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Tim Vine

Tim Vine
File:Tim Vine Karaoke Circus crop.jpg
Tim Vine onstage at the 100 Club
Born Timothy Mark Vine
(1967-03-04) 4 March 1967 (age 48)
Cheam, London, England
Nationality British
Occupation comedian, writer, actor
Known for The Sketch Show (2001–04)
Not Going Out (2006–12)
Don't Blow the Inheritance (2012)
Blandings (2014)
Celebrity Squares (2014—)
Relatives Jeremy Vine (brother)
Sonya Vine (sister)

Timothy Mark "Tim" Vine (born 4 March 1967) is an English writer, actor, comedian and presenter, known for his role on the BBC series Not Going Out until his departure in 2012. He has released a number of DVDs of his stand-up comedy and has written several joke books. In 2010 and 2014, Vine won the award for best joke at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and was runner up in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Early life

Vine was born in Cheam, Surrey[1] and attended Epsom College with his brother Jeremy.



Vine's stand-up act consists primarily of a series of quick-fire one-liners and puns. He has regularly appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with shows such as The Tim Vine Shambles and The Tim Vine Fiasco which won him the Perrier newcomer award in 1995. In 2006, he had a large advertising hoarding erected featuring his name and image, with a small sub-heading " not appearing at this year's Edinburgh Festival"[2] Vine appeared at the Pleasance Courtyard for the first two weeks of the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe performing a show entitled Punslinger.

He appeared at the Christian festival, Spring Harvest, in 2007, 2008 and 2013 alongside John Archer at Skegness and Minehead, and at the Cambridge Theatre in May 2007 for a show entitled Tim Vine, Live in Concrete.

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Vine on the Punslinger tour in May 2008

Vine has taken his comedy act on a tour of the United Kingdom, in tours such as Current Puns in 2006 and Punslinger in 2008. In July 2008, he recorded a performance at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, which was released as a new DVD entitled So I Said To This Bloke... on 27 October 2008. His third tour, The Joke-amotive, took place during February and March 2010, with a DVD of the show released in November 2011.

Many of Vine's jokes have been falsely attributed to Tommy Cooper;[3] the West End show about Tommy Cooper actually features some of Vine's jokes.


  • In December 2010 Vine starred in the Richmond production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • In December 2012 Vine starred in the Richmond production of Aladdin.[4]
  • In December 2014 Vine starred in Cinderella at New Wimbledon Theatre.


Vine's musical talents, aside from the comedy songs in his act, include playing the guitar, piano and drums.

He occasionally plays the drums at his church. He was in several bands, including The Flared Generation with brother Jeremy.


In December 2007, Vine launched his first podcast, 'Tim Vine Celebrates'.[5] The first episode "Tim Vine Celebrates... Christmas" was released for free on 19 December and includes many previously unheard jokes and humorous songs, as well as an array of comedy characters, mostly voiced by himself.


From 1997 to 1998, Vine presented the Channel 5 game show Whittle. From May to August 1998, Vine hosted the Channel 4 game show Fluke which he devised.[6] Tim hosted Fort Boyard Takes on the World in 2004.

From 2001 until 2004, Vine appeared on ITV's The Sketch Show with Lee Mack, whom he later worked with on BBC One sitcom Not Going Out playing the role of Timothy Gladstone Adams from 2006 until his departure in 2012. He returned for a cameo in the Christmas 2014 episode.

In 2012, Vine hosted one series of teatime game show Don't Blow the Inheritance for ITV.

Vine was a finalist in the 2013 series of Let's Dance for Comic Relief and in 2015, he competed in Let's Play Darts for Comic Relief. He joined the cast of BBC comedy Blandings in series 2 as Sebastian Beach, airing in 2014.

Since 2014, Vine has appeared in the revival of Celebrity Squares as one of the resident comedians alongside Joe Wilkinson. He will also appear in the second series to air in 2015.[7]


Fringe Awards

In August 2010, Vine won the prize for the funniest joke of that year's Edinburgh Fringe, following a public vote from a judged shortlist. His winning joke was "I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again."[8]

On 25 August 2011, Vine won the prize for the second funniest joke at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. His joke was "Crime in multi-storey car parks. That is wrong on so many different levels." He was beaten by Nick Helm (returning to the Fringe for only the second time). Again, Vine came second, beaten by Stewart Francis in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012 with the joke "Last night me and my girlfriend watched three DVDs back to back. Luckily I was the one facing the telly."

He won the award again in 2014 with the joke "I decided to sell my Hoover... well it was just collecting dust."

World records

On 7 October 2004, Vine broke the Guinness World Record for the most jokes told in an hour with 499, beating the previous record of 362. Each joke told had to get a laugh from the paying audience to count towards the record. He held the record until May 2005, when Australian comedian, Anthony "Lehmo" Lehmann told 549 jokes.

In April 2014, the record was reassigned back to him following a decision from Guinness World Record officials. An official spokesman said that Anthony Lehmann had breached the guidelines.[9]

Personal life

Vine is the younger brother of Jeremy Vine, author, journalist and BBC Radio 2 presenter. He is a Christian who has performed at Springharvest Christian festivals.[10] He is a supporter of Sutton United F.C., stating the first game he attended was an FA Cup 3rd round tie in the 1987–88 season against Middlesbrough F.C.[11]

Vine is also a keen darts fan, having attended several Professional Darts Corporation tournaments along with Lee Mack. Some of these were televised, such as the 2011 World Championships when both Vine and Mack appeared in the crowd, live on Sky Sports. He also plays darts in his spare time.[12] Vine and Mack both appeared on the first series of Let's Play Darts for Comic Relief, and faced each other in the final, with Mack and his partner Martin Adams beating Vine and his partner Darryl Fitton.



Year Title Role Notes
1997–1998 Whittle Presenter 2 series
2001–2004 The Sketch Show Various Characters 2 series
2004 Fort Boyard Takes on the World Presenter
2006–2012, 2014 Not Going Out Timothy Gladstone Adams 5 series, 1 special
2012 Don't Blow the Inheritance Presenter 1 series
2014 Blandings Sebastian Beach 1 series
2014— Celebrity Squares Resident comedian 1 series, 1 upcoming series
Guest appearances
Title Role Notes
Fort Boyard Contestant 2003
Spelling Bee 14 July 2005
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Contestant 11 September 2007
Comic Relief Does Fame Academy Contestant 3 March 2007 – 15 March 2007
Celebrity Juice Panellist 15 October 2008
Celebrity Mastermind Contestant 1 January 2009
Neighbours Guest appearance 28 July 2009
Live at the Apollo Himself 18 December 2009
Celebrity Total Wipeout Contestant 26 December 2009
Argumental Guest 15 December 2011
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Contestant 9 December 2012
The Chase: Celebrity Special Contestant
Pointless Celebrities Contestant 1 December 2012
QI Panellist 11 January 2013
Let's Dance for Comic Relief Contestant 16 February and 9 March 2013
Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask Guest 26 February 2013
What's Cooking? Guest 4 March 2013
Draw It! Contestant[13] 26–30 May 2014
Celebrity Fifteen to One Contestant[14] 20 June 2014
Catchphrase: Celebrity Special Contestant[15] 22 June 2014
Gadget Man Guest 25 August 2014
Stars at Your Service Guest participant 11 October 2014
Weekend at Christmas Guest[16] 25 December 2014
Let's Play Darts for Comic Relief Contestant 3, 6 & 8 March 2015

Stand-up DVDs

  • Live (released 29 November 2005)
  • Live – So I Said To This Bloke (released 27 October 2008)
  • Punslinger Live (released 22 November 2010)
  • Jokeamotive Live (released 21 November 2011)


In 2003, Vine contributed to the Sit-Down Comedy book, but his first book was released in 2010 entitled The Biggest Ever Tim Vine Joke Book containing over 1,000 jokes and puns. Then, in 2011, Vine released a second joke book entitled The Not Quite Biggest Ever Tim Vine Joke Book, specifically for children.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "The best get punned down". 4 September 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Tim Vine: Down the barrel of a pun, The Independent 8 March 2005.
  4. ^ Richmond Theatre. "Aladdin Richmond Tickets – Richmond Theatre Pantomime 2012 Tickets". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tim Vine Celebrates – iTunes feed". Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Fluke". UKGameshows. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Celebrity Squares – resident comedians announced | presscentre". 28 May 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "BBC News – Fringe's funniest joke prize awarded to Tim Vine". 23 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  9. ^ [2]Chortle, 4 April 2014'
  10. ^ "United Kingdom and Ireland Territory – Home" (PDF). Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Tim Vine "discovers" Sutton United (video)". 29 November 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Another Tim Vine Interview | Tim Vine | Dave Faces | Dave Channel". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Draw it! on Channel 4 at 4:30pm May 26th, 2014". 26 May 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Celebrity Fifteen to One | Series 1 – Episode 3". Radio Times. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Catchphrase | Series 2 – 12. Catchphrase Celebrity Special". Radio Times. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  16. ^ [3]

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