The 1 Like Fish
Topping & Butch
Two Episodes Of MASH
From his album Tim Key. With A String Quartet. On A Boat
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|We Need Answers: Ian McMilland|
|We Need Answers: French Translation|
|No More Women|
|Alex Horne and Tim Key|
Tim Key won the 2009 Edinburgh Comedy Award for his show, The Slutcracker, a mix of poetry, unconventional stand-up and film. And in 2012, Masterslut won best show atthe Chortle Awards.
A former member of the Cambridge Footlights, he first came to the Fringe with their 2001 Edinburgh show Far Too Happy, which also starred Mark Watson and was nominated for the Perrier award for best newcomer.
He also featured in Alex Horne's best-newcomer nominated Making Fish Laugh in 2003, and is part of the four-man sketch troupe Cowards. His solo Edinburgh debut came in 2004, with the tragic one-man comedy play Luke & Stella, which was made into a Radio 4 series called All Bar Luke.
His poetry has also feature on Radio 4’s Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better and Charlie Brooker's Newswipe.
Tim Key at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill
‘Anti-comic’ Tim Key kicks off with three words to strike dread into an audience’s heart: ‘Yes, it’s poetry’.
Looking shambolically louche, he pronounces his disjointed sentences to dubious backing tracks, requiring weary dialogue with the unseen, unheard sound technician.
Anyone expecting poems that rhyme, scan or even finish properly might be disappointed, the device mainly exists to give him reason to put awkward pauses and notebook-shuffling into the distracted, hesitant act, adding to the haphazard feeling. The subjects of his verses are suitably obtuse: one, for example, being little more than a list of animals he thinks he can fit into.
It’s an act that’s deliberately unsettling, sporadically very funny, thanks to some sly, smart gags, and sporadically very odd – but designed to be an antidote to slick stand-ups.
|Date of live review: Friday 10th Jul, '09|
Review by Steve Bennett
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Great if you like your comedy with a stick up its arse. pretentious to the nth degree and moreover - not funny at all... Comedy for people who think they are smart but aren't really...
As someone who hates the way the word is used for any talentless tosser these days I think he is a genius. No really I do.
The highlight of my Edinburgh this year, especially at the Horne section where he was off his tit's, hilarious and i think i might be a tiny bit in love with him now. I just love the way he delivers his poems.
The emperor has no clothes - darling of the twitterati, his sub-Chris-Morris-Blue-Jam monologues and poems seem cynical.
Seen him a few times, and every single time he's been nothing less than brilliant. I'm so pleased for him winning the main Edinburgh award this year, and I'm equally pleased that We Need Answers has been recommissioned.
Absolutely wonderful. Should definitely be up for the big one this year, and if not, then should at least be a dead cert for the next poet laureate.
Alan Partridge: Mid Morning Matters
Instructions, Guidelines, Tuteledge, Suggestions, Other Suggestions, and Examples Etc, by Tim Key
Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better Series 2
Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better
Series one of his radio show
Far Too Happy
Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Edinburgh Fringe 2007
Tim Key: The Slut in the Hut
We Need Answers: The Inaugural Festival Challenge Cup
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
We Need Answers 
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Tim Key: The Slutcracker
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Tim Key: The Slutcracker 
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Tim Key: Masterslut
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Horne and Key and ...
Tim Key: Masterslut