Robert Post, who has been called "goofily gifted" by the New York Times and "uproariously funny" by NPR, is ready to show Worthington audiences why when he performs at the McConnell Arts Center.

Robert Post, who has been called "goofily gifted" by the New York Times and "uproariously funny" by NPR, is ready to show Worthington audiences why when he performs at the McConnell Arts Center (MAC).

The physical comedian, who presents dozens of inventive characters in his one-man show, will perform April 8-10 and 15-17 at 8 p.m.

A Columbus native, Post has performed in 46 states and in many other countries, drawing rave reviews for his physical, creative, fast-paced comedy.

His promotion materials call him "an entire theater company himself, specializing in rapid-fire changes, even different roles for different body parts."

Besides performing in settings ranging from concert halls to cruise ships, he has appeared on the Today Show twice, produced a special called "Robert Post -- In Performance" that was aired on PBS many times, and presented his show at Broadway's New Victory Theater to sold-out houses.

With all of that experience behind him, Post is sometimes surprised that people in his own hometown don't recognize him. Post grew up in Northwest Columbus, lived in large cities for many years, and now resides in Lithopolis.

He promises Worthington audiences that if they come to see his show, they will understand what all of the rave reviews are all about.

"There is no doubt in my mind that people are going to love the show. It plays to anybody and everybody," he said.

He spent 27 years honing his repertoire and uses his body, speech, and props to create characters and fast-paced acts.

Those acts include Spiked!, a fast-paced work set entirely to a sound effects tape; Pasquale's Kitchen, a wacky television chef who whips up a feast of juggling, visual gags, dialects, jokes, magic and rhythm; and Tango, a passionate dance with red long johns.

His "tour de force" is Beyond the Wall, a six-character, quick-change spoof of a murder mystery which is performed around a narrow black wall that is transformed into a variety of sets.

That is the act that is most talked about, though most audiences leave with their own favorites.

"The best compliment I get is people love the variety of what I do," Post said. "The first piece is different from the second, which is different from the third."

His favorite part of the performance is involving the audience, making each show different.

When the audience realizes he is listening and reacting to them, they come alive, he said.

"A huge part of my show is the unpredictable, wild relationship I have with the audience," Post said.

Tickets for the Robert Post Comedy Theatre are $25 for adults, $20 for students and can be purchased at www.mcconnellarts.org.