh saw every ticket sold (14,000), with extra shows added on weekends, and was followed by a 40-date nationwide tour, including London’s Hammersmith Apollo. DAVE will also be heading to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where he has previously been nominated for the prestigious Barry Award.

Cast your powerpoint prejudice* aside, it's not just for business meetings. . .

DAVE’S live career has seen him sell out multiple tours of the UK, have two six-week runs off Broadway in New York extended to three months, complete a successful four-month tour of the USA and become responsible for the fastest selling show in the history of the Studio Theatre at The Sydney Opera House. Live performances have also earned him the title of Best One Person Show at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival (twice), as well as nominations for the Perrier Award, the South Bank Award (alongside EDDIE IZZARD and Little Britain) and two nominations for the prestigious American Drama Desk Award, where he was up against - among others - the legend, BILLY CRYSTAL.

A busy 2011 saw the second series of Genius with Dave Gorman broadcast on BBC Two, the release of DAVE’s fourth book, Dave Gorman Vs the Rest of the World, as well as hosting his monthly comedy night, Dave Gorman’s Screen Guild at the Hoxton Hall, London and headlining Dave’s One Night Stand for channel Dave. He also became the Curator on the popular Museum of Curiosity for Radio 4, a role previously held by BILL BAILEY and SEAN LOCK. DAVE continues to present his hit Sunday morning show on Absolute Radio that is also available as a hugely successful podcast, which holds the accolade of being the first commercial radio podcast to rise as high as number 1 in the history of the iTunes Podcast chart. DAVE recently hosted a Radio 2 pilot called Pub Olympics that will see comedians compete in a series of funny events based on Olympic sports.

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For interview requests and further information, please contact:
Charlotte Davidson, Alex Sayer or Dan Lloyd on 020 7598 7222, alternatively please email: charlotted@avalonuk.com / alexs@avalonuk.com / or danl@avalonuk.com


NATIONAL PRESS REACTION:


“. . .Dave Gorman’s latest offering is a much-needed reminder of how a truly gifted performer can delve beyond clever punchlines and make us look afresh at the world. The nearest thing we have to that late, great American raconteur Spalding Gray, he turns monomania into the most compelling and uplifting of confessionals.” ★★★★ The Times

"Dave Gorman has returned to the fringe after a few years away with a triumph of a show of the kind he pioneered and still does better than anyone. In a show that is effectively a double-act with his technology, Gorman has turned using PowerPoint into an art form, repeatedly wrongfooting the audience's expectations and finding joy or bewildered outrage in the minutiae of the media that increasingly shape the way we see the world." Observer

". . .has transformed the seemingly mundane into hours of unabashed hysteria". ★★★★ Metro

“It is Gorman’s playful niceness that made the show a winning show. . . This was superbly structured, packed with precision-tooled punchlines, twists and visual gags. Extremely clever. The man behind me was not laughing, he was positively ululating. And probably still is.”
★★★★ Evening Standard

“The PowerPoint presentation is becoming a bit of a comedy cliché, but nobody does it nearly as well as Dave Gorman, here dipping into the web and myriad sight gags to marvellous effect.” i

“This is a technically slick, varied and consistently funny return from one of the most highly regarded Jewish comics in the business.” ★★★★ The Scotsman

". . . this is not about the medium, but the material. And what an impressive hour of intelligent, playful, quirky, obsessive and original fun it turns out to be. . . He’s ruthlessly pedantic (and yes, can use the PowerPoint to stress a point), and sometimes brilliantly obsessed with the trivial. . . As anyone who’s seen any of his quest shows knows, Gorman is not one to leave an idea at first base, and takes things to extremes. Thankfully, for the sake of his sanity, here it’s just extremes of comic invention he goes to. . . He whizzes through this material, with the laughs coming frequently - and sometimes without the punchline needing to be said. He is so defined as a benign mischief-maker that he can leave ideas hanging - and we work out what’s coming for ourselves from the clues he scattered along the way.” Chortle

“The audience was visibly exhausted from laughing so much” ★★★★★ The Jewish Chronicle


PRESS REACTION ON THE ROAD:


“Dave Gorman is a fast-talking professor of quality gags. And there can’t be too many academics around who can make publicity campaigns about deodorant and mobile phones rib-ticklingly funny. In short, Gorman’s use of PowerPoint is no cheap gimmick. He’s a frightening master of it - screen-capturing, slide-showing and bullet-pointing with such speed and comedy timing, you’d swear that he actually invented it.” ★★★★ Daily Record

“Gorman proves he has a finger on the pulse of technology while retaining his naturally sharp funnybone.” The List

“Staffordshire comedian Dave Gorman went some way to conquering our fears with the most entertaining computer slideshow you’re ever likely to see. . . Clever, insightful and ingenious.”
★★★★ Birmingham Mail

“The brilliance that runs throughout this show lies in such an apparent regular Joe delivering something so outstandingly clever and well-observed.” ★★★★ Yorkshire Evening Post

“Powerpoint demands a tight script; the format could easily sink a lesser comedian in a series of clunky punchlines. But he skitters through it all, deftly surfing the waves of laughter with elegance, wit and an easy style that made it appear off the cuff… Always lurking is the thrilling prospect that Gorman will just take an idea and play it to the limit with disarming intelligence, teasing out comic truths at every twist.
Dave Gorman: everyman, extremist, genius.” The Press, York

“The bearded comedian uses the modern man’s flip chart as a prompt for 90 minutes of hilarious anecdotes. . . His observational humour is spot-on and the powerpoint makes a great visual outlet for his jokes. Gorman is very much a man of the 21st century. Whether it’s via Twitter, Google or other social media, he finds the ridiculous and absurd just waiting for us to discover on the world wide web. It is a true sign of his genius when he takes what is often a rather innocuous-looking advert and exploits it for all the comedy gold it’s worth. . . An evening full of laughs.” Bristol Evening Post

“In Gorman’s hands, every show is Genius.” Lancashire Evening Post

“The funnyman brought a traditional and animated style of stand up together with clever slides that came at an amazing rate. Quite simply with Dave Gorman’s unique outlook, insight and eye for mischief even a PowerPoint presentation had everyone in the audience wishing he was their mate.” Evening Express, Aberdeen

In Dave Gorman’s world, the PowerPoint presentation becomes something like a symphony - a comedic tour-de-force of pie charts and graphs that enraptures and entertains. . . Presenting a show with so much visual comedy is not something that all comedians would be suited to or get away with but, like all great stand-ups, his timgs is exquisite. With a simple click, he can set up a laugh or deliver a punchline, all the while feeding us information with lashings of verbal dexterity. Nottingham Evening Post


TOUR DATES


FEBURARY
Sun 12th DONCASTER Dome 01302 370777
APRIL
Mon 2nd LONDON, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre 0844 875 0073
Tues 3rd LONDON, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre 0844 875 0073
Weds 4th LONDON, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre 0844 875 0073
Thurs 5th LONDON, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre 0844 875 0073
MAY
Sat 19th GREAT TORRINGTON, DEVON,
The Plough Arts Centre 01805 624624
Sun 20th WIMBOURNE, The Tivoli Theatre 01202 885566
Weds 23rd ANDOVER, The Lights 01264 368368
Fri 25th STAFFORD, Gatehouse Theatre 01785 254 653
Sat 26th DURHAM, Gala Theatre 0191 332 4041
Tues 29th COLCHESTER, Arts Centre 01206 500 900
Weds 30th NORWICH Playhouse 01603 598 598
Thurs 31st NORWICH Playhouse 01603 598 598
JUNE
Weds 6th HAYES, The Beck Theatre 020 8561 8371
Thurs 7th DARTFORD Orchard Theatre 01322 220000
Fri 8th TREORCI, Park and Dare Theatre 08000 147 111
Sat 9th DUDLEY Concert Hall 01384 812812
Sun 10th SALFORD, The Lowry Centre 0843 208 6000
Mon 11th SWINDON Wyvern Theatre 01793 524 481
Weds 13th HARROGATE Royal Hall 01423 502116
Thurs14th IPSWICH Corn Exchange 01473 433 100
Fri 15th BELFAST Waterfront Hall 02890 334 455
Sun 17th TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Assembly Hall Theatre 01892 678 678
Weds 20th BRISTOL Colston Hall 0117 922 3686
Thurs 21st TRURO, Hall For Cornwall 01872 262 466
Fri 22nd READING Hexagon 0118 960 60 60
Sat 23rd CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange 01223 357 851
Sun 24th ST ALBANS, The Alban Arena 01727 844 488
Mon 25th KINGS LYNN Corn Exchange 01553 764864
Weds 27th CHELTENHAM Town Hall 0844 576 2210
Thurs 28th WARWICK ARTS CENTRE Butterworth Hall 02476 524 524
Fri 29th YEOVIL, The Octagon Theatre 01935 422 884
Sat 30th GUILDFORD G Live 0844 770 1797
JULY
Thurs 5th DORKING Halls 01306 881 717
Fri 6th ISLE OF WIGHT, Shanklin Theatre 01983 868000