“Jusby is a funny clown and very creative. His performance included never before seen fire tricks along with classics. Flaming Pies and world debut of Flaming Mistletoe had many couples kissing under huge burning (metal) branch. Jusby brought sparklers of two kinds (short AND long style) and gave them out to the crowd to sparkle-along with the act.
We are planning on rehiring Clown Jusby and Draco for this year’s New Years Eve celebration and would highly recommend him for a variety of events.”Hillary Ryan, Director of Marketing and Communications, Museum of Glass
“(Jusby) clearly understands how to use humor to enhance an event or occasion. He stood out during Purim which, in Jewish tradition, is all about silliness! And understanding that clowning is not for all, he respects limitations and never pressures anyone to participate who does not wish to.” Rabbi Seth Goldstein
While on the one hand I greatly appreciated the good humor and plain silliness Jusby brought to our services, on the other hand I equally valued the thoughtfulness and seriousness Justin brought to planning the services. Justin clearly understands how to use humor to enhance an event or occasion or even the experience of worship. At the same time he recognizes the need to maintain appropriate limits so as not to overwhelm. He, also, recognizes that while most people love the antics of clowns, there are those who have difficulty with them, and he respects those limitations. If you or your organization are planning an event at which you suspect good humor or even glorious silliness would enhance the occasion, I encourage you to speak with Justin to see what arrangements he and Jusby could make. The conversation, at least, will be worth your time.
Arthur Vaeni Unitarian Universalist Minister
I hired Justin to manage the entertainment at my son’s 11th birthday party. The entire class was invited, and I wasn’t sure how to keep a dozen pre-teenagers (boys and girls) adequately and appropriately entertained. The results were nothing short of spectacular. “Jusby” and his team of clowns engaged the kids by first leading them in an icebreaker Laughter Yoga session. He came prepared with lots of different activities, but the two that the kids went absolutely ga-ga over were the face painting and the pies. I’ve never seen kids line up so enthusiastically to get a pie in the face. Additionally, several of the parents opted to be pied as well. Everyone was laughing hysterically and very happy. As an added bonus, Jusby and his team handled the cake presentation and serving (clowns serving cake!) and the unwrapping of gifts (hilarious). BUT THAT’S NOT ALL – Jusby also provided me with beautiful online photos of the event (he’s a terrific photographer). Would I hire him again? In a New York minute. He will give you every dime’s worth of your money and then some. He’s also great with all ages, from little kids to adults. Highly recommend.
Justin led a 30 minute “Wellness Break” for our group of social workers. Since experiencing his Guided Laughter event, I have had MANY positive comments about his presentation. Everyone really liked that they could chose their own level of participation depending on their own preferences. It was unusual, fun but still a valuable learning experience for a group of people who’s job it is to make OTHERS feel better. Thank you Justin!
Trudy Soucoup, M.A.O.L.
Justin is the consummate professional clown. He loves his work — and it shows! He knows his way around kids, makeup, crowd control, and parents. What I love most about working with Justin is that he strives to create a complete atmosphere of fun — with pies, music, professional props, and all the accouterments. Justin is great to work with — and I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to have a GOOD TIME !!!
You are a very funny comedian Jusby. I had the pleasure of taking a class with you and the entire class was left cracking up. You are bringing a whole new light to local comedic talent for hire; to lift up our spirits and make us Olympians have a good old laugh. Bravo, a very needed and welcomed medicine.
Tamara Demetro, Rromani Traditional herbalist, musician, interpreter, translator, activist
“Pied Piper, Pied lovebird, Pie in the sky, the great pie of Sauron… I was fit to be pied! Yep, I think I was in danger of taking myself too seriously, I was stressing about the shows and worrying about everything! I needed a pie in the face. It changes your perspective wonderfully! Thanks Jusby, that was just the therapy I needed!… That was fun and awesome!”
Charlie “the Noise Guy” Williams
My kids love him and want him back.
He is a weird clown, but not too in your face. My kind of clown.
Balloons, pies to the face if requested. Like I said, my kids want him back next year.
Thomas Scott Mckaughn, owner Pizza T Records
Justin did an excellent job of showing us humor from the inside out, and the benefits of humor to healthy living. He was generous with his time and talents.
Patti Anne Logan, Volunteer Spina Bifida Association of Washington State
“Imagine an entertainer for your tiny ones who can make the full-grown folks laugh as well. Jusby is a cutting edge clown with a literary bent. Like a classic novel, or self-erecting crane, he operates on many levels.”
Matthew Kreiling , Freelance Writer and Coach , Seat-@-the-Table Writing
“Justin is professional, and reviews his jobs before setting out to work on a project. People like Justin and his easy going manner, he can usually get along with just about anyone. He listens well, which is a plus and can translate to ours what is needed.”
Marcia Killam Nunn , Owner , Marcia’s Potpourri
“Justin’s funny, a good time!”
Monica Drake , writer (Clown Girl)
“Justin has an exceptional creative flare of ideas and concepts that are both innovative, and boundary breaking. I have shared personal knowledge of a variety of business experiences with Justin and proud to see him utilize such advice to further his career. He is trustworthy, timely, and professional.”
Sage Viniconis , Co-Founder, Director, Performer , the Petting Zoo Players
“I hired Justin to clown for me during one of my music shows. He was spontaneous and flexible in how he performed with me and the crowd loved him. Justin is a very organized, kind, and on time clown. I recommend him for any and all sorts of parties!”
“I hired Jusby for my daughter’s fifth birthday party. Certain adults claim to be uncomfortable around clowns, a perception fueled by the entertainment industry, for whom lazy writers will use the casting of the benign and jolly clown into sinister aspect to score cheap suspense points. But clowning is a very old and respected art form; a good clown will work a room according to who is in it. A child’s birthday party, for example, invariably contains adults, and the simpler, child-pleasing act will succeed with adults only insofar as the children are entertained. But this clown is the real deal. Gifted in improvisation, his humor hits on multiple levels: broad comedy for children, delivered with plenty of rapid-fire asides to keep adults laughing, too. He travels loaded for bear, with a bottomless box of props and a long list of extra services, e.g., face-painting, tattooing and so on. We hired him for a two hour premium visit, and probably only made it a third of the way through his total act. He was always busy — and enraptured the children — but with a laid-back aspect; he and his assistant, Honey the Clown, seemed to be more like particularly amusing guests in whiteface rather than a set performance. Many clowns seem to have one thing that they do particularly well with the rest used for filler; Jusby seems to handle every aspect of the clown’s trade well, whatever technical facility he may lack in a given area is filled out by his deep training in theatre, and this is perhaps his strongest point: when he’s working, it seems like the most natural thing in the world to have a clown at your party.” Adam McIsaac
Jusby the Clown is a delight. He is playful, sweet and funny. Children and adults warm up to his unique form of clowning. He is professional and easy to negotiate with. He aims to please. He truly loves the art and craft of clowning.” Debe Edden, Heartsparkle Players
(Jusby) surprised me as one of the most enterprising, creative, and humorous businesses in our community.
Dave Bryant, Innovagrowth.com
Thanks for the pie in the face, it made my day. I was conflicted about it at first, but then realized it was a tasty wonderful treat. One that I found remnants of in my ear the next day.
I remember thinking, there was a little bit of a cult following, it seemed like people were interested in what you were doing, what you were saying, thinking… It seems like in every picture I’ve ever seen of you, there’s always someone laughing. And I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want that… but you put yourself out there.
Author and Educator, Steve Eggleston, Folkshine.com
At first I could not believe I was really going to do it, ( you know get hit with a pie in the face) I was then excited to have the pie in my face but then I remembered what it was like to get out of a HUGE ice cream float one time and was hoping the clean up would not be as bad. And the next day I could still smell the sweet cream in my nose…. That must have caused me to have sweet dreams of fluff all night!
Ria Wilcox Kaelin
Jusby! thank you for the laughter… my cheeks actually ached after the parachute :) Shannon + Chad
Thank you for coming to our daughter’s party. We really enjoyed your sense of humor, your punctuality, the wonderful tricks you played, and face paintings you created on the children’s faces.The Serhan’s
We enjoyed watching Jusby in our classroom! He was very entertaining, and he taught the kids a lot about clown history through humor. We enjoyed it!
Hollie Myhr, 2nd Grade Teacher
I’ve been a fan for a while, so I was thrilled when Jusby was able to stop by my event. Everyone loved him, they couldn’t stop talking about it.– to the point where they hired him again the next year, and gave him much more freedom to perform more of the shtick. Awesome.
What can be better than a fantastic clown who also has loads of experience working with exceptional kids?
Puck Franta, Be the One Mentor Coalition Coordinator
hi jusby the clown you are a good clown thank’s for the yumi py cheese by oceanna
Thanks for the show today at Round Table. My kids and I had a wonderful time.
As someone who has been pied before, it is a very fun experience and I want to encourage you all to volunteer!
Wendy Tanner, Chief Operating Officer, Community Youth Services
This professional clown enlivens any occasion by drawing on a natural sense of humor and a bag full of clowning techniques. Justin creates excitement for your birthdays, family gatherings, reunions and even your staff meetings.
Lisa Smith, Executive Director, Enterprise for Equity
Thanks for performing at Performance Dishwashing! You were GREAT! I loved the way you framed the pie ‘throwing’ as a rite of passage.” Click to hear or download the MP3
Bil Fleming, artist/bricoleur, coordinator of Performance Dishwashing at the Olympia Farmers’ Market
His jokes were funny and appropriate; his presence was enjoyed by all. There was even the classic ‘pie in the face’ that got the adults and kids even more hysterical with laughter. We highly recommend Jusby for any event where an adorable clown can make all the people happy. Click to Hear or Download the mp3
Guido Hunt, Senior Developer at Serena Software
Great energy, attention to detail, and a willingness to do whatever was needed for a given situation combined with an affable personality… a valuable asset Click to Hear or Download the mp3
John Ford, Public Affairs Producer, KAOS 89.3 FM
Jusby is a delight in any setting . . . he plays well to audiences young and old. The consummate professional, Jusby can be relied upon to deliver, as the ‘centerpiece’ or as a foil for other performers. His creative skills keep his shows fresh and inviting. He’s on our ‘A’ list. Click to Hear or Download the mp3
Vaude DeVille, Manager of Jupiter Entertainment
When working with students, he was creative and imaginative.
Kathy Long, Special Education Teacher
Justin is one of the eternal mysteries, he has to be experienced to be understood, and even then it’s no guarantee. His performance resume is staggering… He turned my world upside down.
Amanda Quinn, acrobat/ puppet & clothing designer
“A wacky, dynamic, and creative fellow” Aerick Duckhugger, illustrator
He’s given hundreds of people the opportunity to loosen up, let off steam, and really get it going on… he has done good, generous work for others all along and has been a great role model of openness in the community. And that is really the hippest trip in America.
“The students really connected with his creative ideas.” Roxanne Bruner, 21st CCLC Site Coordinator
Roxanne Bruner’s Letter of Recommendation (49 KB pdf)
“His humor and smile warm the hearts of many in the classroom.”
Gayle Mar Chun, Madison Elementary Principal
Principal Mar Chun’s Letter of Recommendation (142 KB pdf)
“Thank you for the TERRIFIC job you did as a 1st time Camp Invention teacher. You were fabulous.”
Nancy Elizabeth Smith, CI Coordinator
Clowns (from left) Jusby (Justin B. Wright) , Venessa Hatfield, 13, and Abigail “Beansprout” Lobb, 4, entertain the crowd during the The Hilarious Hats and Homegrown Music Parade at the Lacey Spring Fun Fair Saturday. (Toni L. Bailey/The Olympian)
Justin B. Wright, 37, of Tumwater, dressed in the polka-dot shirt, heart-shaped sunglasses and face paint he dons when performing as Jusby the Clown. He also brought his son, 2-year-old Orion, to the protest.
“Humor relaxes people,” he said as a half-dozen other clowns marched in mock goose-steps, carrying signs that razzed the neo-Nazis. “I think showing nonsense is the sanest way to cope with it.”
July 3rd, 2006
Washington Reading Corps members said:
“Efficient and straightforward”
“Creative, Witty, Fun”
“Technology freak and expert”
“Quite the entertainer”
“E=MC2 Einstein award, a man of great ideas!”
“Your peppy personality makes me smile”
“You are the most creative person I have met in Americorps!”
“Ideas! Presentations! Inspiration!”
His supervisor, Greg Garcia, said:
Justin was very capable of mixing educational activities with themes and media that excited participation of those involved. Justin was particularly passionate and creative in bringing parents and children together as a way to involve parents in their children’s education.
Greg Garcia’s Letter of Recommendation (125 KB pdf)
Exciting, hands-on and interactive learning through play couldn’t be more exciting than with Justin. It is genuinely inspiring to see an educator who is determined to learn – and that is exactly what Justin is.
Adam Fletcher, Youth Development and Student Engagement Expert, www.bicyclingfish.com
He is creative, competent and easy going even when the pressure is on.”
Susan Willis, TCTV
“You can’t be a clown! You have a wife and a child now. You need a day job.”
Barbara Nolan, Jusby’s mom
Temple Beth Hatfiloh, Eastside Big Tom’s, Olympia Unitarian Universalist, GRuB, Olympia Film Society, Unity of Centralia, Unity of Olympia, Procession of the Species, Lakefair, Lacey Farmer’s Market, McLane Elementary, Community Youth Services, The Halloween House, KAOS 89.3 FM, Madison Elementary, Lincoln Options Elementary, Fern Haven Center, Thurston County Relay for Life, Family Support Center, Capital Playhouse, Kids At Play, the Evergreen State College, EF School, Waves, Wild Grace Arts, Olympia & Lacey Parks & Recreation Department, the Chive Charities, Occupy Olympia, Evergreen Nursing and Rehab, Panorama City, Sustainable South Sound & the Buy Local Program, Westside Arts Walk, Downtown Arts Walk, TCTV, Karaoke Oly, Dance Oly Dance, Youth Enrichment Foundation, Eco Building Guild, Fertile Ground Commons, National Train Day, Free Comic Book Day, Ashton Place (Memphis), School for Designing a Society & the Gesundheit Institute, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Capital City Pride, Enterprise for Equity, Signing Santa