The Pun Runner; TIM VINE - GOOD, CLEAN FUN? SAYS WHO? BOB MONKHOUSE FOR ONE BY IAN HYLAND PICTURE BY TONY WARD
Ward, Tony, Sunday Mirror (London, England)
If you thrill to terrible gags and howl at awful puns it's time you met Tim Vine. This charming 29-year-old London comic is a regular on TV's Saturday Live and Gag Tag and won last year's best newcomer award at the Edinburgh Festival.
From tonight you can see this year's Festival show, The Tim Vine Shambles, at Edinburgh's Pleasance Theatre. Tim says you can bring granny and the kids along because, unlike some of their naughty contemporaries, Tim and his four fellow Shamblers rely on good, clean fun to keep their audience rolling in the aisles.
"There are too many shows which have a knock at someone," Tim says. "With mine there's no swearing and it's never nasty, just lots of silly characters popping in and out, a gag every 15 seconds, daft songs . . . nothing stays still if we can help it. It's good, clean family entertainment."
Tim started in comedy as a way out of a boring job in the Stock Market. On turning professional in 1993 he quickly made his name on the comedy circuit. One of his biggest fans is Bob Monkhouse who is so impressed with Tim's work that he sent the Sunday Mirror a fax from Barbados in which he compared Tim to comic greats like Tommy Cooper.
"He's a very funnny man," says Bob, referring to Tim's "relentless flow of inventive nonsense, graceful posturing and handsome grin".
Tim has not always been so successful, however. …