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Utility Man began performing as a fourth grader at Parkway Manor. Utility Man began performing as a fourth grader at Parkway Manor.
Phantom of the Ballpark is one of Utility Man's many characters. Phantom of the Ballpark is one of Utility Man's many characters.

PHS grad Youngerman is 'Utility Man'

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by SHANE BAGLINI Special to the Press in HS Sports

Ben Youngerman has been entertaining people his whole life. From stand up comedy to school plays to epic air guitar performances in front of thousands, Youngerman lives to entertain.

The 2005 graduate of Parkland High School and 2009 graduate of Syracuse University now goes by the alias of The Utility Man, specializing in any and all entertainment needs of sport venues and organizations.

Youngerman got his first big break with the Trenton Thunder and currently works with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on a full-season basis.

"It's a good place for me to try out new characters, new skits, and new routines," said Youngerman, who will be at Valley Perferred Cylcing Center two more times this summer.

He was featured on MLB Network's broadcast from the MLB Winter Meetings trade show last year, when approached by several producers and asked to go on air. Youngerman cites this as one of the highlights of his career, along with singing a Billy Joel's own "Moving Out" to Billy Joel at his Syracuse commencement.

"I just got back from Oregon, my first west coast trip, and I'm hoping for bigger and better things," he said.

Youngerman will be performing in a total of nine states this summer, but to him, performing in the Lehigh Valley is very important.

"It means a lot, my friends and family are here," said Youngerman. "Obviously they can't make it out to Colorado or Oregon, so making local appearances that my friends and family can get to is important, they're the ones that are my best critics and best supporters.

"I've done a lot of cool stuff as mascots, performing on the field in Philadelphia with the Phanatic, that was one of the coolest things I've ever done."

The Utility Man is following in the footsteps of some of his idols, including Max Patkin, former Clown Prince of baseball, and Myron Noodleman, the current Clown Prince of baseball. "If someday I could get a hold of that title, it would be awesome, but as long as I can support myself being a professional idiot, I think that would be a win," said Youngerman. "Whenever people ask me what I do, I say I'm a professional idiot, and that's really a term of endearment."

So you may ask, what can I expect from the Utility Man?

"What can't you expect?" said Youngerman. "It's a baseball variety act, and I do a little bit of everything. There's a lot of tricks up my sleeve, so get ready for the fun."

"I definitely attribute Parkland's arts program to where I am now. The first time I ever performed was in fourth grade chorus at Parkway Manor, and I discovered my voice in that play."

You can see Ben Youngerman perform at most IronPigs home games, and three times this season at Valley Preferred Cycling Center.

Youngerman appeared at the famous Velodrome on June 21, and will make his return August 9 and Aug. 23.

For more information on The Utility Man, visit his website at www.utilitymanentertainment.com or follow him on twitter @utilitymanben.

Be on your toes when The Utility Man is around, because you never know what character he is going to be.