Created on Monday, 04 August 2014 15:14
2014 JOINT CONFERENCE
Comedian Jimmy Tingle
Thursday, November 6, 6:30pm
"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.'"
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 (great in their own minds, at least), 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!'"
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 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 has produced several comedic and theatrical productions including Jimmy 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, MA theater through 2007.
His latest stand up comedy show Making Comic Sense of 2013 was recorded as a one hour radio special and is available at PRX.org.
For more information visit www.jimmytingle.com
To purchase tickets to see Jimmy Tingle at the 2014 MASC/MASS Joint Conference, be sure to add tickets for the Thursday Dinner Program when registering for the conference