“Humor for Humanity,” subtitled “Jimmy Tingle’s 20/20 Vision: Why Would a Comedian Run for Office?”, is a one-hour comedy special and documentary that will air (virtually) later this month.
It is billed as a funny, thought-provoking, and hopeful look at contemporary life and politics through the experience of comedian, commentator, and erstwhile political candidate Jimmy Tingle.
The stage show was recorded at the historic Sanders Theater at Harvard University on Feb. 29 of this year.
Since the pandemic, the footage from that show has been shaped into Tingle’s latest theatrical project: a hybrid comedy special/documentary.
Weaving personal narration from the basement of his Cambridge home with politically charged comedy and commentary from the Sander stage, the show attempts to answer the question: “Why would a comedian run for office?” as it illuminates Tingle’s 2018 campaign for the office of the state’s lieutenant governor.
Through comedy, commentary, and video from his 40-year career as a stand-up comic, commentator for “60 Minutes II,” and statewide political candidate, Tingle aspires to contribute to the cultural conversation in a positive, hopeful, and funny way.
His new social enterprise will be partnering with several Massachusetts theaters and nonprofit organizations to use these shows as a fundraising vehicle for their organizations.
Film trailer: https://vimeo.com/491002314
Audience testimonials after the February Sanders Theater show: https://vimeo.com/490833819
Showtimes: Dec. 26, 7 p.m.; Dec. 27, 5 p.m.; Dec. 30, 7 p.m.; Dec. 31, 7 p.m.; Jan. 1, 7 p.m.; Jan. 2, 7 p.m.; and Jan. 3, 5 p.m.
All shows are free (or pay what you can). Tickets and information are at www.JimmyTingle.com.