Thursday, August 27, 2009

Why Have I Not Seen Him Before?

Warning - this post would probably be rated "R" by MPAA for language.
This is British comic musician Tim Minchin. Raunchy, clever and downright hysterical, Tim writes and performs hilarious songs that many would consider risque. Obviously classically trained, he is a clever lyricist and brilliant pianist.
I just discovered him after Jonco over at Bits&Pieces posted a video clip from an appearance on the Graham Norton Show. Norton is an hilarious, openly gay and rather naughty Irishman with his own chat show on the BBC. He's not above placing speakers and cameras in public toilets as pranks and often manages to have major celebs like Dustin Hoffman and Cher take part in his impish shenanigans. If you've never seen it, I suggest you check his show out on BBC America.
The first clip below is the first one I saw of Minchin in performance, and it made me laugh so hard, I had to seek out others.
Not for the prudish or easily offended, Minchin's songs make fun of everything from weird sex to racism and movies. In fact, while searching for clips of his work, I realized that his excellent cover of Tears for Fears' "Mad World" was used in one of my favorite modern films, Donnie Darko, the film in which I first fell in love with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Enjoy these clips of Minchin in performance (some of which may be NSFW).
First, "Inflatable You," the clip that made me love Minchin:
And then "If You Really Loved Me," a song about... well... golden showers:
Next, a parody synopsis of Donnie Darko:
And the music video for Minchin's beautiful and haunting Donnie Darko cover of "Mad World:"
And finally, a favorite silly song, from which Minchin must have taken inspiration:
You can be assured that I will be on the lookout for more from this talented and hilarious performer.
More, anon.


Hingehead said...

Good lord - I was hunting for something completely unrelated when I saw that you described Tim Minchin as BRITISH. Shame, shame, shame.

He's Australian.

Prospero said...

Thanks for the correction!