A former All-American baseball player, Tim traded the sports stage for the comedy stage and never looked back. He taught himself to play guitar and tested the waters at area comedy clubs, but he determined early in his career that he did not want to focus on the comedy club circuit alone. “People love stand-up, but many choose not to go to comedy clubs. So we’ve gone underground, even counter-culture in a way. And its a blast.”His art form was honed primarily in churches, with a brief 6-month stint performing in prisons as part of Chuck Colson Prison Fellowship. Since his shows ranged from little kids to youth groups to married adults, he had to develop material that would hit a wide age range. “Survival mode, pure and simple. I learned comedy in front of a lot of multi-generational audiences, so I had to find material that would cater to all ages.”With 4 kids of his own and a wife who is winning her battle with breast cancer, Hawkins gets new material daily from the perils of marriage, parenting, and homeschooling. But it must be difficult to work clean all the time, right? “Clean comedy is easy. Funny comedy is hard. “So does Tim think hes funny?” I’m not bragging, but one time I told a joke in front of a dead bird, and it flew away. And you can Google that.”

“This guitar takes over. I’ve never played anything like it.”

Get to know McPherson Artist Tim Hawkins in the “Artist of the Month” video.