Dave Gorman

A one-man innovative juggernaut going coast to coast


This article is from 2009.

Dave Gorman

Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure is ostensibly the story of a comedian travelling the world trying to establish disparate pairings of words that return just one hit in the search engine. ‘Essentially a show about me having a breakdown’, is how Gorman describes it, but the project has had quite a legacy. Touring the show around the US in 2005, Gorman found himself staying in a soulless series of identikit chain hotels while everywhere he trekked, he was confronted by Corporate America. Resolving to stick it to The Man(tm), he returned Stateside to see if he could drive coast to coast using only independent gas stations, hotels and ‘Mom and Pop’ businesses.

The result was the book and documentary America Unchained. ‘It was very much made on my terms,’ Gorman maintains. ‘I didn’t make a documentary, I had one made about me, with no research or meetings set up in advance. If you already know what’s going to happen then there’s no point fucking doing it!’ Unfortunately, with his car forever breaking down and his camera-person leaving, the vegetarian comic writer quickly found himself alone, gorging on McDonalds, Wendy’s and Burger King burgers in a Best Western Hotel. The challenge took a back seat, and despite having a gun pulled on him Mississippi, Gorman became enchanted with smalltown America.

‘They’re delighted someone from overseas has left the tourist trail with a genuine civic pride that makes them really want a visitor to have a good time,’ he says. ‘I get an email once a week from an American thanking me because they’re grateful someone’s being positive about them. They know they’re public enemy number one in global politics, they know they’re maligned and a figure of fun, but they don’t quite understand why.’ At the end of August, Gorman returns to performing conventional stand-up without all the madcap, globetrotting caper storytelling by, er, cycling 1500 miles across the UK stopping off only to do a gig each night. He’ll be rolling into Glasgow in September, ‘assuming I get that far’.

16 Aug, 8pm, £9 (£7).

Dave Gorman: Sit Down, Pedal, Pedal, Stop and Stand Up

Dave Gorman stops off to delight you with his charmingly odd speculations as he cycles from the southernmost point in Britain to the easternmost, to the westernmost, to the northernmost. He's cycling for 32 days and doing a gig every night of the trip. Phew.

Dave Gorman: Sit Down, Pedal, Pedal, Stop and Stand Up

Following the success of his 33-date national tour where he cycled from venue to venue, Dave Gorman is continuing with the venture - except he's dropped the cycling part, the lazy lump. At least this time he'll be able to concentrate his attention on making you laugh, as opposed to blisters and the soreness of his saddle.

Dave Gorman

THE YOUNG SCOT EVENT Where is the real heart of the USA? Award-winning comedian Dave Gorman set out to find America's legendary local diners, dusty gas stations and small-town grocery stores. America Unchained: A Freewheeling Road Trip in Search of Non-Corporate USA sorts the myths from the realities; a classic…


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