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Jimmy Tingle: Humor and Hope for Humanity

Jimmy Tingle. Photos by Ellen Shub.

Jimmy Tingle is a master storyteller! His humor, wit and intelligence shine in his new show, Jimmy Tingle: Humor and Hope for Humanity. It is a feel-good comedy with stories about his life and career.

With decades of experience as a stand-up comic and performer, Jimmy Tingle is a natural! His stage presence is organic and relatable. He makes it look easy.

The show is a well-crafted, unique blend of humor and thought-provoking content. It features video clips of his past shows, showcasing his comedic prowess, including a particularly striking one in which he eerily predicts Donald Trump's candidacy and subsequent sexual harassment cases. This clip left the audience in awe, and Tingle, in his trademark style, jokes that he's a visionary. This unique mix of comedy and reflection sets his show apart.

His story is not just about laughter; it's a testament to the power of humor as a tool for change. Tingle's journey is a genuine example of how humor can be a cathartic process and a catalyst for action. He founded the organization Humor for Humanity with a mission to "raise spirits, funds, and awareness for non-profits and social causes." His humor is not just for entertainment; it's a force for good, making a real impact on social causes.

Jimmy Tingle: Humor and Hope for Humanity tells of his life, the triumphs, and the obstacles. Tingle's journey to success was not a traditional one. This is evident as he speaks of recovering from alcoholism and drug abuse, hustling as a stand-up comic, his acceptance to Harvard at around 50 years old and his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts.  But this is what makes him so real and personable. His experience built him and it's refreshing to see how he maintained his good humor and hope as he went through it all, demonstrating his personal growth and resilience.

Catch Jimmy Tingle: Humor and Hope for Humanity before it leaves. It'll make you laugh and think, and you may very well leave believing Mr. Tingle is a visionary!

"Jimmy Tingle: Humor and Hope for Humanity"

Written and performed by Jimmy Tingle

May 2- June 2, 2024

SoHo House Playhouse (15 Vandam St. NYC) 


Yani Perez, M.F.A, is a poet, playwright, translator, and educator. Her plays have been presented in various theaters in the United States such as La Mama and Yale University as well as internationally in Bogotá, Colombia. She works at IATI Theater, one of the oldest Latinx theaters in NYC. She is currently working on translations of Latinx artists in hopes of introducing them to English-speaking audiences.


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