Review and interview by Kieran Eaton
*Listen to our interview with this double act below. *
Brendon Burns and Craig Quartermaine (both original Perthies) have two unique backgrounds that they want to bring together. Brendon Burns and Craig Quartermaine: Race Off gives these two stand-up comedians the opportunity to riff off each other about a subject they both feel is important: race.
Both comics worry about how Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians don’t understand each other. They also feel that race has become a political hot potato that rather than instead of coming together, it appears to be all about ‘good will gestures.’ Burns, coming from a Non-Indigenous background has been living in the UK for about 20 years has always gotten angry at people feeling racially superior because we are all human and all need to be accountable equally. Quartmaine, the junior in terms of age and comedy experience wants to be a positive influence for the Indigenous community but not in a tokenistic manner. This unique pair, cleverly discuss what it means to be Australian and the future for racial harmony in a country Burns would describe as doing a lot of ‘naval gazing.’
Burns opens with a monologue that breaks any tension that may be in the crowd with solid-gold humour. He knows that some people in the audience don’t want to challenge their perception of Australia and this is reinforced when he brings on Quartermaine with joy to see him destroy the crowd with incisive material that can’t be disputed. This duo’s exceptionally punchy ideas will blow your mind.
Brendon Burn and Craig Quartermaine: Race Off is a once in a life time show that if you miss you may not forgive yourself. It’s thoughtful and funny, the ultimate combination.
When: 1st – 5th February 2017 | 7:00pm
Where: Gelo at Piazza Hut | Northbridge | PERTH
Tickets: $21 – 26
Info: Duration 60 minutes | WA Artist | Recommended 18+
**Interview with Brendon Burns and Craig Quartermaine**