- Acceptable Targets:
- Child molesting priests in The Pope Song.
- Also, the sceptic Minchin often has a go at irrational belief; such as in "Storm", "If I Didn't Have You", "White Wine In The Sun", "I Love Jesus", "Take My Wife", "Thank You God" and "Ten Foot Cock And A Few Hundred Virgins".
- Crosses the Line Twice:
- Some People Have It Worse Than I "I could be a thalidomide child with something in my eye, something in my eye!"
- On the bumper sticker "Magic happens": "I have to resist the urge to take my permanent marker and sneak over and write under it, 'So does cot death'."
- "The Pope Song" chooses to call out the Pope with the opening line "fuck the motherfucker".
- Ear Worm: Most of his songs but especially Thank You God.
- Fridge Brilliance:
- When you first listen to The Pope Song, it's tempting to assume it's just an example of Vulgar Humor and nothing but an Author Tract against the Pope filled with Cluster F Bombs. When you listen to it again and think about it, though, you realize that the fact that it's offensive is the whole point - the song isn't criticizing the Pope so much as it is people who look the other way when he does something morally grey (or black) but don't hesitate to jump on anyone for questioning him, other religious leaders, or religion in general. The message isn't 'fuck the Pope' but 'if you're more offended by a song in which I say a few nasty words about the Pope than you are about the Pope knowingly sheltering pedophiles that is a really screwed up system of morality you have there'.
- For Prejudice, there's some Fridge Brilliance when you realise that Tim can say the infamous word.
- Song for Wossy was a show of solidarity, crossing the line that had previously got the show he performed it on cancelled.
- In the animated segment for ''Storm'', note how when Tim imagines himself and his friends as Scooby Doo characters, he casts himself as Shaggy, his wife as Daphne, the host and his wife as Freddy and Velma and their cat as Scooby. So what would that make Storm? Scrappy.
- The Good Book claims that the characters in Harry Potter worship false gods. Anyone who has read the books or seen the films can see hints that the wizards and witches may be Christian or at least monotheistic (they celebrate Christmas and Harry has a godfather). Given that Tim is an outspoken atheist...
- Genius Bonus:
- The whole routine about singing in F-sharp, aside from showcasing Hollywood Tone-Deaf in the most wonderful way, is extra funny if you're a vocalist and know that F-major is, for some reason, impossible to sing in. Without instruments to herd them, 90% of singers starting out in that key will have drifted into another by the end of the song.
- In If I Didn't Have You, Tim conjectures an alternate universe in which he is married to a small blonde Portuguese skier with neck-down alopecia.
- Hilariousin Hindsight: "The day that yoga mats are considered carcinogenic will be the happiest day of my life", while yoga mats are still considered safe, a university in Ottowa has banned yoga altogether because some consider the practice to have been "stolen" by the West.
- Painful Rhyme: He has quite a few, though mercifully they're rather funny to make up for it in most cases.
Five poofs, and two pianos
- From Five Poofs and Two Pianos:
Yeah! It's a revolution
And probably the best solution
To the problem you're inveitably having with an even number of homosexuals...
My mates all reckon you are suitable
- From Inflatable You:
I took you round to watch the foot-able.
But the problem with my particular oeuvre
- In the Three Minute Song:
Is that half my songs are five minutes and oeu-ver.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
- "The Pope Song". The message isn't 'fuck the Pope' but 'if you're more offended by a song in which I say a few nasty words about the Pope than you are about the Pope knowingly sheltering pedophiles that is a really screwed up system of morality you have there'. This may sound like a message anyone should get, but there are countless defenders of this sort of stuff even in 2014, so the anvil really needs to be dropped.
- "The Fence". The message is that the world is not as black and white as some make it out to be. He gives the example of the default "military all good, paedophiles all bad" by pointing out that some soldiers may well be paedophiles, while some paedophiles may have guns.
- Sophomore Slump: So Rock has some good numbers, but veers much further than Dark Side into Vulgar Humor. Fortunately, this is dialled back on Ready For This? in favour of Deadpan Snarking, Take Thats and Anti Love Songs.
- Tear Jerker:
And the weirdest thing about it is
- White Wine in the Sun for many.
- During some live tapings of Not Perfect, you can actually see audience members crying. In particular, this part tends to bring people with body issues to tears.
I spend so much time hating it
But it never says a bad word about me
This is my body, and it's fine
It's where I spend the vast majority of my time
It's not perfect, but it's mine.
Itís where I spend the vast majority of my time.
- Not Perfect also has the tendency to upset those people with mental health issues; after singing about how his brain made of love and bad lyrics, but can also hide his fucked up thoughts, he closes:
Itís not perfect, but itís mine.
Itís not perfect, Iím not quite sure Iíve worked out how to work it.
Itís not perfect, but itís mine.
- You Grew On Me. The lyrics are hilarious, but the melody and emotion he brings to it are astounding. During performances, you can hear people laughing along with the first verse, and then listening to it in awed silence when he repeats it at the end of the song.
- Rock And Roll Nerd for some.
- Drowned, about the duality of love.
- True Art Is Angsty: Discussed in Rock And Roll Nerd and satirised in Dark Side.