“For over 30 years I’ve been incredibly blessed to make a great living as a comedian and political satirist traveling the world and making people laugh, think and feel better. However, after three decades, I know in my heart I can do more.”
Husband & Father
Knocking on Doors with Jimmy Tingle
Harvard Commencement Address
A personal note on "Why government matters"
In December of 1987, after losing three friends to alcohol and drug related deaths, I called several detox centers and rehabs looking for help. At 32 years old, I felt like I was dying as well. Usually my calls were met with the typical response “we have no beds” “no rooms” “over booked” “there’s a waiting list’ or questions regarding insurance. Fortunately I called the Cambridge City Hospital and said to the gentleman who answered the phone “I need help.” His response was immediate and changed my life, “you called the right place.” I spent the next 7 days including Christmas at the Cambridge City Hospital. Got out, prayed a lot, moved to NY City to focus on stand up comedy and sobriety. A year later to the week, December 15th 1988, I appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The other guest was Bob Hope. I believe in miracles. I am entering politics in the midst of our current national and local substance abuse crisis in large part to ensure that whenever anyone in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts makes a call for help the answer will always be “you called the right place.”