"Terrific! Consistently funny and works extremely well in the ring."
  - Variety

upcoming and recent performances

Parallel Exit Comedy Academy Summer Intensive

posted on July 23rd, 2013

Coming this August!

The Parallel Exit Comedy Academy Summer Intensive.

August 19-23, 2013

I will be teaching a five day comedy workshop with Parallel Exit.  Focusing on character, improvisation, scene work, physical comedy, and clowning; it is a great workshop for those who love to make people laugh.

There a still a few spots left.  Create some laughter!  See you there!

Check out http://parallelexit.com/academy for details!

Big Apple Circus 2015! It is official!

posted on July 23rd, 2013


I am creating The Big Apple Circus in 2015!

Mark Lonergan is directing the show and I am creating it, writing and directing all the clown material, and performing as the lead clown.  I am very excited and proud to create a show for such a wonderful and internationally acknowledged circus.

More information to come as the show and the concept develops.

This is going to be fun.

Check out “The Comedy Class”

posted on March 6th, 2013

Working with my physical theater company, Parallel Exit, I will be teaching two weeks of :


It is three/four nights each week for the low cost of $75.oo a class.  The Comedy Class takes on all aspects of being physically funny.  Perfect for actors, singers, improvisers, writers, and clowns;  The Comedy Class is perfect for the student who only wants one quick class or an education with all six nights.

Parallel Exit workshops focuses primarily on the practical application of  comedy theory and technique.  We guarantee you will leave with something you can ACTUALLY use in creation and performance.

Classes will be held the first two weeks of April.  Exact times and dates TBA.

The Circus is in town!

posted on March 6th, 2013

Circus Fit Kids appear at Ringling Bros. 143rd Edition:  Built to Amaze!

After working for eight weeks with the Riverdale Y in the Bronx, NY; my circus students are going to be performing TONIGHT at The Big Show!  They have been given the opening spot in the pre-show as well as free tickets for the show.  The Circus Fit Kids are going to take the Greatest Show on Earth by storm!


posted on November 28th, 2012

Having survived a wild October and a thankful November, Joel is back in New York for the Christmas Season!

Visit Joel as Train Conductor Justin Time weekends at Macy’s Santaland 2012!

The magical Train Conductor, Justin Time, ushers children via The Santaland Express to the North Pole for a memorable visit with the one and only SANTA CLAUS!


Joel is performing around the New York Area with a number of holiday shows through Big Apple Circus, Bongarbiz, and Partymakers!

Stay on the lookout for Jack Frost: Mr. White Christmas, The Boughs and Holly Swingin’ Christmas, and All Board For Christmas!

Parallel Exit’s “EXIT, STAGE LEFT!” tours California in October

posted on September 18th, 2012



Parallel Exit is on tour in October with shows in New York City and Orange County, CA.

October 13, 2012

“Exit, Stage Left!” will be performed at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York City.

Visit www.symphonyspace.org for tickets!

October 18-21, 2012

“Exit, Stage Left!”  will be performed at Segerstrom Center (Costa Mesa, CA)

Visit http://www.scfta.org/home/Events for tickets!

October 22, 2012

 “Exit, Stage Left!” will be performing at the McCallum Theater (Palm Desert, CA)


The HeyYa Brothers are the hit of CLOWNFEST 2012

posted on September 18th, 2012

Seaside Heights, NJ

Chris Lueck and Joel Jeske, a.k.a “The HeyYa Brothers”, performed two shows for CLOWNFEST 2012 at Seaside Heights, NJ last weekend.  The fast-paced slapstick duo had record attendance for their first show on the Seaside Broadwalk and rocked the house at CLOWNFEST’s saturday night award dinner.

Clowns in the audience praised the duo for their new twist on traditional material and board slapstick style.

Parallel Exit Physical Comedy Summer Intensive 2012

posted on August 2nd, 2012

Parallel Exit Physical Comedy Summer Intensive 2012

New York, NY

August 27-31, 2012

Dany Studios

305 West 38th St. New York, NY

Teaching a summer intensive with Mark Lonergan, Mike Dobson, and Derek Roland that combines all the skills, techniques, and know-how of Parallel Exit in one busy week!

There are still a few spots open.  Hope to see you there!

For information email mark@parallelexit.net.

Festival Der Traume 2012: Innsbruck, Austria

posted on August 2nd, 2012

Hotel Clownifornia:  Restaurant Part 1 & 2

August 14-21, 2012

Returning to the Festival Der Traume this summer with the incredible Peter Shub in his restaurant themed variety show.

Restaurant Part 1:  Performing with theater artist Paolo Nani.

Restaurant Part 2:  Performing with the Russian clown Jigalov.


I will also be teaching my workshop: The Language of Physical Comedy

“Physical comedy is making people laugh without the use of words.  It is also acting and storytelling.  One must understand the comedian in order to understand their physical humor. Share in the techniques and vocabulary of being physically funny in his new workshop:  The Language of Physical Comedy.”