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Dublin Laughs with Foil, Arms & Hog

By Visit Dublin

Three of the most vivid and hilarious Dubliners you’re ever likely to encounter, Foil, Arms & Hog bring commitment and chaos to their unique brand of sketch-based humour. Anarchic, authentic and occasionally affecting, the Foil, Arms & Hog experience is a laugh-fuelled freight train, so who better to talk us through some of the city’s most rib-tickling features?


Dublin Laughs with Foil, Arms & Hog

Like many of Dublin’s comedians, Foil (Sean Finegan) Arms (Conor McKenna) and Hog (Sean Flanagan) cut their teeth in the International Bar on Wicklow Street. Ireland’s first and longest-running comedy club continues to pack ‘em in and make ‘em laugh every night of the week. 

“It’s the best comedy spot in Dublin, definitely”, Arms begins. “There’s something on seven nights a week, and it’s always a high standard. You get in there and it’s intimate; there’s no microphone. You sometimes have people sitting on the stage.”
 
“...Or sometimes we sit on the lap of the other person on stage while we’re waiting to join in!” adds Foil. “The free night that runs in the Stag’s Head – the Comedy Crunch – is brilliant too. That’s always packed. A free gig with free ice-cream! Colm O’Regan runs a monthly gig that’s really fun as well; Colm O’Regan’s Inn Jokes in the Patriot’s Inn, Kilmainham. Vicar Street is always good, of course. It’s a thousand-seater but it really doesn’t feel like it, from both an audience and performer perspective. It’s a different buzz.”
 
Also receiving the Foil, Arms & Hog seal of approval is the Laughter Lounge on Eden Quay, a lively spot that embraces pageantry with loud music and big entrances, the Woolshed’s Comedy Shed every Monday night on Parnell Street and Chaplins Comedy Club on Hawkins Street. There is another place that they hold dear to their hearts, however...

“During our first ever gig in the Ha’Penny Bridge Inn, we had just started when some guy heckled us from the back of the room,” recalls Foil. “We had no witty comeback or put-down, but the rest of the crowd must have felt sorry for us because they gave us a big rousing cheer. It was actually the best possible way to start the gig because we got everyone on side. Welcome to Dublin! One guy might say something bad but then everybody else will rally around you.”
 
Of course, an unforgettable city is nothing without its own distinctive language, and Dublin certainly boasts a unique local tongue. You’ve probably heard that the Irish are famous for ‘the craic’, but what does that mean exactly? “Craic is like banter but more fun”, quips Foil. “It’s more light-hearted.
 
It depends how you say it, too.” Hmm. How to speak Dublin? If only there was a handy instructional video…
 
Foil Arms & Hog upload a new sketch to their YouTube channel every Thursday. Catch them live at Vicar Street on May 27. For a full list of tour dates and more, visit their official website.

Dublin Laughs with Foil, Arms & Hog