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Brendon Burns: Sober Not Clean review at Pleasance Dome

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The concluding part of the Burnsy vs Brendon trilogy, this was always going to be a comedy firework.

It is especially true because after the second instalment Burns suffered a mental breakdown and spent a month in the Priory clinic wrestling with his demons, struggling to bring his various addictions under control.

The result is not only a fascinating show but a more controlled and affable perfomer than the public previously knew. Sure, he still shouts a lot and, in his routines, makes a beeline for any animal genitalia. But there is more joy in Burns – and less genuine anger.

The original idea of examining the relationship between his stage persona and offstage personality was certainly made more interesting by his addiction to drink, drugs and sex.

This introspection, coupled with his problems, may have put Burns on the slope to temporary insanity. There can be no doubt his suffering was genuine and the trilogy has been a very public attempt to address it.

It has done the trick. The show was extremely funny and very moving, with a more balanced performer at its helm.

So who is the winner of Burnsy vs. Brendon? Both are – as Brendon Burns has found inner solace, they have agreed a truce.

Production Information

Pleasance Dome, August 2-28

Brendon Burns
Running time
1hr 20mins

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