- 16 Dec 01
Despite rumours of relegation, RTE's Apres Match team of BARRY MURPHY, RISTEARD COOPER and GARY COOKE release a live video for Christmas, return to the live arena this winter and are looking forward to Ireland's World Cup final games. STEPHEN ROBINSON reports
Think of it as a football stocking-filler. Apres Match – Live At The Olympia is the first ever video-outing from RTE’s Après Match team, the comedy trio who joined the station’s soccer comentary team in 1996 to inject some much-needed humour into RTE’s soccer coverage. The video contains almost an hour and a half of live footage, most of it previously unseen on TV.
If, like me, you’re not one of the biggest soccer fans in the world, the video is still among the finest on offer from Irish comedy acts (though it might well be worth brushing up on your football viewing just to appreciate the more obscure jokes). As well as poking fun at the presenters and panellists the boys work with on their RTE show, there are some hilarious swipes at TV 3’s Champion’s League coverage. We also get the wickedest U2 impersonation since The Joshua Trio, and an extended Three Joe Duffy’s sketch, in which the housewives radio-favourite is mercilessly, if accurately, lampooned. Other targets for the Aprés Match treatment are Riverdance, Marty Whelan and, perhaps inevitably, 2FM DJ Tony Fenton.
Ireland being a relatively small nation, it’s inevitable that the trio must at some point meet some of the targets of their ire. How do their subjects react when they meet the comedians in the flesh?