Abi Roberts' Musical CID invites comedians to talk about their favourite music
- Maud Sampson
- 14 August 2014
This article is from 2014.
Guests at 2014 Edinburgh Fringe show include Luisa Omielan, Nathan Caton, Romesh Ranganathan and Al Murray
'There’s a definite link between stand-up comedy and music. Perhaps it’s a rhythm thing,’ explains Abi Roberts, comedian and star of her own Fringe comedy show, Twerk in Progress. She’s recounting a car journey with a group of her fellow comedians in 2011 that catalysed the idea behind her new music confessional comedy show Abi Roberts’ Musical CID.
Each lunchtime slot features a different guest comedian explaining how music has influenced their life and comedy, explaining whether they prefer listening on an iPod, vinyl or cassettes, as well as performing some material to get the crowd going. Comedians hand-picked by Abi (‘usually it’s people I’ve worked with in comedy clubs and we’ve generally chatted about music at some point’) make an impressive lineup, with highlights including Luisa Omielan of What Would Beyoncé Do? fame (14 Aug); TV and radio stand-up Nathan Caton (15 Aug), lovable miserablist Romesh Ranganathan (16 Aug) and Al ‘Pub Landlord’ Murray (18 Aug). There are also two unconfirmed mystery guests, and the promise of duets and more during each performance.
‘The way I look at it, the soundtrack to someone’s life is a fingerprint,’ Abi adds, ‘It’s unique to them.’
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