Derry woman Eileen Walsh takes The Hip Hop Comedy Gameshow south

'Dr Hip Hop' and Eileen Walsh bring their Hip Hop Comedy Gameshow to the Body and Soul Festival in Co Westmeath on Friday

FOLLOWING its successful debut at Belfast's Festival of Ideas and Politics back in March, The Hip Hop Comedy Gameshow will return at the Body and Soul Festival in Co Westmeath on Friday.

Created by Derry broadcaster and film-maker Eileen Walsh, The Hip Hop Comedy Gameshow is billed as "a brand new concept in entertainment involving data, empathy, music and performance poetry".

''It's an interactive and constantly evolving gameshow," explains Walsh. "I am interested in examining some of the stereotypes people have about rap and Hip Hop artists and their music and what people actually know about it."

The new version of the quiz is based responses to hundreds of hip hop questionnaires given out to the people in Derry: questions included 'name a brand of trainers associated with Hip Hop', 'name a famous rapper', 'name an issue that artists are likely to rap about' and 'name a word used by rappers to describe women in their songs'.

"It's fun, but there's a serious side as well," comments Walsh.

"There are no 'right' answers. Our teams have to guess the top answers. If they aren't able to guess, we ask the audience. They'll have to put themselves into the mind of someone from Derry and try and imagine what they would say.

"It's really interactive and everybody gets a chance to win a prize."

In addition to The Hip Hop Empathy Quiz, there will also be Hip Hop Bingo compered by ‘comedy medic' Dr Hip Hop, AKA comedian Rory McSwiggan, who'll be dispensing “urban medical advice” and prizes from independent shops in Derry.

''It's a bit of a mad show, but it's great craic," says Walsh.

:: The Hip Hop Comedy Gameshow is on the Bulmer's Comedy Stage at The Body and Soul Festival at 6.30pm. Tickets and full festival info at

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