Brendon Burns & Colt Cabana
Enjoyable hour of wrestling-themed entertainment
This article is from 2013.
Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana Sit in a Fifty-Seater Around Midnight and Provide the Commentary to Bad Wrestling Matches is, as Burns quickly points out, not a misleading title. Aussie comedian Burns is right at home with his audience of Lycra-loving night owls, while pro-wrestler Cabana is a genial and knowledgeable guide to some of the further-flung corners of sports entertainment.
There’s a mix of everything: bemasked luchadores grappling in Mexico; OTT showmanship from the Hulk Hogan era; even a dramatically unbalanced bout between a wrestler and a kung fu-savvy nine-year-old girl. While Burns has a reputation for pushing the boundaries of taste somewhat, the banter flying here rarely strays from an atmosphere of blokey bonhomie, and audience members are welcomed to join the conversation. On this particular evening, it was also cheering to see that the odd audience members who had trouble staying awake so long after bedtime were not berated but treated with the same indulgent affection you might show a small child at a grown-ups’ cocktail party.
Will this show have any appeal for casual comedy fans who don’t enjoy wrestling? Absolutely not, but given the rise in wrestling-related comedy events in recent years – including a stand-up tour by Mick Foley and the comedians-vs-wrestlers extravaganza The Wrestling, in which Burns took part – there’s reason to believe that Burns and Cabana’s 50-seater should be reasonably full most nights.