Magazine article The Spectator

Tim on Top

Magazine article The Spectator

Tim on Top

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Tim Minchin swept the board at the Ol iv ier s la st Sunday. The Australian's hit musical, Matilda, won a record seven gongs at the West End's most prestigious awards ceremony. The rise of Minchin has been st rato spher ic . Ju st eight yea r s ago he sta r ted out on the Melbou rne cabaret circuit performing quizzical spoofs like 'Inflatable You', a ballad ded icated to a blow-up dol l. He came to Edinburgh in 2005 and scooped the fringe award for Best Newcomer.

His material mixes the topical, the cerebra l and the una shamed ly popu l i st . 'I get a huge th r i l l out o f writers like Ian McEwan, ' he says, 'someone very organised in their idea s . It 's what I a spi re to, to be able to d i scu s s idea s a r t icu lately and w ith clarity.' And with savagery, he might have added. He penned the internet hit 'Fuck the Pope', whose obscenityladen ly r ic s accu se Pope Bened ict not only of abetting child abuse but also of practising child-rape himself. …

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