Tim Minchin & His Orchestra, Motorpoint Arena

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TIM Minchin knows how to make an entrance.

Trapped inside an ascending 10ft cage, the Aussie-raised comic wails about his overinflated ego and grips the iron bars like a wannabe pop star. Thankfully it’s all a stunt and Minchin emerges at the piano to entertain with his unusual blend of tricksy melodies and insightful comedy.

The London-based comedian has come a long way since his UK debut at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2005 and his more recent performances on BBC1’s Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, along with second live DVD Ready For This? have truly catapulted him into the mainstream spotlight. But he seems unfazed by his enhanced fame, mocking his new show with a song entitled Nothing Ruins Comedy Like Arenas.

Despite his sarcasm, Minchin has pulled out all the stops for his biggest tour - the 55-piece Heritage Orchestra accompany him and bandmates Brad Webb and Pete Clements as they showcase Minchin’s quirky songs to their best potential and create hilarious comic moments. Minchin’s lyrics are occasionally inaudible, but that doesn’t spoil the overall effect.

Old favourites If I Didn’t Have You (I’d Probably Be With Somebody Else) and You Grew On Me Like A Tumour were well received, but Minchin’s new material was the real highlight. His big band-inspired song Cheese - tribute to a journalist who asked him about his guilty pleasures - will have you both crying with laughter and toe-tapping simultaneously.

This guy is on a roll. A must-see.