Funboys: New comedy series filmed and set in Northern Ireland coming to our screens

-Credit: (Image: Jolane Schaffner/ BBC)
-Credit: (Image: Jolane Schaffner/ BBC)


A new comedy series set and filmed in Northern Ireland is set to come to our screens.

Funboys is a comedy series about three emotionally-unassembled young men in small-town Northern Ireland, commissioned after its successful launch as a comedy short film in 2023.

The series sees friends Callum (Ryan Dylan), Jordan (Rian Lennon) and Lorcan (Lee Dobbin) as they attempt to navigate through the hardships of life.

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Life is never easy for this trio of sad worms: from first girlfriends to dead pet pigs, the lads are put through the psychological ringer. But will their shared love of innocent fun and wholesome mucking about land them in hot water?

The show was announced at the BBC Comedy Festival in Glasgow and the four-episode series is co-commissioned by BBC Comedy and BBC Northern Ireland.

Funboys, filmed and set in Northern Ireland, with support from Northern Ireland Screen takes a fly-on-the-wall approach, prioritising authentic, naturalistic comedy whilst exploring modern themes of male vulnerability, religious dogma and more.

Writers and stars of the series, Rian Lennon (also directs) and Ryan Dylan said: "We are so happy to be making a series about the important things in our lives: innocent wholesome fun, growing up, dying, screaming mental health issues, videogames and the ultimate power of friendship."

Executive producer and story writer, Simon Mayhew-Archer of Mayhay Studios added: "I have high hopes that this show will be really good. There's a decent amount of live pig action if you like that sort of thing (we do)."

Jon Petrie, BBC Director of Comedy Commissioning says: “It’s heartening to see one of our debut BBC Comedy Short Films make the step up to series.

"We’re excited to dive back into the chaotic world of Funboys with the team at Mayhay Studios. It promises to be weird, wonderful, charming, and always funny.”

Eddie Doyle, Head of Commissiong for BBC Northern Ireland, says: “It’s been fantastic to see this project develop from a BBC iPlayer short we co-commissioned with BBC Comedy, into a four part network series.

"Rian, Ryan and Lee are uniquely brilliant in their comedy and Funboys is quite unlike anything else out there. It’s great to see Northern Ireland comedy talent being given such a great platform that will be enjoyed by audiences across the UK.”

An air date for Funboys on BBC Northern Ireland is set to be announced in the near future

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