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Abandoman – Moonrock Beatbox (Underbelly Productions By Arrangement With Dawn Sedgwick Management)

By | Published on Sunday 25 August 2013

Taking the audience into space through the power of improvised hip-hop, Abandoman produce a high energy, laughter packed hour of comedy and song. Equally at home bantering with audience members or riffing off bizarre suggestions (“Skin a Ferrari!”), assured frontman Rob Broderick is smooth, charmingly amusing and lyrically inventive while the rest of the band are clearly skilled. Broderick’s ability to improvise rap lyrics is remarkable, although the musical numbers do sometimes tend towards impressively clever rather than uproariously funny. Some of the “plot” feels a little forced and over-rehearsed for an improvised show – the finale in particular is a bit gimmicky– but this is a small price to pay for a slick, stylish and funny set.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug (not 19), 8.45pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Bell]