What’s So Funny About Christmas?! An Interview with Juston McKinney

Q: What’s your favorite thing about Christmas in Portsmouth— your hometown?
A: There is no better place for Christmas. I lived in Los Angeles for five years and it just wasn’t the same—fake trees, fake snow, fake breasts. After a while you get tired of the fake trees and fake snow.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about performing at The Music Hall?
A: Bringing together such a talented group of entertainers and being able to share it with my hometown. And doing it in such a great historical venue.

Q: What can fans expect that’s new this year?
A: At least half of the show will be completely new material. Some fan favorites, like “Greyhound Bus to Portsmouth” and “Can You Keep A Secret Santa…I Re-gifted,” we have to do again.

Q: What’s important about keeping our sense of humor during the holiday season, especially in New England?
A: The holidays are stressful enough with families and all the usual stuff. Throw in the possibility of a snowstorm or a power outage or a bridge closure, and you need to laugh. They say laughing will help you live longer. So if you have relatives you’re not too fond of, don’t bring them.

Q: What else are you up to these days?
A: I am writing and developing a pilot about a volunteer fire department in the fictitious town of Effingwoods, New Hampshire, based on a series I produced with Seacoast natives Marc Dole and Stan Pavuk. Denis Leary of Rescue Me fame saw an episode and loved it, so his production company is on board.


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