TOM BINNS - Ian D. Montfort vs. Ivan Brackenbury

Q Theatre Loft, 305 Queen St, Auckland

05/05/2015 - 09/05/2015

NZ International Comedy Festival 2015

Production Details

Witness the ultimate comedy smackdown. Punchlines will be thrown in a clash of the comic titans. See Britain’s top psychic comedium Ian D. Montfort versus Ivan Brackenbury, the eternally insensitive hospital radio DJ. With support from stand-up heavyweight Tom Binns. Ian D. Montfort and Ivan Brackenbury were both favourites when they featured in Le Comique.

Winner – Best International Show 2013, NZICF

Three award-winning acts for the price of one.

A uniquely brilliant hour of comedy” – 5 Stars, Telegraph, UK


Auckland Dates: Tue 5 May – Sat 9 May, 7.15pm

Loft at Q Theatre, Auckland


Adults $27.00
Conc. $22.00
Groups 8+ $23.00* service fees may apply

Bookings: 09 309 9771

Wellington Dates: Mon 11 – Sat 16 May, 7pm

San Fran, Wellington


Adults $27.00
Conc. $22.00
Groups 8+ $23.00* service fees may apply


0800 TICKETEK (842 538)

Stand-up comedy , Comedy ,

1 hour

Magic and medicine

Review by Nik Smythe 06th May 2015

Kicking off tonight’s double bill, mental psychic Ian D Montfort makes a welcome return to the Q Loft stage.  He’s had a few pies since a couple of years ago, and sports a vaguely Eastern-mystical sort of gown to supplement his laissez-faire demeanour as he systematically impresses, perplexes and insults us. 

The magical element is a very basic mind-reading trick “and potentially some relationship guidance”. He simply gets audience members to select random playing cards and guesses what they are.  Guaranteed to leave enough patrons scratching their heads that he could feasibly run a tidy trade in anti-dandruff shampoo on the side.

That’s almost sort of like a joke he might make along the way, except his would be much funnier and slightly more socially inappropriate.  The humour is, of course, the real entertainment, and Montfort delivers in spades, clubs, diamonds and hearts with his extensive repertoire of backhanded complements, subverted anecdotes and twisted turns of phrase.

Surprise extra guest, comedian Tom Binns bridges the two headliners, supposedly to give one time to change into the other: recently returned to stand-up following a hiatus caring for his ailing father, who joins him on stage for a chuckle-heavy ventriloquist act.  Covering a range of stroke, OCD, dyslexia and of course puppetry jokes, they conclude their brief set with a surprise rousing duet from a certain major musical drama.

The final act of the hour, DJ Ivan Brackenbury presents his landmark hospital radio show The Disease Hour – sponsored by KY Jelly! – live from on stage in front of us.  In his cap and glasses and hospital-radio branded t-shirt, Ivan’s wholesomely cheery ‘professional’ manner does little to belie the fact he’s clearly a bit slow, squirming and stammering like a four year-old. 

Dropping in a few celebrity soundbite-stings, some genuine I believe, among numerous dedications and requests from inpatients and their loved ones, his captivated listenership is also kept appraised of the latest in-house news.  Naturally the chief purpose of it all is the shameless exploitation of myriad pop lyrics, to demonstrate how their meaning can alter radically with a cheeky shift to a health-issues type context.

To summarise: Tom Binns’ one-man triple-header combines a healthy measure of mystical wonder with a generous dose of the best medicine.


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