Royale welcome

Brendon Burns.
Brendon Burns.

WITH more than 40 comedic acts on the bill, local, national and international comedians could be considered the backbone of this year’s Freo Royale.

With a bunch of new names and a raft of big ones, including the Doug Anthony All Stars, Eddie Ifft and Arj Barker, Australian stand-up Brendon Burns finds himself on a jam-packed Fremantle program.

Having plied his trade on stage since the ‘90s, Burns said comedy was something he knew he wanted to do since he was nine, and he had an embarrassing tattoo to prove it.

“If stand-up didn’t exist I’d probably be homeless or extremely unsuited for any other level of employment anyway,” he said.

“Before stand-up comedy there must have been quite a few misfits unintentionally grossing people out in the public sector or wherever.”

He said he was genuinely looking forward to performing at Freo Royale, despite not always being truthful when asked that question in other towns.

“I get asked that a lot all over the world and you usually have to muster up an answer, when it’s just another town or a country you don’t know all that much about,” he said.

“But I love gigging in my home town and I have a shorthand rapport here naturally.”

For more information see the Gazette next week.