When it comes to stand-up comedy I tend to like the comedians that tell a story and build up to a joke. There are some though that prefer the quick-fire one-liners style like Tim Vine…
What I find with Tim Vine though is that he has a style that is inoffensive and easy to handle. You don’t have to overthink the jokes, and many that he throws at you are genuinely funny. I’ll admit that they aren’t ones that are exactly laugh out loud for the most part, but can get a chuckle out of me. The most important thing is that they are fun.
What Tim Vine does with Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You (yay for copy & paste) is offer a self-deprecating style of comedy where he knows which jokes will have some impact, and which ones will be quite soft on the audience. He uses these to add little comments into his act, that tend to raise a bigger laugh, because it hits on the truth of the act.
One thing that I will admit is, at first I wasn’t sure about this DVD, especially at the speed that Vine was throwing out the jokes. After giving the audience time to acclimatise to his style, he slows down a little (or feels like he does) and the show becomes a little more relaxed (and surreal). Watching the platypuses on poles part is an example of the surreal nature of some of the jokes. It strangely works though I’m not sure why.
After watching the main part of the DVD I went onto the special features to see what was on offer. Some added jokes are in there, but what is more interesting is that there is a commentary track by Vine. It seems strange that a stand-up comedy DVD would have a commentary track, but with the one-liner style, it actually works well.
Hearing Vine talk about how he picks the jokes he uses, and talk about his love of comedy is a nice touch. He even sings along with some of the songs which is an amusing touch. Giving the listener the inside scoop on the show, and where it can go wrong is interesting as it lets us into the secrets behind how the DVD is put together. This makes it a nice feature that should be listened to, especially fans of stand-up who want to know the process of coming up with the jokes (and how the jokes are selected).
While I’m not always a fan of the rapid fire one-liner approach to comedy Tim Vine Live: Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You is still a DVD that I enjoyed. There aren’t any boring moments in the act, and with the added special features it feels like value for money.
Christmas is approaching and there will be a deluge of comedy DVDs being released for the holiday season, Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You is one that is well worth checking out.
Tim Vine Live: Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You is out on DVD now.