Tim Vine is a joke machine gun. At full speed he pelts out over ten jokes a minute. Gag follows gag follows gag. King of the one-liners... The pun-meister general...
Tim Vine made his first real attempts at stand-up comedy in 1991 at the Comedy Café in London. He began to attend the New Act competition nights regularly. While continuing to attend the café, he started to do numerous open spots in other clubs throughout 1992. In 1993 he came second in the Hackney Empire New Act competition, gave up his office job in Croydon and by 1994 he was a regular on the London comedy circuit. That year he made his first TV appearances on BBC Pebble Mill.
In 1995 his show ‘The Tim Vine Fiasco’ won him the Perrier Best Newcomer award at the Edinburgh Festival. He hosted the morning game show ‘Housemates’ on BBC One the same year (25 episodes).
In 1996 he returned to the Edinburgh Festival with a sell-out show called “The Tim Vine Shambles’. In 1997 he became the first man to appear on Channel Five, following the Spice girls and co-hosting the very first show called ‘This is Five’ with Julia Bradbury.
He also hosted the daily gameshow ‘Whittle’ on Channel Five (132 episodes) and his own comedy gameshow called ‘Fluke’ which ran over the same period on Channel Four. He sold out in Edinburgh again with his shows ‘Tim Vine Flat Out’ (1998) and ‘I’m Vine Thanks’ and ‘Tim Vine and the Minotaur’ (1999).
In 2000 Tim performed in the Royal Variety Show in front of Prince Charles. From 2001 to 2002 he appeared in two series of ITV’s ‘The Sketch Show’ which won a BAFTA. In 2004 he broke the Guinness world record for the most jokes told in an hour (499) and also that year he hosted the prestigious Rose D’Or awards in Austria.
By 2006 he was appearing in the award-winning BBC1 sitcom Not Going Out and did so for five series, until 2012. Then he played Beach the Butler in BBC2’s series two of Blandings in 2013. The Tim Vine Chat Show where Tim interviews members of the audience was a sell out at the Edinburgh festival in 2011, 2012 and 2013. It then successfully transferred to Radio 4 for two series and 3 specials including 2 Christmas shows.
In 2017, Tim Vine Travels Through Time was on Radio 2 and then it was on BBC1 with Tim going back to the amazing world of Robin Hood recreated at Pinewood studios. The year ended with The Tim Vine Travels Through Time Christmas Special on BBC1 with Tim travelling to the court of Henry VIII with Emma Bunton as Anne Boleyn.
Tim Vine has appeared in seven pantomimes and his stand-up has been performed as far afield as The Melbourne Comedy Festival in Australia as well as Montreal, Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, USA and China.
Some of Tim’s best-known one liners...
So I rang up my local swimming baths. I said 'Is that the local swimming baths?' He said 'It depends where you're calling from'.
He said 'I'm going to chop off the bottom of one of your trouser legs and put it in a library.' I thought 'That's a turn-up for the books.'
So I was getting into my car, and this bloke says to me 'Can you give me a lift?' I said 'Sure, you look great, the world's your oyster, go for it'.
You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen, it said 'Parking Fine'. So that was nice.