AYER -- It'll soon be five years since celebrity comedian/political satirist Jimmy Tingle came and conquered Ayer-Shirley Regional High School with his "American Dream" tour.
He's back and with a vengeance -- and a political campaign. Seriously.
The now-Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Tingle is bringing his "Humor for Humanity" to ASRHS Auditorium on February 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Ever since Johnny Carson first introduced Tingle on the Tonight Show in 1988, long before Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert or Louis CK, he has remained a "stand out in stand up," specializing in political humor and social commentary.
For years, Boston comedy and theater fans have known what Jimmy Tingle does. Now, with "Humor for Humanity," he hopes to expand his comedic footprint and show audiences a glimpse of why he does it.
"Our mission is to use comedy, commentary and conversation through social media, radio, television and live events to raise spirits, funds and awareness for non-profits, charities and social causes. Our Mission is Their Mission," Tingle said. "Through this new social enterprise, we want to use humor for purposes beyond entertainment and help make meaningful change in the world. Humor for Humanity! Humor and Helping, Humor and Healing, Humor and Hope... HaH! HaH! HaH! HaH!"
Tingle's previous engagement at the school was a fundraiser to benefit the arts in the Region's schools.
"I'm running for Lt Governor of Massachusetts to help shape, articulate, and deliver a message to voters about a Democratic Party which I believe is positive, progressive, and passionate," Tingle said. "With 'Humor for Humanity,' I'm looking to raise spirits (and funds) for great causes like the Ayer/Shirley schools. A little comedy and a little commentary is a great recipe for a fun evening for a great cause... our future!"
Tingle has worked as a stand-up comic, producer, writer, actor, filmmaker and commentator in several mediums from the early 1980s to the present day. His professional career has spanned nearly four decades.
Tingle worked with "60 Minutes II" on CBS as the humorist / commentator in the Andy Rooney spot. He has worked as a contributor and satirist for MSNBC and has appeared on "The Tonight Show," CNN, "Larry King's Weekend," and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The American Comedy Awards," as well as his own HBO comedy special. He has also been a guest on NPR's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross, on "The Take Away" with John Hockenberry, and was the U.S. correspondent on The Strategic Humor Initiative with Sir David Frost and The BBC.
Tingle has produced several comedic and theatrical productions including "Jimmy Tingle's Uncommon Sense" at the famous Hasty Pudding Theater at Harvard, which became the longest running one-person show in the 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." Tingle's theatrical credits include writing, performing 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."
Tickets are $25 per person; $35 per person for V.I.P. Seating with a post-show meet & greet with Tingle. For ticket reservations and information, please call (978) 772-2545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available online at www.jacneed.com/ASYD/AyerShirleyDrama.htm.