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RTE2 runs with comedy double

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David McSavage

A new comedy series with stand-up comics gets underway tonight with RTE2 showing Stand and Deliver and The Savage Eye, David McSavage’s edgy satirical show, returning for a second run. McSavage’s comedy sketches examine different aspects of Irish life, from the health service and crime to racism.

The show boasts a cast of steteotypical characters which includes a child-snatching priest. The Catholic Church has long been a hobbyhorse for McSavage (pictured above), who is a son of former Fianna Fáil minister David Andrews and a brother of government junior minister Barry Andrews TD.

Stand and Deliver features acts performing in the Roisin Dubh venue in Galway. Presented by Barry Murphy and using an Irish traditional music version of the Adam and the Ants’ hit song as its soundtrack, the six-week series includes a host of new and established comedians.

Eleanor Tiernan

The line-up includes home grown artists Jason Byrne, Colin Murphy, Eleanor Tiernan (pictured) and Andrew Maxwell, along with international acts Stewart Lee, Reginald D Hunter, Sarah Millican and Glen Wool. Up-and-coming Irish talent featured includes John Colleary, John Lynn and Gearoid Farrelly.

The Savage Eye, RTE2, Monday at 9.50pm; Stand and Deliver, RTE2, Monday at 10.20pm

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