Wednesday 25 April 2018

Abandoman take flight

They were the most talked-about act at the Electric Picnic. Now it looks as though London-based Irish hip-hop merchants Abandoman could be given their own Flight Of The Conchord TV show.

The group mixes drum machines and suggestions from the audience with such genius that they stole the show on Stradbally's Comedy Stage last Saturday.

"We started off with requesting the audience to hold up the strangest thing they had on them. One guy had a prosthetic leg but we made it all work," frontman Rob Broderick told me.

Cleaning up in the UK, having won the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year last year, Abandoman are practically unknowns in their home country.

But that could be about to change with UK TV channels sniffing around the rising stars.

"We're working on a sitcom with songs and narrative, a bit like Flight Of The Conchord. All going well, it should be on air this time next year," added Rob.

Alas it seems member James Hancox, who provided guitar accompaniment at the Picnic, will be abandoning Abandoman to concentrate on playing folk music.

However, Broderick (30), who did his first stand-up gig in London in 2004, will be continuing with other musicians. Abandoman play Whelan's on September 29.

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