No Joke

ELLSWORTH — Maine humorist Tim Sample returns to Ellsworth June 25 as part of a benefit performance for The Grand Theater and local radio station WERU.

Befitting of the storytelling style in his humor, Sample has plenty of stories about his experiences at The Grand — the venue of the upcoming show — and even more about his time at WERU.

“I’ve done many performances at The Grand for over a quarter of a century,” he said. “I’ve had some tremendous shows there.”

Sample is as fond of The Grand as he is of the surrounding area. Though he was born in Fort Fairfield and raised primarily in Boothbay Harbor, Sample has ties to Hancock County that run through the town of Brooklin, where he has relatives.

But it is Sample’s connections to a nearby town that show where the humorist left his deepest mark on Hancock County.

In 1988, local radio station WERU — based in Blue Hill at the time — hit the airwaves for its debut broadcast. Sample, along with Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary fame, shared the joint distinction of being the first voices heard live on WERU.

“I can’t remember what we said or did,” Sample said. “We might’ve played a song, “We Shall Be Released” or something.”

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Fenceviewer Staff

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