Abigail Burdess (2 stars)

A sea of pointless creations

Abigail Burdess

Coming out in a wheelchair and disarming everybody with her offbeat chatter, Abigail Burdess shows it’s no big thing to break your foot if you’re a comedian. She warms up the audience with her quirky, wide-eyed observations and quotes from her grandmother, with everyone charmed and ready for the show to really begin. But when the show does swing into action, Burdess lambasts her audience with pointless, monotonous and just plain obnoxious characters exhibiting little or no wit or connection with reality.

Bungled, heinous accents fog the bizarre, baseless creations, as when she puts on a little hat and drones on in a goofball voice, pretending to be a Buddhist; or when she dons a colourful wig and becomes someone else with a silly voice. One thing Burdess does do well is the in-between banter, and a particular stand-out moment comes when she performs the Brit Rap entitled ‘It’s Just a Little Bit of British Patter’, but these inspired moments are lost in a sea of irrelevant, random, and boring characters, insipid commentary, and a very bizarre ending. (Carmody Wilson)

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 27 Aug, 6.50pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8).

Abigail Burdess

  • 2 stars

Character comedy from a face you may recognise as a sidekick on the last Mitchell & Webb tour. A disappointing array of shallow characters, punctuated by some witty banter. No children. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.


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