It's kind of absurd that a lot of people take comedy so seriously. Tim's crtitics seem to be this type of person.
Just because Tim doesn't do thoughtful, poignant commentary on life and social ills, doesn't mean he's any less funny.
Humour has many styles and Tim has carved out his own unique style.
If you can imagine a cocktail of Harry Hill, Tommy Cooper and (scarily), a touch of Victor Borge, you're kind of in the right area.
Importantly, Tim doesn't take himself too seriously and he knows it's not deep humour. But to then say "anyone could do it" is doing Tim a huge injustice.
Stand-up comedy is extremely difficult to begin with. I myself have started out recently and to get up in front of people and try to remember even five minutes worth of stuff and then perform it correctly, is one of the hardest things you can do. I think some of our comedy critics should try it themselves and see just how hard it is.
So for Tim to effortlessly pour out gag after gag, well, you have to take your hat off to him for that alone.
"So I Said To This Bloke" is Tim's second DVD and is basically a special recording of a reworked version of his "Current Puns" show. I saw both "Current Puns" and his recent tour "Punslinger" live and thoroughly enjoyed both of them. I've been waiting for the chance to show my friends and family 'Pen Behind The Ear' and finally I can, as this is included here! 'Pen Behind The Ear' jaw droppingly long, but is worth it for the two pay-off lines!
Tim is multi-dimensional too, which is showcased here. We get the standard Vine puns: ("Last night I dreamt I wrote Lord Of The Rings: I was Tolkien in my sleep"), silly visual gags ("R, R, O, OK"), absurd songs ("Allergic To Choruses", "Puddings & Starters") and off the wall bizarreness such as 'Flag Hippo', which is an absolute joy. How he came up with that is anyone's guess. I particularly enjoyed Flag Hippo's reaction when Tim tells him off!! Brilliant! You can see why Harry Hill is a fan.
All in all, this is a silly, absurd, stupid, fun-filled, unique gem. Unique in the fact that there's no one else like Tim out there and also, without getting too schmaltzy, it's something the whole family can sit down and watch together, something that is rare these days and also, perfect for Christmas.
Forget about the TV on Christmas Day, stick this in the DVD player and get the whole family laughing together.
Here's hoping this time next year, I'm able to review "Punslinger" on DVD.