Jimmy Tingle is regarded as one of the top social and
political humorists in America. He has worked as a stand up
comic, producer, writer, actor, filmmaker and commentator in
several mediums from the early 1980’s to the present day.
Tingle was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts
where the social, political and economic diversity of that city
laid the groundwork for his development as a performer and
After graduating from Southeastern Massachusetts
University in 1977 he started performing during the early
stand up comedy scene in Boston in the 1980s and quickly
rose through the ranks from open-mike performances to paid
engagements, headlining at comedy clubs, theaters and
Tingle recently returned to school, earning a masters degree
from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
He was selected to give the graduate address at Harvard’s
2010 commencement ceremony.
His latest one-person show “Jimmy Tingle for President- The
Funniest Campaign in History” continues to evolve with the
changing political landscape of 2012. His newest film “Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream” directed
by Vincent Straggas won Best Documentary at the
Independent Film Quarterly Film and New Media Festival in
Los Angeles in 2011and is currently airing on over 60 PBS
affiliates around the US.
His professional career has spanned nearly 3 decades.
He worked for two seasons 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 and was the US correspondent on The
Strategic Humor Initiative with Sir David Frost and The BBC.
Film credits include consulting and playing a television talk
show host on Chris Rock’s “Head of State”; a neighborhood
bartender in “Next Stop Wonderland;” a priest in “Boondock
Saints;” and a restaurant owner in “By the Sea.” He
played himself in the International Emmy winning arts
documentary “Damned in the USA.”
His theatrical credits include writing and starring in four
one-person shows all of which were directed by Larry
Arrick. “Jimmy Tingle’s Uncommon Sense”; “Jimmy Tingle
in the Promise Land”; “Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream”
and his current production, “Jimmy Tingle for President: The
Funniest Campaign in History.”
Tingle has the rare distinction of winning the prestigious “Best of Boston” award as both a performer in
2001 in the “stand up comedy” category and as a producer
in 2007 for Jimmy Tingle’s OFF BROADWAY Theater.