Genre: Stand-up Comedy
UK Release Date: 28th November 2016
Runtime: 64 minutes
Director: Steve Kemsley
Writer: Tim Vine
Starring: Tim Vine
Synopsis: Gags, props, music and silliness from the Not Going Out star and stand-up comedian Tim Vine.
I don’t think there will be many arguments with the statement that 2016 has been a rather depressing year. Between Donald Trump, Brexit and half of the world’s most beloved celebrities dying, it’s fair to say that we all need some comedy in the run-up to Christmas. Thankfully, British comedian Tim Vine is back with a new DVD, complete with cumbersome title – Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You. It’s a frenetic, fast-paced hour of end of the pier humour and cringe-inducing dad jokes, but Vine’s unique energy means that it’s seldom anything other than hilarious.
Vine’s style is remarkably simple, but effective. He simply doesn’t pause for breath for a whole hour, throwing all manner of silliness at his audience. There’s the kind of one-liners that have become Vine’s trademark, alongside silly songs and hilariously over-egged prop comedy that often goes on for minutes at a time in course of one, inevitably ludicrous punchline. Half of the fun of these segments, which seem to go on forever, is in trying to figure out the ridiculous gag before it finally arrives.
There’s a certain charm in the way Vine larks around on stage like a cross between a children’s entertainer and your uncle who’s had a few too many glasses of wine over Christmas dinner. If a joke doesn’t quite land or the punchline falls a little flat, there’s never more than a few seconds before he has moved on to the next bit of weirdness. Whatever your comedic tastes, there will be plenty over the course of this incredibly eclectic hour that’s to your liking.
There is very little sense that Vine is reaching for memorable routines here, going for the momentary laughs rather than gags that viewers will genuinely remember after the show. Some segments, though, including the very unusual recurring song ‘What Does He Mean By That?’, definitely stick in the mind and help to paper over cracks of some of the material that isn’t quite as solid gold.
Vine has his style and it works for him. He’s not trying to push the boundaries of what he’s doing, but he doesn’t need to do that. This isn’t the sort of material that’s going to win over sceptics to Vine’s style. It’s very much for the fans but, for those in need of festive frivolity that is appropriate for the whole family to enjoy, Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You is pretty much the perfect DVD to pick up this year.
There’s a whole bunch more silliness in the DVD extras, including a commentary and some alternate bits of material that didn’t make the edit.
Pop or Poop?
Tim Vine is, rightly, one of the most beloved variety act comedians in Britain and his latest DVD is yet more evidence of his undeniable charm. It’s an hour of goofball antics and smart wordplay that is suitable for the entire family and is guaranteed to make all of them laugh, even if not quite all of it works.