About The Show
No challenge is too great or small for Ireland’s adopted son of comedy, Des Bishop. His latest, and most anticipated, challenge is to learn how to speak ‘as gaelige’. This is Des’s most difficult challenge yet as he moves to Connemara’s Gaeltacht for 11 months with the aim of performing an entire gig in Irish. RTÉ has been filming his progress for In The Name Of The Fada since March ‘07 and his experience will evoke memories for anyone who has battled with the modh coinníollach. The six-part series commences on Thursday 13th of March at 10.15pm on RTÉ One.
As a native New Yorker, Des Bishop moved to Ireland in his mid-teens in 1990, thereby being exempt from learning Irish at school. He has since carved out a highly successful career in stand up comedy in Ireland as well as having had two acclaimed television series on RTÉ “The Des Bishop Work Experience” (2004) and “Joy in the Hood” in 2006. In spite of his assimilation into Ireland, Des has always felt like he didn’t have a rite of passage due to his complete ignorance of the Irish language. So Des swapped ‘immersion heating’ for immersion learning and has been based in Leitir Moir in Connemara learning the language from scratch.
Des takes the narrator’s seat for this reality television series, and tells of his own journey in grasping the language and his assimilation into Connemara Gaeltacht community. For the series Des discovers the joys of having a Bean an ti, struggles to get his head around Irish grammar and sits the leaving certificate oral Irish exam all in preparation for his gig as gaeilge. Des’s ultimate challenge is to reclaim the tradition of seanchai in its modern incarnation – stand up comedy – through the medium of its native tongue.
Will he succeed in his final challenge? A refreshingly candid look at Des’s experience, the appeal of ‘In the Name of the Fada’ will extend beyond those who have learnt Irish, to those who have learnt any language or attempted to integrate themselves into another community. Prepare yourself for some fresh and highly provocative comedy, as Des once again demonstrates that once you put your mind to something, you will be amazed at what can be achieved.
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