Jim Tavaré is an internationally acclaimed, BAFTA award winning British comedian. He is globally renowned and has sustained both national and international acclaim.
Jim Tavaré played Tom the Innkeeper in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He made TV history by becoming the first overseas act to reach the finale of hit NBC TV series Last Comic Standing.
He won a BAFTA award for writing and performing in comedy sketch TV series 'The Sketch Show'. He wrote and starred in his own British TV shows ' The Jim Tavare Show' and 'Jim Tavare Pictures Presents'.
In the US he was an International Starsearch winner, and had an episode of CBS 'Wings' written around his comedy act.
Recent TV credits include appearances on NBC's Chuck, Showtime's Californication and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
He has performed his comedy show at a private function for Her Majesty The Queen of England. He is renowned for being Prince Charles favorite comedian.
He is a regular headliner at The Laugh Factory, Hollywood.
Since 2010, Jim has been selected for showcases at NACA Regional Conferences in the West, Northern Plains, Central, South, Mid America and for the 2012 NACA National Convention.
Stand up comedy with a Stand up bass
Comedy Juice at Hollywood Improv Review
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White Collar Funny Jim Tavare is a gift. In a white-tie tux and dragging a cello to stage,...
White Collar Funny
Jim Tavare is a gift. In a white-tie tux and dragging a cello to stage, he is a sight to behold. He’s introduced from “ Last Comic Standing”, but you recognize has face from countless movies and television. His delivery is dry and he works over the audience, slowly pulling us in. By the time he lifts his instrument to play, we were putty in his hands. And he contoured the room quite easily. The first big laughs of the night and the howling audience wanted more.
Top Comic joins Laughter Line Up
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A COMIC treat is in store at the next instalment of Jan Jack’s Laughter-House. Jim Tavare (pictur...A COMIC treat is in store at the next instalment of Jan Jack’s Laughter-House.
Jim Tavare (pictured), who has worked across the globe and is a veteran of three Royal Variety Performances, will be in Basingstoke on July 15.
Tavare, who has performed privately at Highgrove, has had his own show, Jim Tavare Pictures Presents on BBC 2, and co-starred in The Sketch Show, which won a Best Comedy Series BAFTA.
In 1999, he wrote and starred in Channel 5’s The Jim Tavare Show and reached the last four comedians in the national series Last Comic Standing.
Laughter-House, which started in October 2007, has hosted the likes of Milton Jones, Adam Bloom and Bob Mills, but Tavare is the best known act so far.
Jan Jack a comic herself, said: “I performed at a charity event with a close friend of Jim Tavare, who was aware of Laughter-House’s good reputation, and offered to speak to him for me.”
She added that at the Basingstoke comedy gig, she ensures there is a balance between professional entertainment and a feeling of relaxed, friendly intimacy for smaller groups and individuals.
Joining Tavare at The Red Lion Hotel, in London Street, Basingstoke, will be Dave Thompson, perhaps best known for playing Tinky-Winky in the Teletubbies. Thompson’s absurdist humour led Ben Elton to write a role for him in his 2000 movie Maybe Babe.
He is a regular collaborator with Harry Hill, and performs at Jongleurs and The Comedy Store. He has also written for TV Burp, co-written Boothby Graffoe’s Radio 4 series and supplied material to several other stand-ups.
Resident compere Danny Dawes will be guiding the evening, which begins at 8.15pm, with doors opening from 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £12 – or £10 to Laughter-House Loyalty Members and small discounts for advance tickets for groups of six people – and can be purchased at The Red Lion Hotel reception, on 01256 328525, or online at We Got Tickets, via laughter-house. vpweb.co.uk.
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Chortle Review of Jim Tavaré
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You can’t deny there’s something very striking about a comic who saunters on to the stage with a dou...You can’t deny there’s something very striking about a comic who saunters on to the stage with a double bass. When he’s tall, bald and wearing white tie and tales, the attention-grabbing effect is complete.
Not that Jim Tavare is your typical musical comic. The 6ft instrument turns out to be little more than a prop. A cumbersome one, granted, but a prop nonetheless.
And what a lot of jokes he gets out of it: musical gags, sight gags, silly gags. They come quick and relentless, delivered in a defiantly old-school style. He tacitly acknowledges that this is nothing more than stupid clowning while maintaining a disarming deadpan. With his pace, attitude and downplayed silliness, no wonder he’s been called a modern-day Tommy Cooper.
It’s not all double bass. There are some great one-liners, just the right side of eliciting a groan that you could be caught out by such daftness. Plus he has more props in his arsenal: a schoolboy recorder and a musical vacuum cleaner. He takes his stupidity very seriously.
Tavare’s been on the contemporary circuit almost since its inception, yet the fact his act is timeless means it doesn’t feel tired. The charming presentations helps, too, giving him a broad appeal across generations and sensibilities. Sometimes the old ones are the best.
Jim Tavaré: A Comedian and His Double Bass
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Jim Tavaré is a man of many talents. From being one of the only foreign finalists on "The Last Comic...Jim Tavaré is a man of many talents. From being one of the only foreign finalists on "The Last Comic Standing" to receiving a recurring role in the upcoming season of "Californication,"he has certainly achieved success; however, most of us may know him better as Tom the Innkeeper from the popular film "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," or as the beloved dancing old man from the Six Flags commercials. However, did his performance at St. Norbert on Nov. 9 live up to his reputation?
The answer from those who went would be a "yes."
Tavaré walked out on stage, dressed in tuxedo and wielding a large double bass (an instrument that looked like a giant cello) and drily began to talk to the empty seats in the front row; if Jim proved anything, it was that he was very capable of adjusting his act on the fly, making jokes and turning the variables in the situation to his own advantage, including striking up conversations with various people walking by and overreacting to the occasionally buggy sound system, much to the audience's delight. He was a very active speaker for someone so deadpan, delivering hilarious impressions of Johnny Cash, Elvis and even Jimi Hendrix with his large double bass; he kept his audience involved and they appreciated every bit of it.
Music was constantly present throughout the act, as Tavaré used the double bass to perform various wedding marches, including Darth Vader's Imperial March for those Scientology marriages. However, when he wasn't successfully making fun of violinists and their ever-lasting battle versus bass players or the musicians from the Titanic playing the Jaws theme, he was using a vacuum cleaner to play the harmonica. It cannot be denied that the comedian is a resourceful man, topping off his delight. He was a very active man with a tiny, pocket-sized cello that he kept in his tuxedo jacket.
Even though some of his acts were surprising, he was received quite well by the audience. His sense of humor was just like he was – traditionally British.. The parallel between his works and those of theMonty Python troop, "Doctor Who," or the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," are undeniable, but Tavaré takes it a little farther with his more stoic delivery and focus on irony.
Regardless of his British humor, Tavaré resonated with his small audience. It is truly a shame that a man of his ability had his act scheduled at such a hectic time for St. Norbert students, because with a unique brand of humor and wit, Tavaré is definitely a comedian worth looking into.
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