Opera House at Boothbay Harbor

The return of Maine humorist Tim Sample

Fri, 07/21/2023 - 10:30am

Story Location:
86 Townsend Avenue
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
United States

    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 called Sample “Maine’s Humorist Laureate.” On Thursday, July 27, he will make a pilgrimage to his hometown, and perform at the historic Boothbay Harbor 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 (five of them released on the legendary Bert and I label), Tim spent 11 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 award-winning films and audiobooks, 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 Sample has performed in venues as diverse as The Mall of America, Ocean Reef Club on Key Largo, and the Caribou Maine Performing Arts Center.

    Advance tickets for the Tim Sample show are $25, regular tickets are $30. Tickets are available at the box office at 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, or by calling 207-633-5159. Online tickets are available at boothbayoperahouse.com. The doors for seating open at 7 p.m., the stories start to roll at 7:30.