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The many faces of Joel Jeske – A review….of sorts~

I have had the ultimate pleasure of photographing and videotaping  Joel Jeske in many shows and moods in many venues over the past several years. I will attempt to post here a collection of images and such to reflect his incredible talents and charm.

Currently, he appears in the Big Apple Circus show “The Grand Tour” at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

But wait…he does not only appear on the show but he also Wrote and Created the show with direction by Parallel Exit’s Mark Lonergan.

Also, the clown material for this show was created by Joel Jeske. He performs the material along with the delightful Brent McBeth.

(these are not chronological)

First. Here is my Clown Un_Mask shot of Joel.

Joel Jeske in the Clown Un_Mask series.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.11.54 PMNext is a still from a video I did of Joel talking about ‘what is funny‘ in Sept 2011.

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Joel Jeske at Dixon PlaceJoel Jeske performing at the New York Downtown Clown Review at Dixon Place in Sept. 2012.

Joel Jeske opens his piece – “I have seen over 16 midgets today and it’s only Monday” by yelling the title at the audience.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.14.12 PMJoel Jeske performing at the AMUSE BOUCHE Festival at The Brick in Sept. 2011

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Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.09.32 PMParallel Exit’s “MOVE IT” show at Canal Park Playhouse in April 2013

Joel Jeske reads from his index cards all the qualities of his likes and dislikes.

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JOELCLOWNJESKEJoel is performing at the New York Downtown Clown Revue at Under St. Marks Place in 2011.

JOEL_Rm17bJESKE Joel Jeske performing in the hysterically funny and successful Parallel Exit show “Room 17b”.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.16.10 PMJoel Jeske and Mark Lonergan of Parallel Exit talk about their upcoming physical comedy workshop in this video.

March 2013 workshop video here.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.03.23 PMBrent McBeth and Joel Jeske in a scene from the current Big Apple Circus show “The Grand Tour”.

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.02.26 PM Joel Jeske and ringmaster John Kennedy Kane perform the ‘Red Nose Transplant’.

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.04.45 PMJoel Jeske looks quite disturbed in this fantastic version of musical chairs with audience members.

Brent McBeth is seen behind Joel directing the Big Apple Circus Band. Did Joel lose this contest?

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I expect to experience much more mirth and joy from Joel Jeske and hope to have to photograph it as well.

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Do yourself a favor and see Joel Jeske perform live at The Big Apple Circus. Now till Jan 10th, 2016

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“MOVE IT” Variety Show – May 9th, 2011

Mark Lonergan knows how to make great shows! His last production was a terrific hit. ROOM 17B.

His company PARALLEL EXIT has been making great shows for quite a few years now. So it is no surprise that when he puts together a variety show it is wonderful!

Tonight’s show wasn’t any exception.

Mark Lonergan introduces the first act of the evening.

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ERIC WRIGHT and KATRINA DENNY

A puppet performance with different disciplines used.

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COMPANY SoGoNo

Choreography by Tanya Calamoneri

A humorous dance piece about birds.

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Carol Sirugo with Jonathan Kaplan

A very funny dance piece about relationships!

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Honey Goodenough

A precious teddy bear and his coming of age outside the box.

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KEVIN C. CARR

A clown and his relationships. Wonderful physical humor.

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PARALLEL EXIT – DAPPER TAP TRIO

Derek Roland – Brent McBeth – Danny Gardner

Talented tap dancers and physical comedians as well!

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MICHAEL KARAS

Michael Karas has amazing juggling skills and comedic timing to go along with it.

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HONEY GOODENOUGH and MARTA MOZELLE MACROSTIE

A fun collaboration involving plastic manipulated objects, food products and a human being.

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PARALLEL EXIT NEEDS YOUR HELP!

The funding for Parallel Exit’s theatre performances has been cut drastically.

Help them out with any donation you can give. Click here.

Mark Longergan is tipping the hat for your helpful donation.

He deserves whatever you can give. A wonderful presenter of great variety.

Make sure you see one of Parallel Exit’s next shows!

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ALL PHOTOGRAPHS ARE COPYRIGHT © 2011 Jim Moore

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The Clown Un_Masked – Joel Jeske

Joel Jeske relaxing (I guess?) with his standard cup of coffee.

Joel backstage in his costume ready for the NY Downtown Clown Revue.

Joel in the highly successful and very funny show ROOM 17B.

 

I talked to Joel a year ago about meeting up for a photo session to begin this project. We finally got to it today in April 2011.

Joel Jeske is one of the funniest men around. And not just when he is performing! I have seen and worked with him on quite a few shows/projects including the recent Parallel Exit show ROOM 17B and we did a book together on Clown. His stage persona is so strong and funny that the audience always remembers him after the shows are over. I had the pleasure to photograph him at my home. . One of his other performing projects is the family show Hey Ya Brothers with Christoper Lueck.

If you want to laugh a lot – I suggest you take your friends, kids, aunts and uncles to see JOEL perform where ever he is appearing!

 

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Parallel Exit’s ROOM 17B – 59e59 Theatre

Photographing the ingenious comedy (which is the creation of Joel Jeske and Mike Dobson) of ROOM 17B was so much fun. A series of surreal, comedic, absurd vignettes. I had a chance to ask the Director Mark Lonergan about his inspiration for creating the show and  the process.

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“The inspiration for ROOM 17B goes back to a show we did at 59E59 Theaters in 2007 called CUT TO THE CHASE.  One of the reviews for the show challenged us to take some daring leaps and explore new avenues with our work.  With that gauntlet thrown down, we began discussing how to inject contemporary material into a vaudevillian format – purposely pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone.”

(left to right) Mike Dobson, Danny Gardner, Joel Jeske, Brent McBeth

Mike Dobson and Joel Jeske, the authors of the show, began developing some ideas that we explored over a weekend at the Kraine Theater in 2009.  At the heart of these ideas was a group of businessmen putting on a bizarre and interactive presentation.  As we continued to work on the material, our set and lighting designer Maruti Evans ran with the business presentation idea and came up with the perfect setting for the show – a surreal office of floor-to-ceiling filing cabinets.”

Danny Gardner and Joel Jeske

“With Maruti’s design in place, the concept evolved into what we have today – a long-forgotten room in a huge office building in which all the props and costumes appear from the file drawers.  The result is a cross between Buster Keaton, Monty Python, and Tim & Eric – surreal, funny, physical, and modern – and hopefully, a great night of theatre.”

Joel Jeske and Danny Gardner in a surreal office moment.

Brent McBeth taking a seriously uneasy note.

Joel Jeske in absurdly wild pose while being introduced.

I recommend this show to anyone who wants to laugh and  be entertained by 4 wonderfully hysterical performers.

Written by Mike Dobson and Joel Jeske .

Directed by Mark Lonergan.

Original Music by Mike Dobosn

Choreography by Danny Gardner and Brent McBeth.

Set and Lighting by Maruti Evans

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Get more information and tickets here.