So, did you hear the one about the high school teacher who walked into a comedy club–and they hired him? That’s where the Tim Cavanagh comedy story begins. For a full year, Tim taught teenagers by day. By night, he sang his funny songs in Chicago comedy clubs. “Not surprisingly, I found the biggest difference between the classroom and the nightclub was the drunks–which I generally let the principal handle,” Tim says.
Since leaving the classroom, Tim Cavanagh has brought his comedic songs and inventive stand-up to concert halls, corporations, college campuses and nightclubs across America. And cruise ships around America. Over the years, he has also made several trips to Canada, where he has to convert all his jokes to Celsius and his one degree in philosophy becomes a bone-chilling minus 31.
Early on, it was Tim’s funny music that got a lot of attention. His song, “I Wanna Kiss Her (But She Won’t Let Me),” was the first of Tim’s pieces to receive national radio exposure, on the legendary “Dr. Demento” show. Other songs followed, including “99 Dead Baboons,” “Get Drunk with Dignity,” and “Really Safe Sex.” His funny tunes have been heard on radio stations everywhere, as well as on Sirius XM and even the BBC.
In 1997, Tim released his first CD, “Sounds Like Fun!” By then he had become a regular guest on “The Bob & Tom Show,” a nationally syndicated radio show now heard in 130 markets. For two years, Tim did a weekly segment on the show called “The One Minute Song,” which spawned two more CDs. Fast Forward to 2016. That’s when Tim’s fourth comedy album, “Love, Fish and Sausages,” was released. This latest CD contains 20 original comedy songs, backed by some great musicians. The 21st song on the album, “Vehicle Man,” is a parody of the 1970 hit “Vehicle.” The parody is not only done with permission, Tim actually sings this funny adaptation with Jim Peterik, the man who wrote the original and sang the lead on the “Ides of March” hit.
As for television, Tim has not only appeared on Comedy Central, he was chosen by the network to do several live performances for their clients and customers. His national appearances on ABC-TV, Showtime, and WGN America have put a face to the voice that so many knew only from the radio.
The book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jokes, features a half-page of Tim’s advice on “How Not to Introduce a Joke,” as well as other select Cavanagh jokes. His book, Chicken Soup for the Vegetarian Soul, just went through its sixth printing. Tim firmly believes in printing them “one at a time.”
A musician and improvisational actor, Tim uses these talents throughout his performances. He has appeared in concert with the likes of Kenny Loggins, Whitney Houston, and Elvis Costello. Tim is a veteran of National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”, and created the character of “Eddie Vestoon” which can be heard on over 200 radio stations nationally. He was the #1 morning show host on WRXR in Chicago and KDWB in Minneapolis.
As a top Commercial and Industrial speaker and performer, his credits include, Sears, McDonalds, Quaker Products, Mobil Oil, Ameritech, Whirlpool, Chicago Cubs, American Express, World Equity Inc, and Cognizant Technologies.
Tim is also the author of the business parody book “Semi-Dynamics” and is adapting his night club show into a theatrical production based on his life entitled “The Comic Who Came in from the Cold”.