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Étienne Brings Physical Comedy to York in a Free Performance

2/11/2008 —

Comedy is back, and this time it's action-packed international funny man Étienne bringing his tour-de-force physical comedy show to Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 21.  This free show, no tickets necessary, begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.   

Étienne (pronounced "ay-tee-en") performs his (un)balanced blend of comedy and circus stunts with an odd assortment of props -- including a tuba, a ladder, and a seemingly endless collection of bottles. Étienne sets out to perform the impossible, in a fresh and imaginative comedy spectacle that appeals to audiences young and old.

Étienne has performed his one-man comedy show in hundreds of venues around the world, including The Improv, Walt Disney World, major cruise lines, and college campuses across the country. He has also been featured on local, national, and international television and performed in internationally famed theaters and festivals around the world. He has even given an exclusive performance for the President of Singapore! Royal Caribbean cruise lines names Étienne as "one of the finest acts we have ever seen. Fantastic!"

Whether he is playing beautiful love songs on a tuba while precariously balanced atop an unsupported straight ladder, or performing incredible feats of acrobatic dexterity, Étienne keeps audiences entertained.

Steven Anthony Étienne McGinley was born in a small house in a small town in the small state of Maryland to a big family. His mother wanted him to be a priest and his father wanted to join the army, but he discovered juggling instead. He began appearing in school plays at the age of ten and he learned to love the sound of laughter and applause. 

Étienne  moved back and forth between the United States and France to earn an associate degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, a diplôme de sociologie from the Sorbonne in Paris and a master’s degree in theater from the École Internationale du Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He also trained at the Ringling Brothers Clown College, and toured with Cirque Fratellini – Europe’s oldest circus. He has since been performing comedy all over the world and believes that laughter can cross all borders. The most symbolic moment of his career was playing French love songs on a tuba for a Chinese audience in Italy. Étienne enjoys discovering beauty in unexpected places and plans to never retire.

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