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Kenny Ahern

Physical Comic

Kenny Ahern
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Kenny Ahern's performance, "To Laugh is to Live!" is a must-see for audiences. It is packed with AMAZING comedy antics, HILARIOUS physical comedy, FUN audience play, and heartwarming charm

"Watching Kenny's show, you will laugh, snort, guffaw, and experience a joyful sense of community that will have you wishing for more." 

 Kenny has toured the globe and has earned a stellar reputation as a world-class family entertainer. His performance style is captivating and uses physical comedy, improvisation, music, dance, and the circus arts. His act is timeless and promises to entertain audiences of all ages.

"The crowd absolutely loved the theatre shows, not only the children but the entire family. We are particularly impressed with your interaction with the crowd."

 "To Laugh is to Live!" features a beautiful vaudeville-inspired set, versatile lighting design, and technical needs suitable for traditional and non-traditional spaces.


To Laugh is to Live! with Theater Organ accompaniment

A silent comic and a theater organist unite with the audience to recreate the entertainment of a bygone era. It is a funny, heartwarming theatrical experience that feels like a silent film come to life…


Surrounded by a beautiful vaudeville-inspired set, extraordinary artistry mingles with delightfully daring antics. The result is a timeless, whimsical performance that audiences adore. 

Kenny Ahern (Silent Comic) has toured the globe, sharing a captivating performance style, using physical comedy, improvisation, music, dance, circus/theater arts, and audience play. Watching Kenny, you will laugh, snort, guffaw, and experience a joyful sense of community that will have you wishing for more.
George Maurer (Theater Organist), George’s artistic career is an exciting and unpredictable journey around the world — always on the fast track and often down a sidetrack as he performs and composes music that crosses genres, disciplines, and, increasingly, continents. George has composed a steady stream of music for himself and other artists, including jazz, progressive, and rock. His composing has progressed to new venues, allowing him to integrate his music with characters, emotions, and action, including Kenny’s solo stage work.





Cooperative Outreach 

45-minute character education presentation, "The Power of Good Manners!" for K-5 students. The presentation emphasizes the importance of good manners in school and daily life, portraying character virtues as a call to action rather than mere words. Find out more at


Post-Show Family Workshop

You can join the "Circus Arts Fun with Family" workshop with a "To Laugh is to Live!" show! This workshop provides a hands-on experience of the circus and variety arts used in the show, an excellent opportunity for quality family time. And you can learn to throw a pie at someone during the workshop! Offer as a VIP experience or open workshop.


Outdoor Theater

Kenny tours his The Family Variety Theatre's top-of-the-line stage unit throughout the United States. This self-contained stage unit is perfect for outdoor events (Fairs, Festivals, and Special Events) and provides a turn-key solution for event organizers - all production provided. Find out more at

Kenny has a wide range of performing experience, here are just a few notable performances:


Variete Theatre Festival - Singapore; The World Expo - Japan; The Brooks & Dunn "Neon Circus & Wild West Tour"; The Disneyland Grand Ballroom Theatre; The Moscow Circus School - Russia; The White House; and numerous state fairs throughout the country including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio, Utah, Kansas, Missouri, Florida, and South Carolina.

>> Career Highlights

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. Years ago and thousands of performances later, Kenny went on to perform for Ringling Brothers, as well as special performances for 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.

>> Testimonials

“…You can count on Kenny to give you an outstanding show for your next event. He is a professional who cares about his show, and is continually striving to make it even better. The crowds loved him in Minnesota!”
–Minnesota State Fair

“…I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated having you perform at the Ohio State Fair. You have a unique and very polished act. Judging by the crowd sizes and audience reaction, I was not the only one impressed by your performances.”
–Ohio State Fair

“…My only regret the first time I saw Kenny was that my family wasn’t there to enjoy him, too. So, I signed him on the spot, and he has been the cornerstone act of our free stage ever since.”
–Rice County Fair

“…Every parent and child in the audience (and there were at least 600 of them!) left the Library plaza pavilion beaming. Your improvisational skills are phenomenal and the performance was truly hilarious.”
–Duluth Public Library

>> Basic Set-Up Needs

>> Sample Introduction

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!"

>> Pricing Information

Pricing for each act varies depending on a number of factors including: location of the event; popularity of the date; routing for each act; type of event; single or multiple day performances; length of show, etc. To get a specific and accurate quote for your event please contact our office by completing the form below or calling (612) 361-6002. We respond very quickly to answer all our clients' questions.

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