To cheer you up: Irish comedy group

Anybody heard of Foil Arms and Hog?

They are an Irish comedy group with a Youtube channel full of sketches and who also do live shows (I went to see them in May, and they were brilliant). I think one reason I personally enjoy them so much is because there’s almost always something distinctly Irish about their videos. For example, in the recent “Last Minute Holiday Panic“, the family wanting to bring a suitcase full of Irish sausages abroad. They’re also often relevant, making videos this year related to the European football championships and the Olympic boxing controversy  as these events were on-going. During the Irish general election a few months ago, I found “Election Time in Ireland” and “New Irish Government” delightful.

As an Irish person, I love to see the Irish language used. I watched the series “Ceol agus Ól” a fair bit while preparing for Irish orals this year.

Finally, these comedians are clever and (99% of the time) don’t need to rely on stereotypes or dirty jokes to get a laugh. Their humour is based around the characters being played as opposed to e.g. the gender of the character. They are also very skilled at dancing along the line between making a statement, and going a little too far, without ever really crossing it (and while being hilarious). See “How not to Offend People“, or the recent, glorious and all-too-relevant “The World is F**ked“.

Okay, back to the good bits: Besides the ones I’ve just mentioned, my favourites include “How to Speak Dublin“, “A Kerryman Gives Direction” and “The Ryanair Song” – relevant lines of this one will echo through your head as you’re booking a flight or rushing to catch your plane.

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