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Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Tom Binns in Ivan Brackenbury’s Hospital Radio Remix

Tom Binns

Genre: Character Stand up

Venue: Pleasance Courtyard


Low Down

2010 and Binns is back with the hilariously inappropriate and delightfully hapless hospital radio DJ that fringe goers have come to know and love.  In this show he presents the best bits of the 2007 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show, alongside some new material, and as a result is once again making audiences laugh so hard they might actually need to go to hospital.


Hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury has been around for a fair few fringes now, but it was only this year that I managed to catch him.  If you want to laugh, and I mean really laugh, then this is the show for you.  The gags come thick and fast, as Ivan takes the audience on a whistle-stop tour of patient shout-outs and pop dedications.

The word play spans from witty to gloriously painful, with Ivan singing along to famous hits to highlight the pay off.  I suspect to those who aren’t that well acquainted with pop music this show wouldn’t be quite as side-splittingly funny, but there is a skilful attempt to include everyone, as the laughter comes both with tears and in tiers, for those who can see the joke coming, those who get it when as it happens, and those who need a couple of moments.  Don’t get me wrong, you hardly need to be an expert as the kind of tunes Ivan plays are pretty well manifested in general subconscious, and no matter which category you fall into, one thing’s for sure:  you will laugh.

It seems that this could well be the last time that Ivan graces the Fringe as Binns has been working on his new character of Ian D. Montfort, so book your ticket now, or miss out!