Jonathan "Jon" Weiss and Albert "Al" Rios are a team of Best Friends/Clowns on The Amazing Race 4.
They quickly became fan favorites due to their good-natured antics, and were the only team who didn't seem interested in bickering over semantics about what was the right way to race. They ended up 4th when their flight was delayed two hours by fog.
Jon, 40, is married with three children, and lists his current occupation as "Human Cannonball" for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He has traveled with them for the past 20 years and has over 5,000 notches in his cannonball belt. He graduated from Suffolk Community College and has also studied at the Disney Institute and Clown college. Jon is determined to win. He fears "getting into an accident and not being able to support his family." Jon enjoys golf, cooking and watching sports, and describes himself as "friendly, honest and ambitious." He speaks no foreign languages and has traveled to Mexico and Canada. His teammate, Al, most disappoints him with his "lack of trust before performing together. Al gets so nervous he drives me crazy every time." Jon admits that he procrastinates and is a "go-with-the-flow type," while Al "gets stressed out." Of his clowning skills, Jon says, "If I can pick it up, I can balance it on my nose/chin."
Al, 34, currently works as a substitute teacher and as a cruise ship entertainer. He holds a BA in Special Education. Al is a "people person" and no stranger to traveling. When in the circus, he lived on a train for six years traveling the US, in a trailer for 1 1/2 years in Europe and on a cruise ship for two years in the Caribbean. He has been to the UK, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Estonia, Morocco, France Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia. He considers himself "friendly, determined, outgoing, compassionate and emotional." He fears heights and eating "yecchy things," getting sick with no help, or "getting stuck in a life-threatening situation with no way out." The only time his teammate, Jon, disappoints him is when he doesn't follow through with things. Jon will be "Mr. Nice Guy," and they'll get "screwed" because he doesn't "bluntly explain what the deal is." They sometimes argue, but if he's upset, Al usually gets quiet first, or he'll go off "alone and just scream out loud or have a good cry." Al's the motivator, while Jon can "waste time."
The Amazing Race 4
|Jon & Al's Race History|
|1||1||United States → Italy||Search / Rescue||No Roadblock||7 of 12|
|2||2||Italy||Waterway / Pathway||Al||6 of 11|
|3||3||Italy → Austria||Mozart / Beethoven||Jon||6 of 10|
|4||4||Austria → France||Ropes / Slopes||Al||2 of 9|
|5||5||France → The Netherlands||500 Kilograms / 15 Feet||Al||2 of 8|
|6||6||The Netherlands → India||Suds / Duds||Jon||6 of 7|
|7||7||India||Baskets / Trunks||Al||2 of 6|
|8||8||India → Malaysia||Net / Trap||Jon||1 of 5|
|9||9||Malaysia||Chop / Haul||Jon||2 of 5|
|10||10||Malaysia → South Korea||Strong Hands / Strong Stomach||Al||3 of 4|
|11||11||South Korea → Australia||Face First / Feet First||Al||4 of 4|
- For The Amazing Race 5, 6, and 7, Al provided recaps for TARflies.
- He also wrote about his experiences on the show.
- For Seasons The Amazing Race: Family Edition, 9, and 10, Jon hosted the online web-series, "The Finish Line: The Amazing Race Internet Talk Show" with Sarah Bernard, New York Magazine Contributing Editor.
- He left the show sometime before The Amazing Race: All-Stars (2007) premiered.
- In 2006, Jon and Al created a board game based on the show.
- Phil Keoghan praised them on Twitter in May 2015.
- Both friends have participated multiple times in Reality Rally which raises funds for Michelle's Place Breast Cancer Resource Center.
- CBS.com featured them for a National Best Friend Day celebration slideshow in 2015.
- Harry Smith on The Early Show (08/08/2003): "Send Out the Clowns"
- FansOfRealityTV online interview (08/08/2003): "Our Interview with John & Al"
- Ethan Alter at TV Guide Online (08/12/2003): "Amazing Race Clowns Get Serious"
- TARflies interview (08/19/2003): "Beware the Fog!"
- Dave Price on The Early Show (08/21/2003): "Clowning Around Finale Is Here"
- Phil Kural at RealityNewsOnline (08/14/2003): "Send in the Clowns: An Interview with The Amazing Race 4's Jon & Al"
- Logan Saunders & Michael Harmstone at RTV Warriors (11/20/2018):"Long-Term Expertise"
Social Media Profiles
- Jon's Twitter: @bigtoplife
- Al's Facebook: /al.rios.581
- ↑ http://www.tarflies.com/article.php?cat_id=38
- ↑ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2005/10/18/the-finish-line-the-amazing-race-internet-talk-show-hosted-by-new-york-magazine-contributing-editor-sarah-bernard-and-former-racer-jon-weiss-to-premiere-wednesday-oct-19-on-cbscom-19536/20051018cbs02/
- ↑ http://www.cbscorporation.com/news-article.php?id=137
- ↑ http://www.cbsnews.com/news/amazing-race-8212-in-a-box/
- ↑ https://twitter.com/PhilKeoghan/status/596829533019328512
- ↑ http://www.realityrally.com/index.php/press/9-reality-stars/581-jon-weiss
- ↑ http://www.realityrally.com/index.php/reality-stars/2016-reality-star-line-up/9-reality-stars/432-al-rios
- ↑ http://www.cbs.com/shows/amazing_race/photos/1001648/celebrating-national-best-friend-day/53752/al-and-jon/
|The Amazing Race 4 Teams|