Sunday, June 16, 2024

Cambridge comedian Jimmy Tingle in 2008, when he was touring behind “Jimmy Tingle for President: The Funniest Campaign in History.”

Cambridge-born comedian Jimmy Tingle graduated today from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government with a master’s degree in public administration.

He’s hinting at a run for public office, a serious follow-up to the “Jimmy Tingle for President: The Funniest Campaign in History” show he did shortly after five years running a theater in Somerville’s Davis Square. Before that, he did a two-year stint as resident humorist on “60 Minutes II.”

The Boston Globe has the story:

At 55, facing his largest live audience ever, he’ll stand in front of 32,000 people at Harvard’s commencement and deliver the graduate student oration, his five-minute speech having been chosen by a faculty committee from submissions by a pool of 32 applicants.

“He’s clearly got a media presence,’’ said Kennedy School professor and political commentator David Gergen, who had Tingle as a student in a leadership development class.