Ivan Brackenbury (3 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Ivan Brackenbury

Ill-advised gags in the Disease Hour

Fresh from a triumphant Fringe 07 which included an if.comeddie nomination and a string of rave reviews, Chesterfield and North Derbyshire’s foot-in-mouth specialist hospital DJ is back. And in a seasonal twist, he’s turning August into Christmas-time as his numerous ailing listeners tune in for some festive cheer. For anyone who has caught Ivan Brackenbury before, it’s a familiar story as he clashes with authority, plays massively inappropriate songs (‘Sit Down’ for those with piles, ‘Last Christmas’ for a dying child) while dancing around like a fool and tries to avoid on-air wind-ups for fear of losing his livelihood. If this is your first taste of his Disease Hour, then a twisted treat is in store.

The man behind the little ‘tache and the big specs, Tom Binns, has undoubtedly created one of the finest and fully-developed Fringe characters since Al Murray pulled his last pint here. A packed hour of sick gags for those in the rudest of health.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 4.45pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8–£9).

Ivan Brackenbury

  • 3 stars

Another trip to the world of hospital radio with the character creation of Tom Binns. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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