Tim Minchin – A real musical genius


Tim Minchin is an Australian musician, actor, comedian and writer.

Originally from Perth, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre at the University of Western Australia in 1995, then an Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Music at the Conservatorium of WA – part of the WA Academy of Performing Arts – in 1998.

In 2002, he moved to Melbourne, where he began to develop the solo comedy shows which have gained him public and critical acclaim in the last three years. He developed his unique style during an 18-month period when he played regularly in the famous 40-seat cabaret room of The Butterfly Club in South Melbourne, before producing his break out show, Dark Side, at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2005. This show won the inaugural Festival Directors’ Award and was picked up by legendary Edinburgh producer, Karen Koren, matriarch of the Gilded Balloon.

At the Edinburgh Fringe, Tim became one of the most successful ever debut acts, selling out the 300-seat Debating Hall and winning the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer. He subsequently went on to perform Dark Side at the Soho Theare and the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End, and also appeared on a bill with Mariah Carey and Westlife at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Rock n Roll Nerd, a documentary about Tim’s life, as he rose from obscurity to celebrity, between 2005 and 2006, was written, directed and filmed by Rhian Skirving. It premièred at the Melbourne International Film Festival in July 2008 and was released on DVD by Madman Entertainment in May 2009. It was shown at the Australian Film Festival at the Barbican, London in 2009.

He appeared at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival in 2006 and the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado in January 2007, where he won the award for Best Alternative Comedian. In November that year, he performed at the HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and sold out short seasons at Ars Nova in New York and the ACME Comedy Theatre in LA.

He performed for a six-week run at the New World Stages in New York in March 2008 and he was onstage again at the Royal Albert Hall, London, for The Secret Policeman’s Ball in October 2008.

In Australia, he has performed sellout shows at the Sydney Opera House, the Brisbane Powerhouse and His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth, and has performed at the Adelaide Fringe, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Big Laugh Festival in Sydney.

He has become a favourite at various UK festivals including: Latitude in 2008 and The Big Chill and Reading and Leeds Weekends in 2009.

Tim’s latest show Ready For This? has toured the UK and Australia and New Zealand to sell-out audiences for the past two years.

Television credits include Comedy Shuffle (BBC), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC), Genius(BBC), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), The World Stands Up (Paramount Comedy), Comedy Cuts(ITV), Spicks and Specks (ABC) and The Sideshow (ABC)The Graham Norton Show (BBCGood News Week (Network Ten) and he performed original songs on two appearances on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (BBC) and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2009 (Channel 4) in 2010.

He has appeared on British and Australian radio, featuring in the first series of Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better, and has recorded two specials for BBC Radio 2: Tim Minchin and Friends and Tim Minchin’s Loving and Peaceful Yuletide Half Hour. Tim wrote and starred as Jonny, the insecure lead singer of rock band Perspex, in Strings a brand new comedy for BBC Radio 2. The sitcom pilot aired in May 2010 and also starred Peter Serafinowicz, Emily Watson Howes, Dan Antopolski and Lizzie Roper.

He has released three live comedy albums, Dark Side (2005), So Rock (2006) and Ready For This?(2009) which was recorded with a band at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. He has released two shows on DVD, each recorded and released separately in Australia and the UK. His debut DVD, So Live, was recorded at the Sydney Opera House in May 2007 and was released by Madman Entertainment in November that year. This show was recorded again, for a UK DVD, at The Bloomsbury Theatre, London in May 2008 and released by Universal as So Fucking Rock (2008); it has been shown several times now, on E4 in the UK.

His show, Ready For This? was filmed for DVD at the legendary Enmore Theatre in Sydney and released by Madman Entertainment, in the autumn of 2009. The filming for the UK DVD Ready For This? (released by Universal, 29th November 2010) took place at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London in October 2009.

As a stage actor, Tim has played the title roles in Hamlet and Amadeus (Perth Theatre Co), Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar and the writer in Reg Cribb’s The Return. In November 2009, he was a guest performer in Tim Crouch’s two handed comic play, An Oak Tree, whilst in Perth, Australia. In late 2007 he made his feature film debut in Two Fists, One Heart, a drama filmed and set in Perth, WA. He also contributed to the script and soundtrack of the film. In the UK it was shown at the 16thAustralian Film Festival, at the Barbican, London 2010.

He has written a musical play, Pop – a Tragically Musical Romantic Black Comedy, and in 2001 recorded an album, Sit, with his band, Timmy the Dog. He has composed and written songs for theatre and documentary, most recently This Blasted Earth (Tamarama Rock Surfers), Somewhere(Q Theatre) and the soundtrack for The Kindness of Strangers (Prospero)– an award-winning documentary by Rhian Skirving.

Tim’s celebrated 9-minute beat poem, Storm, has been animated and premièred at TAM London in October 2010. The animated movie will be available to all on YouTube in 2011, following some film festival screenings.

Tim has written the music and lyrics for the musical Matilda for the Royal Shakespeare Company: an adaptation of the Roald Dahl children’s story about a very bright and rebellious little girl, with special powers. Mathew Warchus is directing, with a script by Dennis Kelly. The show opened in November 2010, in Stratford-upon-Avon, and runs until January 30th 2011.

When not on tour, Tim lives in London with his wife and two young children.

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