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April 2011

Last month, Tim hosted the 25th Melbourne International Comedy Festival Opening Night Comedy All Stars Supershow. (Yes! – it feels like the longest show title ever to type too)

He performed with some members of the Melbourne International Symphony Orchestra and introduced many of the best local and international comedians, including Mark Watson, The Pajama Men, Arj Barker, Danny Bhoy, David O’Dougherty, Mick Molloy, Jeff Stilson, Tommy Tiernan and many more.

The show will be aired on on Channel TEN, on Wednesday 13th April 2011, 8.30pm – 10.45pm.

This is only being screened in Australia I’m afraid.
Aussies, you are just so lucky, lucky, lucky
You really are! If you tune in do come back and tell us all about it.
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We announced it over a month ago, but now the time has finally come to tell you that the double-CD album, ‘Tim Minchin and The Heritage Orchestra’, is now available for you to buy (kinda)!

The tracklist looks a little something like this:

Disc one

  1. I’m In A Cage
  2. Rock n Roll Nerd
  3. Cont
  4. If I Didn’t Have You
  5. Thank You God *
  6. You Grew On Me
  7. The Fence

Disc two

  1. Prejudice
  2. Lullaby
  3. The Pope Song
  4. Cheese
  5. Beauty
  6. Dark Side
  7. Not Perfect
  8. White Wine In The Sun

The album is available worldwide for you to buy on iTunes now for a rather reasonable price and there’s a nice link for you here. And a reminder, also available on iTunes is the studio version of The Fence.

If you’re in the UK, the CD version will be available from this here website from the 15th April and also at Tim’s forthcoming orchestra shows, while Australians are able to buy it from shops, as we mentioned earlier.

If you’re elsewhere, you’re going have to import it from one of the above options, but it rather pretty.

Oh, and we’ll post this nice medley of clips from Lullaby, Dark Side and You Grew On Me again in case you missed it the last time and want to try before you buy.

*also known as Sam’s Mum

UPDATE (18/05/11): This album is not currently available on iTunes in the US. We’ll update this once it’s available again.

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Storm!!!!!!!!

by Tim 8th Apr | 138 comments


I’m incredibly excited that DC Turner’s wondrous animation of my large and ranty beat-poem, Storm, has finally been released online.

Two and a half years in the making, it is the result of epic dedication from DC and from the producer, Tracy King, who has driven the whole thing from day 1.

The film was long-listed for an Animated Short Film BAFTA and has played to great acclaim at festivals, but it hasn’t actually been completed til, well… today actually.

Tracy says:
“When we first started Storm we had no idea how big it would become, but it was always our intention that this would be a free film for YouTube, and I’m so proud that that day is finally here. One of the best ways to get people to listen is to give them something to see, and I like to think of Storm as a gateway for ideas as well as a piece of entertainment, which is why we wanted to make this film. The fact that we were still making tiny changes a few hours before it went live is testament to the passion that has gone into the film and the justice we want to do to the source material. While I still maintain the best way to see Storm is to see Tim perform it live, I hope you enjoy our animated version as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Dan says:
“Making Storm has been an exhilarating, terrifying experience, and I am endlessly grateful to everybody who worked on the film.
Now stop reading this and watch the film.”

If you want to learn more about how this all came to be, try here. I hope you love it as much as I do.

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People of the UK, we hope you’ve missed hearing Tim’s dulcet tones over the radio, or seeing his big face on your televisual box, as there are some forthcoming events of that variety this very weekend!

It all kicks off tomorrow, when Tim will appear on Ian McMillan’s The Verb on Radio 3 at 9:15pm, alongside Blake Bailey and bits of Galician poetry.

On Saturday, Tim will be on Christian O’Connell’s Jon Holmes’s Radio 5Live show sometime between 9am and 11am, shortly followed by an appearance on Vernon Kay’s Radio One show.

The next day, Tim will be on Something for the Weekend on BBC2, 10am – 11:30am, cooking up a treat alongside Arlene Phillips! If you’ve got anything you’d like to ask him, the show are appealing for questions via email or Twitter

Perfect timing if you were starting to think he’d left you for Australia! Oh, and if you aren’t in the UK, don’t forget you can still listen to BBC Radio with their iPlayer.

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If you live in or near Seattle, WA, USA, here’s the heads-up that Tim will be splashing down in person, possibly in a smart waistcoat and certainly with a piano and hair teased into utter confusion, at The Neptune Theatre on 24th June 2011.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday 8th April, 8PM PDT and you’ll find further information and ticket purchase opportunities here.

OR there’s a presale, on right now if you go here and use the password/promo code ‘band’.

Hey, this show will be so rock, there might even be an Eddie Vedder impression that gets really deep…

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