FRYEBURG — Comedian Juston McKinney will be performing at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, 18 Bradley St., to benefit the Fryeburg Academy Class of 2018 Project Graduation.

McKinney grew up living on the border of New Hampshire and Maine. After earning an associates degree from Southern Maine Community College, he was hired as a deputy sheriff patrolling the same border in which he grew up. But in 1997, he turned in his gun and badge and left the dangerous streets of rural Maine and moved to the quiet community of Queens, New York.

While living in NYC he worked his way into the weekend line-up at Comic Strip Live, Stand-Up New York, Dangerfield’s and Gotham. The New York Times called him “destined for stardom.” He would go on to sign sitcom development deals with Warner Brothers, CBS Productions, IFC and Comedy Central.

McKinney has appeared on half a dozen Comedy Central shows, including his half hour Comedy Central Presents and his one-hour special, Juston McKinney — A Middle-Class Hole, which was released by Warner Bros. He has appeared numerous times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.

Tickets to the April 12 show are $20 in advance and $25 at the door on the night of the show. Pre-order online at, or by calling the box office at 207-935-9232.

Juston McKinney

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