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Tuesday 28 April 2015

Minchin 'scares US Christians'

Tim Minchin later managed to find a different piano
Tim Minchin later managed to find a different piano

Tim Minchin is having a spot of bother with his US tour after the company who were due to loan him a piano apparently pulled out of the deal because they thought he was a "demon".

The Australian musical comedian has taken his tour to America this month and was due to play a gig in Dallas, but struggled to find a piano for the performance.

Tim tweeted: "Found a piano for Dallas. Then got email saying they'd YouTubed me and wouldn't rent to me, 'Not for one million dollars. Find a better comedian (not a demon)'.

"Also said I'm insane and a god-hater. Which is ridiculous. I don't hate God. I hate people who won't hire me pianos."

The piano firm even asked him to cancel his entire tour and "go back to Australia".

But the 35-year-old comic - who has already played Detroit and Los Angeles - managed to get hold of a "lovely Steinway B" in time for his Dallas concert.

He later tweeted: "Y'know, if I owned a piano and found out a hirer was, say, racist or homophobic, I might retract hire. I admire Norbert's ethical stand."

Tim finishes his US tour in Boulder, Colorado and is taking his tour to Ireland next week.

Earlier this summer the comic hosted Prom 40 - the first BBC Comedy Promenade Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

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