Zig and Zag are fictional characters, portrayed by puppets, who made their television début on Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ)'s The Den.
Apparently extraterrestrials from the Planet Zog, Zig and Zag visited Ireland, decided to stay and were adopted by Ian Dempsey (and later re-adopted by Ray D'Arcy). They brought an alien dog called Zuppy with them.
Zig was beige (although he claimed to be fawn) with red "zogabongs" (pom-pom antennae) and a tuft of green hair, and Zag was purple with green spots and yellow zogabongs and dreadlocks. Zag was portrayed as the more intelligent older brother, a lecherous lady-killer who claimed to fly every weekend to Hollywood to dine with the stars, as well as performing ragga songs in his guise of "Ragga Zagga"; Zig was portrayed as a weak-willed childish simpleton, constantly giggling at rude jokes (like the word "bottom"), obsessed with random things (such as The Hunt for Red October or his rash) and frequently unaware of what was going on around him.
The duo appeared most notoriously on The Big Breakfast, a UK breakfast programme where they were responsible for interviewing a host of celebrities. Their rise to fame ran alongside the rise of this programme, and allowed them a brief foray into the pop world with 2 UK hits. They also appeared in the music video for Reel 2 Real's hit "Raise Your Hands".
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