Comic coming home with funny friends | Tribune Democrat

JOHNSTOWN — For those looking for a change of pace in entertainment, the One Night Only Comedy & Variety Festival at Bottle Works may do the trick.

Area native and comedian Jonathan Burns will come home with a cavalcade of interesting performers ranging from magicians and stand-up comedians to a dog act and musical improvisation.

Shows will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.

“I’ve been wanting to pull together all of my funniest friends and do something like this for years, and it’s finally happening,” Burns said. “It will be an event unlike Johnstown has ever seen.”

Burns, along with fellow comedian Mark Hayward of Pittsburgh, will return to the Bottle Works at 411 Third Ave. in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood after an absence of nearly two years.

In June 2012, they presented “Stunt Lab,” a science-themed show that played to sold-out crowds at New York City’s Canal Park Playhouse.

The festival shows will feature a mixture of unique and world-class talent that has been seen on “America’s Got Talent,” “The Late Show With David Letterman,” “The Jay Leno Show” and MTV, as well as on stages around the globe.

Burns describes the festival as a cross between a variety show and a Vaudeville extravaganza.

“The first show is about two hours and is more adult-oriented and recommended for ma­ture audiences,” he said. “The second show is more kid friendly and open to all ages.”

Burns, a Geistown native, and Hayward will introduce the performers and do some comedy between acts.

“We have some bits and pieces that people should enjoy,” Burns said.

The lineup features Mutts Gone Nuts, a comedy dog act that uses rescue dogs; Harrison Greenbaum, a stand-up comedian and magician who is a Harvard graduate and winner of the Andy Kaufman Award; and Missy Moreno & Jesse LE, musical improvisers.

“This talented couple will take a subject that is yelled from the audience, like ‘rutabaga,’ and make a song out of it,” Burns said.

“Mutts Gone Nuts features a married couple who used to do a juggling act but switched to something less physical.”

They have eight dogs doing some amazing things such as walk a tight rope, do acrobatic flips and spins and other antics.

“Comedian Doogie Horner has been added to the lineup,” Burns said. “He was a finalist on ‘America’s Got Talent’ and we worked together years ago in Philly.”

Burns listed one of his major accomplishments as winning the sixth grade Home Economics Award at Richland Middle School.

“I make a mean English muffin pizza,” he said.

All performances are general admission, and tickets are $15 in advance for the Friday show and $20 at the door. Tickets for Saturday are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at

One Night Only

What: One Night Only Comedy & Variety Festival.

Where: Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

When: 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.

Tickets: Online at

Cost: $15 in advance for the Friday show and $20 at the door; for Saturday, $10 in advance and $12 at the door