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Tim Minchin is an Australian musician, composer, songwriter, actor, comedian and writer. He has been performing his unique brand of musical comedy in front of appropriately excitable and ever-growing audiences since starting out in South Melbourne’s Butterfly Club in 2005. He won the Directors’ Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his break-out show "Darkside", and followed this later the same year with one of the most successful debut acts ever at the Edinburgh Fringe – winning the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer. Many more awards followed over the years, and without wanting to go on and on about it, he’s done some pretty successful live shows since then too, often in Australia or the UK, but also on the North American continent (yes that includes you too Canada). But not you Guatemala. Maybe one day.
His current songs span various musical styles and topics such as environmentalism, rationalism, prejudice(ism), logical fallacies(ism) and his amour de fromage et de boobs(ism). In fact, it would hardly be over the top to say that his love of boobs would be up there in the back of Plato’s cave in the bit that’s carved out for the most perfect and complete example of the love of boobs. But not in a weird way. He plays the piano, always nicely and oftentimes uproariously and excitingly, whilst looking wonderfully athletic in a pair of delightfully uncomfortable skinny jeans. As well as his grand piano and apparel befitting a style guru, Tim is joined onstage by his iconic dance moves, wildly teased hair, gently calmed eyebrows, natural aplomb and his enormous… sense of occasion.
Working with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Tim wrote the music and lyrics for Matilda The Musical. This adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic has been playing to packed and excited houses at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End since October 2011, winning great critical acclaim and a stack of awards, including a world record breaking seven Laurence Olivier awards. Matilda opened in Broadway’s Shubert Theatre in April 2013.
Having toured the UK theatres many times, Tim embarked on his first arena tour of the UK in December 2010, joined by the 55-piece Heritage Orchestra and a band. He took the show to Australia in early 2011, performing with the state symphony orchestras all over the country, including four sold out dates with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. The fourth of these shows was recorded and broadcast live on Australian TV by ABC2. More UK arena dates with the Heritage Orchestra followed, including two dates at The Royal Albert Hall where his most recent DVD of four Tim Minchin And The Heritage Orchestra Live At The Royal Albert Hall was filmed and in early 2012 he returned to Australia with Tim Minchin vs The Orchestras – Round II.
Another first for Tim was his long-awaited US theatre tour in 2011, with dates countrywide and a couple of US festivals. 2012 saw him in the US again for a few more dates and to play at Reason Rally. In the UK too, Tim is much in demand for festivals and summer 2012 saw a great many performances at open air events, usually with his band, including The Eden Sessions, Somerset House, Latitude and V. He’ll perform at Homebake Music, Film & Arts Festival 2012: The Global edition, Sydney Australia in December 2012. In May 2012, in another first, Tim performed a selection of non-comedy songs at London’s 100 Club in a “humourless” gig with his as yet unnamed band.
2012 was an exciting year: Tim was offered and filmed the major recurring role of “coked-up rockstar” Atticus Fetch in the sixth season of Showtime’s hit US TV comedy drama Californication. The series is set to air early 2013 in the US and later in the UK and Australia. In September Tim toured with the first ever UK arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary rock classic Jesus Christ Superstar, cast in his dream role of Judas Iscariot.
In 2013 Tim is looking forward to making his Sydney Theatre Company (STC) debut, performing with Toby Schmitz, in Tom Stoppard’s absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, directed by Simon Phillips.
Tim’s many TV appearances include most recently, in the UK, the Royal Variety Performance (ITV1), hosting an episode of Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC), appearing twice on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (BBC) and 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and even beloved children’s programme Blue Peter! In Australia TV credits include: Spicks and Specks (ABC), Good News Week (Network Ten), Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight (ABC1). On US TV he’s appeared on Conan (11/10c on tbs) three times and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS).
Radio credits include writing and staring in Strings, a brand new comedy sitcom pilot for BBC Radio 2. He joined the regulars for episodes of The Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC Radio 4 in both 2010 and 2011. Also for BBC Radio 4, Tim selected his favourite castaway tunes for Desert Island Discs and was both interviewer and interviewee for Chain Reaction.
The animation of his acclaimed 9-minute beat poem, Storm, has had more than two million views on YouTube and he recently rejoined the ‘Storm team’ to narrate The Story of You: ENCODE and the human genome. In 2010 Tim narrated Shaun Tan’s Oscar-winning film The Lost Thing, an animated 15 minute short, based on the children’s book of the same name.
Tim is an Ambassador for The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts and ran a Half Marathon in 2010 on their behalf, Patron of the WA Youth Theatre and Kings Place Artist-In-Residence.
Tim, his wife and two young children now live in London.
Awards - Winner
2013: WhatsOnStage Awards – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical – Tim Minchin, Jesus Christ Superstar
2012: WhatsOnStage Awards – The London Newcomer of the Year for Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical
2012: WhatsOnStage Awards – Best New Musical for Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly, Matilda The Musical
2011: Helpmann Award – Best New Australian Work for Tim Minchin Vs Sydney Symphony
2011: Chortle Awards – Best Music or Variety Act
2011: Chortle Awards – Best Tour (Tim Minchin And His Orchestra)
2010: Chortle Awards – Best Music or Variety Act
2009: Chortle Awards – Sketch, variety or character act, Best full show: Ready for This?
2009: Green Room Awards (Cabaret) – Best Artiste, Best Original Songs
2009: Helpmann Award – Best Comedy Performer for his show Ready For This?
2007: US Comedy Arts Festival – Best Alternative Comedian
2006: Greenroom Awards (Cabaret) – Best Artiste, Best Show, Best Original Songs
2005: Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Perrier Award for Best Newcomer
2005: Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Directors’ Award
Awards - Nominee
2011: British Composer Awards – Best Stage Work for Tim Minchin (for Matilda The Musical)
2011: Australian Record Industry Association Awards (ARIA) – Best Comedy Release: Tim Minchin & The Heritage Orchestra (Navel/Inertia)
2011: Chortle Awards – Best DVD: Ready for This?
2009: Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Barry Award (Most Outstanding Show)
2009: GQ Man of The Year – Comedic Talent of the Year
2006: Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Barry Award (Most Outstanding Show)
2005: Greenroom Awards (Cabaret) – Best Original Songs, Best Artiste, Best Show: Darkside
Photo Credit: Richard Hardcastle
“If you’re going to play big spaces, this is the way to do it; with a 55-piece orchestra and a juggernaut full of showmanship, making this a big show in every sense…a superlative night out.”
“Minchin…the insanely gifted Australian is rounding off the year with an audacious show that sees him accompanied on stage by the 55-piece Heritage Orchestra…Taken all in all, a thing of jaw-dropping wonder.”
Daily Telegraph, London
“Tim Minchin comes on and the crowd explodes… the kohl-eyed, back-combed, piano-playing Minchin… lives up to the hype. A slight, barefoot figure, he is a consummate pianist as well as an excellent comedian.”
Daily Telegraph, London
“If there’s an artist more naturally disposed to a hybrid of pop and orchestration, I do not know his name."
The Age, Melbourne
“Minchin gave full rein to his musical genius, launching satirical songs like hand grenades into the crowd’s sensibilities."
The Sunday Mail, Adelaide
“Don’t be conned by the use of “vs” in the advertising. Minchin and his orchestras work magnificently together for 2.5 hours.”
“All up, Ready For This? is one of the most entertaining 2 hours of comedy you could experience. It’s a night of constant laughter, entertainment and deep thinking peppered with witty lyrics and first class musical prowess. An absolute must…”
Daily Telegraph, Sydney
“Tim Minchin is a genius, pure and simple. He is to musical comedy what Charles Darwin was to evolution and what Einstein was to physics and moustaches. You’d be hard pushed to find a more sublimely talented comedian. Handsome, hysterical and divinely musically gifted – you can go off people, you know!”
Tim Arthur, Time Out
“One of the funniest and most amazing shows you will ever see.”
Daily Telegraph, Sydney
“Simultaneously an excellent stand-up comedian, a purveyor of physical comedy, an accomplished musician and a lyricist of diabolical ingenuity. Witty, smart, and unabashedly offensive.”
The Age, Melbourne
“Minchin is a genuine musical virtuoso, whose songs are constructed and sung with an attention to detail that would make Rufus Wainwright sit up and look nervous. And that’s even before we get to the jokes.”
The Times, London
“Articulate, thoughtful, dry and unashamedly polysyllabic… dark irreverent and talented… excellent, provoking, funny.”
The Age, Melbourne
“Take out a second mortgage, sell the car, and put the money on the safest bet you’ll ever make in this uncertain world: that Tim Minchin will be the next big thing in musical comedy."
Time Out, London
“He plays like an angel, sings like the rock star he always wanted to be and has a devil of a sense of humour. This is an extraordinary performer.”
The Scotsman, Edinburgh