Brendon Burns (comedian)
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Brendon Burns (born 19 April 1971) is an Australian stand-up comedian and author who mostly performs in the UK. He is known for his boisterous stage presence and controversial material. In late 2012 he was diagnosed as having partial hearing, prompting the authorship of his currently toured show, "Brendon Burns Hasn't Heard of You Either"
Burns' television career began, alongside Sacha Baron Cohen and Ricky Gervais, as a performer on Channel 4's late-night spontaneous comedy show The 11 O'Clock Show. He has subsequently appeared as a presenter on the ITV show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! NOW!, (walking off after just three shows). Furthermore, he was the conductor of masterclasses in stand-up (again on ITV). He has also appeared on ITV2's Comedy Cuts.
His live solo shows are where he has forged a reputation, with six live CDs to his name. He has also performed at Montreal and South African comedy festivals.
He first appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1996, hosting The Comedy Zone showcase of new acts, and performing in his debut solo show 6pm Time To Get Up For Work. He has returned to the Fringe every year since, except for 1999, and in 2007 won its top prize, the if.comedy award for his show So I Suppose This Is Offensive Now at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Also at the 2007 Fringe, Brendon Burns appeared alongside Adam Hills and Sammy J in a stage version of Breaker Morant by The Comedians' Theatre Company directed by Phil Nichol.
A trilogy, Burnsy versus Brendon, which ran at Edinburgh in 2004, 2005 and 2006, examined his own life – culminating in his mental breakdown and drinks and drugs rehabilitation at the Priory.
Brendon released his first semi-autobiographical novel, "Fear of Hat Loss in Las Vegas" with Transworld publishing in August 2010.
In 2014 Burns began his own podcast - The Brendon Burns Show. A mix of interviews and stand up as he travels around the World. A notable highlight including a travelogue series with his son Luke as they race across the Australian outback.
Burns' Live recordings include:
- Buckets and Sulphur (CD)
- Misspent Childhood (CD)
- Not for Everyone (CD)
- Brendon vs Burnsy (CD and Vinyl)
- All My Love All My Rage (CD)
- Sober not Clean (CD and DVD are different shows)
- So I suppose THIS is offensive now (DVD)
- The Thinking Man's Idiot (CD)
- You Know, Love n God n Metaphysics n Shit (Digital Download and DVD)
In April 2013 he released his first US comedy album, "Pompously Lecturing Americans", on Stand Up Records.
Burns is a big fan of professional wrestling, in particular WWE. Burns also appeared as a guest on Colt Cabana's podcast show "The Art of Wrestling", cracking jokes and ranting on about The Great Khali. In February 2013 Burns toured Australia with WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley with stand up comedy with his material based on the WWE.
- "'Edgy' Burns wins top comedy gong". BBC. 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2007-08-26.