The creation of Tom Binns, the character comedian behind inept hospital DJ Ivan Brackenbury – Ian D Montfort is a psychic from Sunderland, who made his debut at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe.
Tom combines the 'cold reading' trickery of stage mediums with comic patter to debunk their techniques. He made the radio series Ian D Montfort is Unbelievable for Radio 2 in 2013.
Tom is the star and co-writer of the BBC 1 Friday Night Comedy Show Hospital People, featuring Ian D Montfort as the Hospital Porter and Psychic Healer, along with Hospital Radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury and a few other characters.
'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 Montfort, a gloriously deadpan pseudo-psychic. His show – Touching The Dead begins with laughable attempts to work the audience 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 *****