Sample has been widely acknowledged as New England's
premier native humorist. Novelist Stephen King
has likened Sample's work to that of Mark Twain,
and Charles Kuralt called him "Maine's humorist
laureate." Tim's books, albums, and videos
(including four albums and a video for the Bert
and I company) have sold well over a million
copies. In the summer of 1993 Tim was recruited by
Charles Kuralt as a correspondent for the Emmy Award winning TV Show
CBS News Sunday Morning. 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 wonders of Tim Sample's home state."
was born and raised in Maine and educated in Maine
schools. For the past several years, Tim’s
primary year-round residence has been in Brunswick, Maine, and although he continues to travel
extensively, he has never lived (or for that matter
wanted to live) anywhere other than the Pine Tree
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 that
album were written by the late humorist Marshall
Dodge, who along with his partner Rev.
Robert Bryan, created the world-famous Bert
and I recordings back in the 1950s. After
Dodge's death 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, including several TV specials, the
popular recording How to Talk Yankee,
and the TV specials Out of Season and Maine
Humor Behind the Barn.
has also written and/or illustrated over a dozen
books, including regional bestsellers How
to Talk Yankee and Saturday Night
at Moody's Diner. His most recent book,
Maine Curiosities, co-authored by longtime friend Stephen
Bither, was published in 2002 by The
Globe Pequot Press. Tim'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.
the years, Tim has performed thousands of shows
in venues as diverse as the Los Angeles Convention
Center, the Mall of America, the New York Yacht
Club and the Caribou Performing Arts Center. These
days, he averages about 80 to 100 concert and after-dinner
appearances per year.