Stand up comic uses mu­sic to or­ches­trate au­di­ence laugh­ter

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

A FOR­MER Poyn­ton school­boy is forg­ing a ca­reer as a dou­ble bass play­ing co­me­dian.

Jim Tavare grew up in Mac­cles­field and went to Poyn­ton High.

He trained at RADA, the famed act­ing school, be­fore branch­ing out into stand-up com­edy.

This has de­vel­oped into a unique act where he ap­pears in tails and a white tie to play his dou­ble bass.

He said: “I bought my first dou­ble bass from my school be­cause no one wanted to play it. It was just stuck in there get­ting dust.

“Be­cause of that, I’ve com­bined the­atre, mu­sic and com­edy in one show.”

Tavare’s first film ap­pear­ance was as a stu­dent in Another Coun­try (1984) with Ru­pert Everett and Colin Firth.

Many years later he starred in a se­ries of short, silent films for BBC2 ti­tled Jim Tavaré Pic­tures Presents and had a skit se­ries on Chan­nel Five, co-writ­ten with Ricky Ger­vais, called The Jim Tavaré Show.

His most high pro­file role was as Tom, the owner of the Leaky Caul­dron, in Harry Pot­ter and the Pris­oner of Azkaban.

He’s got a few prizes on his man­tel­piece too, in­clud­ing a pres­ti­gious BAFTA for com­edy screen writ­ing.

Now LA-based the comic still val­ues the op­por­tu­nity to get in front of a com­edy club au­di­ence.

Jim, who has ap­peared three times at the Royal Va­ri­ety Per­for­mance in front of the queen, said: “If you’ve got the skill it seems mad not to do it.

“It’s cer­tainly not about the money, but I get very itchy and de­pressed if I don’t do stand up. I think the awk­ward­ness of the in­stru­ment means peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate you have a pas­sion there, and then they think it’s funny that it makes your life dif­fi­cult, car­ry­ing this great big wardrobe around.”

●● Co­me­dian Jim Tavare

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