Cardinal Burns (3 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Cardinal Burns

Turkish delights amid the prop failure

If there’s one thing you can be certain of from sketch duo Cardinal Burns, it’s a clean show. Not that there aren’t moments of splendid filth and degradation, but the opening sequence of an ironing, pampering and spraying duo fills the sweaty air with deep wafts of fragrance. Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns were two thirds of the acclaimed Fat Tongue troupe, but the loss of the female hasn’t dampened their exuberance.

As each sketch gets played out with such vim and verve, even the failure of a prop or the collapse of a wig only seems to boost the charm which they exude – and the crowd never fail to adore them. Just about keeping their own giggles inside simply adds fuel to our own mirth and the blurping of a mobile early on ladles sympathy on our heroes as their concentration levels momentarily subside. Their Turkish cabbies spoofing a Kings of Leon track acts as a joyous finale with plenty delights appearing beforehand.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug (not 17), 5.45pm, £8–£9 (£6.50–£7.50).

Cardinal Burns

  • 3 stars

Favourites on the UK live comedy circuit and two thirds of if.comedy nominees Fat Tongue. 'The most original sketch act around' (Times), Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns, return to Edinburgh with their hotly anticipated show for 2009.

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