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I got a call from Drew Perine asking if I’d like to be part of his photo-essay on Work Clothes for the Tacoma News-Tribune. It would also appear in the Olympian. Both are McClatchy papers. Well, duh. The Trib has a 78K+ circulation and the Daily O has 33K+ circulation! What did he want? Well, to interview me as I got into character and see me in action.
I conscripted a few confederates and arranged to deliver pies to their willing faces at the Tacoma Museum of Glass on Tuesday the 5th of August. [Thanks to the speedy opportunism of Hillary Ryan, the head of their PR dept, seeing my Facebook post.]
Hillary and her two children were among the five confederates to accept pies in honor of National Clown Week. I also brought artist Bil Fleming and patron of the arts, Erin Oly, with me from Olympia. Erin had supported my Quest for the 100th pie in the face and wore her limited edition hand screened commemorative T-shirt for the occasion. She was honored to be the 1101st pied face on that day.
I chose to do the pie-ings on the Chihuly bridge of glass outside the museum to allow for public interactivity and appreciation. Sure enough, as we were basically blocking traffic, I was able to convince a random traveler to accept a pie. Breezy was a good sport. When offered a complimentary pie-in-the-face her two companions declined, but she said, “Sure.”
“Bapak Utan” sang “Ol’ King Kong” by Sandman the Rappin’ Cowboy.
I read “A Birthday Clown for Archer” by Kathy Mashburn about a boy who convinces his coulrophobic mother to hire a clown for his birthday. After all, it’s HIS BIRTHDAY!
PLEASE MOM PLEASE MOM PLEASE MOM j/k. He’s a nice kid that Archer. Not like some people’s kids. This lady here has a kid. The middle kid. I worked with him. I have lots of notes. A real sweet heart and funny guy but he could turn on you, start throwing crayons faster than you can say Jack Asperger’s.
These are INSIDE JOKES for Chivers and Chivettes. Visit http://thechive.com to get clues what they mean.
10. Knock-Knock. Who’s There? Bo. Bo Who? Bo Red At Work!
9. Knock-Knock. Who’s There? Bernie. Bernie Who? Bernie Bra Day!
8. Knock-Knock. Who’s There? Emma. Emma Who? Ehrmagehrd! Kunerk kunerk jokes!
7. Knock-Knock. Who’s There? Effell. Effell Who? FLBP!
6. Knock-Knock. Who’s There? Ida. Ida Who? Ida What I Want!
5. Knock-Knock. Who’s There? Kasey. Kasey Who? KCCO!
4. Knock-Knock. Who’s There? Keith. Keith Who? Keith Calm and Chive On!
3. Knock-Knock. Who’s There? Moe. Moe Who? Motivational Monday!
2. Knock-Knock. Who’s There? Merri. Merri Who? ‘Merica!
1.Knock-Knock. Who’s There? Sawyer. Sawyer Who? Sawyer Got Wasted!
Plz tag me on facebook if you took a pic at the Meet Up.
Allow me to expand on the details about this event, which goes a bit contrary to typical clown parties *ahem*. However, my philosophy about clowning has always emphasized absurd rituals of taboo violation, and that includes taboos within the mainstream clown community.
Jusby’s Halloween plans have evolved since his 4 year affiliation with the Halloween House.
It began in 2007 with Mike’s post on Myspace asking for people to wear a scary clown costume. I decided to be a volunteer “Horror Liaison” as my regular clown self .
Danger, A Head
In 2008, I returned with a Mad Hatter (Clown Lite) variation.
I also brought my own music and flaming tea cup.
In 2009, I brought Honey the Clown and wore the referee shirt to keep warm.
Last year (2010), it went OFF THE HOOK with the introduction of the Scary Clown Look at Eastside Big Tom’s Fright Night.
So, it’s been a natural progression to accept a position at the Haunted Firehouse which is open for 3 weekends leading up to Halloween. Coincidentally, Mike closed up his yard due to the continual stream of trespassers.
2011, it’s Scary Doctor Jusby of the Youth Asylum.
In the Pink “Green Room”, taking a call from Beyond.
The Haunted Firehouse is a non-profit fundraiser for Family Support Center and the summer youth theater program Kids at Play. The Haunted Firehouse opens on October 20 and runs for a long weekend, before re-opening on October 26 and running through Halloween night. On weekdays, the Firehouse runs from 5 pm until 10 pm. On weekends, we extend the SCARE until midnight, so come prepared for late-night fear!
NOTE that after 7 pm the Haunted Firehouse is Rated PG13, and those under 13 will only be allowed accompanied by a parent or guardian!
The Haunted Firehouse costs $5 for admission. There are no advance ticket sales — each admission costs only $5! First come, first serve!
DID YOU KNOW THE FIREHOUSE IS ACTUALLY HAUNTED?
- Former firefighters who worked here reported that an old firefighter who died patrols the halls at nights (our staff know this ghost well!)
- Rumors of suicides from prisoners held in the jail downstairs.
- Rodents of unusual size once roamed downstairs in years past.
- There was a big smallpox outbreak right here downtown in this area and many people died.
- This used to be the red light district (in Olympia!!!) — the city built this building as part of their public clearing of the brothels that previously stood right near here.
- Prior to becoming the city hall/fire station this was the livery and stagecoach where people came to town and put their horses or caught the stage.
- The man that used to have a cabin here on this site, mysteriously drowned in a canoe accident on capital lake right before taking office as one of the first state legislators.
The nice folks at GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty) asked if I would support their annual auction with a donation. Since our family had been a previous recipient of their free raised bed garden, I offered up a Party Extraordinaire on the condition that I could attend the Soiree at the Schmidt with my partner, Honey.
GRuB wisely bundled our services with cupcakes from She & She Gluten Free!
It gave me the chance to rewrite the verbage about the party for Auctioneer, Joe Hyer.
“an extraordinary and unhurried visit by Jusby the Clown AND his lovely assistant, Honey, as your surprise guests performing their amusing brand of edu-tainment for you at the conclusion of which, multiple guests may get a PIE-IN-THE-FACE!
Jusby & Honey will spend 75 minutes at your event facilitating pies, transformations, & guided laughter. You get to help plan the proportion of each.
Would you prefer to laugh until you can’t stop?
Would you like each of your guests to have a painted face, a tattooed arm, or a balloon creation?
Would you choose to host the next record-breaking pie-in-the-face party?
At any rate, you are bidding on Safe, Appropriate, and Profoundly Memorable Surprises with Jusby the Clown & Comedy Consultant.”
Six Ways to Pick Up Jusby and Nine Ways to Bring Him Down
I received the following instructions from Go Game HQ:
Hello, Agent Hotstuff! Teams will be instructed to look for you and try out their best pick up line on you. It’s possible they’ll have a little trouble locating you. It’s fine if they hit on the wrong person a time or two, but if they’re struggling to find you/bothering patrons, give them some help locating you. Then they’ll try out their best pick up line you. Depending on how funny/cheesy/good the line is, you’ll give them a score to enter into their phones (and you pretend you’re giving it to them as part of your phone number). The scoring works like this:
4111: Pretty good
2111: Below average
You can always play around with them a little, too. Ask for a better line, ask them to deliver it the way they would in a real bar, ask for the best line they’ve ever heard in their own lives, whatever you think will keep things lively. Please remember this is a corporate event. Teams love this mission, and you’ll have a very good time today. However, on occasion, teams may push the boundaries of good taste with their pick up lines/moves. Please keep things comfortable at all times.
This is exactly what teams will see before they come to you:
Smooth Line: As superheroes, you need many different skill sets. And for this particular mission, you’ll need to showcase your skills in the ole pick up department. Why? Because it’s a lost art. So head on over to Local Color on Pike near Stewart. There you’ll find the debonair Agent Hotpants. Approach gracefully and try out your team’s best pickup line. Make it as original as possible because he’s one smooth operator! Also, your line will be judged against other teams. If your line has enough “omph”, then our Agent just might give you his phone number. Hit ‘Prove’ once you’ve entered THE LAST FOUR DIGITS below.
I left Olympia with great expectations and a great underestimation of the time I’d be investing in parking and navigating the big city streets. Five minutes past the scheduled rendez-vous at the Pike Place Starbucks I bit the proverbial bullet and invested $20.75 on a 3 hour parking spot beside the Lusty Lady. I spotted my contact easily. She wore an orange jumpsuit and sat at a table full of checks. I took my pay and beat the pavement to my designated encounter zone. While deciding where to arrange myself, a dude in a fez offered to share his table. It was the Howlin’ Hobbit.
After I got my little green laptop fired up [11:58am], a waitress told me that I needed to buy something if I was going to use their table. OMG! No, no, I’m with the Go Game! They told me to come here and people would maybe buy me a drink! Do you have whipped cream? Oh, good.
Howlin’ Hobbit & Jusby
Six Ways to Pick Jusby Up
“Let’s go. I have a rubber… chicken.”
“I love cream pies. Don’t you?”
“Hit me with your best schlock!”
“Want to share a bottle of seltzer?”
“Let’s make like a banana peel and slip some clown up!”
“What’s a kinky clown like you doing in a well-lit alley like this?”
I would have loved to hear lines like these yesterday, but Go Game Teams seemed pressed for time and imagination. The first team arrived, and they elected a woman spokesperson. She mumbled, “Can we buy you a drink and maybe get a room?” WTF?! Um, okay, I’ve been fascinated by that flashing neon sign advertising a Coconut Chai… 12 oz is fine. Here’s my number [written on the back of my biz card] 3111. I had no idea how the grading curve would play out. I was told that 200 Microsoft employees in 25 teams would be playing this game over the course of 2 hours. There were about 16 actors involved. Each scenario took a couple of minutes to play out. Although their pick-up was pretty awful, they were quick with the drink. It was a long time until the next group arrived.
[1:21pm] The second group sent a man, and he sat right down across from me and delivered his pick-up line. “There’s a circus in my pants, and the only thing missing is you.” OMG! Wow! I gave them a 5111.
[1:37] Third team also sends a man. He’s trying to keep it together, but his delivery is stumbling and the line isn’t working for me. “Do you know you’re in the wrong place? The Miss Universe Contract.. uh, Contest.. is down the street…” Yikes. It’s about to be a crash and burn. One of his team mates whispers that he should offer me a drink. The line is long, and my chai isn’t empty, so I decline, but I keep him squirming. I ask if he likes pie? Of course, he says yes. I have him fetch some whipped cream and pop him with a micro-pie on the nose, letting his team earn a 6111 for being a good sport and persistent.
Pied face ~451
[1:46pm] The fourth (and final) team is at the door. I’m getting the sense of when a team arrives without having to watch for them. The energy shifts when 16 eyes scan the place and somebody suddenly hisses something like, “That guy! Check out the clown! It’s gotta be him! Oh, no, what are we supposed to do?” Then they all consult their smart phone for the instructions. And laugh, embarrassed.
I’ve brought my fan, and I open it to signal them. [1:51] I glance over, thinking they have definitely confirmed a spokesperson and decided on a line.
OMG! WTF? Their spokesperson is sitting at the wrong table, picking up a civilian! I SNAP open the fan, drawing some stares, hoping he’ll get the clue to desist before it’s too late.
It’s too late. They’re shaking hands like, “Good to meet you anyway.” I cross over and ask the civilian, “Are you working? [no] Did that dude just try to pick you up? [I think so] They’re looking for a sharp dresser,” I say, brushing the lapels of my tuxedo coat and touching the brim of my top hat, “and I think you won. Niiice.” Then I go sit back down.
A minute later, the spokesperson shows up and asks, “Are you Agent HotPants?” YESSSSS… Very Good!
“What’s your policy on Manscaping? Old growth or scorched earth?” LMAO [That’s what you asked the civilian?!] Hmmm, I’m circus-scumscribed. Here’s my#6111
Christopher (middle) with civilian and the real Agent HotPants
Then I was cut free, so I packed up, but before I left the owner wanted my boss’s number. He said, “I want to stop having you come in. It’s nothing you did, but it’s a distraction and nobody buys anything.” I wrote her number on the back of my card and got the heck out of Dodge. First, I made a quick photo-op with Sage, who got me involved in this silly scheme.
Sage, Etienne, and Jusby in the spendy parking lot
Then I hit Friday rush hour traffic all the way home. 9:45 Depart Olympia, 4:45 Return Olympia. $65 Pay – $20.75 Parking & using up a Personal Day from work… not the best gig economically speaking… but that’s part of the rant you’ll find below the cut
9 Ways to Bring Jusby Down
- Don’t pay extra for 126 mile Round trips
- Don’t pay extra for parking
- Don’t understand the needs of business owners
- Don’t recognize that Jusby is a player in a larger game
- Act like Jusby’s unique brand of edu-tainment is a distraction from MATTERS OF CONSEQUENCE
- Occupy the bathroom after Jusby has been holding 12 oz of iced coconut chai in his bladder for 3 hours
- Avoid double-entendre like the clap [I prefer the clap-clap-clap… of applause]
- Refuse pie for other people and order it for Jusby
- Order pie for other people and refuse it for yourself
Luau for local chocolatier today… henna, tattoos, organic whipped cream pies & summer attire: Lifeguard Clown in new Red Swim Trunks
Oh dear, the count is… uh… approximately 450 pied faces! Thanks, Bliss Wunder Heather Duke, Maureen Nelson, Treypac McKaughan and all the pied faces at the luau today!
That’ll do, pig.
This year’s Lacey Spring Fun Fair entry by the Red Nose Brigade included: Jusby, Sprout, Bean Sprout, Lilly, Buzzy, Stormy & Bubble~Trouble.
Sprout made the front page of the Olympian!
Jack Lobb, 2, gives a kiss to his aunt, Jenni Hatfield, who is dressed as Sprouts the Clown, during the annual Lacey Spring Fun Fair on the Saint Martin’s University campus on Saturday, May 21, 2011. The event continues on Sunday. (Tony Overman/Staff Photographer)
The alley planned to recreate our award-winning parade entry, “Road Apple Pie or Pie a la Road”, but we kept tweaking it…
- We eliminated the fake apples we were dropping
- We eliminated the hobby horses we were riding
- We added horse ears and tails to our costumes
- We eliminated the wheelbarrow
- We added a riding lawnmower that towed a wagon
- We forgot the large fake pie
- We substituted a real pie
Consequently, of course, a dude got pied!
For some reason, we had trouble getting together for a group shot. This is Sprout, Jusby & Bubble~Trouble. Not Pictured: Stormy, Buzzy, Lilly, & Bean Sprout!
This is a girl I know from my day job. She admitted that she had been afraid of clowns because she was traumatized by a clown chasing her with a balloon… at the Lacey Spring Fun Fair! However, it was before I joined the RNB, so I know it wasn’t me!
Coincidentally, I knew her mother from my time as an AmeriCorps*VISTA (2001-200).
I just found out that Sprout made the paper on again on National Train Day!
Sprouts the Clown greets Nancy and Fredrick Gomes of Vancouver, B.C., as they arrive for a family visit at the Olympia-Lacey Centennial Station during National Train Day celebration on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Sprouts, played by Jenni Hatfield of Lacey, is a member of the Red Nose Brigade clown troupe. (Tony Overman/Staff Photographer)
Here’s the two of us getting almost all aboard!
There’s one guy who agreed to a pie!
Olympia Centennial Station
6600 Yelm Highway
Lacey, WA 98513Event Date: SATURDAY 5/7/2011
Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
End Time: 2:00 p.m.
Event Description: Celebrate National Train Day with the Centennial Station Committee! Bring the entire family to the ONLY train station in the Amtrak system staffed completely with volunteers and built with donated funds, materials and labor. Refreshments will be provided by Lacey Costco. Door prizes will be given away. Other activities include face painting and clowns, free stuff for the kids, and entertainment by the Dixieland band, DixieKats and the Olympia Bagpipers.”
When is MY train going to come in??
Then I took Orion out for Free Comic Book Day!
… waiting for stills from Party Mom cam…
[edit.. tracked down a few on facebook. This mom said her son had taken a big, medium AND mini.