|Tim Sample has attained a unique position among Downeast humorists with his own blend of traditional New England heritage clashing with modern Americana|
Time Sample has attained a unique position among Downeast humorists. Since 1980, he has produced four albums of humor, three for the Bert and I label. His original brand of native humor has drawn sell-out crowds through New England.
Tim's friend, mentor and former performing partner, the late Marshall Dodge, put it this way:
"Tim Sample uses humor not as an escape into rural 19th century charm, but as a weapon to battle future shock. Ingeniously, he uses precisely this coonfrontation of antique agricultural Maine with modern urban America, as teh source of his humor."
In addition to performing nationally and recording for Bert and I, Time has written and produced numerous award-winning radio and television commercials, and recently server as host of the top-rated PBS series "So You Think You Know Maine." He has narrated several films, including the animated version of Robert McCloskey's classic, "Burt Dow, Deep Water Man," for Weston Woods, and the historically significant, "From Stump to Ship."
Tim's latest book, "Saturday Night at Moody's Diner," was published by Harpswell Press in late 1985, featuring illustrations by the author.
In 1987, the 30th anniversary of Bert and I, The Best of Tim Sample, a 90-minute color video catching Tim in live performance, was released. Also filmed in 1987 was a comedy short, CLAWS: Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Out For A Lobster, hosted by Tim and starring several Maine celebrities including Ed Muskie and Joan Benoit Samuelson.
As audiences across the US are discovering, the man Marshall Dodge called "the funniest man in Maine" is one of America's best entertainers.