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The McManus Comedies
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The McManus Comedies consist of six G-rated, one-man stage comedies that bring to life more than 40 zany denizens of Blight, Idaho, the fictional home town of nationally renowned humor writer Patrick F. McManus. Pat wrote the scripts and Tim Behrens, Pat’s indentured actor, performs them.

Are they funny? A Seattle Times critic noted: “the audience, already moved to tears of laughter, were reduced to banging their heads on their knees in a rictus of paralyzed delight." (Whatever that means, we hope no one was hurt!) You can see a mess more reviews beginning here

Tim performs the shows at theatres and at corporate and business events. For Presenters click here. Email Tim at or call him at 509-993-7121.

Original, Exciting and NEW on the horizon: 
The Musical McManus!
OK, OK, it’s not Phantom or Brigadoon, but it may be just as innovative! It’s called

My Favorite Toy Was Dirt
An American Story in Concert!
Scored for Seven Musicians Versus One Actor!

Click on show links below

Friday, February 15, 7:30pm,
Spokane Community College at the Lair Auditorium

Friday, February 22, 7:30pm & Sunday, February 24, 3pm
The Panida Theater, Sandpoint, Idaho

Friday, March 1, 7:30pm
Opportunity Presbyterian Church, Spokane, WA

Dirt contains original McManus stories put to and surrounded by original, authentic, and wildly creative music. The composer is Olivia Brownlee, a talented singer, musician, composer, arranger, and artist.
The musicians become an integral part of the performance, as they interrupt, interject, and also interfere with the proceedings. Still confused? Think Mark Twain meets Spike Jones! Or a Marx Brothers Movie scored by Aaron Copland. Or Peter and the Wolf on steroids where nobody dies in the end, not even the wolf. 
NOTE: New premiere performance dates. Due to some personal and family medical needs, we will be staging performances beginning in February, 2019. Please find a description and plans for DIRT Here!

A note from Tim upon Pat’s passing in early April:

Patrick F. McManus
For 26 years it has been my great honor to be Pat’s "indentured actor," and portray on stage the wild and wacky characters that populate Pat's fictional home town of Blight, Idaho. That experience carries incredible memories of working and traveling with Pat, and also of the loving and responsive half-million McManus audience members who have come to more than 1600 shows in 23 states. Often, the laughter in the theater is so loud it hurts my ears. Thank you all, and thank you Pat.

Behrens Blog

The Dirt continues to pile up.

Posted on 2018-10-31 15:49:02

OK, so I'm a couple of months late with the progress report. It's all right, though, because we are really close to finishing up. We've rescheduled our performance dates to start in February. (See below) One reason for the delay in this project: To make something accessible to the musicians, we needed to create a score for the music, but we also needed them to see and react to the words in one-man script that Pat wrote. So we came up with a...

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