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BAFTA Interview: Tim Renkow

Tim Renkow
Tim Renkow

If you are aware of Tim Renkow you will know he doesn’t hold back when it comes to sharing his views at his stand-up comedy routines.

Originally from Memphis Tennessee he now calls UK his home, something tells us these shores welcome him with open arms and if you need further proof he has just been nominated for the BAFTA Breakthrough imitative for his TV comedy show Jerk which centers around the man himself.

It didn’t take too long for us Brits to warm to Tim’s sense of humour, he found himself performing at various festivals and picked up numerous awards such as Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year and a nomination nod for Best Newcomer at the Chortle Awards.

No topic is of limits for Tim, we think he would admit his cerebral palsy only adds to the number of subjects which makes his stand-up so award-winning funny.

Not only has he played two critically acclaimed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Tim has also written for ITV’s Off Their Rockers and appeared on NBC’s Before The Night After.

ABLE2UK spoke to the man himself and, as expected, he gave us some pretty hilarious answers.

What’s it like being a stand-up comedian?

It's knowing every teacher that ever told you to, "Pay attention and stop messing around because you'll never get anywhere if you don't" was wrong.

How did you hear that you had been recognised by BAFTA as a Breakthrough participant?

They actually tell us via smoke signals. It's like when they choose the new Pope (which BAFTA also does... Don't tell the Catholics).

Why did you move to the UK from America and are there any differences for a disabled person between the two countries?

I choose to live here because the public transport is better. I wish there was a sexier answer but that's it. The answer to the second part of the question is the public transport is better.

If you were ABLE2 do anything what would it be?

I would eat either, summon the dead and use my unholy army wrenched from their endless slumber, to take over the world — or be able to cook soufflé

BAFTA Breakthrough, launched globally in May 2020 and previously known as Breakthrough Brits, has been running in the UK since 2013.