Foil, Arms and Hog, nicknamed after their respective acting tendencies, are an experienced Irish comedy trio who have won the likes of near 300,000 subscribers on YouTube.
Live, however, is how they should be seen. These three have phenomenal stage presence, whether they are actually on the stage or wandering the audience, happily trying on jackets and making new acquaintances. Their experience and natural rapport is immediately apparent but there is no hint of complacency, only a contained excitement and joy in performing together.
“Sketch comedy to rival the likes of the Pythons themselves”
Underbelly’s McEwan hall is a huge venue (seating roughly 900) and it was packed to the rafters on this particular evening. Foil, Arms and Hog managed, not only to include the audience up in the balcony, but to make the space feel half the size and twice as intimate.
This is sketch comedy to rival the likes of the Pythons themselves. All three are brilliant character actors, dextrous lyricists and great singers. The few comedy songs thrown into the mix are a delight. Although the subjects of the sketches are as far flung as imaginable, the show is still clearly precisely woven together so that the same audience members are involved, and references to earlier sketches keep emerging. Still there is room for them to play and invent around the scripted sketches – a feat they accomplish impressively. My only complaint would be that an hour is not long enough for me to drink my fill of their humour.
My high expectations were met and far exceeded. I cannot recommend Foil, Arms and Hog highly enough. If you can still get tickets to one of their shows here at the Fringe then do. If not, take a peek for yourselves, cheer up your Thursday mornings and subscribe to their YouTube channel.
Foil, Arms and Hog – Swines will be running at Underbelly, Bristo Square – McEwan Hall at 21:00 until 25th August.
For more on Foil, Arms and Hog live read our review of their 2017 Show – Oink.
Image: Luca Truffarelli