Sunday 11 December 2016

Rubberbandits set to return to screens with new six-part RTE series

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 26/03/2016 | 10:39

The Rubberbandits
The Rubberbandits
Insight: Blindboy Boat Club and Mr Chrome, of The Rubberbandits, gave their version of the 1916 Rising in their own RTE show.

After wowing viewers with their no-holds-barred appearance on the Late Late Show, the Rubberbandits are set to return to our screens with a new six-part series on RTE chronicling Irish life.

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The Limerick-born Blindboy Boatclub and Mr Chrome made a strong impression earlier this year when they joined host Ryan Tubridy to discuss the 1916 commemorations.

When Limerick native Blindboy was asked about how his generation felt about the Rising, he responded: “My generation can’t afford to buy a house, can’t afford to have a baby. My generation are either leaving the country or jumping in rivers.”

His comments were applauded on social media, with some Twitter and Facebook users even appealing to Blindboy to run for President.

Insight: Blindboy Boat Club and Mr Chrome, of The Rubberbandits, gave their version of the 1916 Rising in their own RTE show.
Insight: Blindboy Boat Club and Mr Chrome, of The Rubberbandits, gave their version of the 1916 Rising in their own RTE show.

The comedy duo also impressed with their one-off TV special, The Rubberbandits’ Guide to 1916, originally broadcast on New Year’s Eve.

“Their show got a good audience when it aired but after Blindboy went on the Late Late Show, the Rubberbandits’ 1916 special became one of the most watched programmes on the RTE Player.

“That’s the kind of thing that makes RTE sit up and notice,” an RTE source told the Irish Sun.

The series will reportedly be filmed in the same boisterous style showcased in their Easter Rising special.

According to a source, each show in the new series “will be based on subjects close to the hearts of the Irish people, but covered by the Rubberbandits with the same irreverence they showed to 1916”.

The new series comes just as the duo begins to widen their audience and find success in the UK.

Rapturous reviews led to sell-out shows at London’s Soho Theatre and the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, but the acclaim has taken the pair by surprise.

“We went over thinking, they’re not going to get the jokes but they started laughing exactly the same. So that was a big eye-opener for us.

DEBATE: The Rubberbandits’ Blindboy was on the ‘History Show’. Photo: Colm Kelly
DEBATE: The Rubberbandits’ Blindboy was on the ‘History Show’. Photo: Colm Kelly

“We really love them, they’re just like the Irish, except they’re more used to seeing shows and not getting drunk and shouting,” said Blindboy.

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