The Joke-a-motive steams into Colchester

Tim Vine, Colchester Arts Centre, February 23, then touring.AFTER more than an hour of watching Tim Vine's latest offering, The Joke-Amotive, I emerged in a dream-like state.

Naomi Gornall

Tim Vine, Colchester Arts Centre, February 23, then touring.

AFTER more than an hour of watching Tim Vine's latest offering, The Joke-Amotive, I emerged in a dream-like state.

Was there really a potato that turned into a torch? Did I actually watch intently and then cheer as Vine tried to get a pen to land behind his ear? The answer was of course yes, and more wacky comedy routines came one after the other during his show at the Colchester Arts Centre.


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Vine, known as King of the Pun, is not like many other comedians. It is literally pun after pun, intercepted with mad ditties. Despite its eccentricity, he is a genuinely funny man, with great timing, and a natural manner that makes you believe he is a nice guy.

His short jokes were simple yet effective, like he says he met the man who invented window sills- “What a ledge”.

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Like Jimmy Carr, his jokes don't follow a narrative and he is not an observational comedian, but his gags are certainly cleaner and less risque than Carr.

Though I did not have too many 'laugh out loud' moments as it is not my favourite type of comedy, I could appreciate his sharp wit.

He clearly has a devoted following and given the adage that laughing is the best medicine, the National Health Service could well do with a few more Tim Vines.

The show will be at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds on March 5.

For tickets call the Box Office on 01284 769505.

Naomi Gornall

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