Blowing His Own Trumpet - Tim Vine At This Years Edinburgh Festival

Top Quote Gagmeister Tim Vine is hoping to tickle your funnybone and your tastebuds at this year's festival. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 24, 2010 - Edinburgh, UK - Gagmeister Tim Vine is hoping to tickle your funnybone and your tastebuds at this year's festival.

    He won't thank you for the comparison, but the comedian Tim Vine and the Duracell Bunny ( ) have at least one thing in common: both can go on and on long after their rivals have collapsed in a dazed heap.

    As well as his role in the BBC sitcom Not Going Out, Vine has invented and hosted several TV game shows, ( ) won Celebrity Mastermind and, at one time, held the World Record for telling the most number of jokes in an hour (499, if you think you can do better).

    He is bringing similar energy levels to Edinburgh this year, where, in addition to his regular stand-up performances, he is also doing a three-night stint with his own chat show. ( ) Factor in the knowledge that his endearingly daft stage shows are well-known for their seemingly inexhaustible supply of absurd one-liners and his title for this year's Fringe show, The Joke-amotive, could hardly be more apt. Gags and puns shoot from his gob like sparks from the furnace of a runaway steam train.

    It is a production rate that, if they could emulate it, would have the Greek economy back on its feet in no time. Vine wouldn't have it any other way. "I take the view that you should write a lot," he says. "If you write fifty songs then you are more likely to write a good one than if you just write three. That's how I look at writing jokes."

    When preparing a new show, he tries to come up with fifteen fresh gags a day, ( ) and it will take him at least six months to accumulate enough material to feed his voracious stage act. And that's just the jokes.

    The Joke-amotive, Pleasance One, 4-30 August (not 11 or 18), 8.43pm, From 10, Tel: 0131 5566550

    The Tim Vine Chat Show, Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 26-28 August, 5.10pm, From 9.50

    Foodies at the Festival, Holyrood Park, 13-15 August, From 6, Tel: 0871 230 5573,

    Press Contact:
    Sue Hitchen
    Edinburgh Festival Magazine
    21 Royal Circus
    Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 6TL
    0131 226 7766
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