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From left to right: Foil (Sean Finegan), Arms (Conor McKenna) and Hog (Sean Flanagan)
Foil, Arms and Hog are an Irish Comedy trio consisting of Sean Finegan, Conor McKenna and Sean Flanagan. They do in house comedy sketches for their YouTube and Facebook pages, and have gone on a number of successful tours both within and outside Ireland over the last eight years.Their sketches usually consist of a mixture of observational comedy, Surreal Humour and Irish references. Several of them have gone viral on well-known Irish websites, such as joe.ie and the Irish Examiner.com.
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Their twitter can be found here, and their official website can be found here.

(And yes, Arms is that guy from the Mc Donnells curry chips ad.)

Foil, Arms and Hog contains examples of:

  • #HashtagForLaughs:
    • The premise of “Hashtag”.
    • Influencer Dad tends to litter his speech with these.
  • Accent Depundent: one of the puns in "The Word Play Restaurant" doesn't really work outside an Irish accent that pronounces "sides" synonymous with "scythes."
  • Accentuate the Negative: "The English Football Press" who are quick to emphasise what a total disaster England's World Cup campaign is, before England have even played a match. Except in the theoretical scenario where England actually win the world cup, in which case they say they were "with you every step of the way."
  • The Alcoholic:
    • Everyone in “An Irish Intervention”, except main character Séan.
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    • Michael the Driving Instructor, who inevitably spends every sketch Drowning His Sorrows over his many, many traumatic experiences.
    • The brother played by Foil in the McCormack sketches (who seemingly gets a new name in every appearance) is never seen without a can of Guinness in hand.
    • In "Alcohol Goes to Therapy", Alcohol describes his former friend Kevin, who he used to "meet up everyday, all day long" but who hasn't spoken to him in years ever since Alcohol "cost him his job and his family."
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents:
    • Any sketch involving “The McCormack Family”, which usually revolve around parents' inability to understand social media. Also Mrs Flanagan from time to time.
    • Deconstructed with the Influencer Dad, whose repeated sharing of his son's most vulnerable and embarrassing moments with the entire internet for his own narcissistic gratification crosses the line into outright psychological abuse.
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  • Anthropomorphic Personification: all the time. Most often in the "X Throw a Party" sketches (days of the week, months of the year, vegetables, fruits, etc.), but also in the Meeting/Conference sketches, the Bad Relationship sketches, there's a lot. See also Nations as People.
  • Anthropomorphized Anatomy: in "The Parts of the Body Hold a Meeting", portrayed as a business meeting.
  • Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Paul and Michael greeting each other in “Ceoil agus Ól”.
  • Artistic License – Religion: Played for Laughs in "Irish School Admissions (As an Atheist)", where a father tries to get his son into an Irish Catholic school... while having confused the tenets of Catholicism with every other world religion. And the plot of Sister Act.
    Father: Ciaran! Mecca's that way, for goodness' sake!
  • Bad Influencer: Influencer Dad, naturally.
  • Bait-and-Switch: key to the "Getting Past [Country] Immigration" sketches. For example, the Premier League showcases the popular British sport of diving, the herb that is controversially consumed openly in the Netherlands to the disgust of outsiders is liquorice, and the colourless, tasteless, odorless liquid that Russia is famous for is Novichok.
  • Big "NO!": Sean's reaction in "In Irish Intervention", when he finds out his father was a lightweight.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The extra dialogue at the end of “Ceoil agus Ól” probably wouldn’t have gotten past YouTube’s filters if not for the fact that it was in Irish.
  • Black Comedy: “Hair Cut”, “An Irish Intervention”, "Paper Bag Hats" and “Green Living” to name a few, but the real stand out has to be “The Baby Head Clamp”.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: From the end of "The Word Play Clothes Shop":
    Customer: [holding a fur coat] Excuse me, is this real?!
    Shop Assistant: Oh no, none of this is real. It's not even a real shop.
    [cut to a wider shot revealing the rest of the set, microphones, and Foil reading his script off-camera]
    Shop Assistant: It's a YouTube video.
  • The Cameo: Anne and Oisin at the end of "An English Period Drama", to demonstrate it "keeping teenagers from the living room for generations":
    Anne: God, the ballgowns are beautiful.
    Oisin: Urgh! [gets up and leaves]
  • Complaining About Things You Haven't Paid For: in "Inconvenience Store Robbery", a robber gets so annoyed with the cashier's inability to give him all the money in the till he starts threatening to speak to the manager.
  • Confessional: Naturally it crops up a few times:
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Intended in “Ceoil agus Ól 2”, with the reference to the Ferrari, but Foil and Arms’ roles were unintentionally switched.
    • In "When Parents Ruin Your Holidays", one of Anne's long list of suggestions of things she could teach Oisin is driving, to which Oisin responds "Never again!", in reference to "When Parents Teach You How To Drive."
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Kevin, Mrs. Geraghty's grandson. He goes from being oblivious to or appalled by his grandma's immoral behaviour in their early sketches, to enabling it and using it for his own ends in the later ones.
  • Costume Drama: Parodied in "An English Period Drama". Featuring love, class division, a local vicar, a visiting doctor, colonialism, boring dancing...
  • Crossdresser: In “Post Festival Make-Up Tutorial” all three are decked out in make-up such as mascara, foundation and... Darth Maul face paint.
  • Cutaway Gag: Arms’ dance in “Interview with Foil and La Bullshat”.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: "The Chairheads", played for laughs because the prejudiced father is a man with a chair for a head, upset his daughter is dating a "roundhead".
    Deidre: Dad, you can't use the r-word, it's offensive! The politically correct term is 'human person born with a face where their chair should be'.
  • Dirty Old Man: In “Ceoil agus Ól” Paul asks Michael does he have anything “salach”.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: "Cancelling a Gym Membership," which is apparently just like trying to leave the IRA.
  • Double Standard: Played for Laughs in "An English Period Drama":
    Ulysses Bretherington: Face it Elizabeth, you're seventeen, you're past your peak. I'm forty-three, I'm in my prime.
  • Do Wrong, Right: in "How to Make the Perfect Protest Sign", a farmer complains about an animal rights activist's 'Meat is Murder' sign... because he's drawn a dairy cow on it.
    Farmer: Now you've drawn what looks like a Friesian cow, but that'd be a milking cow, you'd never send that to slaughter. I would use maybe a Charolais or an Aberdeen Angus.
  • Dreaming of a White Christmas: Discussed in "When the Weather Ruins Everything", in which the failure for it to snow on Christmas Day is treated like another sort of lack of performance:
    Weather: There's an expectation on me there to perform on the day, based on this Hollywood romantic idea ... I can't just turn it on, I need certain conditions, certain atmosphere.
  • Drop-In Character: Barry in the Anne Flanagan sketches. Anne repeatedly wonders how he gets in.
  • Dublin Skanger: parodied with the "Hard Lads", who try to be these, but whose crimes never pass the Poke the Poodle level.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Their early work generally featured a lot more Black Comedy and was Darker and Edgier, as mentioned in their Top Ten Sketches of 2009-2019. Also generally lacked their signature DOOMDAH!
  • Evil Old Folks: Mrs. Geraghty from the Visiting/Putting Up With Gran sketches, whose crimes range from pickpocketing her grandson to stabbing a nurse in the leg with a knitting needle. She's also prejudiced against one of her grandsons for living with another man, and another for having married a Romanian.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: "Prison For Annoying People", which features the trio sentenced to years in prison for leaving the toilet seat up, making every conversation about themselves, and going 'tut-tut-tut' at people.
  • The Flapper: 1920s is portrayed as one in "Decades Throw a Party", complete with '20s Bob Haircut.
  • Funny Background Event: in "Cancelling a Gym Membership", while Foil and Arms are engaging in Ham-to-Ham Combat in their most outrageous Northern Irish accents, Hog can be seen in the background casually doing cardio in a flashy pink shirt.
  • Funny Foreigner: The German character in “Never Take an Irish Person Literally”.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Bittles from "Paper Bag Hats" to ludicrous degrees. Simply loves being treated like shit.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: Played with in "Decades Throw a Party", as 2010s fails to find it as hilarious as The '90s:
    1920s: Let's drink, dance, and be gay!
    1990s: [snickers]
    2010s: Oh grow up, would you?
  • Henpecked Husband: Foil's character from "Ceoil agus Ól” to Shile who's not above to employ a Groin Attack on her husband.
  • Hereditary Homosexuality: In "Coming Out", a man repeatedly tries to come out to his family over the course of twenty years, but every time gets upstaged by his brother. At the end, turns out the brother is gay. As is their granny.
  • Hourglass Plot: Anne and Oisin toward the end of "Isolating With Your Parents", after Oisin has spent all day doing Anne's chores, while she believes she has Coronavirus:
    Oisin: Mother of god, can I not get a moment's peace? I haven't sat down all day. I am up to high-do. You'd need the patience of a saint. Now, have you coughed since this morning?
    Anne: No I haven't.
    Oisin: Do you have a temperature?
    Anne: No.
    Oisin: A tightness of the chest, difficulty breathing?
    Anne: [sounding increasingly sullen] No.
    Oisin: [sounding increasingly shrill] Any loss of smell or taste?
    Anne: No.
    Oisin: Are you feeling tired, loss of energy?
    Anne: No.
    Oisin: [slipping fully into Anne's voice] Well then there is nothing wrong with you young lady so get out of that bed and get down here this instant!
    Anne: OH! YOU ARE SO ANNOYING!
  • Golden Mean Fallacy: parodied in "In the Interest of Balance". First a climate scientist is rebutted by a climate change denier who insists that the planet has been warming independent of humans, then he is rebutted by a flat earther who insists the earth isn't a planet and people are dying from falling off it, then he is rebutted by someone who believes human beings don't die at all. Then it gets silly.
  • In a World…: The premise of “Movie Voice”.
  • Incompatible Orientation:
    • Played for laughs in "First Dates (Most Shocking Revelations)":
      Kevin: Well I'm a teacher, and I enjoy rock climbing. What about you?
      Joe: I'm a massive time waster. I have been for years, even before I was married.
      Kevin: You're married?!
      Joe: [gesturing at his wedding ring] She's my rock.
      Kevin: You're not even gay?!?!
    • Also how the mother in "Excuses" sees through one of her son's excuses, that he got his history teacher pregnant: "She's a lesbian!"
  • Incredibly Long Note: Hog in "Three Drunken Monks", managing to stretch the word 'sorry' out for a good thirty five seconds.
  • Internet Jerk: The subject of "Keyboard Commando"
    Real life's not the best place to complain, to the internet is where I go
    I write horrible things 'cause I'm safe in my room, would I say it to your face? No.
  • Interrupted by the End: used as the culmination of a Running Gag in "In the Interest of Balance", as every speaker on the panel gets interrupted by their predecessor, only to respond "Excuse me, I didn't interrupt you!" Then when the host starts wrapping up:
    Host: Well that's about all we have time for, we've had a lot of people interrup-
    End Card: DOOMDAH!
    Host: Excuse me, I didn't interrupt you!
  • Irish Priest: Several. For example, Father O'Flaherty from "Quarantine Catholic Confession."
  • It's All About Me: Pretty much the whole point of the "Narcissistic Song Collection".
  • Job Mindset Inertia: Tiernan Callaghan, who uses his newsreader voice and mannerisms in all situations, including interviewing for other jobs, on a date and giving a best man speech.
  • Just the Introduction to the Opposites: Numerous sketches:
    • "An Irish Intervention", where the alcoholics hold an intervention for the son being a non-drinker.
    • "Excuses", where the son and father give increasingly absurd, demeaning, and illegal excuses for what they've been doing to cover up the awful truth: they've been at mass. Although this one is justified by being All Just a Dream.
  • Kissing Cousins:
    • From "Anxious! The Board Game", one of the chance cards is simply "You are attracted to your cousin." Although certain commenters have noted with bemusement it's apparently only worth two points.
    • Also in "Parents When You Get Dumped," when Anne is trying to reassure Oisin that there is "plenty more trout in the Shannon":
      Oisin: Yeah, like who?
      Anne: Well, Mrs. O'Toole's daughter always had a soft spot for you.
      Oisin: She's my cousin.
      Anne: ...Third cousin. [beat] We're a small island nation Oisin...
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: “Hello, I’m Matts Matterson from The Mat Warehouse. I own the company, and I also do the adverts”. The target is probably "Mattress Mick", a Dublin mattress shop owner and self-declared "mattress pricefighter", but the premise is pretty understandable worldwide.
  • Language Equals Thought: In "Different Countries Learn to Speak French." There is no French phrase for "you can't smoke in here", nor "I'd like my steak well done", but there are eighteen different words for adultery.
  • Lesser Star: Invoked in "Vaccines Throw a Party", in regards to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine:
    Moderna: It's like U2, you know, everyone knows Bono and then there are... the other guys.
    BioNTech: Nein, nein, it's more like Simon und Garfunkel, you know, even Stevens.
    Moderna: Yeah yeah, Pfizer is Paul Simon and you... You're Garfunkel.
    BioNTech: F*ck you.
  • Love Dodecahedron: in "Will Northern Ireland and Ireland Get Back Together?", where the relations between the constituent countries of the UK, the Republic of Ireland, and the European Union are portrayed as a set of overlapping current or former polyamorous relationships as displayed on a Jerry Springer or Jeremy Kyle-esque show. It gets convoluted quickly.
  • Luvvies: Richard Chandley III from "The Military Capture an Actor", the archetypical luvvie actor.
  • Miss Conception: parodied in "Paper Bag Hats" as after Mary reveals she's pregnant, her fellow whore asks if she didn't "use precautions":
    Mary: I did!
    Other Whore: Oh did you really now. Did you sit on a cold stone wall?
    Mary: Yes.
    Other Whore: Did you rub a cabbage on your belly?
    Mary: Yes.
    Other Whore: Did you fling an egg at a baby?
    Mary: Yes.
    Other Whore: Did you punch a blacksmith?
    Mary: Yes.
    Other Whore: At midnight?
    Mary: Yes.
    Other Whore: Did you bury the beetroot?
    Mary: Yes.
    Other Whore: Put the goat's horn in the attic?
    Mary: Yes.
    Other Whore: Take it out again?
    Mary: Yes.
    Other Whore: Put it back in again?
    Mary: Yes.
    Other Whore: Lock the door behind you?
    Mary: Yes.
    Mary: ...No.
  • Nations as People: often, as in "Countries Guess Who They Are", "Brexit Divorce" and "Will Northern Ireland and Ireland Get Back Together?"
  • No Wrong Answers Except That One: a Catchphrase of The Snob.
  • Not so Above It All: Anne Flanagan, often:
    • In "Parents Teach You How to Drive", she goes from telling Oisin to ignore the driver repeatedly honking behind them to storming out of the car to "give him a piece of my mind" in a split second.
    • In "When Parents Walk in on You Watching TV" she refuses to let Oisin watch Normal People because of the sex scenes (while suggesting he read a book by that Irish author, Sally Rooney instead), but when she accidentally starts watching it herself she gets deeply emotionally invested. Oisin is understandably annoyed.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: from "Companies Throw a Party", PornHub tries to get Dr. Pepper to investigate a suspicious rash he has, much to his confusion:
    Dr. Pepper: I make cherry cola? I'm not a medical doctor.
    PornHub: Fine, be like that, I'll just ask Dr. Oetker.
  • Oddly Specific Greeting Card: The sketch "A Greeting Card for Literally Everything" is set in a store that sells hyper-specific cards such as "Sorry for Embarrassing You in Front of Derek" and "Best of Luck in the Autopsy!" The customer is increasingly frustrated that despite their claim of having a card for every occasion, they don't have a simple "Happy Birthday" card he can send to his niece. But they do have an "Allison, Wishing You a Wonderful 11th Birthday from your Uncle Leonard" card.
  • Odd Name Out: the trio's real names, which are Sean Finegan, Sean Flanagan, and... Conor McKenna.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: in "Never Take an Irish Person Literally". Terminally sarcastic Irishman + Literal-Minded European = Hilarity Ensues.
  • One-Woman Wail: Male version with Arms in “Border Control Live”. Once Foil and Hog begin to mime a slow motion shootout, Arms starts belting out a pitch perfect mournful chant.
  • Only Sane Man: Darrennote , the son played by Hog in the McCormack sketches.
  • Overreacting Airport Security: In “Border Control Live” resulting in a slow motion shootout.
  • Painting the Medium: used as a source of puns in the Pun Barber:
    Word Play Guy: Oh, I know what I want to get now. A tight crop.
    Barber: So, something like...
    [gestures around Word Play Guy's face with his hands, the shot cropping tightly around Word Play Guy's face as he does so]
    Word Play Guy: A little less?
    [Barber moves his hands wider, widening the shot again]
    Word Play Guy: Yeah, that's starting to look good now. Could I also get a fade?
    [screen starts to Fade to Black]
  • Parental Incest:
    • A particularly disturbing example from "The Baby Head Clamp", from a father who has already put his baby daughter through the process:
      Father: Well neither my wife or I is particularly good-looking, so we were worried our daughter would be the same. But now she's only eighteen months old, and already onto her second boyfriend. I tell ya, were I twenty years younger...
      Interviewer: And if you weren't her father?
      Father: Hmm?
    • One of the couples in "First Dates", overlapping with Surprise Incest: the man confesses he never knew his birth parents, only for the woman he's on a date with to reveal she is his mother. She agrees to see him again so long as he finishes his homework.
  • Parental Neglect: Implied with Barry in the Anne Flanagan sketches. According to her, his father lives in Portugal, and his mother pays so little attention to him that she doesn't mind if he goes on holiday or spends Christmas day with another family entirely.
  • Performance Artist: La Bullshat, of "Interview With Foil and La Bullshat".
  • Rage-Breaking Point: Arms' therapist character is usually very composed, but gets pushed over the edge by the Influencer Dad's utter obliviousness toward his son's needs. See "The Reason You Suck" Speech below.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy:
    • In “Two Bouncers on a Blind Date”, composed entirely of stereotypical bouncer quotes.
    • All of the Word Play sketches (for example "Word Play Hotel", "Pun Barber") which exist to squeeze as many puns in a few minutes as possible.
    • The Business Dudes sketches as well fit as many jokes and puns in as possible, although they tend to be less focused and more risque than the Word Play ones.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: from "An Influencer Dad Goes to Family Therapy", when the Influencer Dad decides his son Alexei's desire for more independence means he actually wants to start his own channel, their therapist loses it:
    Therapist: No, that's not what he's saying at all! He's saying he doesn't want a social media manger he wants a father, and he needs a safe and structured space to develop as a person, and not have his most vulnerable, intimate details plastered all over the internet for your repulsive narcissistic gratification, you total freak.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Elizabeth Scornington in "An English Period Drama" is proposed marriage by local wealthy Jerkass Ulysses Bretherington, but is actually in love with the family gardener, Geoffrey.
  • Scatting: At the end of most of their videos, to promote their tour Doomdah.
  • Scenery Porn: Parodied in "An Irish Film":
    Voice Over: An Irish Film: it's old. It's sad. And there's lots of unnecessary scenic shots in there for the Irish tourist board.
  • School Uniforms are the New Black: Oisin and Barry in the Anne Flanagan sketches are always seen in school uniform, despite never being seen in school. The exception being "When Parents Ruin Your Summer".
  • Screw Yourself: John and Jonathon from "First Dates", whose shocking revelation is that they are in fact the same person.
  • Secret Test of Character: The final challenge in "Getting Past Irish Immigration" is to properly pour a can of Guinness into a pint class. The correct answer is to refuse, since one does not drink Guinness from cans.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Gerald and Stephen, respectively, from the "How to Be a Lad" sketches (as well as others).
  • The Shrink: A recurring character played by Arms. Somewhere between the "awesome" and "well-meaning but ineffective" variants: he generally comes across as very put together and competent, but he never seems to get far with his very dysfunctional clients.
  • Sketch Comedy: Obviously.
  • Skewed Priorities: Well, maybe not skewed exactly, but still unexpected. In "Quarantine Catholic Confession", the priest is far more concerned with his parishioner possibly breaching lockdown restrictions than any more traditional sins, such as alcohol abuse, idleness, adultery, etc. Until the parishioner reveals he killed a man, which, socially distanced or not, is still a major sin.
  • Sleazy Politician: Jim Mohammed Everyman claims he'll improve unemployment by getting himself employed as Mayor, accuses his opponent of being bigoted against invertebrates, and converted to Islam to appeal to Muslim asylum seekers but also campaigns by bribing everyone in the electorate with beer.
  • Stereotype Reaction Gag: from "Regional Accent Discrimination":
    Hog: [West Country accent] Regional accent discrimination is still at a record high. Only last week, five different people assumed I were a gardener. Now, turns out I am a gardener, but that's by the by.
  • Straight Gay:
    • In "Tennis", a Heteronormative Crusader father bullies his heterosexual son for preferring women's tennis, and fails to make sense of his son's Straight Gay friend Gary, who prefers men's tennis. Then the dad and Gary kiss at the end, suggesting the dad was Armored Closet Gay all along.
    • From "Life Hacks", the suggestion for being tired of your girlfriend not wanting to watch football is to get a boyfriend instead. Cue two men enthusiastically watching the football, then making out in celebration when their team scores a goal.
    • The two "Bouncers on a Blind Date", although one of them turns out to be bisexual at the end.
  • Straight Man: Originally meant to be Foil, hence the nickname, but all three play the role at some point.
  • Take a Number: Suffered by Hog in “The Passport Office”.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: The end of "Sandcastles", where it's revealed that Jason, Foil's character's son, is himself made of sand.
  • T-Word Euphemism: attempted by Paddy in "The Post-Xmas Sales", but it goes somewhat awry:
    Paddy: Now you are under strict instructions Darren not to mention the P-word around your sister.
    Darren: ...Penis?
    Paddy: No, puppy!
    Anne: [offscreen] I WANT A PUPPY!
  • Violent Glaswegian: Defied, albeit perhaps not all that convincingly, by Foil's Glaswegian character in "Regional Accent Discrimation":
    It's an absolute disgrace, I'm sick and tired of this discrimination! People keep thinking I'm aggressive! I'M NOT AGGRESSIVE! I'M AN AROMATHERAPIST!
  • Volleying Insults: in "Insults", naturally, between two friends who've recently fallen out over one of them getting a promotion instead of the other. Also Flowery Insults.
  • Who's on First?: from "Vaccines Throw a Party":
    Sputnik: [waving to someone at the door] Bye-bye, see you never!
    Pfizer: Who was at the door?
    Sputnik: I know, I sent them away.
    Pfizer: No but who was there?
    Sputnik: Exactly, so I sent them away.
    Pfizer: Who was there?!
    Sputnik: I know WHO was there, they didn't recognise me, so I sent them away!
    AstraZeneca: I think he means the W-H-O?
    Sputnik: Yes!
    Pfizer: Oh, for the love of... [rushing out the door] No no, it's okay, come back!
  • You Just Ruined the Shot: taken to Mind Screw extents in "One Man Play".

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