With degrees from UCD in the bag, but a complete lack of jobs in Ireland at the time, the lads bravely gave comedy a go.
F: “The recession was kicking in beautifully and there were NO jobs.”
A: “Our parents couldn’t get annoyed because they didn’t want us going to Hong Kong to work as architects and engineers, so the recession was great!”
F: “I probably would have emigrated if it wasn’t for Foil, Arms & Hog. I don’t
think I could have done it, I never really wanted to be an architect!”
Although they had previous stand-up experience, it didn’t compare to their reaction
as a trio.
H: “Back when Des Bishop ran the international comedy club, I was one of the
youngest people to do stand-up at it. I used to sneak into Tommy Tiernan gigs as a
kid for inspiration.”
F: “Also, when you die on your ass as a stand-up it’s quite brutal, there is nowhere
to look. At least you can blame two other people if you are on stage with your
I asked the guys about their process for writing the sketches. They explained that
whoever speaks to the interviewer first, takes credit for all of the jokes.
F: “I write all of the jokes, everything funny is done by me. The other two lads are great at administration and transport, but it’s Foil for all the jokes!”
H: “We just throw muck at walls really. There is no process, it can come from anywhere.”
The trio have entertained Galwegians in the Spiegletent at the Galway Comedy Carnival more than once, but Foil has a vivid memory of one particular show.
F: “One incredibly windy day we were doing the opening gala. The roof was lifting up and banging down very suddenly and violently. The crowd were trying to enjoy the show, clearly terrified! It was extreme comedy. Galway weather comedy in a tent!”
Although hugely successful on Irish shores, I wanted to know how their comedy translates when touring in the UK.
H: “Every year we go over to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the month of August. That’s a totally international audience so we can filter out any Irish-isms.”
Foil, Arms & Hog will perform in the Black Box, Galway this 25 May 2017 and personally, I can’t wait.