THE Rubberbandits are busy gearing up for a 12 night stint at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe festival next week, but got their plastic bags in a bit of a flap when the official website for the event listed their country of origin as England.
The ‘Horse Outside’ rap-comic duo, who invented the catchphrase ‘Dat’s Limerick Citayy’, were distinctly unimpressed with the listing on the Fringe website, taking to Twitter to admonish the festival’s organisers.
Speaking to the Limerick Chronicle, Blind Boy Boat Club said that the duo were “shocked” by the mistake, which has since been corrected.
“As soon as we got to England, the first thing they do at customs is offer you a bowl of soup,” said the plastic bag wearing rapper.
“We were hungry when we got off the plane, so we took the soup. I didn’t know that it meant we had to become English citizens,” he added, tongue-firmly-lodged in plastic bag.
The duo have witnessed an astonishing rise in popularity in the UK, where they have performed dozens of sold out gigs and are currently darlings of Channel 4, producing a series of online shorts and recently filmed a pilot tv episode to be broadcast later this year.
They perform regularly at festivals and the selection for the Fringe reflects their growing popularity. They will perform 12 dates at the world’s largest arts festival - the “funniest, filthiest comedy rave in the festival’s history”.
But despite their confidence on stage, the duo have admitted to a few nerves about the upcoming shows
“We are kind of scared of the Edinburgh Fringe,” said Blind Boy. “I mean, you’ve got the Glasgow Kiss, that’s a headbutt, then you have the Chelsea Smile, that’s facial disfigurement. But an Edinburgh Fringe? What the hell is that? A terrible haircut down a dark alleyway?”
The show is being produced by a top UK production team - involved with BAFTA winner Stewart Lee - and will run for 12 nights in the Gilded Balloon Teviot in Edinburgh.