TIM VINE

Tim Vine: Punslinger: Bloomsbury Theatre, London, 2007
Tim Vine: Punslinger: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2008
Live at The Apollo (BBC TV Recording): Hammersmith Apollo, London, 2009
Tim Vine: The Joke-A-Motive: Bloomsbury Theatre, London, 2010
Tim Vine: The Joke-A-Motive: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2010
The Tim Vine Chatshow: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2011
Return of The Lumberjacks (Back By Popular Demand): Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 2012
The Tim Vine Chatshow: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2012
Roar With Laughter: Hammersmith Apollo, London, 2013
The Tim Vine Chatshow: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2013
Tim Vine: Timtiminee Tim Tim To You: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2014
Tim Vine: Sunset Milk Idiot: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2017
Banana Cabaret: The Bedford Arms, Balham, London, 2017
Always Be Comedy Online (2 shows): Online: 2020 

Tim Vine is one of the greatest pun tellers currently working in the comedy industry.  I have seen him perform live on stage many times over the years and he is always very entertaining and appeals to all.  He is at his best standing with a microphone rattling off numerous puns or singing a daft song with an elongated prop.  Vine experimented with the chatshow format from 2011 to 2013 where he interviewed members from the crowd and I sat and watched, I didn’t quite think it worked as well as he was on his own because it was dependant on the member of the audience being up for a laugh.

Vine releases the puns themselves at break- kneck speed, one after another in quick succession so much so that Vine holds the record for telling the most puns in one hour (499 in 2004). This technique works brilliantly as desperately tries to find laughs, there are nods to Ken Dodd and Tommy Cooper in his act as he always trying to nail a laugh.  The puns themselves can be very clever, extremely witty or downright poor causing an audience to groan but it is the way that Vine delivers the gags using loads of props, armed with a very funny comic face that really hits home and makes him someone special to watch.   I am always aching with laughter after watching a Tim Vine live stage show, he is one of the best at his craft.

Making his debut headlining Always Be Comedy, Vine delivered a phenomenally funny set of quick jokes, puns and one-liners which really entertained the audience.  His use of props to aid the jokes worked a treat and the comedy genius deserved the first ever online encore.  My sides were literally aching from laughing as he must have rattled through at least fifty great one-liners.

The pun master was a guest for the Always Be Comedy Online Christmas Charidee Special where once again gag after gag after gag in quick succession reduced the audience to tears of laughter.

Vine is quite simply one of the funniest people I have ever come across in my 46 years of watching comedy and I look forward to seeing him again really soon.

 

 

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