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I’m sure we’re all used to growing the Fringe brochure and seeing shows with enigmatic titles which tell you nothing about the eventual content. If only there was a show that told you exactly what to expect before you even step in the room. Welcome to Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana Do Comedy and Commentary to Bad Wrestling Matches!

If you like the title, you’ll like the show.

In terms of material, the guys have a wealth to choose from. An acrobatic sport, requiring precise timing and where almost every moment is filmed, there are hours upon hours of ambitious but messed-up moves to laugh and wince at. Then there’s the promos - a bunch of performers who are definitely more renowned for their physicality than for their way with words, improvising threats to camera - a prospect doomed to fluffing. Finally, there’s the bizarre official marketing that the companies themselves have tried - from terrifying stipulation matches (‘Barbed Wire Electrified Dynamite Pool Double Hell Death Match’ anyone?) to cringeworthy merch opportunities.

Pretty much all are on show in this clip-show. We kick off with a mistimed-match featuring two 300-pound men acting as if poleaxed by blows whistling past them. We laugh at WWE stars Randy Orton and Vladimir Kozlov getting themselves awkwardly and painfully tangled in a table and the ring ropes respectively. We cringe at a massively-overhyped promo by bizarre Nineties characters the Nasty Boys, The Mountie and Repo Man (yeah, he’s a wrestling bailiff, obviously…), superstar Owen Hart threatening to ‘kick someone’s leg out of their leg’ and the hulking Sycho Sid admitting that, while he’s twice the man his opponent is, he’s got half the brains. We die inwardly at the horrendously-cheesy 80s video for Piledriver, title track of The Wrestling Album II.

Burns and Cabana are an excellent choice to lampoon these ridiculous moments (ably aided by Ari Schaeffer). Out of his mind on Monster energy drink, Burns is his usual loud, abrasive character, tearing into the acts on show while Cabana, as an experienced and talented wrestler still working today, has the authority to criticise the botches on show.

Cabana says, in a state of slight bewilderment, that they’ve yet to get less than four stars for this show and I can see why. Basic in structure, simple in premise and ad-hoc in execution, it nonetheless does exactly what it says on the tin and does it very well. As you might expect from a show starting at 10.45pm, your enjoyment will be aided by a few drinks as a well as a basic knowledge of wrestling but this is essentially fans entertaining fans - if you like the title, you’ll like the show.


3rd Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
4th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
5th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
6th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
7th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
8th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
9th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
10th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
11th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
12th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
13th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
14th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
16th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
17th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
18th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
19th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
20th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
21st Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
22nd Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
23rd Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
24th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
25th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
26th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
27th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square
28th Aug 201610:45pmPleasance Dome
Potterow, 1 Bristo Square

The Blurb

Brendon Burns (Perrier Award winner) and Colt Cabana (WWE and BBC Fight Club) embody the spirit of the Fringe. There's nothing else like this. Returning for a fourth year, together they sit and watch wrestling... and it's amazing! Little people, bears, intergender, bloopers and more. Special guest comics, a different show every night. 'One of the funniest late night shows around' **** (Skinny). 'A great show for anyone who has ever enjoyed the incomparable delights of spandex-clad men badly imitating rock stars' (BroadwayWorld.com). www.coltcabana.com www.thebrendonburnsshow.com

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Twitter
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Company Type
Professional company
No. of Performers
2


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