Zig & Zag: Ireland’s Beloved TV Personalities

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In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Zig & Zag were a fixture of Irish television, becoming household names and beloved personalities. This dynamic duo was originally created by Irish puppeteers Ciaran Morrison and Mick O’Hara and was later picked up by RTÉ, Ireland’s national broadcaster. The zany alien puppets quickly became fan favorites, entertaining audiences of all ages with their infectious personalities, hilarious antics, and catchy tunes.

The Early Days of Zig & Zag

Zig and Zag first burst onto the Irish TV scene in the late 1980s with their own show, “The Den.” The show was initially aimed at children, but it quickly gained a wider audience due to the witty banter and clever humor of the two puppets. Their outrageous personalities and unique accents added to their charm, and soon, they were known throughout the country.

Zig & Zag’s Music Career

One of the hallmarks of Zig & Zag’s career was their music. The duo released several albums, including “Never Mind the Zogabongs” and “Zig Zaggin’ Across the Universe.” Their music was upbeat, energetic, and often silly, reflecting the duo’s sense of humor and love of fun. Many of their songs became instant classics, with fans of all ages singing along to hits like “The Happy Song” and “Them Girls Them Girls.”

Zig & Zag’s Television Career

Zig and Zag’s TV career was not limited to their own show. The puppets made numerous guest appearances on other shows, including “The Late Late Show” and “Live at 3.” They also had their own Christmas specials, which became annual events for many families. In addition, Zig & Zag made the jump to the UK, where they appeared on shows like “The Big Breakfast” and “Motormouth.” Their unique brand of humor and infectious personalities endeared them to audiences across the UK as well.

Zig & Zag’s Impact on Irish Culture

Zig & Zag were not just popular TV personalities; they were cultural icons. The duo’s unique brand of humor helped to shape the Irish sense of humor, with many comedians and TV personalities citing them as an influence. They also inspired a generation of puppeteers and performers, who were drawn to their energy and creativity.

Zig & Zag’s Legacy

While Zig & Zag are no longer a regular fixture on Irish TV, their legacy lives on. The puppets have become a part of Irish popular culture, with their songs and catchphrases still known and loved by many. The duo’s impact on Irish entertainment cannot be overstated, with their irreverent humor and infectious personalities winning over audiences of all ages. Though they may be gone from the airwaves, Zig and Zag’s influence on Irish culture will endure for many years to come.

Last updated April 1, 2023.

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Dave Donnelly
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