A night of short, witty and very odd poems
Acomedic poet with a lust for literature and a passion for all things absurd will be stepping out on stage in Hull, this week, armed with a notepad full of his wildest work.
Tim Key, who is probably best-known for his appearances on Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe and alongside the legend that is Alan Partridge on his Sky comedy vignette series Mid Morning Matters, has crafted himself a neat little comedic niche in recent years.
The 36-year-old specialises in short, witty and, more often than not, bafflingly odd poems that strike an emotive chord with his audiences and make them chuckle in the same breath.
He brings his latest show, Manslut, to Fruit in Humber Street, next Saturday, as part of Hull Comedy Festival.
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Tim, who hails from Cambridgeshire, says he fell into writing while he was bored travelling on the London Underground.
He says: "I first started writing poems on the Tube when I didn't have a book and I had a small notebook with me. Then, because I'm a Virgo, I had to fill the whole book.
"Later, someone asked me to do some comedy and I used the poems.
"I had already done some stand-up and, based on how that went, I ruled it out as a career.
"But the poems went down really well."
Tim says his poems, being so brief, were quite daunting to read in front of an audience.
"I was quite nervous before I first performed them," he says. "My poems are fragile little animals and you don't know how people are going to react to them.
"In those days, I did it with a feeling of incredulity at the pages I was reading. It was like me and the audience versus the poems.
"But my poems are like life. Things can be fine then someone gets stabbed with a beak. It could happen."
Tim's current tour is, in his own words: "Sixteen poems, one recipe, some talking, a bath, some clambering, some short, ostentatious films. It's beautifully balanced artistic carnage."