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Fast Facts

Jimmy Tingle is available for interviews leading up to the show.

  • Nationally Famous. A comedian and political commentator for more than 30 years, Jimmy Tingle was a regular feature on 60 Minutes II, shot his own HBO comedy special, and has appeared countless times on national television, including Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show, CNN, MSNBC, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and more.

  • A True Bostonian. Born in Cambridge, raised in Cambridge, and a graduate of UMASS Dartmouth and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Jimmy Tingle is Boston’s most prominent resident comedian. He was commencement speaker at Harvard’s graduation in 2010. He has the rare distinction of winning Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston: Stand-Up Comedy” and also for “Best of Boston: Best Alternative Theater”, as the producer and artistic director of Jimmy Tingle’s Off-Broadway Theater in Somerville.

  • Notable Activist. Jimmy dove deep into serious politics in 2018 as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. With political giant, former US Congressman Barney Frank, as his honorary chairman, he received 41.3% of the vote in the primary. He is also the founder of Humor for Humanity, a production company that puts on comedy shows to raise spirits, awareness, and funds for non-profits. He is the winner of the Courage of Conscience Award from the Peace Abbey, an interfaith art and social justice organization, and the 2020 Civil Service Award from Boston Mountaintop, which works to realize the vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Theatre. Jimmy wrote, performed, and produced one-person shows including Uncommon Sense, Jimmy Tingle for President: The Funniest Campaign in History, and Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream, which was turned into a nationally released film and PBS TV special, directed by Vincent Straggas.

  • Film and TV. Jimmy has appeared in Veep, the award-winning political comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Head of State, the political comedy starring Chris Rock, Next Stop Wonderland, The Boondock Saints, starring Willem Dafoe, and Clear History starring Larry David. He’s appeared in documentaries including Damned in the USA, America with the Top Down, When Stand-Up Stood Out, and Call Me Lucky, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait.

Story Ideas

  • Hope. In an age of great disillusionment with government, Jimmy Tingle inspires political activism, but more importantly hope.

  • Barney Frank. After an endorsement from political giant Barney Frank, former US Congressman from Massachusetts, who became his honorary chairman, Jimmy Tingle skipped straight over local politics to become a statewide candidate for office. Now he explains why and tells the story as a political comedy show.

  • Behind the Scenes. One of Boston’s most famous resident comedians, as part of his new show Jimmy Tingle brings the audience inside his national appearances on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show, 60 Minutes II, and more.

  • Boston Strong. Boston is the center of Jimmy Tingle’s 20/20 Vision, which will tour nationally this year. Jimmy was born and raised in Cambridge, and evokes the Kennedys in his manner, Boston accent, and positive attitude.

  • Depth, Not Snark. Jimmy is different than most political comedians. His one-man show is full of optimism instead of cheap put-downs. He’s earned his opinions through community engagement, winning awards for his charity work and even made a statewide political run for office.

  • What’s It Like to Run For Office? Have you ever wondered whether you could run for political office? Jimmy Tingle tells why he did it, what it’s really like, and his takeaways in a show that is bound to motivate his audience.

Media Contact

Jimmy Tingle,, (617) 642-8102.