More than a passing chance

Luther alum performs on ‘America's Got Talent’ as part of The Passing Zone

DECORAH, Iowa – Jon Wee, Luther College class of 1988, and his juggling partner Owen Morse, otherwise known as The Passing Zone, will perform on NBC's "America's Got Talent" Tuesday, Aug. 23. The live semi-final show begins at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time. 

This is The Passing Zone's second season on "America's Got Talent," after earning a trip to the finals in AGT's first season in 2006. Now in the show's 11th season, the duo hope to take their unique blend of comedy and juggling to the finals in search of that elusive $1 million dollar grand prize. To vote for the duo, go to the AGT website immediately after the live performance Tuesday night.

Wee and Morse, who met while still in college, have been juggling together for nearly 30 years. Two weeks after their first performance together, they won silver at the International Juggler's Association Teams Competition. The next year they went on to win gold, earning an invitation to appear at the renowned Comedy and Magic Club in Los Angeles. On their first night at the club, they were approached by a "Tonight Show" talent scout and booked their first national television appearance. Moving from television to the big screen, the pair's next performance was in "The Addams Family Movie," where they doubled for Gomez and Uncle Fester in the Mamushka dagger-passing scene. 

Wee and Morse have performed for The Miss America Pageant and the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and have opened for comedians Jay Leno, George Carlin, Bob Newhart, Bob Hope and Penn & Teller. In addition to their "America's Got Talent" performances, their television appearances include, "Comic Strip Live," "An Evening at The Improv," "MADtv," Penn & Teller's "Sin City Spectacular" and Steve Harvey's "Big Time," and they have regularly appeared on NBC's "Today." Recently they were guest performers at the White House.

The Passing Zone hold four Guinness World Records and 18 gold medals from the International Juggler's Association. They were recently presented with the IJA's Award of Excellence–the most prestigious award in juggling–for "excellence in the art of juggling through professional performance."

The pair regularly perform at corporate events for industry leaders such as eBay, Firestone, Old Navy, Microsoft, IBM and Kodak. They have had articles published on teamwork, work-life balance and taking risks in countless industry periodicals including Business People, Special Events, Smart Meetings, Networking Times, Financial Executives, Successful Meetings and Home Business. The Wall Street Journal chose them as a "Best Bet" for entertainment and Special Events Magazine named them one of the "Hottest 26 Speakers."

In addition to their corporate, club and television appearances, the duo can be seen performing their full show, "The Passing Zone Saves the World!" in theaters and performing arts centers nationwide.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,350, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.

Owen Morse and Jon Wee '88 perform on NBC's "America's Got Talent."