COMEDY REVIEW: Would you let this music DJ loose on your radio station?

The many faces of comedian Tom Binns who starred at South Holland Centre's Funhouse Comedy Club.
The many faces of comedian Tom Binns who starred at South Holland Centre's Funhouse Comedy Club.

Tom Binns (Ian D. Montford and Ivan Brackenbury), Funhouse Comedy Club, South Holland Centre, Spalding

This reviewer needs to declare an interest in character comedian Tom Binns right away, having volunteered at the commercial radio station in Birmingham where he worked 15 years ago.

Spoof hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury.

Spoof hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury.

So it was with great excitement and expectation that I went along to the last Funhouse Comedy Club of the season at South Holland Centre for a show where the Sheffield comedian almost had the stage all to himself.

In-between five to ten-minute spells of situational gags from stand-up compere Scott Bennett, Binns presented three of his outrageous characters to an intimate Spalding audience.

Firstly, there was suspect pseudo-psychic Ian D. Montford whose contact with dead celebrities was as reliable as the form last season of his native football club, Newcastle United.

Then we had the chance to see Tom himself, accompanied by an assortment of puppets in an act which came across as a mixture of The Royle Family, Outnumbered and Gogglebox.

But the highlight of the evening was inept hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury with his hilarious send up of a voluntary sector that has produced broadcasters, including Chris Moyles, Simon Mayo and Philip Schofield.

Review by Winston Brown