Tim Clark (comedian)

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Tim Clark
Born Liverpool, England
Occupation Comedian, writer, presenter, actor
Home town London, England
Spouse(s) Married (June 2004)[1]
Children Three daughters and a son

Tim Clark is a British comedian, writer and presenter on both television and radio. He currently lives in London with wife and two of his children.

Comedy & Stage[edit]

For more than 20 years, Clark has been building a reputation for himself on the comedy scene. Working as a compère, he has hosted shows throughout the country. In January 1990 he introduced the first 'Pillar Talk' show at the Pillar Room in the Cheltenham Town Hall,[2] a venue which has seen some of the top acts in the UK including Simon Pegg, Mark Lamarr, Bill Bailey and Frank Skinner. Clark was on hand to witness one of the crazier moments in Jim Jefferies' career. The Australian comic was on stage at the Comedy Store, Manchester when he was attacked by a heckler.[3] As well as touring with Frank Skinner, Clark has toured extensively throughout Europe (including Kosovo and Bosnia) and in Asia. In 1995, he became the first western comic to perform in Beijing, China.[citation needed] He is now a regular compère with Comedy Store and Jongleurs.

At the 2002 Edinburgh Fringe, Clark performed his one-man drama, "Talking to Ted". Playing the role of a less than stellar comedian he tries to come to terms with his cocaine habit and how he's going to explain to his wife about the Welsh mistress which has now given him a son. His only companion he can talk to is the teddy bear his daughter left in the car. Fiona Stuges reviewed the show in The Independent praising Clark as "a revelation. <He> has a strong feel for human frailty and performs with acute intelligence. For that, he shouldn't be overlooked.".[4] The show was broadcast on 7 July 2004 on BBC Radio 4 with Les Dennis taking up the main role.

He later returned to Edinburgh in 2006 with the Fringe First production of What I Heard About Iraq. Based on the Eliot Weinberger article and using direct quotes and statistics from the people and events that surrounded the war on Iraq, each member of the production take turns to say 'What I heard about Iraq'. Clark gave a 'powerful performance' and the reviewer ended by saying the play 'is likely to become one of the Fringe's most talked about shows, and rightly so'.[5]

TV & Radio[edit]

Alongside Danny Kelly, Clark co-hosted a sports phone-in show on Channel 4 called Under the Moon. Starting on 12 Feb 1997, it was aired in the early hours of the morning. Clark only lasted about 10 episodes into its two season run. In an interview Kelly would claim that "it didn't help that he wouldn't rehearse and he was having trouble with his contact lenses so couldn't read the autocue."[6]

When the BBC tried to revive the show Give Us a Clue (originally on rival network ITV), Clark was called on to host the show. The format of the show basically followed the games of charades with one member of the team miming in order to convey to the rest of the team a popular phrase, book, TV or film. If their team was unable to guess it was passed over to the other team who could steal the points. The teams were captained by Christopher Blake and Julie Peasgood. It was broadcast in the afternoon it ran from 10 November until 19 December 1997 before being axed.

He has probably gained the most national recognition from his television advert for the airline Virgin Atlantic. Appearing alongside actor Paul Blackthorne, Clark played the role of the Grim Reaper. Despite a costume and make-up which took several hours to applying, he was still recognised on the streets.

As well as TV, there have been a couple of short film roles. Clark starred alongside Nina Pasale in Graeme Cole's Pilot for a 22nd Century Sitcom.[7] Clark plays a scientist whose wife has stopped doing the house work fearing an impending nuclear war. He also had a brief appearance in the 2006 short film "The Bed Guy" in the guise of Santa.[8]

Clark has also made guest appearances on radio including six times on BBC Radio 5 Live's "Fighting Talk".

Writing[edit]

As part of Channel 4' Sitcom Festival in 1995, Clark wrote the play The Beautiful Game. The 30-minute piece about two football fans was written for television but performed in front of a live audience at the Riverside Studios, London. His writing career also includes speeches written for ex-England football manager Graham Taylor, ex-footballer Neil Ruddock and also Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fighting Talk". BBC Radio 5 Live. Season 2004/2005 Season. 12 February 2005.
  2. ^ Brouwer, Andy. "Jeff Green (fansite)". 
  3. ^ Robertson, Cameron (21 April 2007). "Heard the one about the heckler?". Manchester Evening News. 
  4. ^ Sturges, Fiona (14 August 2002). "Comedy: Tim Clarke – Talking to Ted". The Independent. 
  5. ^ Mack, Kathryn. "Review – What I Heard About Iraq". BroadwayBaby.com. 
  6. ^ Naughton, John (6 April 2008). "The best worst sports TV show". The Observer. 
  7. ^ Wilkinson, Amber. "Movie Review – Pilot for a 22nd Century Sitcom". Eye for Film. 
  8. ^ "The Bed Guy (2006)". IMDb.com.