BBC Proms – Prom 40: Comedy Prom

Tim Minchin

Having been in London overnight, we finished off by seeing the Comedy Prom on Saturday. We were very excited to see Tim Minchin live, and were amazed that we could get tickets (we think this is as the end box is usually used by the BBC, but it was released). This was a very last minute affair for us, we only got our tickets on Thursday. Susan Bullock puts in a good comedy turn for a soprano, and I was impressed by the musicality of the bit by Danny Driver and Andrew Litton. Sue Perkins conducts at several points, as well as sings. The high spot for me was 'Beardyman' - my jaw was hitting the floor when he got into his act. His act is a human beatbox with the aid of recording loops to multitrack himself 'on the fly' - it was incredible. Kit and the Widow were excellently snobby and Doc Brown getting the BBC Concert Orchestra to play a rap accompaniment.... 'Mongrels' were nice to see, though there were some issues with lip syncing there - I can forgive them that. Mongrels' style on stage was reminiscent of 'Stuffed and Unstrung', which really should transfer to London by the way. I do hope mongrels gets a second series - it is certainly worthy of one.

The Boy with Tape on his face was an inspired choice for radio, I wonder what the radio listeners made of it. I'm not complaining at all, it worked well in the room (baffled radio listeners should watch on BBC4 to find out why the audience were laughing). At one point, Tim Minchin and the Boy with tape on his face helped with the drumming, of course, the latter was miming the drums.

The piano piece with Sue Perkins, Danny Driver, Kit or the Widow (not sure which) and Tim Minchin at the end was a highlight.

We were amazed to come back after the interval to find Tim Minchin in the next box, we didn't have a lot of time before the show restarted - so no 'Hi, Tim!' or photo I'm afraid. The man was perusing his script and one doesn't like to be rude, so we left him to it. We did get a few blurry back of head photos, though. We think at least one of us will be on TV when the show is broadcast on BBC4 TV on the 27th August.

The BBC has put a few clips from this prom up on youtube to whet appetites, there's Tim Minchin singing 'F-Sharp'

... and the cast of 'Mongrels' (a fantastic show) singing 'Middle Class is Magical'....

... and finally Beardyman (and youtube)

Musician, actor, comedian and rock 'n' roll superstar Tim Minchin hosts a Proms first - the Comedy Prom. Tim is joined by Sue Perkins, Susan Bullock (soprano), Danny Driver (piano), Kit and the Widow, Beardyman, The Boy with Tape on his Face, Doc Brown, the Mongrels, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Andrew Litton (Guest conductor) and Jules Buckley (Music Director).

The audio is available on BBC iplayer for the next week or so, but I recommend waiting to see it on TV on the 27th August (and then on iplayer)