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Johnny Peers and dogs
Johnny Peers and dogs

Johnny Peers and The Muttville Comix perform at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, as part of Rockefeller Arts Center’s Kaleidoscope Family Series.

  • January 13, 2023
  • Doug Osborne-Coy

Sit! Stay! — and prepare to have a good time when Rockefeller Arts Center presents Johnny Peers and  The Muttville Comix for two “howling good” shows on Saturday, Feb. 4, at SUNY Fredonia.

Show times are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Robert W. Marvel Theatre on the Fredonia campus. The  Kaleidoscope Family Series event is recommended for dog lovers from age 5 to 95. The show is approximately an hour long.

Tickets are available through the Campus Ticket Office in the Williams Center, by phone at 716-673-3501 and online.

Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix offer a slapstick comedy act like no other. Peers leads over a dozen dogs through challenging and hilarious tricks as he plays the straight man role in this fun-filled show.

A Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate, Peers has been working with dogs since he got his first puppy, Freckles, a beagle mix, from the Humane Society. Peers learned the ropes of traveling show business at an early age while working for his father, who was a concessionaire at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Since their debut, the Muttville Comix have appeared on David Letterman, Primetime Live and Circus of the Stars. They have also performed at Disneyland, Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford Circus and the White House. The Muttville Comix were the 2003 Animal Planet Pet Star winners.

The stars of the performance are dogs, most of which were rescued from shelters or pounds. It includes Murphy, the ladder climbing fox terrier, and Willy, the border collie who only answers to “sir.”

The Kaleidoscope Family Series is sponsored by The OBSERVER and The Post-Journal as part of the Lake Shore Savings Season.