Anyone trying to attract young people to the Granite State would prefer Juston McKinney never reprise one of his most popular comedy bits.
That would be his suggestion for a revamped New Hampshire license plate: “Live Freeze Then Die.”
It’s part of the Portsmouth native’s tribute to those wonderful New Hampshire winters.
“What do you think happened to the Old Man of the Mountain? He froze,” McKinney tells an audience in the 2011 clip. “You can’t handle that year after year.”
McKinney will talk about some of his viral videos when he helps the New Hampshire Union Leader kick off its “Headliners” series at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., in Manchester. (Get tickets for $15 at www.unionleader.com/headliners.)
McKinney will sit down with the Union Leader’s Mike Cote for an in-depth interview about highlights from his career, including touring the country, performing on late night TV, starring in his own stand-up specials and hanging out with Rob Gronkowski to tape a Showtime comedy special.
McKinney says nothing will be off-limits for the discussion. He’ll talk about his early career patrolling small towns in Southern Maine as a sheriff’s deputy, developing his stand-up chops in New York and Los Angeles, and sharing stages with fellow comics like Amy Schumer, Jimmy Fallon and Denis Leary.
The 90-minute event will include a chance for questions from the audience. Make them funny.