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October 2010

Tomorrow evening Tim and Alexei Sayle join Dave Gorman on Genius to discuss and try out various inventions and schemes pitched by members of the studio audience.

To whet your appetites, here’s the preview clip: Alexei Sayle dances, whilst Tim jams with ‘John’ who is demonstrating ‘harmonica dentures’…what else?

Apologies to those outside the UK who may not be able to view this clip because it is via the BBC.

So that’s:
Genius with Dave Gorman
Monday 25 October
10:00pm – 10:30pm
Do check for regional differences and the programme will be available on BBC iPlayer, here, shortly after it airs.

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It’s your chance to get creative by taking part in a competition to make a trailer for this year’s DVD release of Tim Minchin’s Ready For This?

To be in with a chance of winning you need to create a trailer, upload it to YouTube, and then get all your family and friends watching it!

Tim will be picking the winner of the competition himself, from the 3 entries that get the highest video views, so clock up those view counts!

The trailer can be as imaginative and creative as you like, from using plasticine models of Tim to creating animations!

All we ask is that all submissions must contain the following:

  • Feature the title ‘Tim Minchin Ready For This?’
  • Show the release date – 29th Nov 2010
  • Include the DVD packshot
  • Showcase a song/s from Ready For This?

We will also supply you with the following content to help you get started

  • 3 clips from Ready For This?
  • Packshot
  • List of quotes

Clips, quotes and packshots are available to download from here


The winner will receive £500 of Apple vouchers (ker-ching!) and the winning trailer will be added to Tim’s YouTube and Website for the world to see!

In order that we can find your clip please tag it with ‘minchincomp’ on YouTube when you upload it.

Competition details

Entries should be submitted via YouTube and tagged with minchincomp
Closing date for entries is 5th November
Winner will be announced 10th November.

Full Terms and Conditions for Tim Minchin Ready For This? Fan Trailer Competition can be found here

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Tim’s second live UK DVD, Ready for This? was filmed in front of a justifiably enthusiastic audience during a sell-out, 3-night run at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, in London.

In this spectacular show, Tim confronts the pressing issues of the day: environmentalism, rationalism, prejudice(ism) and his amour de boobs(ism). The universal human experiences of love, truth… ginger body hair and um… dancing bears?…are all there to enlighten us and make us giggle.

Ready For This? features: Prejudice, If I Didn’t Have You, Bears Don’t Dig On Dancing, Canvas Bags, Confessions, White Wine In The Sun, the acclaimed nine minute beat poem; Storm and many more.

The DVD comes with an exclusive 28-page ‘Songbook‘ of, often handwritten and annotated, lyrics and with some photos from the tour. The show is also available on Blu-ray but the songbook is not available with that format.

Extras on both formats include: the animated internet sensation Pope Song, an interview and performance of 5 Poofs and 2 Pianos from Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and a music video: Google Street View, made for The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, 2009.

Here, for your delectation is a lovely clip from the show: Tim singing ‘If I Didn’t Have You’ in a in a pair of delightfully uncomfortable, yet stylish, skinny jeans and featuring a particularly fine example of the, now world famous ‘Wiggle’…oh yes.

Ready For This? will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and iTunes from 29th November 2010.

You can pre-order your copy now, here.

Psstt! We’ll be announcing an exciting competition in relation to this release, very soon, so keep an eye on this site from time to time…just one eye…no need to overdo it.

EDIT: To answer a couple of questions that are already popping up:
This is a new recording for the UK DVD but it is the same show as Ready For This? recorded at the Enmore in Sydney and released in Australia already. There are brand new ‘talky bits’ and ‘If You Really Loved Me’ replaces ‘You Tube Lament’ – this is reflected in the ‘Songbook’. The Extras are…extra too.
For those not based in the UK, if you cannot order via the link then it will be available from this site and other retailers who ship worldwide, at some point.

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You can’t say Tim doesn’t listen. After lots of you were requesting Tim stop over at Tasmania on his last two Australian tours, we can finally reveal that he will be doing just that in March!

On the 21st March, Tim will be playing at Wrest Point Entertainment Centre in Hobart with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra! So not only do you get to see Tim, but you don’t get to miss out on the utterly unique orchestra tour. I bet you’re pleased about that.

Tickets go on general sale from the TSO website on 25th October, which, incidentally is also the same day that tickets for the second Perth show, which we wrote about previously, go on general sale too, from Ticketmaster.

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Back in August 2010, Fosters commissioned a portrait of Tim in beer cans, as part of their inaugural sponsorship of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

Tim has asked for his one-off portrait to be auctioned on Ebay on behalf of The National Autistic Society (NAS).

Tim said:
“I requested that the beer-can portrait of my head be donated to the National Autistic Society. It’s a quirky art work which took a lot of effort and hours to create and, depending when and under what circumstances I die, could be of value to a collector. The National Autistic Society is a wonderful charity and I do hope flogging it will make them some cash.”

So, I think what we all have to bear in mind is that if, at-some-point, Tim is the unfortunate victim of a tragic, beer can related accident, the irony alone will probably cause the value of this piece to shoot right up…hmm…worth a bid now?

The piece, measures 1m x 1.5m, and was created from over 3,500 empty Foster’s lager cans and took more than 70 hours to piece together.

You can see this portrait, some shots showing its scale and the detail, bid for it and learn a little more about the work of The National Autistic Society right here.

All proceeds go to this great charity. So if your wall can take it or even if it can’t do, do a bid.

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Did you know that ‘Matilda: A Musical‘, that thing what Tim wrote the music and lyrics for, is opening in less than a month? It opens on the 9th November at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and there are still plenty of tickets available, including for the reduced price previews until the 13th November! Snap them up here whilst you still can!

If you’ve not yet been convinced to buy tickets, why not visit the behind the scenes section of the Matilda website and read up on some of the blogs and watch the videos. I reckon the Q and A with Mrs Wormwood will certainly give you plenty of reason to book a seat or two!

Now, some very exciting news for those aged 13-18! If you’re not of this age group, either stop reading or continue on and prepare to be jealous.

Spinebreakers have launched a competition for you to win two tickets to see ‘Matilda: A Musical’. To enter, you need to write some song lyrics for either Miss Honey, Matilda or Miss Trunchbull, which will be judged by none other than our Tim himself! For more details, visit the Spinebreakers website. Good luck!

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Tim will be appearing on 8 Out of 10 Cats this Friday 8th October on Channel 4 (and Channel 4HD for those of you with an unhealthy interest in celebrity pores and follicles) at 10pm.

Jimmy Carr hosts, of course and Tim will be on Jason Manford’s team alongside Jack Osbourne with Holly Walsh and Uri Geller on the opposing team, captained by Sean Lock.

The show will be available shortly after airing on 4oD.

So all you crazy cats who’ve expressed a preference for opinion poll based comedy and Tim, this is the programme for you!

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The Amazing Storm

by Linzy 1st Oct | 16 comments

It’s the news that so many of you have been waiting for, especially if you haven’t been following the accompanying production blog, about the forthcoming ‘Storm’ movie. Drumroll please…

The premiere of the animated version of what some see as the skeptics’ anthem will be Saturday 16th October 2010 at the London Hilton Metropole, from 8pm ’til late and recently, tickets have been made available for £22.50 from here. The night will include special guests, chat, music, and, most importantly and obviously, the world premiere of the animated poem ‘Storm’.

Until now, tickets had only been available to people attending The Amazing Meeting (TAM) London, a two day skeptic conference that Tim will also be a part of, as well as Stephen Fry, Richard Dawkins, Alan Moore, Robin Ince and Graham Linehan, amongst others. I could tell you what Tim’s doing, but then I’d have to kill you or face a severe telling off, but suffice to say, it will be brilliant. Tickets for the conference can be bought here.

Do come to at least one of them; it’ll be fun.

And for those wondering, the animation will be heading to a few movie festivals before it gets uploaded to YouTube for the whole world to see. To stay informed of dates, be sure to keep an eye on the production blog.

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