Cardinal Burns - In The Press

The bizarre creations of Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns have earned them cult status; now they're embarking on their first UK tour.

Written by Alice Jones. The Independent on Sunday, 28th September 2014

After the Rotherham abuse scandal, the sleazy taxi drivers in Cardinal Burns's sketch generate unease. What should comedians do when their material suddenly becomes sensitive?

Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 22nd September 2014

Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns wrote a sketch for this series where they played two horror writers, shut up in a room to finish a screenplay, who end up killing each other. They rejected it in the end but, watching this apocalyptic series-closing double bill, you can see where the idea came from. Episode five boasts a tale of festival-going gone wrong that could be by Shearsmith & Pemberton, while the finale gives a couple of long-running characters an icky end.

There are still great little gags popping up here and there, though. Look out for the ultimate "man sneaks away from a one-night stand" sketch.

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 28th May 2014

It's been a near-stellar run for Cardinal Burns, and they end the series with a double bill filled with regulars. The Office Flirts have to find new hunting grounds in the back streets of the city after being expelled from the office, Young Dreams' Rachel finds her inner Ellie Goulding, and airline pilots Malcolm and Geoff encounter variousproblems with the intercom. Paranormal investigators Phil and Jase pop off for a spa break, and Hashtag and Bukake are forced into defending their minicab firm from a rival company.

Bim Adewunmi, The Guardian, 28th May 2014

Channel 4's hit sketch comedy duo Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns get on the couch to psychoanalyse each other

Written by Cardinal Burns. The Guardian, 16th May 2014

Dustin Demri-Burns spends an almost uncomfortable amount of time as playfully stereotypical foreign characters as telly's most confident sketch duo continue swaggering about like the rudest kids in school. He's Le Rat, the French street artist who comes to Hadley Wood to visit his British counterpart Banksy ("Well, you've certainly brought the weather with you. Entrez, entrez!") but turns out to be a touch too anarchic for our man's taste.

That's a longform sketch that fulfils Cardinal Burn's brief of delivering miniature sitcoms - as does Demri-Burns' wicked turn as a fake karate sensei who just wants his young charge (Seb Cardinal, with fat suit and pre-pubescent screech) to do up his house. The performance of the night, though, comes from Cardinal, reimagining Daniel Day-Lewis as a gossiping ninny.

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 14th May 2014

Despite videos from the pair popping up from these two for years, their style is so refreshing, it's almost as if they've only just got started.

Written by Danny Walker. The Daily Mirror, 7th May 2014

Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns have more faith in their running characters than their one-off sketches. That seems a shame when, as we saw in the series opener, their one-offs can be world-beaters. The good news is, Cardinal Burns gives its regulars much more to do than simply repeating the same gag in a different setting: each sketch has its own mini-narrative.

In this episode, 70s-throwback minicab drivers Hashtag and Bukake are bewitched by a siren in a red dress, while a virile new temp comes between the office flirts. The biggest laugh? Rubbish lads Jonesy and Metcalfe arrange a stag night for their mate. "3-2-1, organised fun!"

Radio Times, 7th May 2014

It feels as if there's been a dearth of "silly for silliness's sake" sketch comedy recently, so thank heaven for Cardinal Burns. The duo have a wonderful way of inhabiting each and every character they portray, perhaps because they are fans of the tropes that they mock so expertly. This week has the remarkably camp paranormal investigators Jase and Phil (their "Ooh, stigmata!" is snortingly funny), while The Office Flirts are shaken up by a brash newcomer, and there's more from Hashtag and Bukake, two Turkish minicab drivers.

Bim Adewunmi, The Guardian, 7th May 2014

Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns's Cardinal Burns, on to a welcome return series, is still just a sketch show. Hit-and-miss, as even the best in this genre tend to be, but it was more former than latter: nudging a little near to the bone admittedly, but it's on at 10.30pm. The one where a post-office storage-depot worker has to collect a parcel from the bowels of what turns out to be an elaborate game of Crystal Maze was gleeful, and too long, which was its point, and I do hope this becomes a running gag about where people go when they're off collecting utterly simple stuff: your kettle from Argos (it's there! I can see it on the belt!), your x-rays from next door. Sinister watchmakers (as if there's any other kind) limping into the "back shop".

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 3rd May 2014

The superbly silly sketch duo are back with a second series of their Bafta-nominated Channel 4 show. So, who better to interview Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns than themselves?

Written by Ben Williams. Time Out, 1st May 2014

Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns get tone spot on in second series of sketch show.

Written by Will Dean. The Independent, 1st May 2014

It's a celebration of bravado over brainpower.

Written by Julian Hall. Chortle, 30th April 2014

Comedy really is the new rock 'n roll when it's by Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns. We talk to the duo as their raucous sketch show moves to C4.

Written by Jack Seale. Radio Times, 30th April 2014

A move from E4, where sketch duo Cardinal Burns's debut series was shown, to Channel 4 is a significant jump. A bigger budget (one presumes), a broader target demographic and the confidence of your employers should act as a fillip to performers; on the evidence of last night's opener to their second series, that confidence was well placed.

Written by Veronica Lee. The Arts Desk, 30th April 2014

This first episode made me laugh out loud several times. The funniest bit of all? A send-up of pretentious arty talk shows, such as Inside the Actors' Studio, but featuring an ordinary shop assistant as the guest - and hosted by a pseud called Maris Piper.

Written by Neil Midgley. The Daily Telegraph, 30th April 2014

This inspired comedy has grown up a little on its transfer from E4 to Channel 4 - but not much. It's still enjoyably puerile.

Written by Sam Wollaston. The Guardian, 30th April 2014

Digital Spy met the duo at a pub in North London to talk about going mainstream, having genitals stuck to their faces and what's so good about bad gigs...

Written by Frances Taylor. Digital Spy, 30th April 2014

They wear prosthetic penises as noses and turn Banksy into a suburban dullard. Brian Logan meets Cardinal Burns, the comedy duo bringing cinema values to the TV sketch show.

Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 30th April 2014

The breakout comedy hit of 2012 returns, switching from E4 to C4. Those who remember series one sketches such as the projectile-vomiting cops and the zombies who liked to eat unusual parts of the carcass might wonder if the big channel would tone Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns down.

There's nothing too shocking in the new series opener, and there'll be more focus on longer sketches with returning characters this year, but what counts is the feel, the tone. Cardinal Burns has a sexy physicality and an air of unpredictability that's in thrilling contrast to most sketch shows' carefully weighted observations.

They're given full rein here in the tales of two parodically direct office flirts, and a pair of Turkish minicab drivers starring in a Professionals-style erotic caper. At their best, the duo provoke not a polite titter, but a sudden guttural roar.

Cardinal Burns can do honed gems, too, though: sketch of the week features a brilliantly cruel Mark Cousins parody, earnestly interviewing a bog-standard office temp as if he were a megastar.

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 30th April 2014

Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns return for a second series of superior sketch comedy as Cardinal Burns. Turkish taxi drivers Bukake and Hashtag are a treat, taking on the 80s buddy action series mantle with aplomb. The rather super take on The Crystal Maze is also immensely pleasing, as is scripted-reality TV show spoof Young Dreams. Banksy is back too, and this time he's taking his stepson Daniel on a guerrilla graffiti mission to spray paint a burger on to a horse, providing a searing comment on the horsemeat scandal.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 30th April 2014

I think Cardinal Burns is a very strong sketch show, if not the strongest on telly at the moment, so it's great to see it move to Channel 4 for what I can safely say is a 'just as good' if not 'better' second series.

Written by Elliot Gonzalez. I Talk Telly, 26th April 2014

Cardinal Burns are a multi award-winning sketch and character duo consisting of Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns.

Written by Sara Shulman. Comedy Blogedy, 19th April 2014

Cardinal Burns reveal their sketch comedy secrets.

Written by Julian Hall. Chortle, 8th April 2014

Cardinal Burns have announced details of their first UK tour. The duo behind the E4 sketch show of the same name - Seb Cardina and Dustin Demri-Burns - will play 30 dates from September 8, kicking off at London's Soho Theatre.

Written by Tom Eames. Digital Spy, 7th April 2014

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