A New Zealand copywriter who took a clown to a redundancy meeting as his support person has been labelled a hero on social media.

Josh Thompson, who posts on Facebook as Joshua Jack, wrote on Friday, “A while ago, I got a job. A short while later, I lost it.

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

In anticipation of the bad news he decided he needed “the best support person available” and hired a clown.

He told local news portal Newshub the clown blew up balloons and folded them noisily into a series of animals including a unicorn and a poodle during the meeting.

When the redundancy paperwork was handed over to the staffer the clown mimed tears, it was understood.

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His unusual support worker earned him praise on social media where he was called cheeky, inspiring and a hero.

The advertising agency that the man worked for told the newspaper that is had a policy of not commenting on individual employment matters out of respect for those involved.

Thompson seems to have landed on his feet and will start a new role at an Australian ad agency next week.

AAP

KIIS 1011 Melbourne