Tim Sample is a Maine native whose unique New England style of humor has gained him a national following. When introducing Tim on ABC’s Good Morning America Charles Gibson referred to him as, “The man who wrote the book-literally, on Maine humor!” Legendary newsman Charles Kuralt has called Sample “Maine’s Humorist Laureate.” On Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. in what has become a summer tradition, Tim returns to Boothbay Harbor to perform at the Opera House.
Describing Tim Sample’s work as “humor” rather than “comedy” is, according to fellow Mainer and bestselling novelist Stephen King an important distinction. “He’s a funny guy, you’ll get no argument from me on that score, but no more a comedian than Mark Twain or Artemis Ward. Like, them, Timmy (that’s what I always call him the way folks from up our way are apt to call their friends “dearie”) isn’t acting; he’s just talking in a kind of heightened and gifted way, as folks do when they’re passing on valuable tales about the human condition.”
In addition to TV, radio and a dozen popular albums of “down east” humor, Tim spent eleven years (1993 -2004) as a regular correspondent for the Emmy award winning network television show CBS News Sunday Morning, hosted by Charles Osgood. Tim has written and/or illustrated over a dozen books, including regional bestsellers Saturday Night at Moody’s Diner and How to Talk Yankee. Tim’s narration work includes such award-winning films and audiobooks as Robert McCloskey’s children’s classic Burt Dow Deep Water Man, Stephen King’s The Sun Dog and Drunken Fireworks as well as the immensely popular film documentary From Stump to Ship.
Tim has deep roots in the Boothbay area, and when he returns to the historic Opera House stage he is likely to tell a few stories about those roots. Join in the fun. Advance discounted tickets are $20 and available from the box office at 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor or by calling 633-5159. Regular tickets are $25 and available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and on the day of the performance. The doors for seating open at 7 p.m.