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King’s Lynn Corn Exchange sees Dave Gorman namecheck Twitter's Elon Musk, Amazon's Jeff Bezos & Richard Branson – comedy review

REVIEW: Dave Gorman, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange by Peter Woodhouse

You can't exactly rip off Dave Gorman. The Stafford-born comedian is the prince of powerpoint presentations. He made his name not by pronouncing puns to the audience, nor lazy observational stand-up or offensive barbs.

No, just by showing graphs, stats and suchlike, usually via means of some overhead projection; or now in these days of social media, a powerpoint presentation using the full range of Twitter, Google spoofs, graphics and newspaper websites, like the Adobe ace did to an appreciative packed Lynn audience on Sunday.

Dave Gorman Powerpoint To The People. Photo: Peter Woodhouse
Dave Gorman Powerpoint To The People. Photo: Peter Woodhouse

This niche style is what made his fame and fortune, so why stop now when the 51-year-old brought his latest offering Powerpoint To The People to town?

You'd think coming up with visual aid geek-based humour each tour while still making it interesting, funny and engaging would be tough, but the Excel expert does it in spades.

Gorman talks us through his lockdown which was spent home-schooling with his young son and he found himself bonding with a media celebrity who displays a similar six-year-old's public persona to his offspring.

While we're talking television, Gorman picks apart the appeal of a certain programme, but also reveals why he has some bitterness towards said show.

Those familiar with Gorman's TV shows and stage act will welcome his Found Poem section, where he grabs the more outlandish outbursts from the very dregs of newspaper website comment sections.

He tackles the space race, and billionaires Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos all got name-checked. Also, you'll never look at fellow comedian and TV presenter Alexander Armstrong in the same way again...

Gorman does at times mine the easy nostalgia aspect of stand-up, using a well-known crisp brand, but in his unique way.

I remember Simon Munnery trying a similar PC (computer, not political correctness) styling when performing at Lynn. Otherwise, Gorman has this field all to himself.

Moreover, Gorman is likeable and has a positive comedy persona, and in these troubling times, what's wrong with that?

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