character comedy at its best

Ian D Montfort
Ian D Montfort

The first Stagefright Comedy Club of 2014 at The Fishpond in Matlock Bath takes place on Wednesday, January 22.

On the bill for this eagerly-awaited stand-up comedy gig will be Ivan Brackenbury, Ian D Montfort, plus your regular host with the most, Anthony J Brown.

Described by Chris Evans as ‘a comedy genius’, Ivan Brackenbury (above left) is a truly bizarre and twisted comic creation from the Derbyshire comedian and actor Tom Binns, a hospital radio D.J with delusions of grandeur.

His live show has wowed punters at festivals all over the world and has created a frenzy at the Edinburgh Festival, where the show won the coveted Spirit Of The Fringe Award and was nominated for the If.comedy Best Show Award.

Ivan has appeared on his own show on Radio 2 along with spots on Breakfast TV, Radio 1, Virgin and GLR and Channel 4’s ‘4-Music’ as well as sold out solo shows at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre. He was also voted in the Top 50 most memorable gigs of the decade by the illustrious comedy website Chortle.

Comic spirit medium Ian D Montfort (pictured above right) will be performing material from his recent critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival show Unbelievable, and will be wowing the audience with his mind-blowing spirit medium skills after becoming one of the most talked-about cult hits of the festival.

He is a New Zealand Comedy Festival award winner and his own four-part Radio Two series Ian D Montfort Is Unbelievable was broadcast in February 2013.

Your regular compere is Anthony J Brown, described by The League Of Gentlemen’s Reece Shearsmith as “a truly unique performer.... superb”.

The Fishpond is based on South Parade in Matlock Bath.

Doors open at 7pm for an 8pm start. Admission is £6 in advance or £8 on the door. Call 01629 581 529.