Abandoman (3 stars)

This article is from 2013


credit: Idil Sukan

Upbeat improv making you the star of your own hip hop sci-fi

Good improvised comedy should never make you nervous. Luckily, Abandoman go out of their way to keep everything friendly, inclusive and, thankfully, funny.

Like the comedy hip hop act's previous trips to the Fringe, this is a musical story that unfolds based on audience input (wear a distinctive hat at your peril). The twists this year are the addition of two members to form a full band, and a futuristic, space-age theme: you or your neighbour might end up on stage as a space pirate, rebel warrior or king of the moon.

Frontman Rob Broderick, whose native Irish accent roams to Brooklyn via Hackney depending on how fast he's rapping, claims that there is no improvisation at all, but merely a psychic retelling of an event that will surely come to pass in the distant future. That sets the tone for a surreal hour that can at times lose structure and focus, but remains upbeat and good fun, while the presence of the full band makes for a rounded show that in the end feels more like a collaborative comedy experience than an improv gig.

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 08445 458252, until 26 Aug (not 12 or 19), 8.45pm, £13.50–£14.50 (£12.50–£13.50).

Abandoman: Moonrock Boombox

  • 3 stars

Fast-paced musical comedy sketches and hip hop.