For example, it is customary for her to say things in a very odd manner and then expect this dorky American guy to understand what she means. This morning, it was an entire conversation about porridge that left me asking “What’s the craic?”.
It turns out she was just suggesting I eat some oatmeal after my run.
Moments ago, I received a text from Ireland strongly suggesting that I write a blog post about The Late Late Toy Show.
I have no idea what that is except for the fact that The Sweet Irish Girl was obsessing over it all day yesterday, sending me shots of her TV showing the program, and giving me a play by play via text about what was happening on a show I’d never heard of before yesterday.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a girlfriend, but I do remember that one of the rules is I’m supposed to do anything I can to make her happy. As a result, this is my blog post about her (unhealthy) obsession with The Late Late Toy Show.
What I’ve managed to gather via texts from the Emerald Isle and from having the interns research the interwebs, is that The Late Late Toy Show is an annual Christmas Special that airs on Irish TV right after Thanksgiving.
Not that they celebrate Thanksgiving, but I’m writing this post in America, so I’m going to use American holidays in the article!
Arbor Day. Flag Day. Independence Day.
You see? I was totally serious about that.
It appears to be a special edition of a late night talk show called, surprisingly enough, The Late Late Show. This year’s show was hosted by someone named Ryan Tubridy, who may or may not be the man in the photos I’m using.
According to The Sweet Irish Girl, whose texts are devoid of punctuation because she’s just so darn excited telling me about the show, The Late Late Toy Show has aired for about 40 years and highlights all the big toys that the Irish lads and lasses want for Christmas.
There’s also entertainment. The kiddos appear in costume to talk about the toys, and then there is singing and dancing. My Sweetheart excitedly texted about a culchie farmer boy who rapped a little Eminem for the crowd.
The host wears a hideous Christmas jumper (that’s Irish for sweater) and from the clips I watched on YouTube, the audience comes in costume for reasons I don’t understand. Must be a charming Irish thing.
One of the big highlights of the show is that the host will give prizes to the entire studio audience. I did get a text yesterday excitedly informing me that everyone at this year’s Late Late Toy Show had been given a Millennium Falcon!
Man, that’s really going to clog up the airspace over Dublin for the trip home after the show. Am I right, Modern Philosophers? Did it come with a Wookie copilot, too?
Sometimes, a talking bird named Dustin the Turkey shows up to harass the host. I’m telling you, Modern Philosophers, American TV has a long way to go before it catches up with what goes out on the air in Ireland!
The Sweet Irish Girl informed me that it’s nearly impossible to get a ticket to the show, and she has unsuccessfully tried five different times.
In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that The Late Late Toy Show is not only my favorite late night show on Irish TV, but it’s also my favorite late night show across the world after The Nite Show With Danny Cashman?
Since I’m a writer for The Nite Show, it’s got to be my favorite.
Do we have a deal? Merry Christmas to you, my new friends on Irish TV.
Is there any chance I can get a Millennium Falcon, too???
Merry Christmas to The Sweet Irish Girl. I hope this post makes you smile bigger than if Dustin the Turkey were to pop up on your TV in a Christmas jumper to tell you a joke!