Former Perrier nominee with a comedy campaign
This article is from 2007.
Last year, US comic Doug Stanhope told The List how he was going to stand for the Libertarian Party in the 2008 Presidential Election. That was before practical considerations such as making a living while campaigning got in the way. This year Massachusetts-based comic Jimmy Tingle brings his self-explanatory road show Jimmy Tingle for President into town. ‘Unlike all the other American Presidential candidates, I have decided to start my campaign in Scotland. That’s just one of the things that sets me apart from my distinguished colleagues,’ quips the 52-year-old comedian and 60 Minutes commentator.
Tingle has good reason to consider Edinburgh worthy of a presidential bid as he was nominated for a Perrier award in 1990: surely a good omen. In fact, so keen is he on his return that he is also bringing another stand-up show, Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream. ‘I had a lot of fun here in the 90s and I really look forward to performing two different shows a day. It is something I always wanted to try and this will be a great way to do it.’ Let’s just hope that his audiences are happy to vote with their feet. Twice.
Jimmy Tingle for President, Assembly @ Hill Street Theatre, 623 3030, 5–27 Aug (not 13), 1.40pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9–£10). Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £5; Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream, Assembly @ George Street, 623 3030, 5–27 Aug (not 13, 20), 10pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9–£10). Previews 2–4 Aug, £5.