Brendon Burns: Not for Everyone, Pleasance, Cavern, Edinburgh

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As much an Edinburgh commonplace as promises to eat properly and walk more, Brendon Burns's shows are never dull, whatever your opinion of this shameless and noisy Aussie.

As much an Edinburgh commonplace as promises to eat properly and walk more, Brendon Burns's shows are never dull, whatever your opinion of this shameless and noisy Aussie. This performance ended in mild chaos as a heckler failed to take the hint even after the comic persuaded the rest of the crowd to empty their glasses and hurl them at the miscreant. Clearly one should never accuse a stand-up of merely "reading the script in their head."

Burns has traded on his abrasive nature for years. He brooks no argument, so the audience have to go with him or walk. Yet even he's starting to mature, ruefully admitting that his distaste for Dubya Bush doesn't extend as far as even being polite about those who marched against the Iraq war, an admittance of his sense of impotence in the face of the big battalions. Personally I like him, partly because I don't believe a word of his bad-guy act, and partly because he loves to hide his comedic skills behind that rough exterior. Watching someone age gracelessly is a good way to spend an hour.

Venue X, 7.20pm (1hr) to 25 Aug (0131-556 6550)

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