Whatever… he’s flexible: See comedian Jonathan Burns Sept. 7

By on August 30, 2017

Born with the gifts of flexibility and goofiness, comedian Jonathan Burns will do a free show at Pleasant View Retirement Community on Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited.

Pleasant View Retirement Community will host a free, family-friendly performance by comedian Jonathan Burns at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7. The event, which is open to the public, will be held outdoors at Town Square. Pleasant View is located at 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim.

“A comedy performance is something that’s unexpected as an event for us. We at Pleasant View are trying to focus on our engagement opportunities. We want to remind people that we’re not a closed community; we’re part of the wider Manheim community,” explained Amanda Hall, Pleasant View sales and marketing manager, “Jonathan has been around the world and on a lot of TV shows, and he lives in Lancaster, so it’s also a chance to showcase local talent.”

Burns grew up in Johnstown. Born with the gifts of flexibility, curiosity, and goofiness, he now uses these unique talents to astonish audiences around the globe. He has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Jay Leno Show, The Late Late Show with James Corden, La France a un Incroyable Talent (France’s Got Talent) and Penn and Teller: Fool Us in July.

He’s been dubbed “extremely funny” by The New York Times, and has twice been named “Variety Artist of the Year” by Campus Activities Magazine. When he’s not performing he can usually be found in an airport terminal or spending time with his beautiful family.

He told his first joke in preschool.

“It was a little inappropriate, but made the other kids, and even my teacher, laugh… she still told my parents,” Burns said. “Making everyone laugh was the best feeling ever. Since then I’ve been drawn to things that were funny.”

The title “Flexible Comedy” refers to the fact that he’s not only a comedian, but a contortionist as well. Burns started performing at 13 as a birthday party magician.

“During college (Millersville University, Class of 2004) I started adding in other skills such as juggling, contortion, fire eating, glass walking, circus tricks, improv, and physical humor,” he explained. “Today my show is a mix of unique tricks and audience interactive comedy.”

He stressed that the show at Pleasant View will appeal to all ages.

“I’m a ‘comedian’ because my show is meant to be funny, however, I’m not a traditional ‘stand-up’ worrying about the minutia of airline food and what makes men and women different,” said Burns. “It’s like watching a Shrek movie, there is visual and physical humor that appeals to the younger crowd and witty verbal comedy for the older crowd. I try to entertain everyone in the audience on different levels.”

So what’s the highlight of his career?

“I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to perform around the globe as well as on TV. My show has been seen across the U.S., Canada, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K., Ireland, France, China, Hong Kong, and New Zealand,” he said. “But I think the highlight of my career is still to come. It will probably be performing at The Pleasant View Retirement Community on September 7.”

Later in September he’ll be performing at a festival in Germany and on a cruise chip in the Caribbean. Burns is looking forward to performing at an outdoor venue at Pleasant View.

Over his career he’s performed in just about any situation — theaters, in the street, cafeterias, parks, gazebos, hallways, boats, tents, classrooms, boardrooms, arenas, living rooms, comedy clubs, restaurants, and once in a closet.

“Some turned out to be pleasant experiences others not, but each situation taught me how to adapt to my surroundings. Even if we don’t have an ideal setting, I hear the view is pleasant. Get it? Pleasant View Retirement Community… you get it,” he said with a smile.

Hall said that the outdoor venue was selected since it’s more of a casual atmosphere.

“It’s the last gasp of summer, and we want to take advantage of that,” she said.

Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Refreshments, including hot dogs, chips, drinks, and baked goods, will be available for purchase one hour prior to the performance, with proceeds benefiting the Pleasant View Auxiliary.

In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held in Hoffer Auditorium. For more details and updates on this outdoor performance, visit PleasantViewrc.org/events or call 717-665-2445.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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