Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton talk with stand-up comedian and father, Nathan Timmel. They talk about Nathan’s book “It’s OK to Talk to Animals (and Other Letters from Dad)”, his blog posts such as “Sunshine Saved My Life”, and how being a father made him a better stand-up comedian.
When he was but six years old, Nathan conned his sweet little grandmother into buying him a record album. The cover pictured a man picking his nose, and what’s funnier to a six-year-old than boogers? That album was George Carlin’s “Class Clown,” and soon Nathan was the only child running around the playground shouting the “Seven Dirty Words You Can’t Say On Television.” Thus began Nathan’s descent into a career in stand-up comedy.
Since those auspicious beginnings, Nathan has performed at comedy clubs across the country, recorded several comedy CDs (two of which receive regular airplay on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio), thrice visited the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show, and been overseas for American Troops eight times — hotspots such as Iraq and Afghanistan included. In 2009, nine newspapers wrote promotional articles about Nathan’s travails doing comedy for the troops, and on two occasions he was the sole guest on Iowa Public Radio’s “River to River.”
To his mother’s delight, Nathan put his degree in English into use by writing of his exploits as a comedian. He has been lucky enough to find his musings published most prominently in the worldwide military newspaper Stars & Stripes. He currently writes for Rooftop Comedy, posting a mix of original work and interviews with comedic celebrities such as Rob Corddry and Margaret Cho.
Cutting past partisan politics and getting down to matters we all agree on is one of Nathan’s many skills as a wordsmith. Though the media may try to separate us as a people, Nathan is here to unite all using one weapon: the sound of laughter.
A storyteller with the ability to hit with one liners, Nathan sticks close to home when it comes to material. He talks of his tours overseas, his daughter’s poopy diapers, and his experiences in getting his wife pregnant (material she doesn’t always appreciate).
Nathan currently lives near Iowa City, Iowa, with his wife, two children, one cat, and a puppy named “Kitty.”