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Gig: Class Clown

Name: Jeff Roebuck

Age: 50

Job: Inky the Clown

Name: Jeff Roebuck Age: 50 Job: Inky the Clown Photo by Trip Burns

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An accountant. ... Nah, just kidding, a clown.

Describe your workday in three words.

Fun, kids, fun.

What tools could you not live or work without?

Juggling balls, clubs, rings and a balloon monkey.

What steps brought you to this 
position?

I was a street performer as a kid with a group called Plagiarism in Boston, Massachusetts, as a juggler. Being a clown came shortly after.

What is the strangest aspect of your job?

I wear more makeup than my wife.

What is the best thing about your job?

Getting to put "clown" as my occupation on my tax returns.

What advice do you have for others who would like to become a clown?

They would have to have the patience of Job, love children and be able to fill the shoes (which are pretty big).

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