Foil, Arms & Hog: Irish Sketch Comedy

So, Foil, Arms and Hog are my new favourite people. It’s easy to see why they are Ireland’s top comedy trio. They should be the world’s top comedy trio. I (and I’m pretty sure I speak for the entirety of the audience when I say this) have never laughed so much in one hour- ever. At only twenty minutes in I could barely see through the tears of laughter; my sides were cramping and my face physically ached from the constant grinning. It’s practically a full-body workout.

Their cheeky charm, boundless energy, effortless charisma, infectious enthusiasm and pure talent are undoubtedly what make the show such a success.

It’s impossible to not instantly love them. Before you’d even taken your seats they were there, meeting you at the door, saying hello and being wonderful hosts. Their performance wasn’t flawless, but the few unplanned moments only added to the hilarity. These three have an enviable chemistry, bouncing off each other to make each sketch a roaring success. We were treated to about twelve sketches during the show, each one completely different from the last, full of imagination and beautifully bizarre scenarios. With Foil, Arms and Hog you’re not just getting a comedy show, you’re getting a theatre performance, a musical and a concert with the perfect blend of smut, suspense and good old fashioned fun.

They transfer seamlessly from one sketch to the next; it’s fast paced but you’re with them every step of the way and they interact with you throughout. Within seconds the scene has been set and you somehow instantly understand the situation, the characters and the backstory just from the first line. Their talent knows no bounds; the selection of characters they portray, the range of accents they do and the scope of their humour and jokes is incredible. They play guitar. They sing. They act. They’re funny. They’re Irish. What more could you ask for?

Their cheeky charm, boundless energy, effortless charisma, infectious enthusiasm and pure talent are undoubtedly what make the show such a success. I could go on all day about how downright brilliant they and really that’s all there is to say. They’re just amazing. And that’s that.

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The Blurb

Irish sketch-comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, pot of gold, potato. You racist. Sold-out Edinburgh Fringe 09 – 13. A fast-paced mix between sketch comedy and stand-up from Ireland’s top comedy trio. Expect wickedly twisted characters, unpredictable scenes and high energy performances. “Deliriously funny and at times unexpectedly dark” (List), “Fantastic and increasingly bizarre” (Scotsman), “It's original, well-written and really funny” (Kevin Bridges).