- Associated Press - Saturday, April 15, 2017

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Tim Hartman is a very restless man. He’s also a deft storyteller.

The longtime political cartoonist and occasional actor, who has appeared in a handful of films that include “The Mothman Prophecies” and “Silence of the Lambs,” is also a comedian who combines storytelling with physical comedy.

On Tuesday, Hartman took his comedic skills to Gerrardstown Intermediate School where he performed his unique physical comedy in front of third, fourth and fifth graders in routines that engaged their minds and tickled their funny bones.

A ball of comedic energy, Hartman paced endlessly back and forth in the front of the room, pausing only occasionally to deliver the next verbal zinger.

In one skit, Hartman enlisted students from the audience to create an imaginary “family” complete with family dog.



“Halley, you’ll be playing ‘little sister,’” Hartman told one his student volunteers. “You see your big sister over there? Big time genetic problems - don’t worry about it!”

Hartman also engaged students’ imagination with old fashioned storytelling.

With their eyes closed, students listened intently ot Hartman’s vivid narration.

“Johnny is walking along on that path through the woods,” Hartman told the students. “And as he is walks through the woods, mile after mile, the path got wider and wider and wider until it turned into a road. You could tell it was a road, because you could see the ruts of carriage wheels that were frozen in the hardened mud. Off to his left that little stream had got wider and wider until it was river.”

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