Tim Minchin at Eventim Apollo review: the comic book virtuoso is back

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is it a comedy concert? Is it a rock concert? With Tim Minchin right now, you get both on the same night. The latest show from Australian versatile, Back, is an almost perfect showcase for his various virtuoso talents.

The tour was originally called Back when it launched in 2019 as it was his first tour in eight years. Now the title has another meaning as Minchin, all shiny teeth and tight pants unsuitable for age, resumes a global escapade interrupted by the pandemic.

His first show in London found him in a pensive mood, barefoot at the grand piano and reflecting on his own mortality in If This Plane Goes Down. The song perfectly highlights the star’s gift for language gains: “Where will my remains be sent to finally be dental identified?”

While his music evokes old-school maestros Tom Lehrer and even Gilbert and Sullivan, his cat is a cutting edge stand-up, tackling hot topics ranging from confirmation bias and sanity to public shame. , the latter also approached tactfully in 15 Minutes when he sings: “I’m afraid to say anything that can be taken wrong.”

Minchin in full flow in the back

/ Andy Hollingsworth

Elsewhere, he riffs on a witty autobiography. Marry her childhood sweetheart in Australia, move to London and then LA before returning to Australia. He quickly admits that he knows he is privileged, but is also keen to point out that people who are successful with sea view homes can also suffer from depression – it hit him hard when his Hollywood film was suspended. .

Despite serious aside, Back has an upbeat tone, especially when Minchin is joined by a full group on stage. It frees this Mozart from the gaiety to squirm on the front of the stage or turn to the stage cameras which project his image on a big screen. His frankly absurd mini-epic Cheese sees him climb onto his piano and behave as absurdly as any rock icon.

Back is an intriguing hybrid of music and comedy, like nothing else around – more Mick Jagger than Bill Bailey, he gives the blond haired extrovert the opportunity to flex his leader’s muscles. The audience is also fascinating. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a large age group at a concert, teenagers allowed out on a school night – aging fans of Matilda The Musical? – up to the grandparents.

A delayed start made the event boil over, so there was something poetic about Minchin ending with Talked Too Much, Stayed Too Long from his latest album Apart Together. He suggested he would like those words on his gravestone. Judging by the standing ovation after his recall, they certainly didn’t apply to this performance.

Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, tonight and Thursday. Also 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, November 30 and December 1 ticketmaster.fr

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