Combining the pun-heavy delivery of Jimmy Car and the immature humour of Harry Hill, Tim Vine’s latest standup offering is perhaps his best to date.
He’s silly – there’s simply no denying that. But he’s funny with it, which is where some of his contemporaries pale, who actually only think they’re funny. Sometimes his jokes border on confusion – Vine opens the set by popping out of a chimney and singing one of his own songs (WTF?) – but for the most part he is professionally brilliant, and he’ll have you laughing out loud for most of the set… Except for his robot knitting gag. I’m still scratching my head at that one. Solitude is often a dampener for laughing out loud and yet I was sat alone in my room laughing near non-stop.
Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim to You is Vine’s fifth DVD release, coming off the back of his 2015 tour. It’s an energetic performance in which the comedian barely lets up for breath, meaning that the viewer – both in the audience, and at home – will follow suit. Trust me, this is a timeless comedic set that is genuinely hilarious.
The best comedians enjoy their own performance, but isn’t to say they’re being big-headed, but rather because they’re lapping up the awarded attention, and Vine certainly looks as though he’s enjoying himself here. There’s often a cheeky, knowing smirk on his face before the perfectly-timed pun, as though he knows the reaction it’s going to induce, which makes his deliverance all the more funny. It also adds a charm to Vine’s performance that makes it almost intimate, setting him above a lot of other comedians. He’s only getting better!