Underbelly Productions, by arrangement with Dawn Sedgwick Management presents
Abandoman Life + Rhymes
Udderbelly: 3rd – 29th August 2016
This year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe be ready to look back on the Life + Rhymes of Ireland’s top comedy hip-hop improv team Abandoman at the Udderbelly from the 3rd – 29th August at 8.45pm.
For 2016, Abandoman bring you Life + Rhymes – a fictional biopic, of epic proportions. This imaginary retrospective spans twenty-five years and includes the high and lows, the scandals and several (ill-advised) 90s collaborations that featured along their rise to world domination… and their fall from grace. The audience will not only experience an exclusive insight into the history of their favourite freestyle icons – they will form the cast of characters every night. Over the course of the Fringe Abandoman will meet rival bands, managers, fan club presidents… and numerous other roles too fantastical to be conjured up before the night itself. As always, the audience’s suggestions fuel the action, and this time they’re bringing more ‘action’ than ever before.
Life + Rhymes looks to lift the veil on inner-workings of the music industry’s Top 40 machine. Having spent time with top song writers discussing “what makes a hit”, (and interviewing ex ‘Top 40’ acts),
Abandoman have attempted to discover what sells, what’s popular… and what is “the winning formula” to make it in the charts. They’ve sought advice from industry heavy-weights as to how to seize the zeitgeist and write that global hit. Life + Rhymes will see them follow all this advice… with mixed results.
The Hackney Empire New Act of the Year winners have sold out one of Edinburgh’s largest venues two years in a row with their show Hot Desk proving themselves as firm Fringe favourites. They cemented their reputation as party-starters over the 2016 Hogmanay Celebrations in Edinburgh, which saw them play three shows running up to New Year’s Eve, then mounting their own Ceilidh Rave (a first for Edinburgh) entitled Bass Drop Ceilidh. Their quest to galvanise the world of pop and dance music continues in their new show Life + Rhymes, which will combine their well-loved hip-hop improv with current and cutting-edge dance beats. Keeping audiences laughing and dancing, this new show will make them feel nostalgia for something that never was… and follow their dramatic tale to its nail-biting conclusion.
Abandoman (rapper/comedian Rob Broderick and musician/vocalist Sam Wilson) won the Sunday Times “Best Musical Act of the Fringe 2014” and have toured with multi-platinum artist Ed Sheeran on his sell out UK tour as well performing on 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The One Show, The Ray D’Arcy Show and The Al Porter Show. Abandoman do not stop at TV, they have been guests on Nick Grimshaw’s BBC Radio 1 Show and have held a song writing residency on BBC 6 Music’s Chris Hawkin show, also taking part in BBC Radio 1’s Fun and Filth Cabaret, alongside Paloma Faith. The last few years have seen them perform all around the world including Australia, Europe, The USA, Canada and Hong Kong.
Abandoman have kept 15,000 revellers in good spirits as hosts of London’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Trafalgar Square and stormed numerous festivals including the likes of Glastonbury, Latitude, Altitude, Rockness, Electric Picnic, V Festival, and Bestival.
What the press have said about Abandoman:
“A freestyle talent that is unparalleled anywhere in the market. No two shows could ever be the same as they pick out audience members and freestyle about them, with comedic timing and witty rhyming that’s so impressive it could’ve been scripted.” Independent
“Raucous, expansive and relentlessly hilarious” The Times
“Flight of the Conchords meets 8 Mile… Nothing short of genius.” Chortle
“Truly innovative.” The Guardian
“Clever, quick-witted and audacious…Broderick’s ear-to-mouth coordination is Olympic standard”, ★★★★ The Scotsman
‘Killer punchlines. Note-perfect, lyrically mind-blowing hip hop improv. Genius!’ Stage
‘I’ve yet to see an audience not go nuts’ ★★★★ Fest
Dates: 3rd – 29th August 2016
Show: Abandoman: Life + Rhymes
Address: George Square Gardens
Price: Preview: £10.00 Weekday: £14.50 / £13.50 Weekend: £15.50 / £14.50