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Composer, actor and pianist Tim Minchin lept into the British comedy scene in 2005, with his Perrier-best-newcomer-winning Edinburgh show Dark Side.
It was a show he had debuted at the Sydney Big Laugh Comedy Festival earlier that year, and performed to critical acclaim at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where it won the Festival Directors' Award.
His follow-up show, So Rock, was nominated for the Barry award for the most outstanding show in his native Melbourne in 2006 before returning to Edinburgh. That year he also appeared at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.
He performed his first show, Navel, in Australia in 2003 and was a Victoria state finalist in the Raw competition for new comedians the following year.
As an actor, he has played Amadeus in Peter Schaffer's play, and Hamlet, both for the Perth Theatre Company, and has appeared with the Australian Shakespeare Company.
Winner of the best music and variety act at the Chortle awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011, where his show with a full orchestra was also named best tour.
In 2010, he wrote the music for the Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda.
Tim Minchin in Winchester
OK, so Tim Minchin doesn’t really need another review at this point, but who would turn down the chance of witnessing him perform a one-off ‘greatest hits’ gig in an intimate, 400-seat theatre?
This show is for the Winchester Comedy Festival. But about four months late, as that event was back in October. Or eight months early for the next one, if you’re more of a forward thinker.
Minchin had to pull out last year, admitting now that he had a ‘substantially better offer’ to star as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. But he honours his commitments, so this date was rescheduled.
Judging by his physical condition, he’d have been justified in pulling this one too. He’s doped up on off-the-shelf medication (plus a couple of glasses of a robust red) to combat a bug that clearly leaves him befuddled. He stumbles over a couple of numbers, notably Thank You God, which demands clarity of diction in its tightly-packed lyrics, and oftenseems out of sorts.
But his vulnerability endears, and also leads to a couple of unique experiences... such as when a small audience disturbance throws him during the nine-minute beat poem Storm. Halting the piece renders the backing track useless – and he has to provide his own moody jazz background on the grand piano, which is a nice treat. But the lack of the recording robs him of his audio cues, and several times he loses his place - to be rescued by some dedicated (or scary) fans who know the work much better than he.
Other hits on the playlist included the autobiographical Rock N Roll Nerd, the catchy ear-worm Prejudice, the disturbingly honest and increasingly maniacal Lullaby, the misleading Cont and rock epic Dark Side – not to mention the newly re-topical Pope Song ‘to be retired on February 28’. As if.
Betwixt songs, his banter sometimes became meandering, but when he caused embarrassment for one teenage girl out with her parents, it may have mortifying for her, but it was highly amusing for the rest of us. Even when he falters, Minchin has a winning ‘forgive me’ grin that works a treat, that’s also deployed when he performs his more contentious material.
Even under the weather, Minchin makes for a compelling showman; and he must have been enjoying the show as much as the audience, for instead of the allocated 80 minutes, he actually ran for two hours, whatever the demands on his ailing throat. What a trooper.
|Date of live review: Thursday 14th Feb, '13|
Review by Steve Bennett
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Always hilarious and a lovely bloke too
I think Russell Brand may begin to have competion. Watch him on the Secrets Policeman's Ball. I didn't stop laughing.
Saw Tim at Bloomsbury Theatre on 6th September and he's absolutely amazing! Ended up buying both CDs after the gig and play them every day in the car. His song 'If I didn't have you,I'd have somebody else...' was genius and he played the old classics like canvas bags and rock and roll nerd.... He also has the added benefit of being bloody beautifuly hot! Definitely a must see!!
Seen Tim twice now at the Edinburgh Festival and think he is just amazing!
There aren't any words to descibe how utterly delicious this comedian is. Very very funny. Didn't put a foot wrong. Perfect.
Saw Tim at the brilliant 'Live at the Chapel' night at Union Chapel, London. I never anticipated laughing so much as I did during his set, even with it being a comedy gig. Touched by genius.
I went to see Tim at Darlington Arts Center in February 2007. His songs were excellent and the way he deals with encores is great. Recommended
Tim was on my "never seen" list. He is now firmly placed in my "see ever time" list. What an amazing show. Incredibly talented pianist, a formidable songwriter with a comic quirk like no other. Unmissable!
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Company had sought five-figure sum
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|Review: Tim Minchin in Jesus Christ Superstar
By Steve Bennett at the O2 Arena
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