Rob Broderick and his multi-instrumentalist partner James Hancox invite audience suggestions on almost any subject and instantly turn them into a funky hip-hop track. Dick & Dom’s house band has been hailed as ‘Flight of the Conchords meets 8 Mile.‘ For bigger audiences they grow to a four-man act.
Together frontman Rob Broderick and multi-instrumentalist James Hancox are Abandoman. Inventing their own genre of improvised Irish hip-hop, their incredible comic performances have been described as ‘Flight of the Conchords meets 8 Mile - nothing short of genius.’
Rob begins by encouraging audience suggestions on almost any subject, often inviting a couple of hand-picked guests onstage. They then instantly create a funky and hilarious hip-hop track. Whether it’s films, jobs, what’s in guests’ pockets, something in the news or just favourite sweets, Abandoman take any combination of themes and weave what one Times critic referred to as ‘comedy platinum.’
The duo have enjoyed a week’s residency on BBC 6Music (with percussionist Camilo Tirado), have supported Ed Sheeran on tour and have become a huge hit on the comedy club and festival scene. They’ve appeared at Bestival, Latitude and Glastonbury, won the prestigious Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition, and been named best comedy and best newcomer at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
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I put Abandoman in front of one usually reserved technology crowd, and by the end of the evening the CEO was dancing on the table screaming for an encore. The foremost (and only) Irish ‘hip-hop improv’ act are a must for any audience with even the tiniest capacity for fun. Book them now! JLA Agent Danny Lee
The JLA Real Variety Show 2010