Best of The Fest: Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 2008
Ivan Brackenbury’s All New Hospital Radio Show: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2009
Best of the Fest: Assembly on the Mound, Edinburgh, 2011
Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe 25th Anniversary Gala: Assembly George Square, Edinburgh, 2016
Ivan Brackenbury’s 10th Anniversary Party with Tom Binns, Ian D Montford and Friends: Assembly George Square Studios, Edinburgh, 2017
Tom Binns is a character comedian who I have seen many times at the Edinburgh Fringe. One of Binn’s recurring characters is Ian D Montford and the character delights in skewering professional spiritualists – whose careers are built on a mix of technical jiggery pokery and close-up magic. The audience were enthralled and amused every time he transformed into the individual and performed a routine on stage.
Perhaps Binn’s greatest creation though is Ivan Brackenbury who should be a real hospital radio DJ – rather than the spoof one. Brackenbury’s Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Hospital broadcast is called Disease Hour and is a cheap, obvious and brilliant agglomeration of cheesy DJ cliches, mannerisms and hilariously inappropriate tunes dedicated to the sick and the wounded. This joke routine has worked brilliantly every time I have seen Brackenbury and always reduces me to tears of laughter. Indeed at the 2017 Fringe when I attended his 10th Anniversary Party, the audience heard the opening line to Love Is All Around by Wet Wet Wet which is I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes… before the inept DJ jumped in with the words: This is for Richard who unfortunately suffers from gout! This is a great joke but little did Binns know that I do indeed experience attacks of gout from time to time so I recognised the situation instantly and produced a very loud laugh.