Abandoman: Life + Rhymes

A totally unique and mind-blowing musical comedy experience, if you’ve never seen or heard of Abandoman before then here is your chance to rectify that. The completely improvised hip hop duo from Ireland are occupying the iconic Underbelly cow with their very loosely autobiographical show Life + Rhymes – it’s fair to say that, on paper, everything about it shouldn’t work and I’ve never been happier to be proven wrong.

They respond and interact with such effortless ease you’d think they’re psychic

Rob Broderick bursts onto the stage, greeting us all like the a combination of hip hop legend and Irish nan quickly establishing himself as the dominant vocalist of the duo with Sam Wilson content to stay in the background, for now, with his keyboard and sound desk. The pair waste no time in getting the audience pumped and ready for the ensuing madness before cracking into their first songs to tell their life stories (Warning: May Include Artistic License). From humble beginnings as an entrant to talent shows organised by the parish priest and being scouted by the one and only Louis Walsh before to international fame and a search for Broderick’s father Abandoman strap us into an improvised rollercoaster that you’ll be lining up to ride again.

On the night I saw them, they sang about Toblerone addictions, hot dog costumes and concession tickets to name a few – a word to the wise, the weirder your suggestions the better, Broderick and Wilson delight in it and as an audience member you’ll get to marvel at their skills even more. That’s the not so simple joy of this dynamic duo – they respond and interact with such effortless ease you’d think they’re psychic and you would never believe that this could be improvised unless you heard the suggestions right in front of you. Well, you’d better believe your ears and see them for yourself.

Reviews by Liam Rees

Pleasance Courtyard

UNCONDITIONAL

★★★
Pleasance Courtyard

Signals

★★★
Summerhall

Everything Not Saved

★★★
CanadaHub @ King's Hall in association with Summerhall

Daughter

★★★
Pleasance Dome

Lights Over Tesco Car Park

★★★★
CanadaHub @ King's Hall in association with Summerhall

Chase Scenes

★★★

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The Blurb

The year is 1993. After destroying rural Ireland’s talent show circuit, hip-hop improvisers Abandoman are teetering on the edge of international fame. This is their access-all-areas story: the highs, lows and a cast of characters… that changes every night. This is your chance to be part of Abandoman’s history. Their biggest, most ambitious show ever follows years of touring across the world, and supporting for Ed Sheeran’s major UK tour. This is their Life and Rhymes. ‘Raucous, expansive and relentlessly hilarious’ **** (Times). ‘I’ve yet to see an audience not go nuts’ **** (Fest/i]).