Tim Vine: Joke-a-motive
Quickfire pun-slinging and silly songs
This article is from 2010.
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)