In the Name of the Fada
I watched this series and thought it was good and funny, but also inspiring. It's about a comedian who endeavors to become fluent in Irish in one year in order to do a full stand-up gig in the language.
Episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPqoKpyhzP8
Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUM9T5K8lrI
Episode 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkXRsAx074U
Episode 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMQRFK_a4Nk
Episode 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnrQmSIkP1E
Episode 6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQgvS2A8Xz8
Thanks for the reminder - it's been a while since I saw this, when it was first broadcast in 2008, so it will be interesting to watch it again.
For those who aren't familiar with the comedian involved in this series, Des Bishop was raised in New York, and only moved to Ireland when he was 16, so he didn't have a base of "school Irish" to work from (there are some people who would argue that might have been an advantage for this project!)
He has since gone on to do something similar with Mandarin, and has done some comedy work in China.
Heh, I just heard about this guy on Sinica, an excellent Chinese current affairs podcast. What's amazing is that he apparently set out just to learn enough Mandarin to do standup, and he succeeded. In the opinion of one of the hosts, his Chinese was horrible but he was still able to get a crowd laughing. Maybe there is some universality to humor.
I tried to learn Irish the same way when I vacationed in Ireland earlier this year. I tried to speak and learn as much Irish as I could with my tour guide. It really does help, once you converse in a new language with a native speaker you won't forget anything new that you've learned.