The profile of Limerick comedy duo the Rubberbandits' went through the roof after they wrote and performed the theme tune for Russell Brand’s phenomenally popular web series, The Trews. Brand told this newspaper, “The Rubberbandits gave me a book with the inscription, 'To Russell, Don't smoke hash or join the IRA.’”
Noel Gallagher has also been singing their praises of late, and there could even be some form of collaboration on the cards, which would have to be one of the most adventurous things Gallagher has ever done in his life.
In the meantime, Blindboy Boatclub (Dave Chambers) and Mr Chrome (Bob McGlynn) bring their musical Continental Fistfight to the national theatre’s Peacock stage before visiting Galway, Cork, Kilkenny and bringing it all back home to Limerick.
A musical in the Rubberbandits’ manic hands is predictably bonkers and does not subscribe to any rules or conventions whatsoever.
If you happened to catch them on Anton Savage, you may have noticed they didn’t speak about Continental Fistfight at all, but discussed the presence of a cigarette stealing seagull in Limerick at great length.
After actually seeing Continental Fistfight, you’d still be none the wiser. Rubberbandits sidekick Willie O’DJ has forgotten the VHS tape for the musical. While they wait for it to arrive, they perform some old and new songs like a delightfully demented version of the tramps in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot clad in plastic bags.
‘Hey Mister, Are You a Hipster or a Hobo?’ is a hilarious questioning pop song for our hirsute times. Blindboy and Chrome close a 70 minute side-splitting set with the song that announced them to the nation ‘Horse Outside’.
It is just as well the show isn’t any longer, because many members of the audience are quite literally in pain from laughing.