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 co-creator, co-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. Jerk was quickly commissioned for a second series and is due to film this year. Previously, he starred in hit Viceland comedy Bobby & Harriet Get Married, which was broadcast on Comedy Central in the UK in 2018.
Tim was nominated for Breakthrough Act at the RTS Awards 2020 and Jerk won the Representation of Disability Award at the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence awards. In November 2020, Tim was also selected as a writer-performer for BAFTA Breakthrough.
Born in Mexico City, Tim’s family moved back 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.