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Big down under ... now the world awaits ; Hedluv + Passman play festival fundraiser

July 17, 2013


IT'S always been a bit odd in Hedluv + Passman world. The loveably deranged duo are renowned for their hilarious meld of hip hop, Cornish rap, comedy and gold jockstraps.

They've been a mainstay in the pubs of their home county but, bizarrely, have now become household names in New Zealand.

This unforeseen U-turn in their fortunes was due to handing out a flyer for an Edinburgh Fringe Festival show last year to the wife of a certain comedy bigwig.

Hedluv explained: Rhys Darby's wife Rosie took a flyer. We didn't realise he was with her as he was wearing a hoodie.

He came to see us four times in total.

Funnily enough the tiny room in the Gilded Balloon where we played in Edinburgh was where he started off ten years ago.

He took us for a curry and said he'd like us to play a comedy festival he was organising in New Zealand. But we've learned not to get too excited over the years.

However, Darby - who's one of New Zealand's biggest stars and is best known in this country for playing the manager of musical comedy act Flight Of The Conchords - was true to his word.

He flew the pair out to perform at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

The Cornish rappers ended up appearing on national television five times including a spot on the country's primetime current affairs show Seven Sharp.

Passman added: It did get quite surreal. By the end of the seven weeks we were out there we were wondering when we'd next appear on television.

We also had a week in Sydney and played in front of 1,600 people at the Enmore Theatre. We had our own chauffeur who drove us from there to another show across the city.

I was laughing thinking, 'here is a man whose job it is to drive me to a place where I'll dance around in my pants for five minutes'.

The duo, who have released a couple of albums - including such gems as Doin' It Dreckly - have decided to market themselves as a comedy act rather than the Redruth rappers they are known as in Cornwall.

We really like the comedy scene - everybody's very friendly, said Hedluv. It's often difficult playing in pubs where most people haven't come to see you. We'd like to seek asylum in comedy.

The next step in their evolution takes place when they head to Edinburgh's Gilded Balloon again at the end of the month for a punishing 26-night run.

It's getting better - last year our shows started at 12.30am, this year we're on at 11.30pm and in a more suitable room, added Passman.

Last year it was just a collection of songs, but we've realised you have to talk and engage! Plus we've got some good quotes for our fliers now.

Before then they are playing their first ever ticketed event in Cornwall. The show, at Falmouth's Poly on Thursday, July 25, will help raise funds for their Edinburgh trip (not quite comedy stars yet - they will be travelling there for 18 hours on a National Express coach).

Support in Falmouth comes from perpetually depressed Penzance poet Callum Mitchell.

All ages welcome, Pounds 5/Pounds 4 concessions, 7.30pm start - see As their blurb says, last Edinburgh Fringe they dipped their toes in the comedy waters. This year they're rolling up their trousers and going for a paddle.

Don't miss them, either in Falmouth or Edinburgh.

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