"Ireland: A land of complex questions and simple people. Over this intriguing little place, we cast The Savage Eye." — Opening Monologue
The Savage Eye is an Irish comedy show written and acted primarily by David McSavage which lampoons different aspects of Irish culture and history. Each episode poses a question, usually in the form of "Why are the Irish so x?" and up to eight reasons are given. It has aspects of a Faux Documentary, with real interviews with people on the street about the episode's question, interspersed with comedic sketches. Ran for three seasons on RTÉ between 2009 and 2011. There was also a Christmas special at the end of series three in 2011.The fourth series ran in May and June 2014 on RTÉ Two.
Mick 'The Bull' Daly: You can kill and eat animals - that's no problem, like. That's fine, you kill them and eat them. But once you start riding them, then society's like 'Oh no, you can't ride them.' But you can kill them and eat them, like. But if the animal had a choice, huh?
British Stuffiness: Parodied in a fake, British, war propaganda film. The children of Britain are shown as being smart and well-educated, having learned from birth how to be useful and productive members of society. The Irish children, on the other hand, only learn how to dance and play. Thus, when an atomic bomb goes off, the British children are able to quickly construct bomb shelters and tend to the injured, while the Irish children are left soot-faced (but still dancing).
Comedic Sociopathy: John Duffy gets great (sexual) pleasure from hearing people's sad stories.
Ireland's President for Life advises foreigners to precede good news with bad news, so your neighbours won't hate you.
Creation Story: The President for Life claims to have given birth to Ireland —
President for Life:As You Know, I gave birth to Ireland. I was in labour for 800 years. The doctors grabbed hold of the six counties and try as they might, it wouldn't budge. But finally, with the help of a shire horse and a tug boat, it all came out. The doctors were surprised because they'd never witnessed the birth of a nation before.
Female Misogynist: Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, who belittles any woman who comes onto her show (to date — a politican, an animal rights activist, a farmer and an astronaut) and tells them they should be at home doing the baby's nappies or minding their children instead.
Flanderization: John (Joe) Duffy. In the first three seasons he was simply a normal man who enjoyed (and sometimes got sexual pleasure out of) hearing listeners' miserable stories. By series four, he has become a Nosferatu-like creature with an assistant that can't hear any hint of happiness without visibly recoiling.
From the Mouths of Babes: The first episode of season 4 describes how the Internet has caused the children of Ireland to lose their innocence. This is demonstrated with a group of children who decide to play Cowboys and Indians.
Boy: Okay, the Indians live over there peacefully, and we'll attack.
Girl: And we'll make you surrender, and steal all your land and demonise your culture!
"Did you get all that, boys and girls?" "Fuck Protestants!"
Rihanna: (heavy Caribbean accent) Woman is always aks-in' me about love. But sometimes all a woman wants from a man is a punch and to be called a dirty little slut.
Oireland: Parodied, especially with relation to Cavan people.
In the tourism episode, a passing Irish peasant is engaged in conversation with some upper class English gentlemen on holiday in Ireland (the joke being that when the Irish man walks off, he goes back to acting normal and mutters under his breath "For fuck's sake!")
Gentleman: I say, Irishman, wonderful weather we're having!
Irishman: (doing a little jig) Oh ho ho ho, 'tis, 'tis, to be sure, to be sure.
Self-Deprecation: Not exactly self, but McSavage frequently ridicules and makes fun of Fianna Fáil, despite the fact that his real life father (David Andrews) and brother (Barry Andrews) were both TDs (MPs) for that party in the Irish Parliament.
Super Zeroes: "Dead Man", a superhero whose power is being dead. It's actually quite effective: Dead Man is rolled over on a stretcher towards the scene of a mugging. The mugger feels so awkward and uncomfortable around the dead person that he walks off without taking the victim's handbag.
It helped that the position he fell in was (bare) ass up.