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Firebrand Aussie stand-up & author Brendon Burns television career began alongside Sacha Baron Cohen & Ricky Gervais as a performer on The 11 O’Clock Show (Channel 4). Storming the Edinburgh Festival in 1996, Brendon’s fringe debut came as a host for The Comedy Zone new acts showcase and performing his first solo show “6pm Time To Get Up For Work”. A dedicated live act, Brendon has returned to fringe almost every year since. In 2007 he won the most prestigious, highly sought after Edinburgh Comedy Award for his show So I Suppose This Is Offensive Now, a real breakthrough moment. Brendon has since become one of the most respected voices in comedy over the past 20 years.
Commanding a devoted following and critical acclaim, Brendon is best known for his fearsome live solo shows, with six live CDs to his name a semi-autobiographical novel Fear of Hat Loss in Las Vegas. His hugely popular Brendon Burns Show podcast, Dumb White Guy, is a brilliant mix of interviews and stand up as he travels around the World, (including an ingenious travelogue series with his son Luke as they race across the Australian outback). Recent show Black Comedian which addressed black/white relations in his home country of Australia Burns toured the UK in 2016 and 2017 was unanimously praised as the sleeper hit of that year’s Edinburgh festival. Bold and provocative, Brendon has carved quite a name for himself as one of comedy’s most visceral acts – “ You don’t so much go to a Brendon Burns Show as witness an event.”
Watch Brendon Burns’ Stand-Up Special
Lifelong professional idiot Brendon Burns takes on the Donald Trump, race, periods and the ‘Great British sense of humour’ in his uncompromising, indomitable manner.
See Brendon Burns Live
Brendon’s 2018 UK tour is selling out fast with new dates being added due to popular demand. Details and ticket info can be found here.
Born in Melbourne Australia in 1957, Burns spent most of his childhood in Perth, but also lived for some time in the remote northern town of Kununurra (the local aboriginal word for ‘meeting of big waters’) with his father, Alan, a hugely successful entrepreneur and inventor. He first realised he was funny around the age of 4 when he was labelled the amazing crying child by his siblings whose fun childhood pastime was making the young Brendon walk into walls!
Starting with comedy spots in Melbourne in the early 90’s (where he also first came across his now good friend comedian Phil Nicol), Brendon made the move to the UK in 1994. He worked the circuits with a goal to making his Edinburgh Fringe debut which he did just 2 years later, as host of The Comedy Zone new act, and also performing in his first solo show. Burns’ television career was also taking off, as he landed the role as one of the performers on Channel 4‘s late-night spontaneous comedy show The 11 O’Clock Show. Returning to the fringe nearly every year, Burns began to really hone his craft. Notable shows in this early period include a trilogy, Burnsy versus Brendon, which ran at Edinburgh in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and examined his own life culminating in his mental breakdown and drinks and drugs rehabilitation at the Priory. Brendon has always talked openly about that dark period in his life and has reflected on it as a the catalyst for his subsequent barnstorming come back.
In 2007 he was appeared alongside Adam Hills and Sammy J in a stage version of Breaker Morant by The Comedians’ Theatre Company directed by Phil Nichol. The same year he also won the Edinburgh festivals top prize, the if.comedy award for his show So I Suppose This Is Offensive Now, a controversial and explosive performance that combined his usual boarish charm with elements of planned theatricality that showed comedy a new direction.
In other mediums, Brendon has released his first semi-autobiographical novel, “Fear of Hat Loss in Las Vegas” with Transworld publishing and appeared as a presenter on the ITV show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! NOW!, controversially walking off after just three shows. Other TV appearances have included ITV2’s Comedy Cuts, and the launch of hugely successful The Brendon Burns Show podcasts. Back on the road for 2018 with Mansplaining’ In Your House, this punkish comedy stalwart shows absolutely no signs of slowing down!