Tim Key

Tim Key

Date of birth: 02-09-1976
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.

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Tim Key reveals cancer scare

After a fan spotted a lesion on his leg

Tim Key has revealed that he got treatment for cancer - thanks to an eagle-eyed fan who watched him perform in shorts.

A doctor in one of the comedian's tour shows in 2018 spotted a lesion on his leg, and got in touch with his agent to suggest  he get it seen to.

The Witchfinder star duly went to a specialist, who said it needed to be cut out that day,

Recalling the appointment on Adam Buxton's podcast, Key said: 'I said, "Can we do it on Monday because I need to go to Norwich?". I was rattled. Norwich was the last date of the tour. I thought, well I'll finish the tour, then and off it comes."

He got it removed under local anaesthetic, but at a follow-up appointment was told doctorswould need to do another surgical removal.

'They were looking to see if it was a melanoma,' Key recalled. 'They said I should go in with a pal so I went in with Alex Horne. I think it's because they were going to tell me I've got cancer. He's perfect for that because he has a good sense of humour."

'The specialist said it was malignant, and it's an interesting thing to hear. You are thinking, "I hope I'm not in danger and it's not a nice phone call to your parents". Anyway it was all fine, but then I did go to Edinburgh and I think I was slightly rattled.'

He then had to undergo a course of medication, including oral chemotherapy, for a year. 'That was the bit that fried my head the most,' he revealed.

And after that, he was given the all-clear.

'I felt very fortunate in the grand scheme of things because it's a broad church cancer and mine looked very survivable,' he said, adding he last had a check-up just before Christmas and was told he was 'good for a year'.

'The doctor calls me "boss".' Key added. 'It doesn't make it worth it if that's what you are asking, but it adds the shine on to it. I'd hate to find out she is doing it to other people.'

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Published: 30 Apr 2022

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2001

Far Too Happy

Edinburgh Fringe 2006


Edinburgh Fringe 2009


Tim Key: The Slutcracker

Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Tim Key: The Slutcracker [2010]

Edinburgh Fringe 2011

Tim Key: Masterslut

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Tim Key: Single White Slut

Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Tim Key: Work-in-Slutgress

Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Tim Key: Work in Progress

Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Tim Key: Megadate

Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Tim Key

Edinburgh Fringe 2022

Tim Key: Mulberry

Tim Key: Mulberry




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