Current Productions

The Canterbury Tales Remixed

Now Playing at the Edinburgh Fringe! View Tickets and Showtimes The Canterbury Tales Remixed, written and performed by Baba Brinkman with music and turntablism by Mr. Simmonds and directed by SoHo Playhouse Artistic Director, Darren Lee Cole. Geoffrey Chaucer’s timeless Canterbury Tales comes to vivid life in an “entertaining and brilliant” (Time Out) virtuoso performance linking today’s hip-hop lyrics with the greatest stories ever told. Now available for touring. Contact bookings@bababrinkman.com for enquiries

"A spectacular show that sets the bar high for comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Plays To See



"A grittier, wittier, visceral and definitely  saucier, coarser Chaucer" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Edinburgh Reporter



"Unashamedly fun... a five star experience and a hell of a good time" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Edinburgh Uncovered



"'The Canterbury Tales Remixed' is the kind of work that makes off-Broadway hum"—Theatre Scene



“Most rappers boast about their intellect, but few go out and actually get a master’s degree in medieval and Renaissance literature so they can spit better rhymes.” —Huffington Post



“He maintains the essence of Chaucer’s stories and storytelling itself in a fresh way, and his diction and timing capture the Middle Ages’ anachronisms and idiosyncrasies in a way that effortlessly interprets them for a modern audience.” —Backstage



“An audacious hip hop approach to some great literary classics; the show is funny and thoughtful.”—Theater Is Easy



“Not only audacious, but also astute” —Theater Mania



“In his delightful one-man show, Baba Brinkman has unlocked another intimidating masterpiece from the Ivory Tower.”—New York Times



"He turns dusty old works that torture adolescents in classrooms into remarkably current and vivid stories." —Huffington Post



Warriors clash, badass thieves and thugs receive a brutal comeuppance, husbands fight a losing battle against wily wives and seducing lothiarios, villages are plagued by sinister forces of nature.—Show Business Weekly



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The Rap Guide To Religion

Now Playing at the Edinburgh Fringe! View Tickets and Showtimes Who says science and religion will never harmonize? When science explains religion, then we’ll have a compromise! Can science explain religion? The Rap Guide to Religion takes the audience on a hip-hop tour of scientific research into the origins of supernatural beliefs and sacred symbols. Why do humans believe in a higher power? What are those beliefs good for? And once they are gone, what can replace them? Worshipping at the same altar as every other rap artist, the almighty audience, Canadian science rapper Baba Brinkman brings irreverent humour and fresh insight to the holy mess we call religion. It’s time to eff with the ineffable.

"Devilishly insightful and dazzlingly witty... a fringe must-see" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Edinburgh Reporter



"Irresistible lyricism... a fantastic show" ★ ★ ★ ★—A Younger Theatre



"An Edinburgh phenomenon... very effectively combining Baba Brinkman’s unique brand of comedy and dissemination of fascinating data." ★ ★ ★ ★—British Theatre Guide



"Fabulously intelligent... an original and delightful performer"—London Grip



"I had the time of my life. I love Brinkman’s blend of lecture hall, with vaudeville, with a studied and yet organic lyricism... real talk, in every sense." ★ ★ ★ ★—Edinburgh Uncovered



"Brilliant and unique, Baba Brinkman uses his talent in a very special way."—This Is Cabaret



"Breathlessly epic... verges on poetry" ★ ★ ★ ★—Broadway Baby



"Tremendous energy, enthusiasm and warmth... Go along and brighten up your afternoon and let Baba enlighten you." ★ ★ ★ ★—SG Fringe



"Brinkman is intelligent, engaging, funny and can actually rap... he forces us to think about what we get from religion, and whether we can get it from anywhere else."—The Stage



"Brinkman’s ability to weave complicated arguments into rhyme is uncannily clever and his wordplay is wonderful."—The Scotsman



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Off The Top: The Neuroscience of Improv

Now Playing at the Edinburgh Fringe! View Tickets and Showtimes Fringe First Winner and science rapper Baba Brinkman (Rap Guide to Evolution) teams up with neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin to explore the brain basis of improvisation. What’s going on “under the hood” when a comedian or musician improvises? Why are the spontaneous moments of life always the most memorable? Does anything actually rhyme with Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex? A married couple in real life, Baba and Heather bring you the latest research on brain science and creativity with featured guests mixing their scripted material with unscripted moments of hilarity. Free entry!

"Geek heaven... who says science is boring?" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Edinburgh Reporter



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Previous Shows

The Rap Guide to Evolution

A hip-hop inspired tour of modern evolutionary biology, winner of the Scotsman Fringe First Award in Edinburgh and nominated for a Drama Desk Award off-Broadway. Baba Brinkman's original peer-reviewed rap show combines the skills and charisma of a live MC with the precision of a scientist. Now available for touring, contact bookings@bababrinkman.com with enquiries.

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See New York audience reviews of the show at Yelp.com


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Ingenious Nature

Everyone’s looking for love, or sex, occasionally even both. Evolutionary psychology claims to explain why, and how this state of affairs came about. But can it help us find the right one? A young man decides to take the “science of mating” seriously in his quest for a happy ending. Will the theory work in practice? It turns out, ovulation studies can make for awkward first date conversation. Premiering off-Broadway in November 2012, Ingenious Nature is now available for bookings.
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Rapconteur

Premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010. Comedy hip-hop retellings of some of the world's great oral epics, featuring Beowulf, Gilgamesh, and Chaucer's Merchant's Tale, with music by Mr. Simmonds. This production is no longer available for touring, having been re-written and updated as The Canterbury Tales Remixed (above).
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The Rap Guide To Human Nature

Premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010, this comedy rap sequel to The Rap Guide to Evolution zeros in on human behaviour and evolutionary psychology. The Rap Guide to Human Nature is no longer available for touring, having recently been revised and adapted into the off-Broadway production Ingenious Nature.
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The Rebel Cell

Premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008.
Co-written with MC Dizraeli, the Rebel Cell is a verse play set in England in the year 2013, a scorching political satire and lyrical debate between Che Guevara-style revolutionary politics and Nelson Mandela-style civil disobedience.

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The Rap Canterbury Tales

Premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004.
Winner: Three Weeks Editor's Choice Award, Edinburgh 2007.
Combining virtuoso lyricism with physical theatre and dramatic storytelling, Baba Brinkman recreates Chaucer's best-loved Tales in an engaging, accessible, and often hilarious hip-hop style. This performance is no longer available for touring, having recently been fully revised and re-written as The Canterbury Tales Remixed (above).
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