Review: Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation

Dave Gorman
Dave Gorman

What happens to a man who eats nothing but asparagus, beetroot, Sugar Puffs and Berocca for 48 hours?

Well, I could tell you, but it would probably have to be censored – and it would ruin the punchline for one of Dave Gorman’s best stories.

As previously reported in this newspaper, he is a man who admits to a certain amount of curiosity, although he claims it is no more than anybody else who happens to have a job which allows a lot of free time.

So when he went online to ask his Twitter followers what makes urine smell the most and was given four answers repeatedly, the consequences were almost inevitable. Thankfully, the inner workings of his body are not the main focus of Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation. Instead, it is an hour-long trawl through some of the mundane-yet-bizarre things which have occurred to him (such as why all clocks on images produced by a certain mobile phone provider say 10.08) as well as some of the thoroughly strange things which are sent to him.

Among them is a surprisingly large numbers of people who apparently look like him. None of them do, in fact, look anything like him, but as the pictures continue to flick up on the screen, it becomes clear that Dave is seen as a sort of everyman who looks identical to anyone, so long as they have a beard. (Incidentally, the morning after the gig, I did notice how our head of content, George Hinton, looks rather like Dave Gorman. Great beard, too.)

It is confusing that Dave is not listed as one of the top 25 Jewish comedians, when he is listed at number 12 in the list of Jewish authors. Most of that confusion stems from the fact that he is not, in fact, Jewish, but he uses pictures and screen shots to show the incredibly large number of people who seem convinced that he is.

A sense of bafflement pervades Dave’s set as his clearly bright mind attempts to understand the world around him, and it makes for a lot of laughs. Rather than being a distraction, the Powerpoint screen is instrumental to the show and allows the audience to instantly understand what he is talking about. A simple click to a new image can create a burst of laughter, when most comics would need to spend several minutes setting up a joke for the punchline.

Having read several of his books, watched him on television, heard him on the radio and now seen him live, I would recommend all four. And if you get the chance, meet him in person: he’s really very nice, and surprisingly normal.