Tim is known for his quick-fire jokes but will he be as quick on his feet when it comes to dancing for Comic Relief?
Tim Vine is a writer, actor, comedian and presenter, perhaps best known for his role in the sitcom Not Going Out – in which he starred from 2006 to 2012. Born in London, he is the brother of journalist and BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine.
Tim started his stand up career back in the mid-1990s and first went to the Edinburgh Festival in 1995 where he won a Perrier newcomer award for his show The Tim Vine Fiasco. A regular at Edinburgh ever since, in 2010 he won the award for funniest joke with 'I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again.'
His comedy act primarily consists of quick-fire one-liners and puns – something he put to good use in 2004 by breaking the Guinness World Record for most jokes told in an hour (an impressive 499), a record he held until May 2005.
In 1997, alongside Julia Bradbury, Tim had the honour of co-launching Channel 5. His TV presenting credits include the game show Whittle, Housemates and Fluke. His first major TV role since leaving Not Going Out was presenting Don’t Blow the Inheritance, a daytime quiz show.
- In 2012, Tim won the prize for joke of the year at the annual Lafta awards.
- Tim has a keen interest in music and can play the guitar, piano and drums.
- He has been in several bands including The Flared Generation alongside his brother Jeremy Vine.
- Tim once competed on Celebrity Mastermind with a specialist subject of Elvis Presley – and won.