Dave Gorman's Powerpoint Presentation
...is the name of my latest stand-up show that I launched at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe. It was my first run at the Fringe for 8 yeas and I'm chuffed to bits with how it went. 28 shows in 26 days and each and every one of them sold out. If you came along... thanks! I then toured the show throughout October/November and, due to popular demand (thanks again!) I extended the tour into 2012 with another 30+ shows around the country and four nights in London at the Southbank Centre. We wrapped up the UK touring with a show at The Bloomsbury Theatre held as a benefit for Shelter before taking the show to Montreal for an 8 show run at the Just For Laughs comedy festival... who also took me and the show to Sydney for a little show at a small venue called The Sydney Opera House. In January 2015, I took the show to New York for a two week run.
That makes 147 performances so far. If you're really curious, you can see where the show has already been by clicking here.
After Googlewhack Adventure I took a long time off live work. I think I toured that show so much and spent so long overseas with it that I ended up feeling a bit disconnected. If I'd tried to do another live show soon after that it would have had to be about what life is like when you're on tour and I don't think that's really ground I wanted to cover. So I spent a few years living life again... and only returned to the stage with the Sit Down, Pedal, Pedal, Stop & Stand Up tour which was largely straight forward one-man-and-a-mic stand-up but with a final quarter of the show given over to a powerpoint section.
The powerpoint bit in that show felt like a discovery. It was a way of marrying my stand-up thoughts with the style of performance I'd got used to over years of doing narrative shows. It was a sort of double act. With me and a screen. It was stand up. Only with a plot. Sort of.
In order to pursue that style of performance more I set up a monthly night called Dave Gorman's Screen Guild. By making the projection a key part of the evening I was able to introduce audiences to great guests as well as playing with any new ideas I had. We did five shows there in our opening season and I always did brand new material... I then had nine previews to hone things and select the best blend... and that's what went into the Powerpoint Presentation show. I'm really proud of it.
This show led to the first series of Modern Life Is Goodish being commissioned. And I followed it up with a second, all-new, live show: Dave Gorman Gets Straight To The Point* (*The Powerpoint) which is still touring - with new dates in October/November 2015 and January 2016.
You can see all upcoming live dates - for this or any other shows I have - on the Live Dates page of the site.
If you want to know more about the show, there's a page of reviews here.
I get a lot of email/tweets etc about the show... many asking the same questions. So I blogged an Actually Frequently Asked Questions page about it here. Amongst other things it explains why the show won't be filmed for a DVD.