COMEDy BRENDON BURNS: y’kNOW – LOvE ‘N’ GOD ‘N’ METAPhySICS ‘N’ ShIT uDDerbelly’S PaSture (Venue 300) HHHHH
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.
Until 30 August. Today, 9:55pm