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The Twain Lecture Series and the Center for the Study of Democracy Present “Laughing to the Polls: An Evening with Jimmy Tingle”

October 4, 2012
Press Release #12-112


(St. Mary’s City, MD) October 4, 2012—On Saturday, Oct. 13 come enjoy the first installment of “Laughing to the Polls,” a bi-annual event sponsored by the Twain Lecture Series and the Center for the Study of Democracy. Jimmy Tingle, the speaker for this inaugural event, is a stand-up comic, a social and political humorist, and an activist. The event will be held in the college’s Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall starting at 8:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Jimmy Tingle has worked on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.” He served as a commentator on MSNBC and on “60 Minutes II” on CBS. Tingle also appeared in Lions Gate Films' “Boondock Saints" and Miramax Films' "Next Stop Wonderland," and the The Boston Herald praised his one-man show, "Uncommon Sense," saying "there isn't a lot of sense out there these days. Jimmy Tingle's sense, and sense of humor, is indeed uncommon."

The Twain Lecture Series began in 2007 with speaker Ron Powers, a Pullitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of “Mark Twain: A Life.” Other speakers have included Peter Sagal (“Wait . . . Wait Don’t Tell Me”), Mo Rocca (“CBS Morning Show”), Larry Wilmore (“The Daily Show”), and most recently the late David Rakoff (“This American Life”). The Twain Lecture Series on American Humor and Culture serves to present the wide range of topics that face all humans, specifically Americans, through humor and the guiding presence of America’s greatest humorist and most typical American, Mark Twain.

The Center for the Study of Democracy was founded as a joint initiative of St. Mary's College of Maryland and its partner institution, Historic St. Mary's City, the site of Maryland's first capital. The purpose of the Center is to explore contemporary and historical issues associated with democracy and liberty in national and international contexts.

“Laughing to the Polls: An Evening with Jimmy Tingle” is co-sponsored by Historic St. Mary’s City.

For more information about this event or the Twain Lecture Series, contact Ben Click at or visit