Jimmy Tingle was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The social, political and economic diversity of that city laid the groundwork for his development as a performer and eventual satirist. A product of the Cambridge public schools and Massachusetts state college system, the certified social studies teacher started performing in 1980 during the early comedy scene in Boston.
Jimmy quickly rose through the ranks in clubs, from bartender/open mike performer, to paid engagements, headling at comedy clubs and colleges nationwide. This led to national television exposure on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson," "Larry King Weekend," "The Dick Cavett Show," "The American Comedy Awards," and to an HBO "One Night Stand" comedy special and on "Stand Up Sit Down" with Robert Klein.
He has also been featured on National Public Radio with Terry Gross and "Fresh Air," "Talk of the Nation" with John Hockenberry, and as a weekly satirist on "Heat." More recently, Jimmy has been heard on Monitor Radio and the BBC with Mark Stein. He is a current contributor on Hightower Radio &ndash Jim Hightowers politically charged new talk show "Agitate."
Film work includes starring in the 1991 International Emmy Award-winning documentary on art censorship, "Damned in the USA." This film was recently released in America following a much publicized, controversial lawsuit brought on by Reverend Donald Wildmon of the American Family Association. Jimmy also co-starred in a PBS travel series special, "America with the Top Down" in 1992. He appeared in "But Seriously" a Showtime documentary featuring prominent social satirists from Lenny Bruce to the present. He is also prominently featured in the sequel "But Seriously 94" a satirical recap of contemporary headlines which aired in December 1994.
Stage performances include critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Arts Festival in Scotland, The Charles Playhouse in Boston and the Halstead Theatre Center in Chicago for his one man show "Whats So Funny, The Education of An American Comic." That show has evolved into his latest production, "Jimmy Tingles Uncommon Sense," which received stellar reviews during a nine-week engagement at the American Place Theatre in New York City. The show continued to succeed brilliantly in 1994 at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre in Wellfleet, MA and at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY as part of their one person show festival "Flying Solo." "Jimmy Tingles "Uncommon Sense" completed a five month run at the Hasty Pudding Theatre in Cambridge, MA in November of 95. That show has been recorded and is now available on Lyric Moon Records on CD and tape.