Rockland Kiwanis will present An Evening of Maine Humor with Tim Sample Friday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1.

Maine’s leading man of comedy, Sample’s work has been likened to that of Mark Twain by no less than Stephen King; the late Charles Kuralt called him Maine’s humorist laureate. For 11 years, Sample he was a correspondent for CBS News and a regular essayist on “CBS News Sunday Morning,” hosted by Charles Osgood.

Sample was born and raised in Maine and has never lived, or wanted to live, anywhere else. His first album of Downeast humor was produced in 1979 by Noel Paul Stookey¬† of Peter, Paul, and Mary with liner notes by the late humorist Marshall Dodge who, along with the Rev. Robert Bryan, created the world-famous “Bert and I” recordings back in the 1950s. After Dodge’s death in 1982, Sample 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.”

Sample also has written and/or illustrated more than 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. 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.”

Tickets are $16 in advance and will be $18 at the doors. Advance tickets are available at the downtown Camden branch of Camden National Bank or by calling 354-0100.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to