How to win a world title by strutting Pana in underpants

An Irish comedy acrobatic duo boogied, bent and back-flipped their way in spandex underpants to a world title last night.

The Lords of Strut were crowned world champions at the final weekend of the Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Championship (SPWC) in Cork.

They are the second Irish act to win the SPWC world title since the free festival was launched eight years ago.

But their win was made extra special as the Cork-based act — Cian Kinsella (aka Sean-tastic) and Cormac Mohally (aka Famous Séamus) — performed their final shows on St Patrick’s Street, where they honed the act in their early days.

Mexican Pancho Libre, a Chinese circus-trained cyr wheel specialist, came second in the public vote, and Australian daredevil contortionist Alakazam came third.

The Lords, who call themselves ‘Ireland’s hardest-working man band’, really had to strut their stuff to win the public vote.

“Meet my brother, Sean-tastic! Men want him and women want to be him,” Famous Séamus declared as their first show kicked off.

But with an audience slow to respond, the boys had to up their game.

Sean-tastic brought tears to the eyes of those with a ringside seat — not with the story charting their search for their long-lost father who was, of course, found in the audience and dragged out for an emotional reunion — but through a gut-busting, bum-squeezing manoeuvre through a contortionist’s ring.

And within a few minutes, the boys had the crowd rocking with dare -devil acrobatics, a splits move from the top rung of a ladder, completed with the help of ‘dad’, and their funky disco moves.

They got one of the loudest cheers of the day by throwing in a reference to the Bruce Springsteen concert in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Thursday.

Defending champions, the husband and wife team of mobile acrobats, Uri and Noa Weiss of the Cirque No Problem, said they love the SPWC.

“I love the festival and the Irish crowd. And the Irish summer is just legendary. It’s like the south of France,” Uri said.

Organisers estimated that 205,000 people were in Dublin’s Merrion Sq for last weekend’s performances, with almost 90,000 people on St Patrick’s Street for this weekend’s closing event.


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