Former Maine Deputy Sheriff turned comedian Juston McKinney will being his popular "Deer, Moose, Ticks and Hicks — Real Stories of the Rural Patrol" stand-up tour to Oceanside High School East, 400 Broadway, Friday night, April 11.

McKinney’s show in the Performing Arts Center, a benefit for Project Graduation, will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, available in advance at the school.

McKinney has appeared on a half dozen Comedy Central shows including his half-hour “Comedy Central Presents” and, most recently, his one-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 both Jay Leno and 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.”

McKinney grew up living on the border of New Hampshire and Maine. After earning an associate’s degree from Southern Maine Community College, he was hired as a deputy sheriff, patrolling the same border in which he grew up. In 1997, he turned in his gun and badge and left the dangerous streets of rural Maine and moved to the quiet community of Queens, N.Y. While living in New York City, he worked his way into the weekend lineup 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.

McKinney’s TV credits include “The King of Queens and the Sidney Lumet drama “100 Centre Street.” His movie credits include “The Zoo Keeper” and “Here Comes the Boom.” He is developing his web series “Hosed” into a full-length feature film. McKinney lives in New Hampshire with his wife, kids and dogs; For more information, visit

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