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Tim Minchin @ ACME Comedy Theatre, 11/19/07

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Last night Austrailian comedian Tim Minchin brought his act to Los Angeles and the ACME Theatre after performances in New York and Las Vegas. On the heels of being named Best Alternative Comedian at the 2007 HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, Minchin's act did not disappoint with a seamless blend of original songs, wry observations, and increasingly amusing audience interaction.

Initially adopting a shy stage persona reminiscent of Mitch Hedberg, Minchin covered topics ranging from his family life, to religion, to his abstract sexual habits. But the highlights of the show definitely came during his songs. Minchin has serious vocal chops and plays the piano to match. With a set that included staples like 'Rock 'n Roll Nerd', 'Dark Side' and 'Canvas Bags', Minchin had the crowd in hysterics and eventually in a standing ovation.

I can't remeber a recent comedy show that I enjoyed as much, and perhaps the best news is he's playing again tonight, and tickets are still available. If ever there was a time to enjoy a top-notch comedian in an intimate setting, this is it.

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