Michael Jay Garner started his performing career like most who pursue this type of work: by accident. He received his BA in Psychology from Emory University, where he also learned how to juggle, play various musical instruments and relieve himself...of all fear of being embarrassed on stage as a four-year cast member of the nation's oldest college improv troupe. After college, Michael worked in the corporate world, but took many side gigs as a performer. And while putting together an audition piece for The Big Apple Circus, he realized that all the random skills he'd been learning could be applied as a clown. In essence, he had inadvertently been training to be a clown for the past ten years - without realizing it. Since then, Michael's life has been a swirling vortex of clowning. From working as a hospital clown with The Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, to being Resident Clown at The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp (a children's medical camp founded by Paul Newman) to touring with Britney Spears on her "Circus" World Tour. Michael is also very proud to work with Cirque du Monde, an outreach program of Cirque du Soleil that teaches circus arts to at-risk youth.