The Maine Humor Company, Brunswick, ME 04011

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About the Artist

Tim Sample is widely acknowledged to be New England''s premier native humorist. Novelist Stephen King has likened Sample''s work to that of Mark Twain, and Charles Kuralt called him ''Maine''s humorist laureate.'' Tim''s books, albums, and videos (including four albums and a video for the Bert and I company) have sold well over a million copies. For eleven years he was a correspondent for CBS News and a regular essayist on the Emmy award winning television show CBS News Sunday Morning, hosted by veteran newsman Charles Osgood.

Tim was born and raised in Maine and has never lived (or for that matter wanted to live) anywhere other than the Pine Tree State. Tim''s first album of downeast humor was recorded in 1979 and produced by Noel Paul Stookey, ''Paul'' of Peter, Paul, and Mary with liner notes by the late humorist Marshall Dodge, who along with his partner Rev. Robert Bryan, created the world-famous Bert and I recordings back in the 1950s. After Dodge''s death in 1982, Tim recorded four albums and a video for the Bert and I company. Sample and Bryan have collaborated on a number of projects, including several TV specials, the popular recording How to Talk Yankee, and the TV specials Out of Season and Maine Humor Behind the Barn.

Tim has also written and/or illustrated over a dozen books, including regional bestsellers Saturday Night at Moody''s Diner and his most recent Maine Curiosities second edition, co-authored by Stephen Bither, published in 2006 by The Globe Pequot Press. Tim''s national TV appearances include The Today Show and Good Morning America, and he has narrated award-winning films and books on tape, including Robert McCloskey''s children''s classic Bert Dow Deep Water Man and Stephen King''s The Sun Dog.

Over the years, Tim has performed thousands of shows in venues as diverse as the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Mall of America, the New York Yacht Club and the Caribou Performing Arts Center. These days, he averages 50 -70 concert and after-dinner appearances per year. More information on Tim may be found at his website:

Category: Artist

Preferred Audiences: College, Adult

Disciplines: Theatre

Contact Information


The Maine Humor Company
32 Beech Drive
Brunswick  ME  04011 


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