Date:   9/9/2005

“Master of Word Play”, Tim Cavanagh, returns to Thrasher

Tim Cavanagh returns to the historic Thrasher Opera House for two evenings of good clean fun!  The nationally recognized stand-up comedian, and former teacher at an all-girls Catholic school, will grace the stage and encourage the audience to participate in some old-fashioned, laid-back fun and an all-in-all good time.  Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Frans & Ellie Eliason, area Chiropractors: Belville-Fletcher Chiropractic, ChiroPlus Complimentary Healthcare Centers LLC, Yeomans-Edinger Chiropractic Center S.C., Pace Chiropractic, and Quandt Chiropractic and the Bay View Motel, Cavanagh will bring a raucous of laughter to the Opera House on Sept. 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m.


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:

Knick Knack...Who's there? Figurine...Figurine Who? 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 comedy.

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 tremendous radio airplay across the country.

Tim made his prime-time network television debut on ABC-TV. He has also been featured on Showtime, Comedy Central and Comcast.

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 at yet embrace people--a real relief from the 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 for over 20 years.  He has performed at hundreds of colleges and for hundreds of corporate groups. A multitude of drive-time radio shows across the country feature Tim as a regular guest. He has been a writer and contributor (including dozens of jingles and songs and comedy bits) on "The Danny Bonaduce Show" when it was heard on WLUP-FM in Chicago, on WKQI in Detroit, and on BIG 105 in New York City.  He is a frequent and favorite guest on "The Bob and Tom Show," a morning drive radio show syndicated in roughly 120 markets nationwide.  Tim has also appeared as a guest on countless news programs across America.

Among his popular releases, include his first comedy CD, Sounds Like Fun!  (1997), featuring 18 original comedy songs, The One Minute Song,(2000) Volume 1, of which 27 songs were written and performed for a weekly segment Tim did on "The Bob & Tom Show" called "The One Minute Song” and The One Minute Song, Volume 2 (2003), a collection of 24 bits and songs also performed live on "The Bob & Tom Show."

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.  And people file past the memorial, and for every joke, there's a moment of silence...again."


Tickets for the concert are $16 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake); Ripon Drug, Pick ‘N Save (Ripon); Twister (Princeton); Berlin Chamber (Berlin) or by calling (920)294-4279.  Online tickets available at


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