If we were to use one word to describe Brendon Burns’ career it’d be “interesting”.
Brendon’s energy is enticing. His turn of phrase is coarse yet oddly eloquent, whilst remaining fully accessible and intensely loveable. Never pompous and ever self-deprecating he just somehow seems to get away with murder. His influence is ubiquitous throughout the stand up world. Often replicated but never matched, his shows aren’t just extended sets, Burns specialises in creating experiences: forever experimenting with the form and throwing himself new challenges.
And that’s just it: Ask around and you’ll find every comic on the international scene has a funny Brendon Burns story. A, “They were there the night he…” tale. Sure he’s critically acclaimed, a comic’s comic and something of a cult figure. But, above all, he’s… well… interesting:
“His peers are not other stand ups but more from the literary World. Burns is the William Burroughs and Charles Bukowski of stand up”
William Cook, The Guardian
“Only Vincent Van Gogh gave more of himself for his art.”
Paul Provenza, comedian, author and director of The Aristocrats
The single most jaw-dropping, awkward, yet ultimately rewarding bit of stand up we have ever seen”
****** (An unprecedented six out of six stars) Time Out, London
“… You have only ever really toked on pure socio-political comedy. Which is not without its effect. With Brendon you are mainlining. And the hit is a feeling I will never, ever forget. Last night I had to accept that I am part of the problem… respect, sir. And not a little awe.
Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
I have no intention of calling the reviewer in question names. If she hated my show, that's her right. But after Lawrence Mooney's altercation with a former real estate writer's review (and yes that is a fair gripe I'd say -- sending a real estate writer to review a comedy show is just icky), curiosity led me to look my reviewer up to see if it was the same lady.