Tim Cavanagh

“Completely Fun & Tastefully Done!”

 Tim Cavanagh is a uniquely gifted comedian and speaker who has worked every kind of audience, customizes jokes & songs, and does some of the best audience interaction in the business.

For over thirty years, Tim Cavanagh has entertained a wide variety of audiences.  He’s headlined some of the best comedy clubs in the country, performed at theaters, corporate shows, association events, fundraisers, awards banquets, on cruise ships and college campuses. 

Time after time, clients comment on how special Tim made their event.  They are impressed with the insightful customized material, written and tailored to the particulars of the group.  And they are delighted when he goes out into the audience with a bag full of fun prizes and engages the audience with his lightning quick wit. His playful style makes his interaction with the crowd hilariously funny—and it’s done in a refreshingly positive way that brings people together.  Quite often, he gets the best compliment of all.  They book him again!

As one happy client wrote after one of Tim’s events, “Nobody does it better!” Another commented, “Book him… funny, personable and did I mention funny.”

Tim has been a frequent guest and regular contributor on many radio programs, including the nationally-syndicated “Bob & Tom” and “Dr. Demento” shows.  Funny songs from his latest album, “Love, Fish and Sausages” can currently be heard on Sirius/XM.  Tunes from all four of Tim’s comedy albums are available on Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, Apple Music and Spotify.  His television credits include ABC-TV, Comedy Central, Showtime, and WGN America.  Tim has been a professional member of the National Speakers Association since 1995.

Tim's Promo Materials

Tim's Photo Gallery
Tim's Videos

Funny at work

Tim Talks to Sue From Grinnell Mutual

Jeopardy for Dummies with John

Blain’s Farm & Fleet Event

Jeopardy for Dummies with Reagan

“I Hate Going Back to School”

A New Sing with Andrew

Tim's Testimonials


“The members raved about your performance.  Your ability to personalize the jokes and focus the humor toward our industry was absolutely perfect. We couldn’t have asked for anything better! I would recommend you to any group looking for entertainment above and beyond a canned comedy presentation.”

–Heather Marshall
Fibre Box Association
Itasca, IL

“The way you pulled the audience into your act was so terrific, and I know that everyone had an absolute blast. We were all so impressed with all the prep work you did to customize your comedy just for our group. It was a perfect end to a great evening!”

Rachel H. Reaid
Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia

“Book him…funny, personable and did I mention funny. He does his homework. On our first call he had already researched our company. We were very impressed. He listened to us and met all of our expectations. We hope to have him entertain us again. Tim is a joy!”

–Faith Pohl
Columbus, GA

“In all of the years we’ve been working with Tim, he has exhibited incredible responsiveness, professionalism and integrity. On top of that, he’s funny, friendly, and an all-around good guy. The fact that he can put on a “clean” and hilarious show speaks to his range and the addition of musical elements makes his shows stand out from the rest. All of these reasons contribute to why we choose to bring Tim back, event after event.”

–David G. Voss, Jr., President & CEO
Miron Construction Co., Inc.
Neenah, WI

“I would recommend Tim to any other business or professional group as a great entertainer and a true professional.”

–J.A. Rumberger, Ph.D., M.D.
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

“You did an outstanding job… You spending time with us understanding our business and then weaving that into your material was especially impressive.”

–Dwayne Ingram
IBM Global Services
Tampa, FL

“Your presentation was excellent. Your humor, songs and quick wit, along with your extensive personalized bits and references, really had everyone laughing and enjoying the session… The put-on with the phony bio and introduction on Market Trends was a great idea, we really surprised them.”

–Terry Larsen
Fairway Foods, Inc.
Northfield, MN

“We are still receiving compliments to this day on the outstanding show you put on. It makes all the planning we do even that much better when we can provide top-notch entertainment and you were certainly that.”

–Bret Niemuth, CLU, ChFC, MBA
ING Strategic Distribution
Cedar Rapids, IA

“We really enjoyed your thoughtful, targeted performance. As promised, you left everyone laughing and feeling good about their two days in Philadelphia. You imparted feelings of fellowship and pure joy… I must share that your received the highest ratings! 99% of attendees rated you as excellent!”

–Cynthia D. Fry
Catholic Health East
Philadelphia, PA

“We thoroughly enjoyed your performance… In addition to the ‘personalized’ performance, you were great to work with, very organized and professional. We will recommend you to everyone!”

 –Terry Moore
National Lime Association
Arlington, VA

“You were a tremendous hit and exceeded our expectations. Everyone enjoyed your comedy and interaction with the audience. I was very impressed with your follow up and attitude to find out what our issues were and customize your material around us. It is that personal touch that separates you from other performers.”

–Tim Orellano
The Society of Human Resource Management, Arkansas Chapter
Little Rock, AR

“Wow! Telecommunications Association of Michigan members belly-laughed as I had never seen before during your comedic presentation at our convention last month… I have never before worked with a presenter, even on serious topics, let alone comedy, who was so thorough in his research. I appreciate that you went to great lengths to gain a very good layman’s understanding of the very complex Telecommunications industry. Your jokes, specific to our group, were right on target.”

–Pamela Shimer
Telecommunications Association of Michigan
Lansing, MI

“Nobody does it better!”

–Nancy Allen
Chicago, IL

“His quick wit, attention to the details concerning our company mission and the people who accomplish it, and his great stage personality made him an instant hit.”

–Thomas M. Walker
Fort Rucker, AL

Each of the companies/organizations below hired Tim to emcee their event multiple times!

“On behalf of the Central Iowa PMI Chapter I want to thank you for the outstanding performance and service you provided us last Friday during our annual Professional Development Day (PDD). 

I want other groups to know what a great job you did for us and why they should consider you as their next emcee.  To keep this brief I have devised the Top 5 Reasons Tim Cavanagh made our event the best yet.

  1. Tim acknowledged our sponsors sincerely throughout the day and they noticed.
  2. Tim provided great ideas as to the timing of the program.  Tim’s experience helped us make some modifications that made the day flow smoother.
  3. Prepared!  Tim arrived prepared and ready to go. 
  4. Tim’s improv skills are impeccable.  We had last minute speaker and program changes and he adjusted his script and led 500 people through a busy day of keynotes and breakout speakers.
  5. Tim was funny!  He kept a great balance of jokes and seriousness.  Our Board of Directors has already requested him for next year!”

 –Holly M. Boggess, MBA, PMP
Project Managers Institute, Central Iowa Chapter

(Testimonial for Tim’s emcee work at St. Mary’s annual “Honors and Awards Banquet”)

“I cannot tell you how many e-mails, voicemails, letters and memos we received expressing their thanks for a great evening.  They were simply delighted with you!”

 –Dave Danielson
Columbia-St. Mary’s Hospital
Milwaukee, WI


“I want to thank you on behalf of PCC and the Gala Committee for doing such a fantastic job leading the entertainment for the evening.  We are getting rave reviews.    It was a great program and we could not have done it without you.  Also, thank you for coming the night before and spending so much time getting ready.  That proved to be extremely important.”

— Melinda S. Malecki
PCC Wellness
Chicago, IL

“Thank you for joining us in Champaign.  I lost count of how many people told me that you really made the event for them!  We’re going to clear about $50,000 this year.  For comparison, we only made $30,000 last year.  As soon as we set the date for next year, I’ll contact you.  I hope you’re willing to do it again next year.”

–Marlene Walker
Development Chair
Champaign County (IL) Humane Society

Tim's Satisfied Clients

AgStar Financial Services
Alabama Funeral Directors Association
Alaska Telephone Association
American Crystal Sugar
American Drug Stores
Ameriprise Financial
BP America
Burlington Northern
California Farm Bureau Federation
Cellular One
CO, MN, SD, and WI Safety Councils
Comedy Central
Conagra Frozen Foods
CUNA Mutual
Discover Financial
Farm Credit Services
Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corp.
First National Merchants Solutions
General Electric Medical Systems
General Mills
Glaxo Wellcome

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
Guidant CPI
Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago
Home Depot
IL and WI Health Care Associations
International Trucks
Irving Materials
John Deere Works
Kansas Dept. for Children and Families
KIP America
Koch Industries
Land O’Lakes
Maryland State Teachers’ Association
Mayo Clinic
McGraw Hill Publishing
Merrill Lynch
Miron Construction
Missouri Department of Agriculture
Music Teachers National Association
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Tax Practitioners
National Association of Blind Merchants
National Lime Association
Nebraska Hospital Association
NY State Bldg. & Construction Trades Council
Pharmacia Animal Health
Potlatch Corporation
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Pure Fishing

Quaker Oats
Rogers Ltd.
Roland Corporation
Royal Bank of Canada
RR Donnelley
SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals
St. Jude Medical
Symbol Technologies
Synechron, Inc.
Temple Inland

Tim's Programs

“They’re LAUGHING at Me!”

Tim puts together a truly unique comedy show, including customized material written just for your group, funny songs, lots of jokes, playful audience interaction, and over $7 in prizes.  The humor is always clean and appropriate.  And if you want Tim to customize the program title (e.g., “What’s So Funny about Tax Accounting?”  “Laughter is the Second Best Medicine,” etc.), just ask.


“Dr. Tim Cavanagh, IMPOSTOR”

Instead of introducing Tim as a comedian, he can be presented to the audience in a variety of “serious” personas.  Examples range from an off-kilter industry “expert” or a new bumbling company Vice President, to the panicked Head of Hotel Security or a know-nothing government official. Or, he can be anything in between.    

“Our Host for Today’s Event, Tim Cavanagh”

Tim can act as a Master of Ceremonies for a day of meetings or educational sessions and make it move smoothly with a healthy dose of comedy when needed.   He can also host an awards banquet or recognition dinner with just the right combination of humor and warmth.