New York born comedian and Ireland’s own Des Bishop gave a rousing rendition of the Irish classic “Come Out Ye Black and Tans” on a Chinese dating show, similar to the Fox original “Take Me Out.”
Bishop, an Irish American who moved to Ireland when he was 14 years old, lived in China for a year to learn to speak Mandarin. His six part documentary on the cultural experiment and experience, “Breaking China,” airs on Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTE.
It seems that Bishop’s Mandarin was coming along nicely as he charmed the girls on the Chinese show, “One out of 100” or “Cream of The Crop,” but it was his heartfelt rendition of the Irish classic “Come Out Ye Black and Tans” (a rebel song referring to the Black and Tans, the British paramilitary police auxiliary force in Ireland during the 1920s) that really got the crowds going.
This is Bishop’s second language-based cultural experiment. He previously lived in the Gaeltacht in Connemara and learned Irish for his show “In the Name of the Fada” (fada being the Irish word for the accent placed on a vowel – such as á).
Here’s the clip:* Originally published in April 2014.