Far more than jokes

ANY audience with Edinburgh Festival sell-out Tim Key is likely to get more than they bargained for at his show of many performance genres.

The award-winning The Slutcracker - which arrives at Warwick Arts Centre on Sunday - will make them laugh. But it is far more than just jokes, with music, drama, yelling and a fight - not to mention the mind-reading or escapology.

The brittle and precarious 55 minutes will also include a few short, experimental film pieces that Tim devised with director J Van Tulleken.

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As well as two years of success in Edinburgh, he has enjoyed a good run at Soho Theatre in London and appeared in Armando Iannucci’s inventive sketch show Time Trumpet, two series of Cowards on Radio 4, Out To Lunch on Radio 2, Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe and the spin-off television series Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe.

He has also featured on Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better and Tom Basden’s play Party and plays, both on Radio 4, BBC Four panel show We Need Answers and as Alan Partridge’s sidekick in his new web-series.

The show, described by promoteres as a “confused procession of idiosyncratic poetry and prose”, starts at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £10.50 (£8.50 concessions). Call 024 7652 4524 or go online.