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Tim Northern: funny, and smart

Aspen Times - Aspen, CO, USA - Tim Northern says he gets his sense of humor, and his silly attitude, from his mother. But his father has also played a vital role in Northern’s becoming a comedian.

Northern has used his father, a Tennessee postal clerk with a do-it-yourself attitude, as a model to set the bar uncommonly high for himself. A natural-born rightie, Northern uses his left hand for most everything. His car has a standard transmission; automatic is too easy. On the golf course, he uses old-fashioned blades-style clubs rather than cavity-backs — the golfing equivalent of opting for long, straight skis over shaped ones.

And on the comedy stage, Northern has chosen the challenging route. Much of the comedy he has seen on TV, he says, is puerile and shocking — which he translates to easy laughs. He does not emulate the approach.

“I saw enough bad comedy on TV that I figured I’d try my hand at it. No one was doing the kind of comedy I liked,” said the 42-year-old native of Nashville, who now lives in Louisville, Ky. “I liked smarter comedy — turns of phrase, just smart stuff. The way I see it, a lot of the stuff I see on TV, I was doing that in eighth grade — easy humor, misogynistic stuff.” (On Northern’s website, singer Naomi Judd speculates that the comedian could be a member of Mensa; there is also a quote from noted Nixon speechwriter/lawyer/game show host Ben Stein: “I love that fact that he assumes his audience has a brain!”)

It wasn’t only his inner drive demanding that he aim high. Northern and his brother Michael, the two oldest of five kids, bonded over comedy, especially sneaking listens to their dad’s comedy albums: Richard Pryor, and the late Jerry Clower, whose country-fried schtick was huge in the South. Among the Northern sibling, bad or stale jokes were forbidden.
Source : Originally Published Aspen Times - Aspen, CO, USA, Mar 14, 2008
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Posted 3/14/2008 12:03:57 AM | Permalink
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