Nels Ross -

Comedian Juggler Nels Ross

Promote Laughter & Learning

Nels Ross presents uplifting virtual and in-person school assemblies and arts-in-education programs. Through physical theater, variety arts, and humor, he promotes character education, leadership, bullying prevention, reading, and STEM/STEAM… All “in jest,” or in fun.

With rave reviews from 2,500+ elementary, middle, and high school assemblies and programs, Nels uplifts students and staff alike. He also brings his oddspiration™, or fun and inspiration, to museums, arts institutions, libraries, recreation programs, and others.

Nels’ background includes: degrees in mathematics and education, studying theater; touring with a nonprofit circus; training with instructors from Broadway and Cirque du Soleil; teaching juggling/life workshops with social & emotional learning (SEL); working with special needs and at-risk students; and performing and speaking full time for 25+ years. He applies 100% of this to inspire laughter and learning.

 See sample VIDEOS for VIRTUAL and IN-PERSON programs.

✔︎ 2,500+ Arts-in-Education & School Assembly Programs

✔︎ Re: Character, Leadership, Bullying, Reading, STEM/STEAM

✔︎ Focus on Social & Emotional Learning (SEL), Special Needs

✔︎ Elementary, Middle & High School Assemblies & Programs

✔︎ Programs for Museums, Arts Institutions, Libraries, Recreation…

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Assemblies & Programs

In Jest Character Education Assembly

A fun-filled character education celebration! Respect, responsibility, resilience, and a growth mindset come from knowing that EVERY person has value and potential. (K-12)

Ask about bullying, PBIS, Positivity Project, SEL...

"five stars... positive message”
Cattaraugus-Little Valley School

In Jest Health & Wellness Assembly

We can LAUGH our way to greater physical, social, and emotional health! Includes age-appropriate discussion about serious topics like wellness and substance abuse. (K-12)

Ask about Red Ribbon Week, drug/alcohol awareness...

“rave reviews”
Our Lady of Mercy High School

In Jest Read*Know*Grow Assembly

Let's celebrate reading and lifelong learning! We can develop understanding, communication, focus, memory, and more, as we journey to wherever we want to go. (K-6)

Supports PARP, RIF, Read Across America...

“truly wonderful... stellar performance”
F P Donnelly School

In Jest STEM/STEAM Assembly

Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math ROCK! Explore STEM/STEAM with flying objects, spinning plates, toilet paper, and then some. (K-6)

As featured at schools, museums, arts institutions... News Article »

“absolutely fabulous!”
Corning Museum of Glass


An all-out fun tribute to living, laughing, loving, and learning wholeheartedly! Each of us can help bring joy to the world, through the gifts we share with others. (All Ages)

Great for holidays, family fun nights, end of year...

“thanks for bringing joy!”
Riverview School

Play/Life Workshop

Through play – in-person using juggling props, or virtual using everyday items – we can develop social & emotional learning, life skills such as goal-setting and resiliency, and parts of the brain key to success.

Combine with assemblies to reinforce PE and PBIS goals...

"we experienced success!"
Neil Armstrong School

Play/Life Residency

Combine assemblies and workshops for a 1-day to 5-day residency that teaches juggling and life skills, and encourages positive decision making. Add "Family Juggling Night" to involve the whole community.

Can be tailored to reinforce PE and PBIS goals...

“highlight of our school year”
Plank Road South School

In Jest Staff Development

Help staff reduce stress and enhance joy, health, and productivity. Participants will leave refreshed, with ways to employ humor and play for greater energy, focus, connection, and resilience.

Great for conferences, training, teacher appreciation... Info & Video »

"standing ovation!"
National Center for Education Research & Technology

Nels serves U.S. and anywhere with internet! Contact him for booking info, or help if you work with Young Audiences or BOCES.

In Jest’s virtual and in-person arts-in-education programs are also popular with museums, arts institutions, libraries, recreation…