Tim Vine: Joke-a-motive (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

Tim Vine: Joke-a-motive

Quickfire pun-slinging and silly songs

You know what to you expect going into a Tim Vine show: the man has built a reputation on the rapid-fire delivery of one-liners, even going so far as to secure a Guinness World Record for the most jokes told in an hour (although we should mention that this is currently being challenged). Every now and then, he’ll launch into a song, but it’ll never last more than 30 seconds, and the aim will be the same: get the punch-line out there, then discard it and move on.

The massive volume of material results in the show being a bit hit and miss (and there’s a fair number of jokes recognising this fact). Not every pun can walk the thin line between laughter and groans; a lot of them fall on the wrong side. Vine takes it all in his stride, though – being cheesy and a bit rubbish is part of his shtick – and if you’re willing to suffer through the weaker moments, you’ll be rewarded with some truly gut-busting laughs.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 30 Aug (not 18), 8.43pm, £16–£17 (£14.50–£16)

Tim Vine - The Joke-amotive

  • 3 stars

Sell-out 44-date UK tour now arrives. Star of BBC1 ‘Not Going Out’ and ‘Live at the Apollo’, Tim Vine is the king of the one-liners. Here it comes over the brow of the hilarity. It’s Tim Vine in a train. Stand back from the platform in case you get hit by a prop. Every carriage is packed full of gags. Chug chug joke, chug…