Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown College graduate Michael Rosman will return to the Carroll Arts Center for an 11 a.m. performance of his “Amazing Feats of Comedy” on Monday, Feb. 19.
“It’s been documented that coming to my show will make people smarter and better looking,” Rosman said. “I’m just entertaining myself and the audience comes along. When it’s going really well, I think of myself as a conductor rather than a performer — I’m a conductor of comedy.”
Rosman has been a performer for more than 30 years, according to a Carroll Arts Center press release. His stage has often been the streets, but he’s also appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” in Atlantic City, on major cruise ships, and in Las Vegas and Reno.
He was the host of the 2004 International Jugglers Association Public Show and he has won the Maryland State Individual Artist Grant twice. Recently, Rosman was honored by Harborplace Management for 20 years of working in and with the Harborplace street performers program.
For the Presidents Day show, tickets are $10 for Adults and $8 for CCAC Members, Seniors (60 and over), and those 18 and under. Groups of 20 are more are entitled to a 20-percent discount on tickets. In case of inclement weather, there is a snow date set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25.
Rosman uses an eclectic mix of original comedy, breath-taking skills, and chaotic klutziness to continuously surprise and astound his audiences into fits of laughter. His tools in these comedic endeavors include blenders, fire juggling torches and knives, bullwhips, 6- and 9-foot unicycles and, most importantly, willing audience members.
“He’s quite amazing,” said CCAC visual arts coordinator Susan Williamson. “He’s energetic and the audience loves him. He’s a delight to watch on the stage because of the way he moves. His body becomes airborne so easily and he’s very agile. He’s such a dynamo!”
CCAC executive director Sandy Oxx described Rosman as “a professional maniac.”
“He takes people out of the audience and puts them on his shoulders,” Oxx said. “He walks across the back of the theater seats. He unicycles close to the edge of the stage. He’s a presenter’s nightmare.”
Rosman said Monday’s audience can look forward to a handful of new routines, physical slapstick, and verbal comedy.