Interview: Tim Key
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For some people, comedy is just a case of telling jokes, but for others it can be so much more. Tim Key is both a comedian and poet, and manages to combine these two skills into one fantastic performance. So why has Key chosen to focus on poetry, rather than conventional gags? “I started writing poetry on the bus and on the tube, I had a little notepad and I started writing really small poems that fitted each page. It started filling up a bit so I thought I'd push on through and fill my book up. Shortly after doing that I was asked to do a gig, I still had no skills as a stand up so I thought I'd do poetry and see how that worked. It worked pretty well,” Key said. “It started there and I carried on writing and doing poetry as a sort of antidote to the pithy kind of brain hurting comedy where you have to think about structure. This was something where I could just flick off a few lines in a café and perform it that night.” Key is gearing up for his mini UK tour in February of his 2009 Perrier award winning show, The Slutcracker. A show full of poetry, music and more unconventional comedy styles for which Tim Key is becoming synonymous with. “I tried to keep it as close to the original show in 2009 as possible, because I'm developing a new show but I don't really want to gradually morph the old show into the new one. It's advertised as The Slutcracker so it will be The Slutcracker, although because obviously I've now performed it so many times it develops within itself, but the poems are the same ones I did the first night in Edinburgh.”
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