After arriving on stage to bright lights and the sound of pounding rock music, Brendon Burns calls himself a middle-aged ex-rock-star, in a show which focuses on how, at age forty, the partying, hard-living days are behind him. Burns is one of the best storytellers you will see; pacing loudly around the stage and gesticulating madly, he has the audience in the palm of his hand. His stories flow, his language is very eloquent, and he also offers some genuinely sentimental moments. But, there isn’t time to get too mushy, as his frank and honest opinions on everything from his father’s new wife to Masterchef are belly-shakingly funny. Middle-aged perhaps, but certainly still a bit of a rock-star.
Pleasance Dome, 3-22 August (not 14), 10.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Anna McDonald]