Abandoman (3 stars)

This article is from 2010


A hip hop celebration of everyday lives

Sure, they’re ‘the seventh biggest rap act in Ireland’, but hip hop comics Abandoman are quick to append two critical caveats. The first is that Jedward are four places above them in the relevant (and fairly bizarre) newspaper countdown. The second is that there aren’t enough Irish rap stars to compile a full top ten, so they’re actually seventh out of a total eight. This is of little consequence to Abandoman, however: the duo’s real ambition is to be crowned the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice of hip hop.

With this in mind, they improvise a crowd-inspired urban musical every night. Their ensuing breathless, ad-hoc odes to visibly-delighted punters showcase MC Rob Broderick’s knack for off-the-cuff couplets, and instrumental foil James Hancox’s quick-witted musical instinct. But they also celebrate the brilliant and unlikely details of people’s day-to-day lives: our lively Monday night audience included a wine-maker, a compost-turner, a yeast expert, a tree-planter and a former Metallica roadie. All of whom have now been immortalised via the medium of musical theatre.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug, 9.45pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

Abandoman: Pic ‘n’ Mixtape

  • 3 stars

Both Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2010 and Musical Comedy Awards 2010, Abandoman create hilarious musical numbers at lightning speed. Comedian (and Ireland’s seventh best hip-hop artist) Rob Broderick along with multi-instrumentalist James Hancox create each song based on audience suggestions. As heard on Punt and…