Burnistoun Live at the Fringe

For many Rab Florence and Ian Connell are the unsung heroes of Scottish comedy. Burnistoun is the last great Scottish sketch show from the days where BBC TV still seemed interested in making comedy. So, it is definitely a treat to get to see them in the flesh.

If you are looking for some great sketch comedy with a Scottish sensibility then you’ll want to get yourself a ticket.​

Thankfully all the sketches are new, rather than just a best-of from the three seasons of the TV show. Some fan favourites are joined by a host of new characters. Although not family friendly, the sketches are not as dark or outré as they have been in the past, which is fine, but if you are hoping for one of their odd sketches that sticks in your head for days, it’s not to be found in this show.

The strength of the ideas vary, so do the quality of the sketches but there is always one belter of a line in each segment making it worth the time they have committed. 

The duo are joined by Caitlin Thorburn and Louise Stewart although they don’t get a lot to do they are utilised well. There s plenty of ad libbing throughout that helps cement the idea that they are having fun bringing the odd characters of Burnistoun to a live venue.

For Burnistoun fans this a must see as this might be your only chance to see these sketches. Otherwise if you are looking for some great sketch comedy with a Scottish sensibility then you’ll want to get yourself a ticket.

Reviews by James W. Woe

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The Blurb

After selling out the Glasgow Comedy Festival show at the King's Theatre in under an hour, the BBC Scotland sketch show Burnistoun is coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! Iain Connell and Robert Florence invite you on a trip to Scotland's favourite city, home of Jolly Boy John, quality polis McGregor and Toshan and internationally renowned voice recognition lifts. Get ready to have your eardrums ruptured as the shoutiest show on TV finally arrives in this 'touristy place' then up eh road!