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Hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury will be taking to the stage at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea tonight.

Tom Binns, the man behind this comedy character, made his first television appearance on Knowing Me, Knowing Yule with Alan Partridge.

Slots followed on Friday Night Armistice and Fist of Fun.

More recently he’s been in Spooks and the IT Crowd.

He has written for numerous TV shows, including a sketch for Trigger Happy TV which made it into both the BBC and Channel 4 polls for best comedy moment and TV moment.

In 2007 he was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award and in 2010 was nominated for the Best Established Comedian at the Adelaide Fringe.

Tom was host of the XFM Breakfast show in London before being awarded the largest fine in European Broadcasting History. He was fired again from a radio show in 2009 after he interrupted the Queen’s Christmas message with jokes about the monarchy.

He wrote and starred in The Ivan Brackenbury Show on BBC Radio 2.

We found out what makes the comedian tick.

When did you first realise you were funny?

When I was sacked from a BBC newsroom for making my colleagues laugh just by reading a news report out about a gruesome murder.

What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?

Unemployed and behind with my mortgage.

Which three things make you laugh?

1. The exhalation of air from the lungs.

2. The epiglottis restricting the larynx.

3. The activation of the Ventromedical prefrontal cortex.

What’s your favourite one-liner?

Two nuns in the bath. One says ‘where’s the soap?’.

Who’s your hero?


See Tom as Ivan Brackenbury at the Wedge Comedy Club in Southsea tonight, where he’s appearing alongside Andy White and Tom Wrigglesworth, with compere Dinga. Tickets cost £8 on the door from 7.30pm or in advance from (023) 9286 3911 or