Jimmy Tingle is a comedic treasure.
Funny, smart, eternally optimistic, Tingle has a new solo show that sheds light on politics and running for office — something he has done a couple of times, including last year when he ran for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts and racked up 41% of the votes in September’s primary.
Image Theater is excited to present Tingle in “Jimmy Tingle’s 2020 Vision” upstairs at The Old Court, 29 Central St., downtown Lowell, on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, at 8 p.m.
“We’re excited to bring Jimmy to Lowell,” said Image’s co-producer/artistic director, Jerry Bisantz.Bisantz and Tingle met at an audition in July, and that got the ball rolling for the Lowell appearances.
“He told me he had a new show, I told him about Image and that we had this space at the Old Court. And it all came together for us to bring him here,” Bisantz said.
The show is a funny, thought-provoking, hopeful look at contemporary life and politics. It answers the question, “Why would a comedian run for office?” as it illuminates his 2018 campaign with passion, purpose and a sense of humor.
“After we lost the election — but still got 41 percent of the votes — last year, I decided to get back on stage and talk about my experiences running for office,” Tingle said. “It really resonates with people and is coming together great.”
Looking ahead to the presidential campaign of 2020, Tingle hopes that his “2020 Vision” will “entertain, enlighten and challenge the audience to move beyond the current politics of presidential tweets, sound bites and the nightly news cycle, and into the realm of long-term thinking and life-affirming possibilities.”
“Despite all that’s going on, I remain an optimist,” Tingle said.
Tickets for the show are $25 at www.imagetheater.com or 978-441-0102.
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