You are here
The Rubberbandits are a comedy hip-hop duo from Limerick, Ireland. They were formed by Blindboy Boatclub (real name Dave Chambers) and Mr Chrome (sometimes Bobby Chrome; real name Bob McGlynn). On stage and in interviews, they conceal their identities with masks made from plastic shopping bags. The unofficial third member of the group is Willie O'DJ (real name Paul Webb), a Spin South West disk jockey who wears a mask caricaturing local politician Willie O'Dea.
Chambers and McGlynn met while attending Ardscoil Rís, Limerick. Primarily a satirical stage and television act, they have performed throughout Ireland, the UK and USA with shows at events such as Electric Picnic, Oxegen and the Bulmers International Comedy Festival. The Rubberbandits first rose to prominence in December 2010, when their latest music video, "Horse Outside", went viral on YouTube. They have since won awards for both their music and comedy. In 2011, the duo were declared "Best Irish Act" at the entertainment.ie awards, beating competition from such acts as Villagers, Fionn Regan and The Script and also won an IFTA award for their television work.
The act has been commissioned by the television networks RTÉ, MTV and Channel 4. The Channel 4 shorts were directed by Declan Lowney, who previously won a BAFTA award for his work on Father Ted. A half-hour television pilot, also directed by Lowney, aired in November 2012. Channel 4 has stated that the pilot has "series potential".