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As it happened: The Late Late Toy Show 2018

Here we go!

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And just like that, it’s all over. The biggest night of the year for Christmas, kids, toys and Tubs came, saw and conquered with the usual laughs and some serious tears. Here are the best bits, and the ones you might have missed.

So, here we are – that awkward period of waiting for the news to be over. It’s as good a time as ever to tell ye about the theme of show this year – The Greatest Showman.


This year Ryan wants to use the theme of The Greatest Showman to encourage children to embrace their differences, explaining, “you don’t have to be like everyone else, be yourself.”

“Having The Greatest Showman as our theme this year is helping to emphasise the essence of what I believe the Toy Show should be – inclusive.

This year we are celebrating the kid who doesn’t get Snapchatted, or who doesn’t always have someone to sit beside on the bus. These kids aren’t lonely or unhappy, they just find joy in their own way.

“This year’s show will be wrapped up in kindness and warmth and humour!”

Can’t wait to see how Ryan copes with the choreography, TBH. 

Loads of people on Twitter waiting on takeaway ahead of the show.

Meanwhile, I’m on my second cup of tea. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

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What. An. Opening. That set is something else.

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Though, we will say Hugh Jackman’s job is probably safe for now. 

If you’re frantically refreshing the player in an attempt to watch the show live, you’re not the only one – there seems to be some issue with it.

Twitter strikes again with its stunning meme material, and we’re not even half an hour in.

Enjoy explaining this show to any of your foreign mates.

“When you finally convince your mate to go out on the session.”


Break time! You’d be hard pushed to pick a fave so far – Alyssa and her entrepreneurial spirit or this guy strangling the shite out of Mary Poppins?

All I can say is – bring on the car parade.

What’s the verdict on the jumper lads? It’s certainly more “extra” than last year’s effort. You’d have to appreciate the effort.

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This image is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Tag yourself, I’m the doll.

The shiting unicorn will be top of everyone’s Christmas list, no doubt.

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Gone are the days of Mr Frosty, that’s for sure.

Ok, it’s safe to say Leo has stolen the show. Music AND comedy? We stan.

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Lads, don’t worry about the housing crisis – Cormac’s planning on building a RAKE of houses for us all. Ideal.


So, the casting for the Space Jam sequel is … Questionable. 


Given all that was in the news this week, it’s a pity that ‘Fernando’ didn’t get a look in here.

Maybe he’ll be the celebrity guest?

Child playing CHIC. CHIC playing Dublin tonight. Could Nile Rodgers be about to make an appearance? 

Does he ever leave Ireland, in fairness?

Endless heart emojis for the little Garda during the car parade. Crime doesn’t stand a chance against this guy. 

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Michael reckons it’s time for the Sam Maguire to come back to Kerry. He’s also now the unofficial brand ambassador for Select Suits in Tralee. 

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Davy Fitz making a special surprise appearance for GAA super fan Michael. He also nabbed himself tickets to the 2019 All Ireland final. 

However, he was straight on to Ryan asking how he managed to get them. “Sure they’re not even out yet?!”

No flies on this guy.

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Only half an hour left! Honestly, time flies when you’re watching Ryan Tubridy patronising children. 

Stella is coming for Diarmuid Gavin’s gig. She has AWARD WINNING CARROTS. As you do.


Russian roulette with brussels sprouts. Four are cake, two are veg. THE TENSION.


Oooh, looks like one family is getting a big surprise delivery of toys after the break. Expect the neighbours to come out of the woodwork tomorrow. 

Sorry, can we give it up for Rachel Coyne as well? It’s not every day you get a standing ovation, at the Toy Show, no less.

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ICYMI earlier, Fatti Burke did this deadly illustration for book reviewer Clodagh, before she teaches her how to be a world class illo herself. Snazzy!

Scott gave his cousin Grace a life-saving bone marrow transplant when she was diagnosed with Leukemia.

Asked why he did it? “I wanted to save her life.”

I’m not crying, you’re crying.


Ok, so I’m bawling. I doubt this Greatest Showman performance is going to help matters. But listen. WHAT AN ENDING. 

Well, that’s it – all over for another year! What was your highlight? Be sure to head over to Twitter to check out all the biggest LOLz from the night that you might have missed. 

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