Sketch duo Cardinal Burns make a welcome return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This article is from 2014

Cardinal Burns

Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns, having garnered telly success, are coming back to the live comedy stage

It was way back in the dry sands of historical time, 2009 to be precise, that Cardinal Burns first made their way into the public’s psyche. Their 2009 show in the titchy Pleasance Attic (where everyone from the little known Katy Wix, Anna Crilly and Michael McIntyre had all trodden before them) was the moment where big things began to happen for Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns. We said this about their frenetic show: ‘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.’

Initially, the pair were part of acclaimed trio Fat Tongue (it’s strange / intriguing to note how much more successful some sketchy acts become when they shed a member: The Pin and Pappy’s for two) but slimming to a duo has done them little harm. Their eponymously-titled E4 show broadened their appeal (at first to include everyone who watched E4) before being given a leg-up to C4 status.

For those fans making the journey to the Pleasance Courtyard, we hope they are rewarded with the likes of the Office Flirts, fashion interns Olivia and Yumi, Turkish minicab drivers Hashtag and Bukake, and music festival stewards Bert and Moon. Or they may have ditched the aforementioned to create a whole set of new characters. All will be revealed.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 15–23 Aug (not 18), 10pm, £12–£13 (£11–£12).

Cardinal Burns

The successful sketch troupe (two of which were in the celebrated Fat Tongue) show off their surreal sketchiness.