Abandoman is a multi-award winning troupe that is an incredible hip-hop impro team that creates impromptu raps and songs from a few suggestions of the audience with amazing and sometimes hysterical results. Rob Broderick, an Irish stand-up comedian appeared in three shows each day at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe which was a solo hip-hop comedy show called Abandoman, a double act with Padraig Hyland titled ‘Bitesized! Improvised! Televised!’ in which they improvise over movie clips and a nightly show at the Glided Balloon called Carnival des Phenomenes.
Broderick was born in Dublin but he now lives and works in London. He found his way to the final of the prestigious ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ competition at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He performed his first solo show named Absinthe Without Leave at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He won the 2010 Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition as part of the Irish improvising hip-hop trio Abandoman. He was singled out to be described by Chortle as “an engaging frontman and an incredibly quick and skilful improviser”. Abandoman also won at the 2010 Music Comedy Awards.
Together with fellow Abandoman James Hancox, Rob returned to Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 and both of them performed their show Pic N MIxtape to a sell-out crowd. Rob and James played at a wide variety of venues and nights from comedy clubs to music gigs as well as festivals in the same year, including Bestival, Latitude, Hop Farm Festival and Altitude Festival in Meribel. Both of them performed on both The Now Show and The Vote Now Show on BBC Radio 4, and were guests on Nick Grimshaw’s BBC Radio 1 show and Chris Hawkin’s show on BBC 6 Music, where they had a songwriting residency, in 2010. They were also guests on The Stephen K Amos Show on BBC 2 TV.
Abandoman creates hilarious freestyle songs at lightning speed based on audience suggestions and they have won Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, the Musical Comedy Awards and the 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival’s Best Comedy Newcomer Award. They supported multi-platinum artist Ed Sheeran on his sell-out UK tour that culminated in two nights at London’s Brixton Academy; in February 2012.