As a stand up comic, Moran is known for his incredibly cynical and, at times, aggressive stage presence. His routines are usually observational and or political.
His claim to fame is Black Books, a British sitcom where he plays Bernard Black, a drunken Irish misanthrope who does a very poor job of running a London bookshop. He also co-created the series, and was its main writer, either writing episodes by himself or in tandem with other writers. Ever since, Moran has been type cast into similar roles, and is known for playing the Jerkass, and often The Alcoholic as well.
In 2010, he was voted 14th in Channel4's 100 Greatest Stand Ups list.
Tropes associated with Dylan Moran
- Deadpan Snarker: Both the characters he plays and the man himself.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Seems to be a Running Gag of his to claim that he has one.
- For example, from his 2004 live show, MonsterMoran: *coughs* ...and then you cough and die.
- And from Like, TotallyMoran: I have... something. It'll clear up. Might take me with it, but we'll see.
- For example, from his 2004 live show, Monster
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: though his demeanour is grumpy and his wit acerbic, he seems mortified if anyone ever seems hurt by a remark and according to his co-stars is very generous and thoughtful.
- Large Ham: His earlier routines tended to be this, but he seems to have mellowed out a little over the years.
- Self-Deprecation: He likes insulting himself almost as much as he likes insulting everyone else.
- Typecasting: He's usually cast as morally questionable people.