The Rubberbandits a big hit Down Under

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

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FORGET the Horse Outside, the Rubberbandits are taking their crossover success on the stage and screen in the UK and selling out gigs Down Under.

FORGET the Horse Outside, the Rubberbandits are taking their crossover success on the stage and screen in the UK and selling out gigs Down Under.

The plastic bag wearing rappers from Limerick are proving a big hit as one of the headline acts at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where they are in the middle of ten gigs, the first of which was last Wednesday night.

The ‘Bandits made their Australian television debut on the gala opening night and also sold out the first of their ten shows at the comedy festival, with reports of “tickets selling like mad” for the rest. The shows have an equal share of Australians and Irish in the crowd to see the hilarious musical extravaganza, which has won them plaudits both at home and in the UK.

The duo, now being managed by United Agents in London, home no less than to Ricky Gervais, Tom Hardy and Keira Knightly, tell us that “the Aussies laugh when everyone else does - same as the Craic and Tans”.

Blind Boy Boat Club, speaking to us from Australia, said Melbourne was “a bit like a hot Galway”.

“We’re mad to get bitten by Australian spiders to see what it feels like while we’re here,” he said.

The Bandits headed to Australia fresh from a successful stint in London’s Soho Theatre, where they sold out 17 straight shows in a row.