An advertising executive brought a support clown to his redundancy meeting

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A copywriter, heading into a scheduled meeting with human resources at a New Zealand advertising agency, hired a clown as his support person.

Josh Thompson, writing on his Facebook page as Josh Jack (who has a side gig as a comedian), says agency FCB made him redundant.  

The clown reportedly mimed tears as the paperwork was handed over. 

“A while ago, I got a job. A short while later, I lost it,” the adman writes on Facebook.

“For anyone who hasn’t been fired, what happens is they schedule a serious meeting and advise you to bring a ‘support person’.

“Sensing the bad news, I decided I’d need the best support person available, so I spent $200 to hire a clown.”

He told Newshub the clown made balloon animals, a unicorn and a poodle.

“It was rather noisy him making balloon animals so we had to tell him to be quiet from time to time,” he told Newshub.

Jack starts at a new job today (Monday) in Auckland at DDB NZ, the agency confirmed. He was made redundant 20 August. 

The NZ Herald says the clown, Joe the Clown, is actor Joseph Brosnahan. 

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An advertising executive brought a support clown to his redundancy meeting