Bartlett Woods brings Sample to town

Mar 12, 2019
Tim Sample

Camden — Tim Sample will return to the downtown Camden Opera House to present an evening of his trademark Maine humor Saturday night, March 23. The show begins at 7 p.m. sharp. Proceeds from the event will benefit Bartlett Woods Retirement Community.

Widely recognized as Maine’s foremost native humorist, Sample has brought his original Maine storytelling to a wide national audience. His books, videos and CDs of Down East humor (including several on the Bert and I label) have sold more than a million copies.

For 11 years (1993-2004), Sample’s “Postcards from Maine” essays were broadcast to a national audience of several million viewers on the Emmy Award-winning CBS News “Sunday Morning” program. In 2015, Sample’s narration of the original Stephen King story “Drunken Fireworks” became the No. 1 audio download on iTunes worldwide and the No. 1 bestselling audiobook CD on Amazon.com.

Sample’s first Maine humor album was released in 1979 and although his patented Maine-centric humor has certainly evolved over the intervening four decades, one central element has not changed. His comedy is appropriate for all audiences. He said he’s never understood the appeal, or even the point, of using profane and offensive language on stage.

“When I started out nobody would have considered it! And since I’ve always managed to generate plenty of laughs without resorting to that sort of material why would I change now,” he said.

Tickets are $18 in advance and will be $22 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased online at camdenoperahouse.com; or in person at Bartlett Woods Retirement Community, 20 Bartlett Drive. The nonprofit Bartlett Woods is hosting the performance as a fundraiser for its 2019 capital campaign. This year’s endowment will go to the development of a solarium, which will be a mixed-use facility. It will host gardens, a reading room and serve as an intimate gathering place for family and friends.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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