Tim Key, star of ‘Peep Show’, ‘Gap Year’, Charlie Brooker’s ‘Screenwipe’ and ‘The Detectorists’, is set to return to Northern Stage in Newcastle this month with a brand-new comedy show blending poetry, talking, standing, spotlights, cables, Kronenbourg, foot-stamping and old school wistfulness.
Tim Key’s ‘Megadate’ has already amassed great critical acclaim, even receiving five-star ratings from such media outlets as Time Out and The Times, with the latter critic going as far as saying that he had: “never enjoyed himself in a comedy show more than in this adjective-defyingly unusual mixture of stand-up, storytelling, film, performance art, poetry, quick-change artistry and interactive lager drinking.”
A dabbler in all manner of artistic expressions, Key has written three books, appeared in acclaimed TV, film, radio and theatre productions as well as featuring frequently at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2009, Key took his second solo poetry show, ‘The Slutcracker’, to the celebrated Edinburgh Festival, picking up the coveted ‘Edinburgh Comedy Award’ as well as a nomination for the ‘Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality’.
“Key is equally familiar with the screen as he is with the stage”
With appearances on hit TV shows such as ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ and ‘Life’s Too Short’, as well as a credit in Richard Ayoade’s dark comedy thriller ‘The Double’, Key is equally familiar with the screen as he is with the stage. In November of 2010, he appeared as “Sidekick Simon” alongside Steve Coogan on ‘Mid-Morning Matters’, a new online series based on Coogan’s character of Alan Partridge.
His 2007 short film ‘The One and Only Herb McGwyer Plays Wallis Island’, which he wrote and performed in with Tom Basden, went on to be crowned ‘Best UK Short’ at the Edinburgh Film Festival and was later nominated for a BAFTA in the category of ‘Best Short Film’ the following year.
Tim Key brings his critically-acclaimed comedy show, ‘Megadate’, to Northern Stage in Newcastle on Tuesday 12th June. Tickets are priced at £17.00 per person and can be purchased online at northernstage.co.uk.