Who is Tim Key?
Tim Key is an English actor, comedian, and poet who is best known for his writing and roles in productions like Inside Number 9 and The Irregulars.
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Key studied Russian at the University of Sheffield. He lives in London.
Tim started working with the Cambridge Footlights, a drama club that he attended despite not being in Cambridge. Here, he met his colleagues, with whom he would later establish the sketch group Cowards. He debuted with the Footlights on stage in 2001, and the show had a strong reception. Tim continued to attend the Edinburgh Festival Fringe throughout the years with group and solo shows, such as 2009’s The Slutcracker.
Since 2006, the comedian has been working with BBC Radio 4. He received a commission for All Bar Luke, based on his stage show, and this would be on the air between 2006 and 2009. He did work on Cowards, and Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better. In 2010, he was featured on the sitcom Party and then, in 2012, on Tim Key’s Late Night Poetry Programme. The show has gone on for five series.
His first TV appearance was on Time Trumpet in 2006, followed by being featured on Screenwipe. In 2009, his show We Need Answers began airing on BBC Four. He was one of the creators and the question reader, and the concept involved celebrities answering questions from question-answering text services.
As a poet, Key released an album in 2010. It was titled Tim Key. With a String Quartet. On a Boat, involving his poetry with music in the background.
In 2010, Key appeared as Sidekick Simon alongside Steve Coogan on the online series Mid Morning matters. This character would be reprised for two more Alan Partridge properties, a film and a BBC series.
In 2013, he was in Gap Year. In 2014, Key appeared on an episode of Inside No. 9, receiving rave reviews. In 2015, he appeared on Taskmaster.
He had roles on various popular shows. Key has appeared on Skins, Life’s Too Short, Stag, Peep Show, The End of the F***ing World, and The Irregulars. He is set to star in The Witchfinder, a comedy from the BBC.
In regards to film, he worked with Basden to make The One and Only Herb McGwyer Plays Wallis Island in 2007, which earned various awards. In 2012, he worked on a short film called Anthony. After that, he was in the Alan Partridge film, followed by Ayoade’s 2013 The Double and 2019’s Greed.
As a stand-up comedian, he did Megadate, touring from 2017 to 2018, which was poetry-based.
In 2020, Key, along with Mark Watson and Alex Horne, reunited to play a parlor game of their own invention under the name No More Jockeys. The participants would need to provide names of people belonging to specific categories while excluding other categories from their answers.
Tim Key is known as a hidden British comedy genius.
He has released several poetry books. Poetry has allowed him to create a unique stand-up act.
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