Comedy review: Abandoman – Moonrock Boombox
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Abandoman – Moonrock Boombox at Underbelly, Bristo Square (Venue 300), reviewed by Ashley Davies
There was a time when improvisation, at its worst, conjured up images of self-congratulatory comics showing off with props and having a lot more fun than their audiences.
In the past few years its practitioners have become increasingly inventive and Rob Broderick, the avuncular frontman of Abandoman, is a great example of this – telling spontaneous stories set to hip-hop jams.
Aided by his talented band, he plucks nuggets of inspiration – and quite a bit of participation – from the audience to tell a funky musical story of a trip into space. It’s very clever and very funny and impressive in its ingenuity.
Relying on audience members agreeing to join in can be risky, particularly if they’re being picked rather than volunteering, but Broderick has gallons of charm and manages to turn the shyest teenager into a game participant.
There are moments when the material-gathering exercise slows the pace a little, but the results are so good that things are soon spinning along well. The affectionate warmth coming from the sizeable audience proves Abandoman has a huge following and can only get bigger.
Word to the wise though: don’t sit at the front if you don’t want to get involved.
Until 26 August.
More info: Abandoman – Moonrock Boombox is at Underbelly, Bristo Square
Originally published in The Scotsman