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Abandoman (AKA Rob Broderick) – Pirate Radio

2 Nov 20184 stars

Improvised musical comedy at its most raucous and inspired

The thought of a happier stage presence in live comedy than Irishman Rob Broderick seems almost implausible. Smiling from first moment to last, there's a joie de vivre about the one-man improvisational music machine that is infectious, as he takes…

My Comedy Hero: Rob Broderick on Jason Byrne

6 Oct 2017

As adlibbing rap duo Abandoman take their Life + Rhymes across the UK, Rob Broderick picks another Irish improviser as his comic idol

When I was 17 a friend and I got into live comedy. Because we were underage we overcompensated so he'd wear a huge woolly arran jumper and I'd wear a long trenchcoat: we looked like we were wearing the clothing of our grandfathers. Des Bishop and Dara Ó…

Abandoman: Life + Rhymes

16 Aug 20164 stars

Inspired improvisation which lends hilarious weight to a loose plot

Abandoman lead singer Rob Broderick takes to the stage like a whirling dervish. An unstoppable force of nature, he instantly commands the vast space around him and mobilises the crowd before weaving the daftest of their suggestions into a series of…

Edinburgh's Christmas 2015 programme revealed

22 Sep 2015

Christmas markets open on Fri 20 Nov; festive highlights include Circa, Susan Boyle and Puddles

Word on the street is it's the most wonderful time of the year: a time to turn your blood into Glühwein, for the excessive consumption of Bratwurst and for Michael Buble's festive album to be played so often it is deeply ingrained into your subconscious…

Abandoman: giving the less than beloved musical comedy genre a very good name

15 May 2014

Rob Broderick and co present a full-scale improv hip hop space musical

Musical comedy: who wants that? After all, it’s pretty much sitting at the lowest rung on the laugh-making ladder. Only the over-talented likes of Bill Bailey, Bo Burnham and David O’Doherty seem capable of breathing life into that hoary old sub-genre.

Miaoux Miaoux, Abandoman and Howard Marks among highlights at The Pleasance Sessions

23 Sep 2013

The gig series also plays host to Conquering Animal Sound, Three Blind Wolves and Chris Ramsey

Probably best known as a mobbed venue for August Fringe shows, The Pleasance is often overlooked during the other 11 months of the year. Now, the Edinburgh University Student Union plans to raise its status as one of the best entertainment venues in the…


2 Aug 20133 stars

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…

Abandoman - Party in the Key of C Major

22 Aug 20123 stars

Sharp hip hop comedy improv from highly acclaimed duo

Hip hop meets jokes meets improv in a mad mash-up from Abandoman, who are wildly popular right now having supported the diverse likes of Tommy Tiernan and Ed Sheeran, as well as selling out previous Fringe runs. So perhaps hopes are unfairly high for…

Edinburgh Fringe comedy podcasts 2012

25 Jul 2012

Enjoy shows by Shaun Keaveny, Greg Proops and Richard Herring without the need to visit Edinburgh

There are so many Fringe shows on in August every year it is impossible to see them all. The good news is more and more shows are being recorded live and put on the internet for you to download and listen to at your leisure.

The Wrestling

18 Aug 20115 stars

Anarchic night of body-slamming action and comedy

Max Olesker is some sort of twisted genius. The former wrestler (under the nom de guerre Max Voltage) and one half of sketch duo Max and Ivan has combined two of his talents to create one of the best events on the Fringe. Not that his cohort Ivan…


18 Aug 20103 stars

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…

Abandoman - Pic ‘n’ Mixtape

27 Jul 2010

Destined to be among the Fringe’s most popular draws, rapping improvisers Abandoman have to be seen

‘It’s lovely when a hip hop audience sees us,’ says genial frontman Rob Broderick. ‘Two lads wander out, one with a guitar, the other with an Irish accent, and you can tell they’re thinking, “this is going to be a disaster”. But then we start and they…