FROM Basil Fawlty to Alan Partridge to Borat, comedy grotesques have always been a staple of our entertainment diet, and Ian D Montford, Spirit Comedium, is a ready-made classic.
Outspoken DJ, actor and stand-up Tom Binns is letting Ian out on a short leash to play the Wednesday, launch of the Y So Serious comedy night at Swansea's YMCA in The Kingsway.
The comic gathering will have added squirm factor, welcoming the world's most inappropriate hospital radio DJ, Ivan Brackenbury, to the stage, with his Disease Hour show. Tom says watching an alter ego's creepiness work its magic on an audience always gives him a kick.
"He is a spoof spirit medium who people often think is just going to be funny but then they realise he can actually do psychic readings for real.
"I did see a few mediums when I was thinking about creating the character but then I found that Ian just took over. And having him talk about the spirit world in a North East accent adds a certain com- edy value — I don't know why."
Doors open at 7.30pm. Profits from the event will go to the YMCA.