Skip to main content

Musical Comedy Guide

The only guide to the world of musical comedy

Search form

Search form


You are here

Abandoman's Rob Broderick and James Hancox promotional photo

Rob Broderick is an Irish stand-up comedian who was born in Dublin but who now lives and works in London. He improvised his way into the final of the prestigious So You Think You're Funny competition at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Broderick performed his first solo show, entitled Absinthe Without Leave at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

At the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe, he appeared in three shows each day - 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 Gilded Balloon called Carnival des Phenomenes.

As part of the Irish improvising hip-hop trio Abandoman he won the 2010 Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Competition. Broderick in particular was described by Chortle as "an engaging frontman and an incredibly quick and skilful improviser". Abandoman were also winners of the 2010 Musical Comedy Awards.

Rob returned to Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 with fellow Abandoman James Hancox. The duo performed their show Pic N Mixtape to a sell-out crowd.

In the same year Rob and James played a wide variety of venues and nights from comedy clubs to music gigs as well as festivals including Bestival, Latitude, Hop Farm Festival (in both 2010 and 2011) and Altitude festival in Meribel.

In 2010 they 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.

Rob and James returned as Abandoman for the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and performed an improvisational musical based on an audience member.

They were also guests on The Stephen K Amos Show on BBC 2 TV.

Pieces performed by this act
Christmas Freestyle by the river (released )
Subjects of pieces performed: 80s (1), apple (1), burrito (1), Christmas (1), cider (1), Donkey Kong (1), freestyle (1), inflatable (1), Kanye West (1), Mexican (1), Michael J Fox (1), monkey (1), river (1), Santa Claus (1), Sesame Street (1) and tequila (1)
Comedic styles in pieces performed: improvised (1), observational (1), prop (1) and visual (1)
Musical styles in pieces performed: acoustic (1) and rap (1)
Musical instruments in pieces performanced: guitar (1)
Submitted 8 years 7 months ago by natts.
Saturday, 12 December 2015 - 7:24pm
Your rating: None
No votes yet