Writer, UK Stars Of Tomorrow 2010

Tim Key

A stand-up comedian whose show The Slutcracker won the comedy award at the Edinburgh Festival last year and was described as “eccentric”, “shambolic” and “strangely beautiful”, Tim Key is a hard man to pigeonhole. And he is all the more successful for it. His talents embrace poetry, sketch comedy (with the troupe Cowards), short films (he co-wrote with Tom Basden and starred in the Bafta-nominated The One And Only Herb McGwyer Plays Wallis Island) and acting, in addition to the stand-up, and he works both alone and with a close set of creative collaborators including fellow Stars of Tomorrow Basden and Jonathan Van Tulleken. Key’s interest in film-making began with Herb McGwyer and he is now branching into the longer format. First out of the blocks will be Tile City, co-written with Basden. After that, he hopes to develop a longer version of the black-and-white silent shorts he has made with Van Tulleken. He is also keen to explore the idea of setting a film in Russia. “I would like to write something in the spirit of Nuts In May. I’m quite fascinated by Russia, and the idea of traipsing around Siberia with a small crew would be fun. In fact, thinking about it, I suppose the aim is to make a Siberian Nuts In May.” And why so many strings to his bow? “Once you start getting more opportunities in each discipline, it becomes more difficult to walk away,” he says.

Contact Hannah Begbie, United Agents, klaing@unitedagents.co.uk