Tim Minchin

The Aus­tralian com­edy song­writer and cre­ator of the Matilda mu­si­cal turns graphic nov­el­ist with Storm

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I’m go­ing to pref­ace this by say­ing I’m not the geek my fans think I am. I’ve never watched Star Trek and I barely know what Star Wars is. But I like the orig­i­nal To­tal Re­call. And Looper’s an amaz­ing film. I like con­cepts. I’m writ­ing a mu­si­cal of Ground­hog Day at the mo­ment, and I love Ground­hog Day be­cause of the thought ex­per­i­ment na­ture of it.


It’s all Buffy for me. Do you know Joss Whe­don tweeted about my mu­si­cal Matilda yes­ter­day? Fuck­ing best day of my life! At the end of the song “When I Grow Up” Miss Honey comes and sings her verse, re­peat­ing one kids have sung, which goes, “When I grow up I’ll be brave enough to fight the crea­tures that you have to fight be­neath the bed.” And Joss tweeted, “‘ Daddy, why does the teacher sing that at the end?’ ‘ Daddy will ex­plain it when Daddy stops cry­ing.’” I was so thrilled. Un­til Game Of Thrones – I just watched the en­tire four sea­sons of that in six weeks – Buffy was the only TV se­ries that I’d watched from be­gin­ning to end.


My favourite au­thor – cer­tainly in the top three – is Kurt Von­negut. Von­negut’s tone just changed my life. The way he speaks with such a gen­tle irony – quirky, funny, pro­found and beau­ti­ful. Slaugh­ter­house- Five was my choice of book when I did Desert Is­land Discs. Storm is avail­able in pa­per­back and deluxe hard­back now. Matilda The Mu­si­cal is cur­rently be­ing per­formed in London and New York.

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