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The man who was whipped by Mick Wallace in front of Mel Gibson lands his own TV show

Cian Kinsella who was whipped by Mick Wallace in front of Mel Gibson and now has his own RTE TV show
Cian Kinsella who was whipped by Mick Wallace in front of Mel Gibson and now has his own RTE TV show
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

A man who was whipped by TD Mick Wallace in front of Mel Gibson as part of a Dublin Tiger Fringe theatre show has landed his own RTE series.

Cian Kinsella, one half of Limerick dance duo Lords of Strut, made headlines this year when he appeared on stage in a Clingfilm mankini and re-enacted the Passion of the Christ in front of Gibson.

During the course of cabaret show Riot, Kinsella encouraged members of the audience to flagellate him with foam pool noodles.

TD Mick Wallace happened to be in the audience the night Gibson was there and was one of those involved in the whipping.

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The show, which was MC’d by Panti Bliss, won rave reviews. Now Cian is to star in a new RTE hidden camera show Scorchio.All the action takes place in bars and beaches in Santa Ponsa with actors and comedians playing pranks on unsuspecting passers-by.

Cian Kinsella who was whipped by Mick Wallace in front of Mel Gibson and now has his own RTE TV show
Cian Kinsella who was whipped by Mick Wallace in front of Mel Gibson and now has his own RTE TV show

Kinsella plays the part of Pat – a first time vacationer from Carlow. According to the show’s producers Pat is a “mammy's boy slaughter house trainee who's never been out of his county before never mind the country”.

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The programme will air on October 24 on RTE 2 at 9.30pm. It follows on from RTE’s previous hidden camera show The Fear.

The series also stars Michaela O'Neill – a Dublin Hunso and Monya the Man Mad Travel Rep.

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