I went to see Ivan Brackenbury at The Stand comedy club on St Patrick’s Day.
I first saw Ivan at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007 when he was an Intelligent Finance Comedy Award nominee (formerly Perrier awards)
His comedy is new and refreshing and to my knowledge no-one else does this kind of show. Ivan is a hospital radio DJ and plays music requests to in-patients. I really can’t give an example without ruining the jokes if you were to see him, but he chooses a patient with a particular ailment and then plays a snippet of the most unappropriate song / lyrics.
It really is orginal and although some of the subjects are a little ‘out there’ it’s great that the act is not spoilt with unecessary swearing, in fact, he doesn’t swear at all, it is hospital radio after all.
He uses old style jingles that used to be on radio in the 70s / 80s and has had celebrities including David Hasselhof do a voiceover for his show saying “you’re listening to Ivan Brackenbury’s disease hour on hospital radio” Some of the names involved are quite impressive, but they obviously have no idea he is a spoof DJ.
The whole audience was in fits of laughter and his set was over all too soon. There was a bonus question and answer session with the host Bruce Devlin which let us see the softer side of Ivan and he took questions from the audience.