RANGELEY – Maine humorist Tim Sample will share his take on Down East and upcountry Maine humor for two performances, at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at Lakeside Theater.

Novelist Stephen King has compared Sample’s work to that of Mark Twain’s, and the late Charles Kuralt called him “Maine’s humorist laureate.” Sample has been a senior correspondent for CBS News and is in his 10th year as a regular contributing essayist to the show CBS News “Sunday Morning,” hosted by Charles Osgood.

Sample was born and raised in Maine and educated in Maine schools. For the past several years, his primary year-round residence has been on Georgetown Island, and although he continues to travel extensively, he says he’s never wanted to live anywhere other than Maine.

His first album of Down East humor was recorded in 1979 and produced by Noel Paul Stookey, the “Paul” of Peter, Paul and Mary fame. The liner notes for that album were written by the late humorist Marshall Dodge, who along with his partner, Robert Bryan, created the “Bert and I” recordings in the ’50s and ’60s. 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, a recording on “How to Talk Yankee” and the TV specials “Out of Season” and “Maine Humor Behind the Barn.”

Sample’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.”

Advance general admission tickets for either performance are $15 for adults, $10 for students. They may also be purchased by calling (207) 864-5571.


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