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A farce that's no laughing matter

A lack of investment in home-grown talent in the comedy sector has meant that Irish writers and actors continue to head overseas, writes Siobhan Brett.

13th October, 2012
The Rubberbandits pilot for Channel 4 is the first-ever Irish-produced scripted comedy commissioned by a British broadcaster.

There isn't a shortage of talent, but the lack of dedication to comedy in the Irish TV market is prompting production companies, writers and actors to look further afield for programming opportunities.

Irish comedy in recent years has shied away from original scripts with original characters, opting instead to commission more affordable panel-led shows and occasional satire.

Increasingly, in order for original scripted comedy to be made in Ireland, British funding or the backing of...

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