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January 2011

Last night Tim performed at the Australia Day Foundation 2011 Gala Dinner, at Australia House and found himself presented with an award:

Young Australian Achiever of the Year in the UK

“To have achieved so much in his career at a young age is perhaps not surprising given Tim Minchin’s many talents and his focus. The Foundation awards great talent and in recognition of his extraordinary accomplishments to date the Australia Day Foundation consider Tim Minchin a worthy recipient of the 2011 Young Australian Achiever of the year in the UK award”, said Philip Aiken, Chairman of the Australia Day Foundation.

The Australia Day Foundation, gathers Australians in the UK to celebrate Australia’s national day, which falls on 26 January. This award has been presented annually since 2005. Previous recipients are Harry Kewell, Shane Osborn, Joe Roff, Chloe Chick, Matt Wilkin and Dr Ainsley Newson.

Also recognised and honoured last night were goldsmith Stuart Devlin who was awarded Australian of the Year in the UK and Honorary Australian of the Year went to former British High Commissioner to Australia, Lord Alastair Goodlad.

Congratulations Tim!

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Here’s a useless fact for you. Did you know that the original planned name of the Royal Albert Hall was The Central Hall of Arts and Sciences? It’s true; it’s on Wikipedia.

Why do I mention this? Well, the arts and science will be meeting (kind of) at this prestigious venue when Tim performs there on the 28th April 2011 with The Heritage Orchestra!

Yes, you read that right. Tim’s performing at the Central Hall of Arts and Sciences Royal Albert Hall. Sure, he’s performed there before, but this time it’ll be all about him, his silly songs and his 55-piece symphony orchestra!

Tickets go on sale on Friday at 9am.

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Thought we ought to show this to you people who either haven’t been able to see Conan or haven’t looked this up on YouTube already. It’s the official video of Tim making his US telly debut with the oldie (but goodie), ‘Inflatable You’, which was correctly predicted by eight of you on the last blog about Conan. Enjoy!

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Tim’s added two futher dates, in May, to his 2011 UK orchestra tour:

10th May 2011, SHEFFIELD Motorpoint Arena
Tickets available online here 9am Friday 14th January

11th May 2011, LIVERPOOL Echo Arena
Tickets on general sale here 10am Friday 14th January

Although, if you take a peek at Tim’s official fansite and forum Angry (Feet) you may learn something to your   advantage…

Tickets are priced at £35, plus booking fee and will also be available from Ticketmaster from 9am tomorrow.

“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.” (Chortle)

“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)

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For all the news posts we’ve done about TV appearances, this one’s definitely a first! That’s to say, it’s the first time that it’s been for the USA!

So, your exciting news is that Tim will be providing the entertainment on Wednesday night’s Conan, alongside interviews with Ice Cube and Dennis Leary! You’ll be wanting to tune your TV into tbs at 11/10c to catch him in all his glory.

Aussies, you too can see this as it’s being shown on GEM on Friday at 11:30pm.

Despite the pair being fellow gingers, Tim has already tweeted that he won’t be performing Prejudice due to ‘ginger’ not being a well-known enough phrase for a red-head in America so what do you reckon he’ll play instead?

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