Toby and Jen on their 25th Wedding anniversary tour.
The clown that works the road to the circus.
A nickname that stuck.
Klaüen - The King's jester Berg - Mountain
"Toby KID Klauenberg is flat out funny” and has been for an educational and hysterical career spanning thirty years. Since his first appearance in a Cub Scout skit, Toby discovered his love of laughter in life's adventures. Along with fatherhood, Toby's full-time job is finding the funny in life and the funny answers to it.
"It's not all about laughs," says KID, "When laughing we are at our most susceptible to learning." Everyone from toddlers to seniors have participated in his uplifting programs. Toby has covered topics from reading, good character, magic, solution search, leadership to an active lifestyle, juggling, fire safety and more.
Toby taught at the Beatrix Potter Primary School in London, England following his graduation from Iowa State University. This was his first calculated big step in attaining his dream job. Returning to the states, KID started securing appearances in schools as a substitute teacher and an assembly leader. Soon the demand for his educational assemblies overtook the sub teaching jobs.
Educational shows put Toby on the road more and more. Travel broadened his client list and his programs. The diversity of clients Toby serves gives him the exciting challenge to remain current with new learning trends, subjects, and techniques for youth and adults.
Beyond performing and teaching, Toby's illustrious career includes writing and producing routines for WGN's Bozo Show and Televisa's Cepillín. Toby was the editor for the largest online newsletters for children's performers with more than 2,000 subscribers.
Michael Josephson and CHARACTER COUNTS! relied on Toby to produce their first educational program.
McDonald's has also depended on Toby's expertise to be the co-author of The Complete Field Guide for Ronald McDonald as well as engaging him to write and produce multiple shows for the national Ronald McDonald program.
Toby got to clown around with First Lady Barbra Bush on a literacy tour. Several terms later Toby repeated his literacy tour, this time with First Lady Laura Bush. The International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center asked Toby for a command performance when they hosted the Director of the Moscow Circus and a team of Cosmonauts. "We begged Toby to do this show because we've hosted his program previously and knew the standards he achieves in his performances would be a strong reflection on the ICHOF", said Kathryn O'Dell, Director. Toby hosted and emceed an unprecedented six induction ceremonies for the Hall. Roy "Cookie" Brown, famed from WGN's Bozo Show, invited Toby to join him for shows across the Midwest as fundraisers for the ICHOF.
More than fifteen chart-topping recording artists have shared the stage with Toby as their opening act, Garth Brooks, Mark Chestnut, and Michael Martin Murphy, including BB King, just to name a few. Toby's prodigious performance schedule has taken him to forty-eight states, all Canadian provinces, and sixteen European countries. Throughout his career, Toby KID Klauenberg has performed over fifteen thousand shows and driven literally millions of miles. Toby has been married to Jennifer since 1989. They have four children who have all achieved academic excellence and hold athletic records. They live on a small acreage in central Iowa affectionately known as