BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Region Leadership Institute is going “flannel” for its 12th annual Laugh-In Lumberjack Edition and everyone is encouraged to dress in flannel and to be prepared laugh the night away. Tickets for $35 are on sale now for the Laugh-In, a comedy and dinner fundraiser, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Bangor Elks Lodge. Tickets can be purchased by phone by calling 947-0307, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
BRLI is a leadership development program of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, which gives potential and emerging leaders the skills, knowledge and on-going support they need to succeed in the greater Bangor Region. The program is currently in its 16th year and has graduated more than 300 alumni.
The Laugh-In is BRLI’s biggest fundraiser and generates money used for scholarships and program development.
This year’s featured comedian is Juston McKinney who grew up on the border of New Hampshire and Maine. After earning an associates degree from the very prestigious Southern Maine Community College, he was hired as a deputy Sheriff patrolling the same border in which he grew up. But in 1997 Juston 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, Gotham, and Caroline’s on Broadway. He has had sitcom development deals with Warner Brothers, CBS Productions and Comedy Central. And in 2000 the New York Times called him “destined for stardom”.
Juston has appeared on a half dozen Comedy Central shows including his half hour Comedy Central Presents and most recently his 1-hour special Juston McKinney-A Middle-Class Hole, which was released by Warner Bros. on DVD/CD. He has appeared numerous times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and appeared on the, Tonight Show with Conan O’brien. He was chosen to be part of the Blue Collar Comedy Next Generation Tour, with Bill Engval, which aired on TBS and had his own weekly show on Sirius/XM radio, Live From the Woods with Juston McKinney.
His TV credits include; The King of Queens, the Sidney Lumet drama 100 Centre Street. His movie credits include The Zoo Keeper and Here Comes the Boom. He is currently developing his web series “Hosed” into a full-length feature film.