Self-Employed Humorist, Producer, Writer, Actor
Graduate School: Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Masters Degree in Public Administration
College: Umass Dartmouth; Bachelor of Arts in History, minor in Sociology and Education
High School: Cambridge High and Latin
The Cambridge, Mass.-born Tingle has a career spanning three decades, as a comedian, writer, actor, social activist and entrepreneur.
Among his many professional successes, he wrote and delivered commentaries for “60 Minutes II” on CBS similar to those delivered by the late “Andy Rooney” on the original “60 Minutes” and also worked as a regular contributor and satirist for MSNBC.
Over the years, Mr. Tingle has appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,“Larry King’s Weekend” on CNN, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” 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 on “The Take Away” with John Hockenberry.
Tingle grew up in a working class neighborhood in Cambridge, Mass. That experience, coupled to his Catholic background, which focused on the social justice side of the Catholic faith, continues to be a major influence in Tingle’s life, politics and worldview.
Tingle’s father owned and drove taxicabs in Cambridge, and ultimately became the owner of Yellow Cab of Newton.
“As kids,” Tingle says, “the cab was our family car, and we went everywhere in it. One time my father took us hunting in the cab. We looked funny pulling up to the forest in a big yellow cab. Bears were looking out of the forest completely dumfounded: ‘Somebody call a cab?’
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, performing 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.
Tingle has the rare distinction of winning Boston magazine’s “Best of Boston” awards in two different categories-as a performer in the “stand-up comedy” category and as the founder and artistic director- producer of Jimmy Tingle’s OFF BROADWAY, which was named “best alternative theater” in 2007.
Jimmy is also the founder and CEO of a new social enterprise entitled Humor for Humanity.
Humor for Humanity aspires to use entertainment for purposes beyond entertainment. Our mission is to help raise spirits funds and awareness for non-profits, charities and social causes. Our Mission is their Mission.
During the Lt. Governor campaign, Tingle will continue to work with “Humor for Humanity” and tour Massachusetts performing in theaters and for non-profit organizations, private parties and corporate events.
More information at www.jimmytingle.com