Rob Broderick is one half of the comedy Hip-hop duo Abandoman, who are well-known for their lightening quick improvised rap. Alongside his on-stage partner Sam Wilson, Rob is about to perform at Edinburgh and is writing a brand new show for the Soho Theatre in September. Rob took some time off from his preparations to take our Sugar Rush Quiz
What are you currently working on?
A new written Hip-hop musical that is going to be animated and, fingers crossed, a lot of fun.
What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful?
Working with other people is the best thing. Comedy is very solo and I adore working with other people. It’s what makes the job fun and it’s what makes creativity easier.
What is your favourite Book?
Have Gun Will Travel: Spectacular Rise and Violent Fall of Death Row Records by Ronin Ro
What are you currently watching on TV?
A Stephen Colbert show about Trump. Since Trump became president I’ve become addicted to Colbert. I watch it and hope he’s going to be impeached every day. It’s fascinating because it’s a real voice of the resistance but it’s also tragic. I still find the whole Trump thing quite weird and so Colbert is like my release valve to that world.
Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out?
It’s a toss-up between the cinema and the theatre, depending on how good the narrative sounds to me. I like theatre when it’s quite modern. I come from a family that likes Chekov plays that are set quite a long time ago. I feel like if a play has a modern feel to it, I’m the most excited.
What’s your favourite sweet?
What did you want to be when you were a child?
A baker or a clown. With a baker I really didn’t imagine there would be much selling. I thought I’d be doing a lot of baking and then consuming my produce. I wasn’t interested in making cash; it was just the cake access.
What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child?
I shouted at a man cleaning a window once and I don’t why. I think I wanted to show off to someone and afterwards I never felt more guilty.
What is your proudest achievement to date?
I have moments at festivals as a performer where I go, “This is great, and this is what I wanted to do as a teenager.” So there are moments when I acknowledge that my job is to rap and I’m very proud of that.
I’m going to be focusing on writing as well as freestyling. For 10 years I have run from writing. I find freestyling is something I’m naturally capable at and I’ve never really had the patience to sit down and write. I don’t think I’ve never really given it enough time to blossom, so the next thing is trying to create a fun written Hip-hop musical.