Joel Jeske

jeske1 Joel Jeske is a professional physical comedian, director, teacher, and creator of his own theater shows.

He has appeared in major feature films including Two for the Money with Al Pacino and Two Weeks Notice with Sandra Bullock.

On television, Joel was featured in Sex in the City, The Late Show with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kelly, and with partner Barry Lubin in Italy’s Circo Massimo. Internationally, Joel starred with Peter Shub at the Apollo Variete in Dusseldorf, Germany and was the headlining show at Festival Der Traume in Innsbruck, Austria, the COS Festival in Reus, Spain, and the AEMI International Clown Festival in Shanghai and Hangzhou, China.

Joel is a creator and performer for the physical theatre company Parallel Exit. He created and starred in Parallel Exit’s Off-Broadway hits THIS WAY THAT WAY, CUT TO THE CHASE, and ROOM 17B. Joel was nominated for a Drama Desk award in 2008 and 2010 for creating the Off-Broadway hits CUT TO THE CHASE and ROOM 17B. As a clown, Joel toured and created clown acts for Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus, Cirque Du Soleil, hosted The Big Apple Circus 2006-07 production of STEP RIGHT UP!, and tours with fellow clown Chris Lueck as the slapstick duo “The HeyYa Brothers.”

jeske2Joel teaches circus and clown with Parallel Exit, The Big Apple Circus, and Cirque Du Jour both internationally at home in New York.

Joel was honored as Clown of the Year 2007 won the Audience Choice Award for best clown act in 2009.

An encyclopedia of comedy knowledge, Joel is committed to passing along this unique and distinctive art form to future generations of performers.

Find out more about his work on his website:

And here’s a great video of Joel performing a Musical Chairs piece:

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