Cavanagh (kav'-eh-naw) is a nationally touring comedian/humorist who has entertained a wide
variety of audiences for more than 15 years. His clean and upbeat comedy has made him a
favorite of corporate audiences.
Tim brings to
the corporate market a fresh, new style which incorporates a blend of customized material,
funny songs and jokes, fun prizes and audience-involving energy perfect for any
Tim does his homework. He learns as much as he can about the nature of
the group prior to his performance. Then, he writes comedy material especially for the
group. Sometimes, he is introduced as a "serious" speaker, such as an expert in
a particular field or an executive within the company's hierarchy. Other times, he is
simply introduced as a comedian. In any case, the result is a hands-on, custom-made,
unforgettably fun experience.
The unique approach Tim Cavanagh brings to comedy can
no doubt be traced back to his childhood. His father worked in a gift shop, and
would come home with jokes like:
Figurine in your sales tax, that'll be $37.18.
A sensitive child, Tim burst into tears the first
time he ever wore mittens, thinking they were hand puppets who'd gotten their faces
torn off in a horrible puppet accident. When he was 6 years old, he found out that his
friend Becky got a dollar from the Tooth Fairy for each of her teeth, while he got just a
quarter. So, he started selling his teeth to Becky for 50 cents and everybody made
a little extra money.
In the two decades that followed, Tim went to school, received a B.A. in Philosophy,
taught religion at an all-girls' Catholic high school, and then embarked on a career in
Before long, his funny songs began to win him notoriety. "I Wanna Kiss Her (But
She Won't Let Me)" became a hit on the nationally syndicated "Dr. Demento Radio
Show." Other successful songs followed, including "99 Dead Baboons,"
"Get Drunk With Dignity" and "Really Safe Sex," which have received
radio air play across the country.
Tim made his prime-time network television debut on ABC-TV, appearing on
"George Schlatter's Comedy Club Special." In fact, one of his songs was
used to close this national comedy special. He has also been featured on "The
Showtime Comedy Club Network" and Comedy Central's "Stand-Up Stand-Up."
In a profile of Tim Cavanagh, Dr. Demento said of him, "That man is
a master of word play." Chicago Magazine calls Tim "a wonderful
original whose songs poke fun and yet embrace people a real relief from sexist
ploys many stand-ups believe they must engage in..." In Pittsburgh
writes that Tim "performs one of the best and cleanest acts on the comedy circuit...
Cavanagh uses brilliant word-play in stories and songs..."
Tim has headlined major comedy clubs throughout America. He has performed at more than 200
colleges and for more than 200 corporate groups. He is also a regular guest on many
drive-time radio shows across the country. He has been a writer and contributor (including
dozens of jingles and songs) on "The Danny Bonaduce Show" when it was heard on
WLUP-FM in Chicago, on WKQI in Detroit and currently on BIG 105 in New York City. He is a
frequent and favorite guest on "The Bob and Tom Show," a morning drive show
syndicated in more than 45 markets, and also on "The Paulsen and Krenn Show" on
WDVE in Pittsburgh.
Unfortunately, comedy is beginning to affect his sleep,
though. According to Tim, "I've been having this recurring dream. I dream that
they've erected a memorial to all those jokes I've written that have died. People file
past the memorial, and for every joke there's a moment of silence...again."
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