The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2018 – Foil, Arms and Hog: Craicling, 25th August 2018

Foil Arms Hog 18We’ve left one of the top Edinburgh attractions till almost the end. We saw these guys in Edinburgh in both 2016 and 2017 with their shows DoomDah and Oink, and they never fail to bring joy. They’re Foil, Arms and Hog: Craicling, at McEwan Hall @ Underbelly, Bristo Square, at 21:00 on Saturday 25th. Here’s the blurb (which stays the same, year in, year out): “Irish comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato… you racist. Sold-out Fringe 2009-2017. Over 100 million hits on YouTube. Foil, Arms and Hog celebrate a decade at the festival with their best show yet, Craicling. ***** (Irish Times). **** (Times). ***** (Irish Examiner). ‘Very funny’ (Rowan Atkinson). ‘An effervescent hour of fast-paced gags, fizzing with energy, invention and great lines’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Quite simply, a sensation’ (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).”

In 2016 I got roped into so many sketches with them, because we sat in the front row. I have to say, I loved every minute of it! Last year I managed to avoid such audience participation. Check back around 10.15pm to see if I got into trouble again. By then the final preview blog should be available to read too.

As always, the three guys give us some brilliant, wacky sketches, with a reasonable amount of audience participation! You never quite know where anything is heading! It’s an extremely large hall, but surprisingly you don’t really miss the intimacy of the old smaller venues. Next year the Albert Hall?

6 thoughts on “The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2018 – Foil, Arms and Hog: Craicling, 25th August 2018

  1. I’ve watched quite a few of their YouTube videos and find them really funny. But there is of course the obvious cultural disconnect in some of the videos – i’m Indian and our comedy is different from Irish/UK comedy.

    I wanted to know how their live shows perform compared to their online sketches. Which do you feel is better?

    • Hi there and thanks for the comment! Personally I feel they’re at the best in a more intimate venue – and there’s nothing more intimate than just you watching a video. The larger the venue (like this year and last year) just a little of magic is missing. However, despite that, they’re still excellent live, even in a large venue. What you miss when you see them on video, is their interaction with the audience, which is superb. So I think best is to see them live but in a smaller venue. But, as I say, they’re always great!

      • I agree. I attend a lot of plays and comedy shows at home and I find it to be exhilarating. Nothing beats that experience.

        But I have a follow up. How enjoyable is their content to non-Europeans? I know that they steer clear of classic European references and tropes in most of their videos, yet there is a small element that is distinctly European/Irish. Is that present in the live performances?

        Would say, an Asian or African audience still like them in the live event?

      • That’s a really difficult question, because one can only really see it from one’s own terms. I am British, I have no trace of Irish in my family (which is quite rare for British!) but I have a number of Irish friends and I can recognise attitudes and traits in what Foil Arms and Hog perform as being thoroughly true to the Irish character. I think that most people of most backgrounds would still enjoy their performances, because they tend to concentrate on things that we all experience or can recognise: for example, pricking pomposity, being nervous in front of a crowd, being fussed over by a parent, that sort of thing. I think they are recognisable by anyone, and the guys’ naturally funny personalities would break down all barriers.

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