Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Blue Monkey Sideshow

These people are freaks. And no, I am not being insulting or judgmental – the members of the Blue Monkey Sideshow pride themselves on being highly entertaining but slightly insane.

The show features five men, all working together in various acts to put together a show that is amusing and mind-boggling, with a comical twist.

And who are these sideshow members? There is main narrator Krembo, musician Skanky, “Mystic of the East” Swami, sword-swallowing Freakshow Foley and masked Zja ‘Dega.

There were many acts in this half-hour show but the one that I found most disturbing was when Freakshow Foley swallowed a foot-long sword without a moment of hesitation. To my delight (and horror), that first sword wasn’t the only one Foley swallowed – he also gulped down a curved sword that caused his Adam’s apple to move as the sword passed through his throat.

The show also featured a bed of nails, extreme juggling and the Swami mediating in an airless bag for three minutes.

You know I can’t give anything else away – so you have to see the Blue Monkey Sideshow for yourself in any of its remaining performances. For the last two days of the State Fair, you can check out this quirky show at 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 and 9 p.m. in the Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park.

Want some more info on the Blue Monkey Sideshow? Visit for information on the performers and where the show is headed next!


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