Tim Vine made his first real attempts at stand-up comedy in 1991 at the Comedy Café in London. He began to attend the New Act competition nights regularly. While continuing to attend the café, he started to do numerous open spots in other clubs throughout 1992. In 1993 he came second in the Hackney Empire New Act competition and by 1994 he was a regular on the London comedy circuit. That year he made his first TV appearances on BBC Pebble Mill.
In 1995 his show ‘The Tim Vine Fiasco’ won him the Perrier Best Newcomer award at the Edinburgh Festival. He hosted the morning game show ‘Housemates’ on BBC One the same year.
In 1996 he returned to the Edinburgh Festival with a sell-out show called “The Tim Vine Shambles’. In 1997 he became the first man to appear on Channel Five, co-hosting the very first show called ‘This is Five’ with Julia Bradbury.
He also hosted the game show ‘Whittle’ on Channel Five and his own comedy games how called ‘Fluke’ which ran over the same period on Channel Four. He sold out Edinburgh again with his shows ‘Tim Vine Flat Out’ (1998 and ‘I’m Vine Thanks’ and ‘Tim Vine and the Minotaur’ (1999).
In 2000 Tim performed in the Royal Variety Show in front of Prince Charles. From 2001 to 2002 he appeared in two series of ITV’s ‘The Sketch Show’ which won a BAFTA. In 2004 he broke the Guinness world record for the most jokes told in an hour (499).
He appeared in 5 series of the award-winning sitcom ‘Not Going Out’ and he played Beach the Butler in series two of Blandings. Other TV shows include Live at the Apollo, Q.I, winning Celebrity Mastermind, hosting ITV game show ‘Don’t Blow The Inheritance, a regular on Celebrity Squares, a regular on Countdown’s Dictionary Corner. And for Comic Relief he appeared on ‘Fame Academy’, dancing on ‘Let’s Dance’ as Justin Timberlake and playing darts on ‘ Let’s Play Darts’ as well as popping up in a Downton Abbey spoof. And on Celebrity Total Wipeout he fell off everything!
Continuing with his live comedy ‘The Tim Vine Chat Show’ where Tim interviews members of the audience and interviews them was a sell-out in Edinburgh 2011, 2012 and 2013. Tim has also appeared in six pantomimes and his stand-up has been performed as far afield as The Melbourne Comedy Festival in Australia as well as Montreal, Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, USA and China among others.
In 2010 and 2014 Tim won the Dave Television award for ‘Best Joke at the Edinburgh Fringe’, the only person to have won it twice. He has successfully toured all of his stand-up shows and has four DVD’s of these shows: Tim Vine Live (2004), So I Said To This Bloke (2006), Punslinger (2008), The Jokeamotive (2009). His latest show ‘Tim Timinee Tim Timinee, Tim, Tim, to you’ is due to be released on DVD in Autumn 2016. Tim Also has released two books ‘The Tim Vine Joke Book’ (2010) and ‘The Tim Vine Bumper Book of Silliness’ (2013).