Kenny Ahern, Educational
“The Power of Good Manners”
Venues: Children’s Programs
Kenny Ahern was born in Boston, MA and grew up in a suburb of Washington, DC. His entertainment journey began in 1983 when a college professor suggested he audition for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and write a research paper about his experience. That was 26 years ago and thousands of performances ago. In addition to performing for Ringling Brothers, Kenny considers some of his career highlights to be performances at the White House, The Brooks and Dunn Neon Circus and Wild West Show tour, The World Expo in Aichi, Japan, and The China International Children Arts Festival in Taiwan. Kenny has performed in 12 foreign countries and every state except Hawaii and Alaska.
Kenny has a BFA (Bachelor in Fun Arts) from Ringling Brothers and Barnum Clown College, and his professional study includes: Pavel Groditsky, The Soviet National School for the Circus and Variety Arts (movement workshop; Christopher Bayes, The Juilliard School ( Physical Comedy Master Class); Bill Irwin, New York/The Actors Center(Physical Comedy Master Class); and Movement Theatre International, Philadelphia.
Kenny has been featured on television in three CBS specials with Ringling Brothers Circus, as a guest on CMT’S Most Wanted Live, MTV, The Family Channel’s Funniest Videos, Good Morning America, The Today Show, on the radio as a guest on What D’Ya Know with Michael Feldman, and numerous regional promotional interviews across the U.S. He is the co-host of the video Circus Works! Circus Arts curriculum for Educators, and is in the film Da Vinci’s Dream.
“ Your emphasis on pleases, thank yous, and the ability to ask for help was a natural progression for development of the “B.O.A.T. Rules” The teachers from Pre-K through 5th grade have each expressed admiration for the quality of your skills, ability to interact with the students, and the near magical manner that you communicate with a participant . You are, indeed, a teacher at heart!”
–Brandon Elementary School
“The kids were very engaged in the program, and understood the importance of good manners by the end of the show. The kids absolutely loved the way you got them involved with the show. Three weeks after the show, I am still hearing students talk about “The Power of Good Manners.”
–Principal, Humke Elementary School
“Kenny Ahern is a wonderful performer and really engaged our students Kindergarten through grade 6 in his performance. His program may well be the best I’ve personally seen. It would be nice if all lyceums were as educational, fun and entertaining as this was.”
–Principal, Colfax Elementary School
“Kenny absolutely tops my list of favorites. He’s professional and easy to work with, and most importantly, the kids think he’s a blast. He just knows exactly what to do to make them laugh. I always look forward to his visits!”
–Children’s Director, LE Phillips Memorial Public Library
“Your performance captivated the audience, students and teachers alike, Your positive message made a deep impression on the students. Thank you for your generosity, It was greatly appreciated by all of us.”
–Principal, Moundview Elementary School
The following is a sample introduction you might use when introducing Kenny Ahern to your audience:
“Kenny Ahern has successfully toured the planet for over 25 years, steadily building his reputation as a world-class family entertainer. Creating a high-energy, interactive comic world that very few can resist … please welcome the amazing artistry and hilarious comedy antics of funny man Kenny Ahern!”
This artist does not have a special rider attached to his contract, although sound, props, and set are all provided for his show. Specific details can be discussed when contracting artist.
Kenny Ahern has performed for thousands of school children worldwide. The POWER of Good Manners! is a 45-minute K-5 edutainment presentation that heralds the importance of good manners in school and life. In this presentation, Kenny demonstrates that character virtues are not just words—they are a call to action!
This presentation and supplemental resource materials were developed through consultation with educational professionals. Students learn the main points of Kenny’s show: Respect for All; Asking for Help is Good; Making The Right Choices; and Pleases & Thank Yous are Important.
The suggested grade level split for Kenny’s shows are K-2 and 3-5. The presentation material content is specific to these grade level splits.
“I’m all about creating an honest message and a fun, relevant presentation.”
Also available is a 60-minute performance entitled PAJAMARAMA! that can be offered as a “Family Fun Night” show. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring blankets to the show!