If you fancy seeing rising star of the small screen Mo Gilligan live, then you’d better get yourself down to the Eventim Apollo in October 2020. For that’s when the comedian, star of Channel 4’s Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan, will be taking to the stage on his latest tour.
The Lambeth born Londoner’s big breakthrough came in 2017 when he was ‘discovered’ by the Rapper Drake. The budding comedian was at that point working in retail, spending his spare time uploading his comedy to the Internet.
One of these recordings featured a character called The Geezer, whose catchphrase – Julie, bring me a couple of cans – caught Drake’s attention. The rapper, a well known anglophile, loved what he heard. So much so in fact, that he subsequently used Gilligan’s catchphrase in one of his own Instagram posts.
“Enjoying this ‘Julie, bring me a couple of cans’ weather today” Drake said in the post, which he sent out to his millions of followers. Not surprisingly, once the post had gone viral, Gilligan’s phone didn’t stop ringing for days.
The comedian’s career skyrocketed. He began by hosting a show called The Big Narstie on Channel 4 alongside the Rapper Big Narstie. Later the same year he signed up to present a new channel 4 show, which would subsequently become the Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan. By the time the programme dropped in July 2019 Gilligan was already a big star.
The comedian followed the Channel 4 show up with his first Netflix comedy special – Mo Gilligan: Momentum. The show was full of typical Gilligan humour, with the comedian using his winningly nostalgic comedy style to good effect in a variety of tales from his youth and observations on the British way of life.
The comedian has cited his influences as Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock; however, on stage Gilligan’s schtick, is typically British. Born in Lambeth to West Indian parents, Gilligan discovered a love of comedy while attending the Pimlico Academy, a performing arts school in Central London.
Mo Gilligan will be at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith from the 22nd to the 31st of October 2020. For more information on the gigs, please click here.
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