Specs Comedy - July 2017

IVAN BRACKENBURY

He's bonkers! Ivan Brackenbury's fantastic 'Hospital Radio Roadshow', complete with inappropriate records and bungled cues, is now a regular fixture on the live circuit. A daft, inept yet adorable radio DJ takes you on a hilarious broadcasting journey. This is a unique, wonderfully brilliant show, guaranteed to make you cry with laughter. The show took the highest accolade at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where The Times comedy critic declared it ‘the funniest show at the Fringe’.

 

Ivan’s outside broadcast for the patients of a hospital radio station captures all the fun and excitement you’d expect from being in hospital, with games, give aways, patients requests and his special blend of music and chat. Wickedly funny.

 

"Audiences are laughing their heads off" - Metro

"Deliciously enjoyable" - The Guardian

 “Barrage of cracking jokes”   Daily Telegraph           

“Audience of the verge of being hospitalised with laughter”  Independent On Sunday 

IAN D MONTFORT

Another amazing character brought to you by Tom Binns the star and co-writer of the BBC 1 Friday Night Comedy Series Hospital People.

 

"Ian D Montfort, is a spookily skilful, wonderfully observed and hysterically funny character who contacts dead celebrities with incredible results. A monster hit at the Edinburgh Fringe" TIME OUT LONDON

“Ian D Montford, a gloriously deadpan pseudo-psychic. His show – Touching the Dead begins with laughable attempts to work the audience and and then Binns starts unleashing faintly inexplicable clairvoyant revelations, leaving most of the room gasping with incredulity. So he can spoof it, and really ‘do it’”. TELEGRAPH

“Binns makes a triumphant return as the Sunderland psychic Ian D Montfort, mixing eerily good cold-reading skills with a joyful debunking of the genre” INDEPENDENT

"The character remains hilarious even as the tricks become remarkable. ­This is two shows for the price of one: pin-sharp character comedy and metaphysical magic to boot” GUARDIAN

“Th­e style of the act is genius –‑if it works, it’s impressive, if it doesn’t work, well it’s all part of the joke” CHORTLE

“Th­e show is a spectacular tour-de-force, showcasing Binns’ exceptional acting and comedic talent” FRINGE REVIEW '

"Psychic Ian D Montfort is, ‘a masterclass in improvisation, character comedy and mindreading" - Telegraph ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MARK PALMER

Before moving to the UK in 2012, Mark was known as the only 100% “clean” stand-up comic in SA. This landed him work with such notable companies as the Protea Hotel Group, Ford, iTouchSA and many more. Since being here in the UK; he’s become a mainstay on the comedy circuit, is a frequent entertainer on Royal Carribean cruise ships, he’s become a truly international comedian (Canada, Malta, Czech Republic, Belgium etc) and has worked for companies such as Tevo Ltd, Isabella International, All Things Media, FinancialForce.com etc. 

Year after year, Mark took a different solo show to Grahamstown National Arts Festival (their version of Edinburgh) with critical acclaim. With a comedic voice heavily influenced by Jerry Seinfeld, Mark’s ability to blend a theme or topic with one of today’s funniest comedy routines is unparalleled. His smart, sometimes loud and often opinionated brand of comedy has made him an audience favourite wherever he performs. As Jerry Seinfeld said, “Funny is funny. Clean humour, if it’s good, works anywhere.” It doesn’t matter that Mark Palmer happens to be clean. He’s funny. And funny is the thing that matters when you’re watching a comedian. And having a comedian that is both clean and funny is a rare thing. But you are thinking it must be difficult to work clean all the time, right? “Clean comedy is easy. Funny comedy is hard.” Mark is both.

"Mark Palmer is one of a rare breed of comedians: he can make you laugh without having to pepper his routine with expletives or venture too far below the belt. He’s great at slice-of-life comedy, and deftly gives a wide range of subjects a sharp nudge in the ribs…"

The Cape Times

"For 12 years Mark Palmer built up a reputation as one of South Africa’s most in demand comedians for three main reasons, being “Clean, classy and clever” "

Cape Argus

"The show is very tightly put together and had the audience in stitches with anecdotes regarding marriage, cell phones, and the boogie man just to name a few. A lovely build up leads to the revealing of the age-old mystery of chicken versus egg being finally resolved once and for all. Something that was a lovely public service announcement from the man and yet delivered with much humour was a tale regarding a blow up pillow."
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HERBIE ADAMS

Herbie got his start in comedy at just five years old, entertaining the customers in his mother’s hair salon in Cambridge, creating characters and enchanting the ladies trapped under the dryers. Since those formative and crucial years, he toured and recorded as a drummer/percussionist, with a diversity of original bands, some of which have since become household names. But it was during one particular life changing performance, whilst playing with a certain punky ska band... to a belting wave of laughter... he fell off the drum riser. Finally becoming a full-time comedian in his twenties, he wrote and performed his first one-man show. Since then, his appearances have taken him around the world (over 40 countries) and across the UK in radio, television, comedy clubs, universities, cruise ships, military shows, cabaret venues, pantomimes, touring shows, comedy festivals, music festivals and in theatre. Now with a mix of music, surreal characters, sharp one-liners and comedic observations, he's established himself as a popular headliner on the comedy circuit today. 

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An accomplished corporate performer and awards host, recent clients include O2, TUI and CHP Financial Consulting. Recent corporate venues include The Ivy, Soho House, The Corinthia, The Sheridan, Ascot and Twickenham Stadium. He Also performs a 'family friendly' comedy show for various leading entertainment suppliers including Disney and Nickelodeon. 

In 2014 Herbie established his very own comedy club brand 'Vicious Projector' Every show so far, has been a popular sell-out success. He is currently co-writing and developing a brand new TV sketch series.

 

 “Funny bones and inspired lunacy” The Stage