THE Rubberbandits first comedy short for Channel 4 has hit an estimated 250,000 views on the UK broadcaster’s website, with a further 500,000 You Tube views for the song spawned by the episode.
The ‘Bandits’ second online ‘Comedy Blap’ for Channel 4 was released last Thursday and is expected to build on the Limerick duo’s success, which has brought them to the brink of signing a deal for a television series with the channel.
The comedy shorts were filmed in Limerick, produced by Irish company Sideline and were directed by Declan Lowney, a Bafta award winner for Little Britain and Fr Ted.
The plastic bag wearing duo finished a nine date sold out UK tour this Sunday with a storming gig in London’s XOYO venue.
They will appear on Today FM’s Ray D’Arcy show this Thursday to officially launch their much anticipated debut album, Serious About Men, and will announce the dates of their national Christmas live shows, which will include a show in Dolan’s Warehouse on December 29.
The ‘Bandits are also expected to appear on the Late Late Show in the coming weeks, the Leader understands.
A spokesperson for the band said that “Channel 4 are delighted with the success” of the comedy shorts and said that “talks were progressing” with regard to a possible full scale pilot for the broadcaster.
“Channel 4 are very happy with everything and there was huge interest in the lads on the UK tour, which was really strong in terms of sales,” said a spokesperson.
This time last year the Rubberbandits were caught up in a frenzy of hype around their song Horse Outside, which vied with the X Factor’s Matt Cardle for a Christmas number one, narrowly missing out. The song has more than 8 million views on You Tube.
After the release of the album, the Rubberbandits are to head to Australia for January, where they are to play at least four shows. After returning to Limerick in February, they will depart for the United States of America and Canada in March for another tour.