Comedy Show

Jimmy Tingle – Comedian and Humorist

“I’m a comedian by profession and have traveled all over the world performing stand-up comedy,” he said. “I don’t want to brag, but two years ago I performed in Europe. I’d just like to say ‘excellent country!’” He punctuated it with an enthusiastic thumbs-up gesture. As the students, families and faculty erupted with laughter, Tingle went on to explain, “People asked me all year why would a comedian want to go to The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. I told them: ‘the same reason all of you wanted to go to Harvard… We got in!’”Yes, there was that. But also, as a political humorist he wanted to dive deeper into those murky waters of politics. The Cambridge, Mass.-born Tingle has a career spanning three decades, as a comedian, writer, actor, activist and entrepreneur. He rose up from the Boston comedy boom of the ‘80s, the scene that spawned Steven Wright, Denis Leary, Bobcat Goldthwait and Paula Poundstone.He wrote and delivered short commentaries for “60 Minutes II” on CBS in the “Andy Rooney” spot. Tingle was less curmudgeonly journalist and more exasperated, wry comic. “Some cities are using money from parking tickets to fund the schools,” Tingle told “60 Minutes II” viewers. “Why is the quality of a child’s education being influenced by their parent’s inability to park? ‘Dad, the school needs a computer! ‘Don’t worry, son, I’ll leave the car in front of the hydrant.’”Tingle also worked as a contributor and satirist for MSNBC and has appeared on The Tonight Show, CNN, “Larry King’s Weekend”, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, “The American Comedy Awards”, as well as his own HBO half-hour comedy special. He has also been a guest on NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” and appeared regularly on “Heat” with John Hockenberry.  NEEDHAM TOWN HALL, 7:00 PM

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