Poking fun at others is at the heart of a lot of comedy. But disability is often off-limits as a topic to lampoon. Not so for taboo-busting actor, writer and stand-up comedian Tim Renkow, who has turned his own disability – he has cerebral palsy – to his advantage.
Tim is the writer and star of Jerk (BBC Three), a devilishly funny series in the awkward comedy vein of The Office that debuted in 2019 to rave reviews. The concept was born out of Tim’s short film, A Brief History of Tim, which was first shown on the BBC in 2016. It follows the life of an American art school dropout whose cerebral palsy means people continually judge him. But what they don’t know is that inside he is, well, a complete jerk. Previously, he starred in hit Viceland comedy Bobby & Harriet Get Married, which was broadcast on Comedy Central in the UK in 2018.
Born in Mexico City, Tim moved to North Carolina when he was young, attending art school in Memphis. He came to London when he was 22 to study creative writing and promptly started performing stand-up. His critically-acclaimed shows earned him the Leicester Square Best Newcomer Award, The Amused Moose Comedy Award and a Chortle Best Newcomer nomination.