25 Things You Didn’t Know About Joel Salom

Australian juggling sensation, Joel Salom, appears in Hail Caesar!, Teatro ZinZanni’s current production. In the show, he plays Mick, a maitre d’ looking to make a good impression, as well as controlling his satiric creation, Erik the Dog. He excites audiences with his hilarious juggling routines while intriguing them with unique rhythmic juggling acts. Whether you’ve seen him onstage or had him teach you a juggling lesson or two, here are a few things you may not know about Joel:

1.    I would describe myself as a tall, lanky, funny fella who loves his family and is addicted to juggling shaker balls.

2.    I grew up in Western Australia on a dairy farm.

3.    My family is my favorite thing. My six-year-old son is gregarious and charismatic,  my three-month-old daughter is gorgeous and sleeps, and my wife is my everything: down to earth, practical, beautiful and very honest.

4.    The last movie I saw was Winnie the Pooh; my son came along, too.

5.    I think patience is one of my greatest strengths.

6.    I can’t have a pet; I travel too much.

7.    I’m secretly obsessed with plucking nose hairs.

8.    Something crazy I’ve done is supporting my family by being a freelance comedy juggler! Somehow, it seems to be working very well.

9.   My favorite spot in Seattle could be anywhere as long as I am with my daughter.

10. A good day is a beach day.

11. My life philosophies are: “No hurries, no worries”, “Do what you like and do what you’re good at” and “If you’re going through sh*t, just keep going”.

12. My first job was stilt walking in our local shopping center.

13. My hidden talent is flying trapeze.

14. A memorable Teatro ZinZanni moment was when my then three-year old son walked into the tent during the show, without his pants!  I was doing a scene on stage, he’d wet his pants and needed help (My wife was baby-sitting another performer’s baby).  I gestured for him to go back stage. He waved back. Eventually, he got the idea and, with slumped shoulders he walked back stage. His little, naked butt was the last image – hilariously cute.

15. I cannot resist buying licorice.

16. I’d like to visit India.

17. I love Seattle. The people are so friendly and supportive, the city is easy to navigate, and the festivals at Seattle Center are so much fun.

18. The last book I read was Mind Sight.

19. A song I wrote for my daughter is one of my favorite songs.

20. I aspire to be a patient father, supportive husband, and remember how fortunate I am in so many ways.

21. My drink of choice is strong coffee.

22. If I could be any animal, I’d be a dung beetle. I reckon I’m pretty good at pushing sh*t up a hill. I am a juggler…

23. I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I only speak English.

24. My favorite places to travel are Thailand, Vanuatu, Singapore, and Indonesia.

25. I decided on my profession by accident.

Hail Caesar! ends soon, so hurry in to see Joel and the rest of our talented cast!


Juggling Master Class with Joel Salom

We’ve just announced that our ZinZanni Institute for Circus Arts will be holding a juggling master class with Hail Caesar‘s juggling comic Joel Salom. In this class he explores the relationship between music and juggling with this hands-on workshop geared for adult jugglers, serious and otherwise. Experience with juggling three balls is a prerequisite.

  • Date: Monday, August 8, 2011, 6:30 P.M.
  • Ages: 18+
  • Price: $50
  • Location: Teatro ZinZanni’s Seattle Spiegeltent, 222 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Reserve your spot here. Capacity: 30.

The video below contains a quick glimpse at some of the techniques Joel will cover in the class.

Happy Birthday, Neighbor!

The cast of Hail Caesar! had a busy shopping day this Wednesday at the Queen Anne Metropolitan Market. To start off the Market’s fun forty-day 40th birthday celebration, Teatro ZinZanni’s performers put on their wildest outfits and walked a block up the street and got the party started!

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First on the scene was the Sultan (Victor Benedetti) who didn’t appear out of place — despite the sparkly turban. As soon as Caesar (Frank Ferrante) showed up, though, it was apparent that something was going on. Shopping cart in one hand and a martini in the other, Caesar maneuvered throughout the store yelling “Sultan! Has anyone seen the Sultan?” Soon after, Maxime Clabaut, Genevieve Landry, and Elena Borodina entered in their skintight outfits and a few customers could be heard asking, “what’s Teatro ZinZanni doing here?”

After gossiping with shoppers over magazine headlines, Lady Moundsajoy (Juliana Rambaldi) belted out an operatic version of “Happy Birthday.” When a customer yelled “Encore!”, the Sultan joined to sing another dramatic round. Soon, everyone was singing, Sheikh Zabier (Bernard Hazen) and Mick (Joel Salom) were juggling water bottles, and bags of chips were flying through the air.

The cast and crew at Teatro ZinZanni wish Metropolitan Market a happy birthday!

Joel Salom: Coming Soon To A Spiegeltent Near You!

Joel Salom appears in Teatro ZinZanni’s Hail Caesar!, opening May 12th and running through August 28th in the magical Seattle spiegeltent.

An all-round comic, acrobat, and juggler, the irrepressible Joel Salom has enjoyed an international career performing across the United States, numerous countries in Europe including Germany Switzerland, France, Portugal, England and Scotland, in Africa, as well as in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. For two years, he played Ring Master, graced the flying trapeze and was also a juggler, clown and acrobat in Circus OZ. His high tech comedy theatre show Gadgets, which he performs with his satiric little robot dog named Eric, won the Innovation Award for 2008 at the National Drover Awards in Australia. Most recently the show played at the KeoChang International Festival of Theatre in South Korea, after which Joel went on to Edinburgh for two weeks with Circus Oz, and then toured several festivals in Portugal.

All Hail Caesar!

Teatro ZinZanni presents Hail Caesar!, opening May 12th and running through August 28th, 2011 in the magical Seattle spiegeltentHail Caesar! stars the irrepressible entertainer Frank Ferrante as Caesar and acclaimed aerialist Dreya Weber as Cleo, Queen of the Nile, and is Teatro ZinZanni’s zany take on the love story between two of history’s most famous lovers. Hail Caesar! features a hilarious and captivating international cast including juggler Joel Salom; hand-balancer Elena Borodina; trapeze artists Ssens Duo; the exceptionally talented juggler and rola-bola artist Bernard Hazen, and the operatic talents of Juliana Rambaldi and Victor Benedetti.

Music, laughter, romance and desire ensue when a resurrected Cleopatra sets her sights on a fast-talking, wise-cracking chef named Caesar. Don’t miss this colossal epic that proves that not all great couples meet online–sometimes they meet at Teatro ZinZanni. Does Cleopatra’s love for Caesar win out in the end? To find out, join the performers of Teatro ZinZanni for Hail Caesar!, a risqué romp through Egyptian history complete with Love, Chaos and… Dinner!