Dave Gorman is an English author, stand-up comedian and presenter. He became famous for Are You Dave Gorman?, a stage show that originated from a bet between Gorman and...Read More
Dave Gorman is an English author, stand-up comedian and presenter. He became famous for Are You Dave Gorman?, a stage show that originated from a bet between Gorman and his friend Danny Wallace: Gorman claimed that there were loads of other Dave Gormans (‘loads’ was later defined as one for every card in a deck – i.e. 54, including Jokers) and the pair set off to meet them. Gorman created a stage-show about their travels that was also meant to appeal for further Dave Gormans to come forward.
The search became something of a cult following, with five even changing their names by deed poll (two of these women) to enable Gorman to complete his quest. The BBC gave Gorman a series based on the show, co-written and co-produced by Wallace, and the pair subsequently wrote a book about the mission. Gorman’s second television series was entitled Dave Gorman’s Important Astrology Experiment in which he tested out whether or not astrology really worked, trying to follow any instructions given to people with his star sign, while his ‘control experiment’ (twin brother Nick) ignored them. Their records of each day, demonstrating how they fared in the three areas of life (love, health and wealth), were performed to a panel of ‘experts’ who assessed how they fared.
His stand-up comedy predominantly features him telling stories of extreme adventures and providing evidence to the audience to prove that they are true. After Are You Dave Gorman? he took a break from stand-up, returning to the medium in 2009 with a show called Sit Down, Pedal, Pedal, Stop and Stand Up: its unique feature was that he cycled 1,563 miles from the southernmost point of Great Britain to the easternmost to the westernmost and then to the northernmost with a gig following each night. Gorman's first one man "documentary style" show was at the 1998 Edinburgh Festival and saw him dissecting whether or not each of the reasons listed in the song ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ were viable. In 1999, Dave Gorman’s Better World was based on the replies he got to anonymous letters sent to local newspapers asking the public to suggest ways in which one man could make the world a better place. He attempted to carry out their suggestions in order to determine their efficacy. The various charts showed that his overall happiness, love and wealth steadily began to recede over time (especially wealth as he was forced to travel excessively). Throughout the experiment he had numerous adventures, including travelling to New York to meet a long lost friend and then leaving a few hours later because he was ordered to spend as much time at home as possible, sharing pizza in a park while dressed in a rubber suit, and the ethical trauma of reading an illegally acquired pornographic magazine at Sunday lunch in front of his mother. The most notable stunt he had to perform was standing in Covent Garden on one leg with his foot in a bucket of water, a tangerine in one hand, and some breakfast cereal in the other, in a bowl that cost £85 from Harrods, singing the national anthem backwards and balancing three books on his head. This was taken entirely literally from a very odd horoscope by Jonathan Cainer, which Gorman deemed so implausible that he did in fact present the copy of the newspaper which published it in the studio, while noting his suspicion that perhaps the author of the horoscope found out about his experiment and was pulling a prank on him.
As a producer he worked on two series featuring Jenny Éclair and as a writer he contributed to The Mrs Merton Show, Harry Hill and Steve Coogan.
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