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Tim FitzHigham, also spelt Tim Fitzhigham, is an award winning Britishmarker comedian, author, and world record holder. The feats he has performed include paddling a paper boat down 160 miles of the River Thames, rowing a bathtub across the English Channelmarker, and inflating the world's largest balloon.


FitzHigham began working as stand-up comedian in a rum shop in 1998 while working as a pig farmer in the West Indiesmarker. In 1999, he performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with James Carey in "Infinite Number of Monkeys - Sketch Comedy of Hypotheticals", where he was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award (now the Edinburgh Comedy Award) for best newcomer. In 2000 he established Infinite Number of Monkeys as a production company and in the same year won a Spirit of the Fringe Award.

The shows he has performed include Don Quixote, in which he attempted to live like a medieval knight errant in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the novel Don Quixote. When he appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 4's The Museum of Curiosity, he donated the novel Don Quixote to the museum.

World Records

FitzHigham holds several world records. The first he achieved in 2003, which was to paddle a paper boat down 160 miles of the River Thames, which he did to raise money for Comic Relief. The record had stood for 383 years, having been set in 1619 by John Taylor, a Jacobite poet and Queen's Waterman.

His second such feat was being the first person to row a bathtub across the English Channel. His first attempt was in 2004 for Sport Relief, when he tried to row from Francemarker to Tower Bridgemarker, Londonmarker in a bathtub made by Thomas Crapper and Co. Ltd, named "Lilibet II", after the childhood nickname of Queen Elizabeth II. However, a storm on 14 July consisting of Force 6 winds resulted in the attempt failing and bathtub being damaged. In 2005, FitzHigham made a second attempt, this time for Comic Relief, and successfully crossed. He later wrote about the experience in his first book, In The Bath, later retitled All At Sea, and the story was turned into a show that was performed at the Fringe. In honour of the event, Thomas Crapper and Co. Ltd made a special lavatory named after him. It is only the second commemorative lavatory in history, the other being made for Queen Victoria's jubilee.

In June 2006, FitzHigham, along with impressionist Alistair McGowan, the UK Environment Agency and the United Nations set new British and European records assembling the longest washing line in the country in Trafalgar Squaremarker, London. It was done in order to raise awareness environmental issues and UN World Environment Day.

In November, 2006, FitzHigham inflated the world's largest man-inflated balloon to raise awareness of environmental issues, which held 19,000 pints of air. During the attempt he fainted twice within two hours.


Other than his records, FitzHigham also holds a range of different titles. These include being a Freeman of the City of London, Freeman of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames, the Commodore of Sudbury Quay, Pittancer of Selby Town and Most Puissant Knight de Santa Maria.


External links

  •, website covering his world record boating trips.

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