- Brian Donaldson
- 21 August 2008
This article is from 2008.
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).