Comedy review: Rubberbandits

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Rubberbandits at Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14), reviewed by Kate Copstick

They are back. Limerick’s contribution to the world of hardcore gangsta rap. The lads, along with DJ Willie O’DJ are here with the “same old songs and same old shit” as last year, they tell us, but to be fair there are some new songs and a lot of new shit.

The show is a great deal slicker, the chat funnier and, finding themselves so often appearing (wrongly, of course) on comedy bills, they have done their research, looked at the opposition, worked out what is necessary for comedy and put three jokes in their hour. Watch out for them, they are crackers.

Never averse to self-improvement the lads have also added in some choreography. Fans of Westlife will be especially appreciative. They have written a children’s book of which they perform the musical adaptation, and the special effects are quite something.

I am sworn to secrecy about the newest song in the show – apparently it was a try-out for a London run – but if you like girls and don’t like STDs then this is the song for you. Albeit with much the same material, the Rubberbandits are a definite notch up performance wise from last year. They have Higgs boson material, a peaceful solution to rioting and a hilarious section on “getting their hole”.

Until 26 August. Today 10:40pm

More info: Rubberbandits is at Gilded Balloon Teviot

Originally published in The Scotsman

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