AN AUDIENCE was left high and dry in West Ealing last Friday night when an up and coming comedian left the venue halfway through his act.
Tom Binns vanished with little explanation during his headlining stint at the popular comedy night at The Drayton Court in West Ealing.
Mr Binns had already done a turn earlier that evening in character as Sunderland psychic Ian D Montford. He was due to appear as hospital DJ Ivan Brackenbury but failed to return after the interval.
After a 30 minute search of the venue, MC Phil Zimmerman performed in Mr Binns' absence.
Gazette reader Mark Percy said: "The gig ended early with around 20 club-goers leaving in disappointment. Binns later apologised for his absence in a garbled text saying he had 'been in a world of his own' and 'gone home'."
Responding via email, Mr Binns said: "First of all you can't say I sent a 'garbled text'. I still have a copy of the text I sent so I can prove it was clear, to the point and not misleading. Neither can you say I did a runner, which implies that I deliberately left the gig knowing that I should stay for a second spot.
"Advertised line-ups change all the time on the comedy circuit in London and everyone who requested a refund got one. The audience enjoyed a full Edinburgh preview and three other acts in a show that lasted more than two hours. If you need any more stories for your paper my flatmate spilt some coffee on his new jeans this morning and I'll be happy to pass on his contact details."
Mr Zimmerman said he had been contacted by Mr Binns, who apologised for his disappearance. He added: "He needn’t have worried. It was a great night and I think the format of the headliner disappearing into thin air worked so well that I may use it again in the future."