Dylan Moran was a comedian, writer, and actor best known for his starring role in the cult British comedy "Black Books." He was born in 1971 in the village of Navan, Ireland. His father was a carpenter, and growing up he attended St. Patrick's Classical School before leaving at the age of 16. After leaving school, Moran spent a year of his life struggling to find his way before he began to pursue comedy. At the age of 17 Moran found himself unqualified for most work, but he was strongly attracted to the field of comedy, and he began performing stand-up comedy at a local club in 1992. Within a year of his debut, he entered Channel Four's comedy competition at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival and won the comedy newcomer's "So You Think You're Funny" award. His stand-up show "Gurgling for Money" earned him the Perrier Comedy Award in 1996; at the time, he was the youngest person to ever earn the prize. This quick success led to a nationwide tour of the UK and performances at stand-up festivals across the globe.