Irish television hasn’t changed much since I left the country twelve years ago. The main national broadcaster, RTÃ‰, mainly serves up imported American and British shows, with locally originated fare dominated by vast quantities of sports coverage, a few soaps and talk shows, and the occasional documentary. It’s a tepid, uninspiring mix.
Except for one show, that is. Soupy Norman is a Polish soap opera (Pierwsza miÅ‚oÅ›Ä‡), dubbed into English and utterly twisted out of recognition by a team of Irish comedians. The writing, air of absurdity, and comic timing are pitch-perfect. (Mind you, the Cork accents might be a bit tough for non-native ears to decipher. My wife kept asking me “can you really understand what they’re saying?”)
The craic team of bloggers at National Disgrace have kindly provided an index to every Soupy Norman episode on YouTube. Watch them right away.