COM­EDy BREN­DON BURNS: y’kNOW – LOvE ‘N’ GOD ‘N’ ME­TA­PhySICS ‘N’ ShIT uD­Der­belly’S PaS­ture (Venue 300) HHHHH

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YOU can’t crit­i­cise Bren­don Burns for never mix­ing up the stand-up for­mat, tak­ing a bold gam­ble this year by shar­ing his stage with fel­low Aus­tralian and hob­bit-fea­tured gui­tarist Dave east­gate.

Lend­ing Burns’ rou­tines a slightly un­wel­come, un­nat­u­ral rhythm, east­gate’s strum­ming doesn’t re­main in the back­ground, and while fre­quently amus­ing, the pair’s ban­ter oc­ca­sion­ally de­scends into dis­tanc­ing in-joke. This is a shame, be­cause while sev­eral of these rou­tines don’t come across as fully formed, es­pe­cially at the un­lim­ber­ing top of the show, Burns’ attacks on two of the cor­ner­stones of con­tem­po­rary stand-up – pae­dophilia gags and athe­ism – are in­vig­o­rat­ing, the lazi­ness of re­vert­ing to the stock bo­gey­man of the child mo­lester and the smug prej­u­dice of the ir­re­li­gious barked down in Burns’ inim­itable style, the the­is­tic mid­dle ground as­sumed as the de­fault po­si­tion of the de­cent.

Wo­ven through­out his more meta­phys­i­cal mus­ings, like sprin­klings of be­sot­ted star­dust, are glimpses of Burns’ feel­ings for his ex-girl­friend. And he more or less pulls the hour to­gether, with a lit­tle help from east­gate, with a touch­ingly fond fi­nale. Whether Love ‘n’ God ... is des­tined for ad­di­tional hon­ing or to re­main in a con­stant state of be­com­ing seems en­tirely down to the im­pul­sive Burns’ caprice.

JAy RIChARDSON

Un­til 30 Au­gust. To­day, 9:55pm

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