The most recent trend in the travel show is to attach a comedy to it and there are so many – some serious, some spoofs, some that are the dynamics of an actual scripted comedy and others because they were one big practical joke! Travel Thursdays have just got bigger as we are now adding a comedic spin on it where we are looking at the comedian versus the travel.
Dave Gorman is a comedian who is known for taking a very different approach to life – he went around trying to meet everyone called Dave Gorman, he traveled all the way to Australia so he can get someone to find a Googlewhack for him and he even went to peoples houses all around the UK just to play a board game (even though one of the people he met tried to beat him up) – yes Dave Gorman is not your average comedian.
Back in 2008 for a book and a Documentary that aired on Channel 4, he did something unique and also entertaining – he attempted to travel across from one side of America to the other, without giving any money to ‘the man’. This meant that he had to avoid large chains and multinational corporations and only using independent businesses to really find the true spirit of America.
The 3,000 mile car journey was set to make him stop at only independent companies to help him embark on his coast to coast tour. The show really does explore a variation of different areas of America such as Coronado, Takilma Oregon and Cottonwood Idaho just to name a few. Whilst we all imagine the American dream to be that there is space for all companies, this documentary portrays that sometimes it is not always that easy and Dave doesn’t just have to survive some grim experiences, he also has to drive a long way to go to them.