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Review: Tim Minchin

Mrrzy 26 Mar 12 - 10:52 AM
GUEST,Hookey Wole 26 Mar 12 - 11:03 AM
GUEST,Bizibod 26 Mar 12 - 11:52 AM
GUEST 26 Mar 12 - 03:39 PM
paula t 26 Mar 12 - 03:43 PM
GUEST,Mrr at 26 Mar 12 - 07:25 PM
Mrrzy 30 Mar 12 - 03:08 PM
matt milton 31 Mar 12 - 06:20 AM
Mrrzy 31 Mar 12 - 01:23 PM
Jim Dixon 01 Jun 12 - 03:26 PM
Andrez 02 Jun 12 - 09:14 AM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 02 Jun 12 - 11:29 AM
Brian Peters 02 Jun 12 - 02:29 PM
Leadfingers 02 Jun 12 - 02:35 PM
Jim Dixon 20 Feb 13 - 05:29 PM
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Subject: Tim Minchin
From: Mrrzy
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 10:52 AM

I just discovered this guy at the Reason Rally - what a hoot! I found one old thread about him here, but what do you all think of him? What a performer!


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Subject: RE: Tim Minchin
From: GUEST,Hookey Wole
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 11:03 AM

Hit and miss performer.
For my tastes, he's too irritatingly 'clever' to fully enjoy.
Which is a shame because he is obviously a very gifted musical talent.

But then, I'm not altogether a fan of musical comedians.
Musical comedy CDs, no mater how funny & entertaining on first listening, tend to have a short shelf life.


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Subject: RE: Tim Minchin
From: GUEST,Bizibod
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 11:52 AM

I only recently became aware of him too - this one has me in tucks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVN_0qvuhhw

Know what you mean about musical comedy CD's, they just don't do it for me either- I need to see and hear at the same time.


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Subject: RE: Tim Minchin
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 03:39 PM

A bit blue at times, but very funny all the same. Quite a musical talent. Didn't he just write the songs for "Matilda"?


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Subject: RE: Tim Minchin
From: paula t
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 03:43 PM

Sorry,
That last posting was me! Ho hum...


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Subject: RE: Review: Tim Minchin
From: GUEST,Mrr at
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 07:25 PM

He reminds me a lot of Tom Lehrer...


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Subject: RE: Review: Tim Minchin
From: Mrrzy
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 03:08 PM

Check out his poor sign language interpreter at the Reason Rally!


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Subject: RE: Review: Tim Minchin
From: matt milton
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 06:20 AM

Can't stand him myself. Tim Minchin is "Radio 4 comedy" its most oxymoronic. Though he manages to be really mawkish and twee too. Quite a feat.


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Subject: RE: Review: Tim Minchin
From: Mrrzy
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 01:23 PM

Twee?


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GOOD BOOK (Tim Minchin)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Jun 12 - 03:26 PM

I think whether you like him or not depends a lot on whether you agree with the point he's making.


THE GOOD BOOK
Written by Tim Minchin
As sung by Tim Minchin on "Ready for This?" (2011); also in this video at YouTube.

Life is like an ocean voyage, and our bodies are the ships,
And without a moral compass, we would all be cast adrift,
So to keep us on our bearings, the Lord gave us a gift,
And like most gifts you get, it was a book.

I only read one book, but it's a good book, don't you know?
I act the way I act because the Good Book tells me so.
If I want to know how to be good, it's to the Good Book that I go,
'Cause the Good Book is a book, and it is good, and it's a book.

I know the Good Book's good because the Good Book says it's good.
I know the Good Book knows it's good, because a really good book would.
You wouldn't cook without a cookbook and I think it's understood
You can't be good without a Good Book 'cause it's good and it's a book,
And it is good for cookin'.

I tried to read some other books, but I soon gave up on that.
The paragraphs ain't numbered and they complicate the facts.
I can't read Harry Potter 'cause they're worshipping false gods and that,
And Dumbledore's a poofter and that's bad, 'cause it's not good.

Morality is written there in simple white and black.
I feel sorry for you heathens; got to think about all that.
Good is good, and evil's bad, and goats are good, and pigs are crap.
You'll find which one is which in the Good Book, 'cause it's good,
And it's a book, and it's a book.

I had a cat; she gave birth to a litter.
The kittens were adorable and they made my family laugh,
But as they grew they started misbehavin',
So I drowned the little fuckers in the bath.

When the creatures in your care start bein' menaces,
The answers can be found right there in Genesis
Chapter six, verse five to seven, yee-haw!

Swing your partner by the hand.
Have a baby if you can,
But if the voices your head
Say to sacrifice your kid
To satiate your loving God's
Fetish for dead baby blood,
It's simple faith the Book demands,
So raise that knife up in your hands!

Before the Good Book made us good, there was no good way to know
If a thing was good, or not that good, or kind of touch-and-go,
So God decided he'd give writing allegoric prose a go,
And so he wrote a book and it was generally well received.

The Telegraph said, "This God is reminiscent of the Norse."
The Times said, "Kind of turgid, but I liked the bit with horses."
The Mail said, "Lots of massacres, a violent tour de force.
If you only read one book this year, then this one is the book,
And it is good, and it's a book!" Yee-haw!

Swing your daughter by the hand,
But if she gets raped by a man,
And refuses then to marry him,
Stone her to death!

If you just close your eyes and block your ears
To the accumulated knowledge of the last two thousand years,
Then morally—guess what?—you're off the hook,
And thank Christ you only have to read one book!

Just because the book's contents
Were written generations hence
By hairy desert-dwelling gents
Squattin' in their dusty tents—
Just because what Heaven said
Was said before they'd leavened bread—
Just as Jesus couldn't read
Doesn't mean now we should need,
When manipulating human genes
To alleviate pain or fight disease,
When decidin' whether it's wrong or right
To help the dyin' let go of life,
Or stop a pregnancy when it's
Just a tiny blastocyst,
There's no reason why we should take a look
At any other book
But the Good Book, 'cause it's good and it's a book,
And it's a book, and it's quite good! Yee-haw!

Yeah, good is good and evil's bad
And kids get killed when God gets mad.
You'd better take a good look at the Good Book!


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Subject: RE: Review: Tim Minchin
From: Andrez
Date: 02 Jun 12 - 09:14 AM

Tim's the man all right. I get it, and I stand up to be counted that I agree with Tim's message! How much suffering has the Good Book been responsible for, regardless of which publisher its ever had, wherever they are or which edition?

Cheers Andrez


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Subject: RE: Review: Tim Minchin
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 02 Jun 12 - 11:29 AM

He's been recruited to guest-star in the new series of one of my wife's favourite soft-core sex comedy TV series "Californication"...

..as a 'coked-up rock star'.

rock star !!!???

he's more like Richard Stilgoe showing off in glam makeup and a daft long hair wig....


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Subject: RE: Review: Tim Minchin
From: Brian Peters
Date: 02 Jun 12 - 02:29 PM

Never seen or heard him perform, but I certainly warmed to him on 'Desert island discs'.


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Subject: RE: Review: Tim Minchin
From: Leadfingers
Date: 02 Jun 12 - 02:35 PM

Clever , but NOT comparable with Tom Lehrer I'm afraid


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SONG FOR PHIL DAOUST (Tim Minchin)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Feb 13 - 05:29 PM

Backstory: in 2005, Phil Daoust, writing in the Guardian, wrote this review of Tim Minchin's performance at the Edinburgh Fringe. Minchin's anger is understandable, to say the least. Here's my transcription from the recording on Spotify:


THE SONG FOR PHIL DAOUST
Written by Tim Minchin
As sung by Tim Minchin on "Ready for This? : Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London" (2009)

This is a song for Phil Daoust,
Occasional Guardian newspaper journaloust.
I never ever, ever mentioned your name,
Or that review that you wrote when I was new to this game,
But now the time has come; I think I've dealt with my feelings at last.
I really want to forgive you, Phil; yeah, I want to put the past in the past,
And as this is London town, I thought I ought to take the opportunity,
'Cause there's a pretty good chance somebody out there will know you.
Maybe they will pass on a message for me.
Just want to say, Phil Daoust,
Occasional Guardian newspaper journaloust,
That it's been three years since you wrote it,
And time is very healing,
But I still want to cut big chunks of flesh out of your stupid face
And make your children watch while I force you to eat them.
Yeah, I want to make your children watch you eat your own face-meat.

Ding, dang, ding, dang, dong!
This is my Phil Daoust song.
Everybody sing along.
La-la, la-la, la-la-la! I hope one of your family members dies,
Phil, ding, dang, dong!
I've written you this special song
To help you get the attention
You obviously desperately lack.

And I know that you're a smart man,
And with such a fine mind, I guess it has to be hard
To resist throwing narcissistic intellectual tantrums
In the supermarket aisles of your self-regard.
Just want to say, Phil Daoust,
I know it must be really hard to be a journaloust,
What with deadlines always looming,
And the pressure to be entertaining,
So maybe you should quit and get a job that you'd be better at,
Like killing yourself, you fucking cunt.

Ding, dang, ding, dang, dong!
This is my Phil Daoust song.
Everybody sing along!
Tra-la, la-la, la-la-la! I hope something you love catches on fire,
Phil, ding, dang, dong!
I've written you this special song
To show how far I've come along
In my efforts to be more mature in the face of negative feedback,
You fucking poo-face.


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