Brendon Burns Hasn't Heard of You Either
Warm but scattershot hour of candid comedy
This article is from 2013.
Despite what you may have heard – about the loudness, the swearing, the inappropriate comments regarding disability – it’s hard not to warm to this older, perhaps slightly softened version of Brendon Burns. No longer the bullet-headed bull of old, he has a fuzzy grey halo of hair covering his head and chin, making him seem like more of a gregarious hobo than an aggressive challenger. He recognises certain audience members, greets them by name; there’s an air of camaraderie in the gig, and the overwhelming impression he gives off is of a man with his heart in the right place, even if his mouth is occasionally not.
The theme of the show – entitled Brendon Burns Hasn’t Heard of You Either – is all about self-effacement, with Burns candidly acknowledging the personal ‘quirks’ that have held him back over the years. He’s managed to whittle these down into a top five list, on which number three (‘I try to fit too many ideas into too small a space’) is probably the main weakness tonight. There’s a fair dose of audience engagement, an excerpt from his book, some justification (or remorse) for his more outlandish past comments, and one very successful bit of misdirection – but it all feels a bit scattershot.
Then again, that’s entirely the point of the show: Burns doesn’t care if you haven’t heard of him, if his politics or delivery aren’t your cup of tea. If you’ll forgive the old cliché, you simply have to take him as he comes: loud mouthed, sweary, opinionated and effortlessly engaging.