So this bloke came up to me and said, "Describe Tim Vine here," and I said, "Tim Vine is a British stand-up comedian who has gained considerable renown for his mastery of the pun. His entire act consists almost entirely of him standing up and delivering a stream of groan-worthy
yet somehow amusing plays on words, with the occasional comedy song or other strange interlude, often featuring cheap-looking stage props."
Vine is also known for starring alongside Lee Mack
in the sitcom Not Going Out
, and for hosting the ITV Game Show Don't Blow the Inheritance
. He was also a part of the five-person comedian cast of The Sketch Show
This performer provides examples of
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: "Alarm Bells"
- Catch Phrase: Arguably, "so..." which is how many of his jokes start. He likely uses it because so few of his jokes have any relation to the others. If you wanted to extend it, you could argue that "so (person X) came up to me", "so I said to this bloke" (which was actually the title of one of his DVDs) and "so I went to the doctor's/airport/watch shop/wherever" are also catchphrases.
- Also possibly "Come on!" when he wants the audience to react.
- Genre Throwback: It's not clear whether this is intentional or not, but he comes off as though he's stepped out of vaudeville.
- Hurricane of Puns: Songs aside, virtually his entire act.
- Hypocritical Humour: The Importance of Rehearsal.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Some of his puns are definitely lamer than others. The best ones tend to be those which have a reasonably solid internal logic.
- Overly Long Gag: Pen Behind the Ear.
- Pungeon Master: Perhaps the finest example of this trope in modern times.
- Rapid-Fire Comedy: Vine used to hold the Guinness World Record for Most Jokes Told in an Hour. This was reinstated in 2014, after the record holder who succeeded him was found to have breached the guidelines.
- Self-Deprecation: Some jokes:
I went into a mirror shop and I said to the bloke behind the counter, "I want to buy a mirror, you tall blond idiot." He said "I'm over here, sir."
- Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: Probably the silliest it's possible for anything to ever get.
- Small Reference Pools: Tim Vine is a victim of this. Many of his jokes have been wrongly attributed to Tommy Cooper.
- So Unfunny It's Funny: The "funny" anecdotes in "Family Holidays".
- Surreal Humour: The set-ups of some of his puns are strange enough to turn the jokes into this. For example:
I was in a restaurant and a duck came up to me and said, "Your eyes sparkle like the morning dew." I said, "Waiter, I asked for aromatic duck."