New Zealand copywriter takes emotional support clown to redundancy meeting

Lawrence Kim
September 14, 2019

Josh Thompson, who goes by Joshua Jack online, payed $200 for the clown to mime crying when the paperwork was handed over and blow up balloons.

A New Zealand advertising executive facing the bleak prospect of being fired made a decision to inject a bit of humor into the situation, bringing a professional clown to his final meeting instead of a colleague for emotional support, according to a report Friday.

News of the support-clown stunt quickly proliferated when the New Zealand Herald published a picture of Jack having a serious meeting with the emotional-support clown and two employers seated across from him.

Thompson had been working as a copywriter at FCB, after starting employment there in April. "I definitely recommend bringing Joe or another clown".

USA Today Post said Thompson made sure he "had the last laugh" at the meeting, while DNA India labelled it "a freaky but innovative move".

The Sun called Thompson a "cheeky advertising exec", while the New York Post said "a support dog just wasn't going to cut it". "Today, somehow, it's the top story [sic] in the New Zealand Herald".

Others shared their thoughts on social media.

Despite that, the copywriters said his bosses "could see the humorous side of it". The Australian ad agency DDB confirmed Thompson will start a new role in its office next week. An advertising worker took a clown along to his redundancy meeting as his support person.

"A while ago, I got a job".

In an interview withMediaWorks, Thompson said he chose to bring in the clown after receiving an email telling him "bad news, we're having a meeting to discuss your role".

Faced with the task of securing an appropriate support person for the potentially tense meeting, Thompson, an aspiring comedian, said: "I thought it's best to bring in a professional, and so I paid $200 and hired a clown".

He said: "I thought it's either a promotion or worse".

Thompson said the clown made several animals out of balloons, including a unicorn and a poodle.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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