tim key Tim Key. With a String Quartet. On a Boat (CD, £8.75)label: angular recording corporation
In the grand British tradition of comedy records (Derek & Clive, Ivor Cutler, Beyond The Fringe), the multi award-winning star of radio, stage and screen Tim Key releases his first album. This is not merely an archive of pre-existing material. Nor is it a recording of one of Key’s critically acclaimed stage shows. Instead Key has produced a curious artefact of poetry, prose and tense conversation; an examination of the highs and lows that come from hiring a string quartet and a boat without really thinking it through. Impossible to be defined as simply music or literature, comedy or poetry, ‘Tim Key. With A String Quartet. On A Boat’ is an alchemy of all of these things. “Key exhibits a show that is anarchic, shambolic and entirely original. As a comedian his style is unparalleled” - The Guardian. “In any other sphere apart from comedy, we’d probably class this way of looking at the world as certifiable. Here it feels like genius” - The Telegraph. “The Future of British Comedy” – The Independent. “Very funny” – The Guardian. “Fucking funny” – The Scotsman. “The Future Of British Comedy” – Time Out.
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