If we were to use one word to describe Brendon Burns’ career it’d be “interesting”.
This is not your everyday comic. Older, wiser, calmer (and after being fitted with a hearing aid, infinitely quieter) Brendon’s energy is still 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. Not so much an “edgy truth-sayer” but a traditionally harmless and inclusive warm-hearted court jester. 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.
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. His talent and infamy have earned him the biggest prize in British comedy - best show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2007. In the decade since that Brendon has become the archetypal road comic, travelling the world in search of new challenges and different audiences, especially with his taboo-busting 'Dumb White Guy' podcast, asking the questions others fear are too stupid or insulting, to help break down barriers of race, gender and sexuality. He has also spent more time gigging in unusual venues - including a tour of fan's living rooms!
Sure he’s critically acclaimed, a comic’s comic and something of a cult figure. But, above all, he’s… well… interesting.
“A comedians’ comedian… a perennial mischief-maker.” ★★★★ Chortle
“His peers are not other stand ups but more from the literary World. Burns is the William Burroughs and Charles Bukowski of stand up.” The Guardian
“Not only has he been pushing back the boundaries of taste for years, I’m quite certain he has no idea where they are.” Jimmy Carr