At Mamamia, we want to acknowledge and celebrate the Australian men who are doing good things and trying to make our country a better place. So we came to you with a list of 100 great Aussie men and asked you to decide Mamamia’s 50 Best Blokes. This week, we’ll be counting down the top ten and announcing who you chose as Mamamia’s Best Bloke on Friday. But before we get to Friday, here’s number six: Tim Minchin.
Even the most dyed in the wool haters of the musical theatre would struggle to suppress a smile on hearing anything written or performed by Aussie comedian Tim Minchin.
His trademark tongue-in-cheek approach to tackling everything from religion to politics to children’s literature makes his work as watchable as it can be cutting.
“Any artist’s job is to look at the world and say something about it,” he told the Big Issue in 2014.
“I certainly take the responsibility of having an audience reasonably seriously. With every lyric I write I’m aware I’m putting ideas into the world.”
Minchin, 40, who now lives in the Los Angeles with his wife Sarah and their two daughters was born in the UK to Australian parents.
He grew up in Perth and has built a career on calling it as it is — and setting it to music. He’s been supremely successful too (his recent adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic Matilda swept this year’s Helpmann Awards taking home 13 gongs, including best original musical and score, and Groundhog Day is already getting rave reviews) but still considers being “a dad with the best office job in the world”.
“I don’t go for the money; I haven’t got a big house, don’t have a fancy car, don’t buy lots of clothes,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald in February this year. “I’ve got this f—ing awesome wife who I’ve been with since I was a kid, who’s just slightly totally disinterested in the notion of me being special at all, which I know I’m not, but sometimes you can get trapped.”
Tim Minchin and his wife Sarah before the Grammys. Source: Instagram
There is something special about Minchin though, which is why he's so damn loved in Australia and abroad.