The Rubberbandits a smash hit at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THE Rubberbandits are taking Edinburgh by storm, with the plastic-bag wearing rappers attracting rave reviews for their performances at the Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival.

THE Rubberbandits are taking Edinburgh by storm, with the plastic-bag wearing rappers attracting rave reviews for their performances at the Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival.

The Limerick comedy duo, who are in the midst of performing 12 dates at the Gilded Balloon Teviot in Edinburgh as part of the Fringe, have added an extra date at the festival, such is the success of the show, which has attracted strong reviews from leading media outlets.

The BBC have selected the ‘Bandits as one of their ‘Best of the Fringe’ picks, while the Guardian newspaper recently lauded the show, declaring the duo to be “an Irish phenomenon” whose “associations are brilliantly daft and menacing”, awarding the show four stars.

The Rubberbandits - Mr Chrome and Blind Boy Boat Club - are taking it in their stride, declaring the show the “funniest, filthiest comedy rave in the festival’s history”.

It is the Limerick duo’s official debut in the festival’s programme and comes hot on the heels of picking up a top UK Chortle comedy award.

The show is being produced by a top UK production team - involved with BAFTA winner Stewart Lee, who has attended the show, along with Jason Byrne and members of British band Fine Young Cannibals.

A spokesperson for the duo said the show was going “really, really well”, adding that there was “a great industry buzz” about the ‘Bandits in Edinburgh.

“In scenes reminiscent of Beatle-mania, the British public have taken the Rubberbandits to their hearts,” said the spokesman, tongue firmly lodged in cheek.

“As one landmark event ends, another begins. The Rubberbandits are taking over the UK,” he added.

In a separate move Channel 4 are due to screen all three online comedy blaps the duo recorded for the broadcaster earlier this year, as part of their Funny Fortnight Series.

The blaps will screen one after another late this Friday night.

The Bandits recently wrapped filming a full television pilot, commissioned by Channel 4, which was shot in both Dublin and Limerick.

A full half-hour programme that is to air in autumn of this year, it is the first Irish written and performed comedy to be commissioned by the UK station since Fr Ted.