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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Sky makes the new Shameless

Working-class comedy in the pipeline

Sky is to make a new working-class comedy starring This Is England’s Joe Gilgun, Ripper Street’s Damien Molony and Our Girl’s Michelle Keegan.

In Brassic, Molony plays Dylan, who has to decide whether to leave his Lancashire hometown of Chorley after his girlfriend Erin (Keegan) moves away, or stick around with his best mate Vinnie (Gilgun), who has bipolar disorder.

They are part of a gang that includes a champion kebab eater, a sex-crazed playboy and a stolen car dealer, all of whom scrape a living by dubious means.

Tim Key, Tom Hanson, Aaron Hefferman, Ryan Sampson, Parth Thakerar also star in the show, which is made by Calamity Films and expected to air next year.

Shooting starts on the show – which has already been likened to Shameless – next month.

It has been co-created by Gilgun, pictured, and writer Danny Brocklehurst, who has worked on Shameless and  Netflix’s thriller Safe.

Sky’s head of  comedy Jon Mountague said it was an ‘authentic’ and ‘hilarious’ show, with ‘fantastic scripts complemented by an amazing cast’. He added: ‘Brassic is really different – sometimes raw, often remarkable, and always human.

Gilgun said, "I’m truly humbled by the opportunity. We’ve got an amazing team of creators and watching it all take form has been very moving. Bipolar is a big part of my life. We want to show that you can have mental health issues and in some cases live a productive, exciting life, full of adventure.’

Brocklehurst added: ‘This is a passion project for Joe and myself and we have collaborated every step of the way to create an outrageous, funny, stylistically bold show that brings to life a rarely seen northern working-class world. This is a big-hearted show about life at the sharp end of modern Britain.’

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Published: 21 Aug 2018

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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




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