Bay Citee Molars
Ben Van Der Velde
Boy With Tape On His Face
Brian Damage & Krysstal
On Gordon Brown's Bigotgate
At Chortle's Fast Fringe
More Brendon Burns videos
|On Gordon Brown's Bigotgate|
|Brendon Burns at Chortle's Fast Fringe|
|Brendon Burns vs. heckler|
|On his girlfriend|
|Fullmooners, 9/11/06: Brendon Burns pumping iron|
|Brendon Burns - The Liffey Laugh|
Australian comic Brendon Burns has been performing comedy since the early Nineties and is known for his aggressive stage presence and controversial material.
He briefly hosted the 11 O'Clock Show and even more briefly the ITV2 spin-off show I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here Now!, walking off after just three shows.
However it is live – and especially in his solo shows – where he has forged a reputation, with six live CDs to his name. He has also performed at Montreal and South African comedy festivals
He first appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1996, hosting The Comedy Zone showcase of new acts, and performing in his debut solo show 6pm Time To Get Up For Work. He has returned to the Fringe every year since, except for 1999, and in 2007 won its top prize, the if.comedy award
A trilogy, Burnsy versus Brendon, which ran at Edinburgh in 2004, 2005 and 2006, examined his own life – culminating in his mental breakdown and drinks and drugs rehabilitation at the Priory.
After a spell in Meribel and now three years in Mayerhofn in Austria the Altitude Festival has established itself as an appealing part of the increasingly crowded global comedy festival circuit.It might not be up your street - or up your ski-run – if you don't want to spend all day sliding down mountains, but it is hard to fault the apres-ski entertainment over five fun-packed evenings.
Actually you could fault it, but only by last year's impeccably high standards. 2012's line-up included crowd-pullers Tim Minchin, Kevin Bridges, Frankie Boyle, Milton Jones and Jimmy Carr. This year there were only two major names, but they were arguably even bigger ones. John Bishop arrived with 15 mates in tow and Eddie Izzard arrived in high-heel boots and glossy red nail varnish.
Izzard headlined the opening gala in the 550-seater Europhaus, after some very good support, making this much more than a Highlight Club gig on steroids. MC Andrew Maxwell donned his site-specific lederhosen
and explained that due to the effect of wearing chamois all day – and no pants – he was polished from the waist down. He also showed off his language skills, before discovering that there was only one German speaker in the audience – ‘so much for the local advertising’.
The full house of Brits loved opening act Marcus Brigstocke, who hit the ground running, or should that be sliding, with a series of old gags at the expense of snowboarders who spend their days pushing the snow off the mountains. The day’s blizzard conditions also gave him some good new lines about his own adventures on the slopes. ‘Llike Stevie Wonder getting a blow job – couldn't see shit, but it felt good.’ We wouldn't normally quote gags, but I can't imagine him doing this one in London, assuming that the UK's winter finally ends soon.
Brendon Burns had something new to talk about. He has just been diagnosed as 30 per cent deaf and has started to wear a discreet hearing aid in one ear. This meant that his set shuttled between the usual raging at the world and marvelling at the fact that he could finally hear his own voice coming through the monitors. I suspect Burns will get some good material out of his condition and probably an Edinburgh show. Proof that in comedy nothing is ever wasted.
The second half opened with what could have been a corny visual gag but actually won the audience over immediately. Michael Mittermeier is a major star in his native Germany, but thanks to the support of Eddie Izzard is making inroads in English-speaking countries. A lot of his schtick was about national differences – Brits and their queuing, politeness and using the phrase ‘Bob's your uncle’ – and hardly groundbreaking but Mittermeier is a clever, assured performer who makes you feel that you are in safe hands. He also has a good, clownish physicality and, like most Germans, speaks better English than most English people.
And so to the eagerly anticipated headliner. I've been slightly concerned about Eddie Izzard lately, afraid that he was so busy with so many other projects he had started to neglect his comedy muscles. He seemed a little unsettled at Russell Brand’s recent Comic Relief night and was not great when guesting at an impro gig just before this gala. But from the moment he strutted on he seemed to have found his form again, Maybe Izzard is so unique – and definitely unique among the mainstream crowd-pleasers at Altitude – that he really needs a headlining spot and plenty of time to shine.
His 40-minute set had a sprinkling of familiar material, but it was mostly a preview of his Force Majeure tour. Once again Izzard picked at his preferred themes of history and religion, with an added appeal to his fans to stay British but also embrace Europe: ‘The war is over. Learn another language.’ As many great philosophical minds have already done, he argued that God does not exist, and if he does he's a bit rubbish, but Izzard did it with more panache than most, jabbing a varnished fingernail in the air to emphasise his points.
Human sacrifice, Magna Carta, Richard The Lionheart and Charles I also came into the mix and there was a nice ego-deflating story about a recent cab trip from Wembley to Central London. As Izzard got out the taxi the driver asked if he was going back to Wembley. Izzard replied yes, and virtually reeled off his tour dates there, but what the cabbie meant was would he need a lift back there later. Proof, if ever it were needed, that comedians live in their own bubble.
Yet Izzard, with his long-term political ambitions, is clearly one who has plans to engage with the outside world. That will have to wait though. In the meantime Altitude suggests that he has got his stand-up mojo back.
|Date of live review: Thursday 21st Mar, '13|
Review by Bruce Dessau
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If you're curious and/or put off by some of the negative comments here, don't be. Took my girlfriend to his show last week and he brought the house down. Very very funny, certainly amongst the best (quite possibly THE best) of the festival. Left with a CD which Brendon signed afterwards, and he was charming and very polite - even when I asked him to draw something quite childish in the sleeve - the opposite of his cartoony character in the show. Thought provoking, and forwarding thinking - Don't miss him, TV's loss is our gain.
AMAZING! His preview show is just amazing. He is going to take Edinburgh by storm.
Back for more! I went and saw Brendon's Ed preview show last night. He just keeps getting better and better. I think its a shame when someone just doesn't get what Brendon's about. You really are missing out. But then I suppose you do have to go with an open mind and be able to laugh at everything, quite a difficult thing when your going to see a stand up i know.
Oh my god, you idiot. That's the exact opposite of everything I said. Get yourself a real name you tit. It wasn't irony it was admitting to my own shortcomings and I said that I'm guilty of thinking that something I said wasn't racist because... You know what forget it. The jokes don't work if I have to explain them. It's not me it's you. You're an utter buffoon, don't come back. Incidentally I notice you don't see the hypocrisy in your own statement which is why you're the butt of the joke. People write some shit up here but you take the cake. Moron, utter moron. Go back, proof read.... Shhhh take your time. Do you get it yet? No well I look forward to your response some time late next year. Wow you're dumb. How you've not choked on your car keys or a small toy I'll never know. Shhhh you're an idiot never speak again.
Unbeatable - if you like the sort of comedy that involves being shouted at about cock, shit and pussy by an arrogant, coarse Aussie with a massive ego and nothing to say. The pretence that the point of his unpleasant, freqently misogynist, rants is to be ironic is not good enough - he lacks the elegance or subtlety required to do this intelligently. Trying to impress us by telling us about his media career (irrelevant), his hellraising past (yawn) and his famous friends (this material can't be racist, one of my best friends is black) while laughing at his own jokes, on top of infantile attempts to offend us, made for the most tedious evening I have spent at a comedy club in a long time. However you might enjoy it if you are stupid, drunk, or Australian.
I love him. He is funny!
Fantastically funny, great human being and sharpest tool in the box. Saw him Downstairs at the Kings Head, easily the most direct, thoughtful and questioning comedian out there. Also he is a polite gentleman - how he didn't lose the plot when some bint in hot pants and a big head started trying to abuse him he managed to show her up for a psycho half-wit - AND get a hug off her boyfriend. Genius? might be.
Not very good at all, has only gotten into comedy to make a quick buck, which he isn't good enough to do.
|Brendon Burns: Y'Know - Love 'n' God 'n' Metaphysics 'n' Shit
DVD review by Steve Bennett
23/11/2012 Permanent link
|'There's a lot of tension in the comedy industry right now...'
Brendon Burns interview
31/07/2012 Permanent link
|Brendon Burns: Why I've taken up DIY
Releasing a DVD yourself is the way forward
23/07/2012 Permanent link
|Farewell Patrice, my exhilarating, profound and hilarious friend
Brendon Burns offers a personal tribute to Patrice O'Neal
30/11/2011 Permanent link
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Brendon Burns: Y’Know – Love ‘n’ God ‘n’ Metaphysics ‘n’ Shit
Fear of Hat Loss in Las Vegas, by Brendon Burns
Brendon Burns: Sober Not Clean
Brendon Burns: So I Suppose This is Offensive Now
Brendon Burns: Thinking Man's Idiot
Edinburgh Fringe 2003
Brendon Burns: Not For Everyone
Edinburgh Fringe 2004
Brendon Burns: Burnsy vs Brendon
Edinburgh Fringe 2005
Brendon Burns: All My Love, All My Rage
Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Brendon Burns: Sober Not Clean
Edinburgh Fringe 2007
Brendon Burns: So I Suppose THIS Is Offensive Now
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Brendon Burns: Fuck You I'm Brendon Fucking Burns Part VI (Again)
Stand Up For Freedom 
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Aaaaaaaaaarrghh! It's Bollock Relief
Brendon Burns: Comedy Good Yeah Silly Side C*nt
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Brendon Burns: Y'know Love n God n Metaphysics n Shit
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Brendon Burns: Home Stretch Baby!
Edinburgh Fringe 2013
Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana
Brendon Burns Hasn't Heard of You Either
The Wrestling II
Brendon Burns Returns
Misc live shows
Brendon Burns: So I Suppose THIS Is Offensive Now [Montreal]
Late Nite Down Under 2008
Brendon Burns Under Educated tour