Humor for Humanity: Jimmy Tingle at the Gloucester Stage Company
In the Age of Trump
at Gloucester Stage on January 28
Gloucester Stage Company presents Humor for Humanity: JimmyTingle in the Age of Trump at 7:30 pm on Saturday, January 28 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester MA. Tickets are $25. For tickets and further information, visitwww.gloucesterstage.com or call 978-281-4433. Tingle brought his hilarious, thought provoking and politically charged one-man show based on his 2016 run for the presidency, Jimmy Tingle for Presidentto GSC in October 2016 for one sold out show. On Saturday, January 28, he brings his newest work, Humor for Humanity: Jimmy Tinglein the Age of Trump to Gloucester Stage for one night only. Picking up where his Presidential campaign left off, Jimmy Tingle continues to expand the Humor for Humanity footprint, impact and movement with passion, creativity and optimism, reminding audiences that ultimately humor, humanity and the principles of the United States of America will prevail!. Humor for Humanity is a new social enterprise founded by comedian Jimmy Tingle that aspires to use entertainment for purposes beyond entertainment! According toTingle, “Our mission is to help raise spirits, funds and awareness for non-profits, charities and social causes through social media, traditional media and live events. Our Mission is Their Mission. Humor for Humanity; Humor and Helping; Humor and Healing; Humor and Hope; HaH! HaH! HaH!”
From 60 Minutes II and MSNBC, comedian and commentator Jimmy Tingle captures the sweet spot between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. His unique brand of topical yet timeless comedy is as insightful as it is hilarious. Jimmy Tingle will make you laugh, make you think, and make you feel better with his clean, funny intelligent humor for audiences of all ages.
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 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!”
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 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.
Tingle grew up working class. That perspective – coupled with his Catholic background, particularly the social justice side of the faith – continues to be a major influence in Tingle’s life, politics and worldview. Tingle’s father owned and drove taxicabs in his hometown. “As kids,” Tingle says, “the cab was our family car and we went everywhere in it. One time my father took us hunting in the cab. We looked pretty funny pulling up to the forest in a big yellow cab. Bears were looking out of the forest completely dumfounded:‘Somebody call a cab?’”
Tingle has produced several comedic theatrical productions includingJimmy Tingle’s Uncommon Sense at the storied Hasty Pudding Theater at Harvard, which became the longest running one person show in that theater’s history.
He also wrote, produced and starred in his first documentary film“Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream” which aired on over 60 PBS affiliates. Other film credits include small roles in Larry David’s “Clear History,” Chris Rock’s “Head of State,” “Next Stop, Wonderland” and “Boondock Saints.” He played himself in the International Emmy Award-winning documentary on arts censorship “Dammed in the USA”.
Theatrical credits include writing and starring and producing four one-person shows, all of which were directed by Larry Arrick: Jimmy Tingle’s Uncommon Sense; The Promised Land; Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream and Jimmy Tingle for President: The Funniest Campaign in History. (The latter two shows are available DVD.)
Tingle has the rare distinction of winning Boston magazine’s “Best of Boston” awards in two different categories. He won as a performer in the “stand-up comedy” category and then the venue he founded in 2002, Jimmy Tingle’s OFF BROADWAY, was named “best alternative theater.” Tingle was artistic director-producer at the Somerville, Mass. theater through 2007.