Jimmy Tingle's MAKING COMIC SENSE OF 2013 Set for ImprovBoston, 12/19
Jimmy Tingle's "Making Comic Sense of 2013," an ImprovBoston Holiday Benefit is set for December 19th, 6:30pm at IMPROVBOSTON in CAMBRIDGE, MA. $10 tickets and available online at www.improvboston.com. In person sales available at ImprovBoston. For more information, call the box office at 617-576-1253.
From the new Pope to the Tea Party, from Nelson Mandela to the Mayor of Toronto, Tingle's hilarious take on 2013 will make you laugh, make you think and make you grateful you made it through. Tingle's year-end performances are a tradition for Bostonians who enjoy some "comic sense" with their news and politics. "Making Comic Sense of 2013" will lift your spirits, raise your awareness and sharpen your sense of humor for 2014 and beyond. Tingle comes to ImprovBoston on December 19th in advance of his performance at the Regent in Arlington on December 28th. All proceeds from the ImprovBoston performance will go to ImprovBoston's Holiday Food Drive.
In 2010, Jimmy Tingle was chosen to give the Commencement address in front of thousands of people at Harvard. He'd just received his Masters Degree in Public Administration. Being that he was in the midst of many great academic minds, Tingle felt he should explain himself. "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.
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, MA-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 did two seasons of "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.