Tim Minchin: Accidentally Brave
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Tim Minchin is one of the smartest, weirdest, silliest musicians I know. You may know him as the guy who wrote the music for the hit musical “Matilda”, but I know him as the guy who has always written deeply gorgeous, inappropriate and searingly intelligent songs. A few times in my career, people have said “You’re a female Tim Minchin”, and I’ve taken it as a high compliment. But is it more that Tim Minchin is a male Amanda Palmer? WHO KNOWS? We talk about our strange jobs, empathy, our own self-loathing, decoupling “intellectualism” from emotion, the power of The Internet to share the stories of the disenfranchised, and about the gift of being told that you are not fucking special. And America. We had a hard talk about America.
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Amanda Palmer presents an intimate conversation with Tim Minchin, recorded February 20, 2020, in Sydney, AUS.
Tim Minchin is a world-renowned Australian comedian, actor, writer, musician, composer, lyricist, and director.
He is the composer and lyricist of the Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated show Matilda the Musical, based on the book by Roald Dahl.
His musical Groundhog Day, based on the 1993 film, opened in London in 2016, winning his second Olivier Award, and opened on Broadway in spring 2017.
He is the subject of the 2008 documentary, Rock N Roll Nerd.
Tim played the role of rock star Atticus Fetch on Showtime’s Californication.
In this interview, we talked about expanding your empathy, exploring your self-loathing in order to find peace, decoupling intellectualism from emotion, the power of The Internet to share the stories of the disenfranchised, combining radical honesty with compassion, how a safe space can people help heal, the gift of being told that you are not special, and how our job is to do what we want on stage.
Thank you so much to my guest, Tim Minchin. You can go to his site timminchin.com for music, videos, blogs, many more interviews, and the whole shebang.
Our interview was recorded by Sean Carey at Church Street Studios in Sydney, Australia.
The theme song that you’re listening to right now is called Bottomfeeder, it’s from my 2012 crowdfunded album, Theatre Is Evil.
I would like to give a shout-out to Jherek Bischoff, who arranged the beautiful in-betweeny orchestral usic that you heard in this podcast, that’s mostly snippets from my latest album, There Will Be No Intermission, which you should listen to, if you like very, very sad songs about death, abortion, and other stuff. And you can go support Jherek on his Patreon, he’s really prolific, and his music is incredible.
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