The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2019 – Foil Arms and Hog – Swines, 24th August 2019

Foil Arms and Hog – SwinesAs has become something of a tradition, we’ve left one of the top Edinburgh attractions till almost the end. This will be the fourth time we’ve seen these guys in Edinburgh, and they never fail to bring joy. They’re Foil Arms and Hog – Swines, at McEwan Hall @ Underbelly, Bristo Square, at 21:00 on Saturday 24th. 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 2009-2018. Over 100 million hits on YouTube. Foil Arms and Hog return to the magnificent McEwan Hall with their brand-new show, Swines. ***** (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! Since then, I’ve managed to avoid such audience participation. Check back around 10.15pm to see if I got into trouble again. By then the next preview blog should be available to read too.

Fortunately, I managed to stay out of trouble, and this year the guys are back with an absolute bang. With some typical Micky-taking of actors, mime artists, Brexit, impossibly over-ambitious stag weekends, and so much more, they deliver an hour of high octane larking about and are funnier than ever!

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?

The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2017 – Foil, Arms and Hog: Oink, 23rd August 2017

FoilArmsHog 17Time for another highlight of the week. We saw these guys in Edinburgh last year with their Doomdah show and they were just sensational. They’re Foil, Arms and Hog: Oink, at Udderbelly @ Underbelly, George Square, at 20:45 on Wednesday 23rd. Here’s the blurb: “Irish comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato… you racist. Ireland’s top comedy trio. Sold out edfringe 2009-2016. Over fifty million hits on YouTube. Fringe favourites Foil, Arms and Hog present their brand new show, Oink. ***** (Irish Times). **** (Times). ***** (Irish Examiner). ***** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). ‘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).”

Last year 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! Check back around 10 pm to see if I got into trouble again. By then the next preview blog should be available to read too.

Well I managed to sit far enough away to be safe, but there wasn’t quite as much audience participation this year as last… Still extremely funny and inventive and performed with enormous aplomb and joy. You have to see these guys, they are so very very funny!

The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2016 – Foil, Arms and Hog: DoomDah, 25th August 2016

Foil Arms HogI’m expecting our next show to be one of the funniest things we will see this year! It’s Foil, Arms and Hog: DoomDah, at White Belly @ Underbelly, 66 Cowgate, at 21:50 on Thursday 25th. Let’s look at the blurb: “Irish comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, you racist. Ireland’s top comedy trio. Sold out Edfringe 2009-2015. Over four million hits on YouTube. Fringe favourites Foil, Arms and Hog present a delicious blend of bizarre, surreal and hilarious comedy scenes with outrageous characters and unexpected twists. Book early. ***** (Irish Examiner). ***** (Irish Times). ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ***** (Edinburgh Festivals). ‘These lads are hilarious’ (Jason Byrne). ‘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).”

DoomdahAlthough they’ve apparently been selling out the Fringe since 2009, I’d never heard of them until an Irish friend came to stay for the weekend a few weeks ago and introduced us to their brilliant comedy videos. Very much looking forward to this one! Check back around 11pm for our instant feedback, and by then the preview blog for our final show of the day should be available to read too.

Post-show update:

IMG_5774What can I say about this joyous hour of comedy? The guys are full of fun and present us with several, original, nonsensically funny sketches. More than that – there’s quite a lot of audience participation, so if you sit near the front you may well get picked on, like me… I ended up being: the Ping Pong ball boy, the fourth person in a one man theatrical play, a real live smartphone and Lanyard man! It felt like I was hardly ever off the stage! Fortunately it seemed to go well. I loved it – would happily watch it again! Very funny and highly recommended!