It’s not stupidity, it’s the rejection of the notion of expertise that’s the most profound cultural and sociopolitical issue of our time.
Multiple Tony and Olivier Award-winner, and Emmy-nominee Tim Minchin went from gigging keyboardist, to Royal Albert Hall smash hit, to Dreamworks director. We explore the dynamic between Tim’s easy-going exterior and his internal driving force, learn his true feelings towards his own voice, and find out how he feels about death…
Hamlet x8 skit at RSC Live featuring Tim Minchin, Sir Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Kinnear, David Tennant, Dame Judi Dench, and Prince Charles!
“Leave it to humans to think the universe has a purpose for them.
However, I am no nihilist. I am not even a cynic. I am, actually, rather romantic. And here’s my idea of romance:
You will soon be dead.
Life will sometimes seem long and tough and, god, it’s tiring. And you will sometimes be happy and sometimes sad. And then you’ll be old. And then you’ll be dead.
There is only one sensible thing to do with this empty existence, and that is: fill it. Not fillet. Fill. It.
And in my opinion (until I change it), life is best filled by learning as much as you can about as much as you can, taking pride in whatever you’re doing, having compassion, sharing ideas, running(!), being enthusiastic. And then there’s love, and travel, and wine, and sex, and art, and kids, and giving, and mountain climbing … but you know all that stuff already.”
~Tim Minchin, UWA commencement 2013
The conversation is, as you may expect, rich in allusions, stories and wit as they talk about death, art and comedy.
Tim and Gaby have a deep chat about hope, evil, feminism, and the internet.
Hey guys. I interviewed Tim Minchin for Inconnu Mag and it just came out finally. I am so so proud of this one. I think the conversation we had was amazing and I wish I could talk to everyone this way. Please check it out and share it if you like it. Thank you.
…there’s a parallel story about words here, because a satirist – particularly one with a social conscience, particularly in the age of the online outrage machine – must weaponise his or her ability to be offensive, and then ensure it obliterates the intended target rather than bystanders. A satirist lives and dies in the grey idea between intended and unintended offence.
But often, in the world’s most crowded streets,
But often, in the din of strife,
There rises an unspeakable desire
After the knowledge of our buried life;
A thirst to spend our fire and restless force
In tracking out our true, original course;
A longing to inquire
Into the mystery of this heart which beats
So wild, so deep in us—to know
Whence our lives come and where they go.
[image: Street lights by marc-gascoigne, on Flickr]