5th June 2011 – EDINBURGH PREVIEW: Justin Moorhouse & Ian D Montfort

Justin Moorhouse’s exuberant, larger than life personality and cheeky northern charm have built him a reputation as one of the brightest stars on the British comedy circuit. He has supported such stand-up luminaries as Jimmy Carr and Peter Kay, as well as playing to sell out audiences with his own solo shows.

On TV screens, Justin is most recognisable as Young Kenny in the hugely successful, award-winning ‘Phoenix Nights’.  He spent the whole of the second series with his face painted as a tiger and also made a brief appearance in the spin-of series ‘Max & Paddy’s Road To Nowhere’.

 

After the huge success of hospital DJ Ivan Brackenbury, Tom Binns returns with his new character, Ian D Montfort the Sunderland Psychic.

Montfort is set up as a charlatan immediately, stumbling upon the obvious, making basic mistakes and channelling only celebrities with the help of his spirit guide Jeff. Psychics are an easy target but Montfort is at least as charming as he is dubious.

Once a comfortable scepticism has been established, however, he surprises everyone by going on to display some seemingly real feats of psychic perception. The knowing sneers give way to a less sure reaction, even some genuine wonder. That the show delivers a bit of magic in the mix is the genius twist here, playing with what the audience expect and how they want to react.

‘Pick of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Sleeper Hit of the Festival’ (Sunday Age); ‘The whole room was in hysterics from the word go, endorphin-filled laughter indeed proving the best medicine. Brackenbury is absolutely utterly hilarious— I can’t recommend this enough. Go see it’ **** (Age).