Tim Sample

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Tim Sample
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Born (1951-01-30) January 30, 1951 (age 67)
Known forMaine humor

Tim Sample (born (1951-01-30)January 30, 1951) is a New England humorist , famous both for his presentation and his Maine accent. He has sold well over a million copies of his books, albums, and videos, including four albums and a video for the Bert and I company. In the summer of 1993, Sample was recruited by Charles Kuralt as a correspondent for the Emmy Award winning TV Show CBS News Sunday Morning.[1] Over the following 11 years, Tim produced over 100 "Postcards from Maine" segments which introduced millions of CBS viewers around the nation and the world to the lifestyles of Mainers.

Born in Fort Fairfield, Maine, and raised in Boothbay Harbor, Tim and his wife Kevin have a home in Calais,[2] and despite the traveling his career calls him to do, he has never lived (or wanted to live) anywhere other than in Maine.

Tim's first album of Downeast humor was recorded in 1979 and produced by Noel Paul Stookey, "Paul" of Peter, Paul, and Mary. The liner notes for the album were written by humorist Marshall Dodge, who, along with his partner Rev. Robert Bryan, created the world-famous Bert and I recordings back in the 1950s. After Marshall Dodge died 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 since, including several TV specials, the popular recording How to Talk Yankee,[3] and the TV specials Out of Season and Maine Humor Behind the Barn.

Tim has also written and illustrated several books, including How to Talk Yankee and Saturday Night at Moody's Diner. Tim's national TV appearances include The Today Show and Good Morning America. He has also narrated many films and books on tape, including Robert McCloskey’s children's classic Burt Dow: Deep-Water Man, Stephen King’s The Sun Dog, and a reconstructed version of the 1930 documentary From Stump to Ship.[4] In August 2006, Tim Sample released his first two DVDs, Tim Sample 2006 and Back in the Day. Tim Sample 2006 was recorded in June 2006 at The Bangor Opera House. Back in the Day contains digitally remastered footage of Tim's performances from 1983 and 1985.

Tim@BBOH 2011


  1. ^ McGarrigle, Dale (October 26, 1993). "Tim Sample now a regular essayist on 'CBS Sunday Morning'". Bangor Daily News.
  2. ^ Routhier, Ray (November 13, 2016). "Maine humorist Tim Sample will reflect on his career". Portland Press Herald.
  3. ^ "Ayuh! Maine's four favorite funnymen to gather". Lewiston Daily Sun. October 17, 1985. p. 20. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  4. ^ "1,200 see logging film at UMO". Bangor Daily News. September 24, 1985. p. 7. Retrieved 2011-02-16.

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