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Brilliant routine on Irish names by comedian Lee Mack

Comedian Lee Mack had his audience in stitches with an hilarious routine about the complexity of Irish names.

Mack is married to a woman of Irish heritage and his act was based on their discussions about the naming of their children.

He said that his wife wanted to choose a traditional Irish name but he was put off when he read through some of the best ones.

Brilliant routine on Irish names by comedian Lee Mack

He explained the story on-stage with a rant about the difficulty of spelling and pronouncing traditional Irish names, and how it is an unnecessary complication for people from other countries.

His tone went from confused to downright angry as his tirade gathered pace, leaving his audience in hysterics.

Mack told a story about meeting an Irish woman named Siobhan, and attempting to spell her name with predictably poor results.

He angrily questioned the logic behind the spellings, and points out that some Irish names have more ‘syllables than letters’. He even suggested that Irish names are chosen by ‘reaching into a bag of scrabble counters and throwing them on to the ground’.

The routine is absolutely brilliant and has now been uploaded onto YouTube for everyone to enjoy. Many of the comments added are about the accuracy of Mack’s routine. People with traditional Irish names such as Éilís, Pádraig and Oisin all posted to say that they enjoyed the video.

Mack first rose to prominence in 1995 when he won the So You Think You’re Funny? Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has since become a regular performer on television in Ireland and the UK, most notably as ‘Lee’ in his sit-com Not Going Out and as a team captain on the BBC panel show Would I Lie To You?

Watch the hilarious routine below, but be warned it does contain some strong language.

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11 comments

  1. Would have been funny without the “f-bombs”. Those just made it cringe worthy.

  2. I always knew I got lucky! 🙂

  3. He is spot on and hilarious!!

  4. Hahaha! Love it ~ the h goes after the b…been sayin’ it my whole life! Too funny!

  5. I love this!! He is funny, and come on people….relax, enjoy and laugh!! He’s not making fun of any people, he’s simply having fun with their names and how to pronounce them! Love it! If we can’t laugh at something like this, then we’re in trouble…

  6. Brilliant! I cannot see how anyone can be offended as he is explaining how difficult it is for those who have no Irish/Scots/Welsh/Cornish ancestry can understand the nuances of the Gaelic languages… And of course, his surname gives the game away.

  7. I don’t know, maybe I need to relax a bit, because I’m not at all Irish, and I find myself offended by this skit.
    Your ignorance, sir, doesn’t mean you get to ridicule other people for their knowledge. And frankly, if I was that ignorant of Irish, as an Irishman, I’d hide it, not put it on display on stage. Amadán.

  8. Shirley A, Duermeyer

    I thought he was brilliant. Would love to have dinner with him.

  9. Love it! I know the pain of having to explain how to say my name (Eve) to every person that I meet!

  10. The funniest sketch I’ve seen in a long time – hilarious

  11. Can’t stand him don’t find him funny.

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