Ireland's top sketch trio are back on tour. With over 62 million YouTube hits and 341,000 subscribers, the group are best known for their online sketches. But it's the live show where they really shine, and now they are bringing Swines to a shedload of venues up and down the UK. They're even going to Wales!
The trio's star is certainly in the ascendancy - so much so, in fact, that Swines was named as the best reviewed show at the Edinburgh Fringe festival for 2019 by British Comedy Guide - with an average star rating of 4.5 for each review. So put some clothes on, leave the house and come see an hour of scripted nonsense, twisted characters, music, and unintentional improvisation.
Foil Arms and Hog are Sean Finegan (Foil), Conor McKenna (Arms) and Sean Flanagan (Hog), who met at University College Dublin while studying architecture, engineering and genetics, and decided to give all that up to pursue the noble art of being downright silly, yet observational, yet sometimes very topical and refreshingly philosophical.
Since then the boys have come a long way, and as well as fill venues with laughter at their live shows they have embraced the digital universe to become veritable internet stars. Besides the YouTube 100 million, they also have nearly 950,000 Facebook followers and a fair few on Twitter too. All because they do concise, tightly-filmed stories that are both culturally relevant and absurd. But most of all, as Rowan Atkinson testifies, the trio are "very funny".
Performing live is what FA&H do best though, and besides their native Ireland they have toured the UK, US and Australia - to rapturous applause. Following on from the successful Oink and Craicling tours, Swines earned critical acclaim at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival.
Thursday, 20 February 2020: Liverpool Philharmonic
Friday, 21 February 2020: Doncaster Cast (with BSL interpreter)
Sunday, 23 February 2020: Glasgow King's Theatre
Monday, 24 February 2020: Aberdeen Music Hall
Wednesday, 11 March 2020: Leeds Town Hall
Thursday, 12 March 2020: Manchester O2 Apollo
Friday, 13 March 2020: Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
Saturday, 14 March 2020: Oxford New Theatre
Sunday, 15 March 2020: Milton Keynes Theatre
Saturday, 4 April 2020: Cardiff St David's Hall
Sunday, 5 April 2020: Exeter Great Hall
Thursday, 23 April 2020: Portsmouth Kings Theatre
Friday, 24 April 2020: Guildford G Live
Saturday, 25 April 2020: Northampton Royal & Derngate
Sunday, 26 April 2020: Southend-on-Sea Cliffs Pavilion