Inept hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackebury is the creation of Tom Binns a former breakfast radio host on London’s XFM as well as a comedian in his own right.
Inept hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury is the creation of Tom Binns, a former breakfast radio host on London’s XFM as well as a comedian in his own right.
As himself, Binns won the Jongleurs new act of the year, piloted his own chat show on Five called Tom Binns Munchies, and was one of the presenters on Channel 4 breakfast show RI:SE. He’s also appeared on Knowing Me Knowing Yule With Alan Partridge, Friday Night Armistice and Fist Of Fun as a comic actor.
He created Brackenbury relatively early in his career, and the character appeared on Radio 1, Virgin and GLR, before being rested as Binns developed his own radio career.
However, Brackenbury was resurrected for the Edinburgh Fringe 2007, where he was nominated for the comedy prize for the best show, and his roadshow, complete with inappropriate records and bungled cues, is now a regular fixture on the live circuit.Read more
“If laughter is the best medicine, Ivan Brackenbury should be a real hospital radio DJ. Ivan’s Hospital broadcast, Disease Hour, is the most deliciously enjoyable I’ve spent on the Fringe. His poorly judged dedications, like everything else in this chock-full show, come thick, fast and funny. And that pregnant pause, as we wait to hear which song Ivan selects for which ailment, gets more tantalising every time.”
THE GUARDIAN ★★★★
“I’ll let you go to the show and find out which patients and what ailments elicit the playing of Solid as a Rock, Secret Smile and the rather excellent Mary McGregor’s hit Torn Between Two Lovers and I am sure Joan Arkwright’s gynecological problem is all the better for Ivan’s thoughtful record choice. I laughed so much I nearly suffered the same thing. Special in every sense of the word. Wonderful, pitch-perfectly performed silliness from which you emerge still giggling.”
THE SCOTMAN ★★★★
“For simple laugh-’til you ache humour, Ivan Brackenbury is the hit of the Fringe”
THE EVENING STANDARD ★★★★
“_e whole room was in hysterics from the word go, endorphin-filled laughter indeed proving the best medicine. Brackenbury is absolutely utterly hilarious – I can’t recommend this enough. Go see it.”
THE AGE ★★★★
“laughs per minute the funniest show at the Fringe”
TIME OUT ★★★★
“Ivan’s prime gag is to play the least suitable records possible for the listeners to his Disease Hour. Binns just lets him get on with being brilliantly, beautifully bad. You’ll spend an hour glorying in the stupid ways we find to keep ourselves amused, and then you’ll leave, still chuckling at them.”
THE TIMES ★★★★