Meet Joshua

 

CIRCUS PERFORMER - COMEDIAN - MAGICIAN - SPEAKER


Joshua Routh is a nationally recognized entertainer, and a founding member of the performing troupe, Circus Kaput.

As well as being an exceptional physical comedian Josh is an accomplished magician, juggler, hypnotist, sideshow performer and acrobat. He has performed in wide variety of capacities including for TV commercials, Ripley's Believe it or Not, the Smithsonian, The New Pickle Circus, The St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, the World Series Gala, Governors and even the President.

When he is not performing Joshua is a professional speaker, writer and educator. He has lectured for many corporations like Google, as well as elementary schools, universities, theater groups, magic clubs and circus organizations.

In 2003 he was awarded a CAT Fellowship through the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission for his work as a social artist.

Joshua began his journey in the variety arts at a young age. In 1990 at the age of 12 he took a clown class at a community college and fell in love with making people laugh. He began volunteer clowning at hospitals and nursing homes and it was here that he knew entertainment was his calling. In 1993 at the age of 15 Joshua began performing the event company Lefton Promotions. He traveled the country performing for Lefton until 2001.  By the age of 19 he had entertained in 38 states.

In 1998 he took a break from performing to join Americorps. He was on a service team that helped communities in natural disasters. He worked with FEMA, SEMA and the US Forest service. He fought forest fires, assisted in the aftermath of ice storms and hurricane relief. In between disasters he founded a group of Americorps members called ClownCorps. ClownCorps performed for many under served communities and brought joy in the face of disaster. 

After leaving Americorps, Joshua returned full time to performing. And in early 2001 Joshua moved to San Francisco where he trained for two years with Master Lu Yi of the Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe and World Champion Russian Acrobat Vladimir Nazerov. He also attended the Clown Conservatory where he graduated "Class Clown".

Since 2003, Joshua has performed with The New Pickle Circus, The San Francisco Youth Circus, The Famous Reynold’s Circus, The St. Louis Shakespeare Festival and many others. In 2004 he was a featured artist for Major League Baseball’s World Series gala. He has also performed for the St. Louis Blues Hockey Team, The St. Louis Rams Football Team, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom.  His work has made it possible for him to perform for and meet many celebrities including Ellie Kemper, Andy Cohen, Aaron Neville, Woody Harrelson, Flea and Bill Clinton among many others.

Joshua has been on the small screen in TV commercials for Maxwell House, Ameren UE, H & R Block, and many others. He has been featured on the TV shows ‘Best of California’ and ‘House Calls’. Also, he has been seen on NBC, FOX, ABC, PBS and UPN. He was also featured in the film ‘Class Clowns’.

When he is not performing Joshua is a professional speaker, writer and educator. He has lectured for many corporations like Google, as well as education conferences, universities, theater groups, magic clubs and circus organizations. In 2003 he was awarded a CAT Fellowship through the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission for his work as a social artist.


Circus Performer

As a Circus Performer and Actor, Joshua has worked in tents, stadiums, festivals and theaters. He has also worked on national commercials, live television and film.

Comedian

Stand up and Improv comedy come naturally to this born funny man. Whether in a club or hosting a gala, Joshua is a true professional that performs clean and leaves them wanting more!

Magician

As a magician, Joshua is an innovator who has entertained audiences nationally with his mastery of illusion, extreme stunts, mentalism, hypnosis and sleight of hand.

Speaker

Josh speaks on many topics including: Persistence, Body Language, Teamwork, Public Speaking and Client Relationships.