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Topic: Your favorite sideshow or circus jokes/gags?
Message: Posted by: Kerry Kistler (Feb 13, 2006 09:50PM)
Hi gang,
I am developing 6 new shows with a circus/sideshow theme. These shows will be used for family groups and youth camps for the Salvation Army. Six hours of material is a lot of material. Each show is focusing on one main area of circus life: sideshow freaks, wire walkers, lion tamer, clowns/hartford fire, circus family life, etc.

My scripts, routines, music and equipment are coming together pretty well. But as I write the ventriloquist routines I could use some more humor and jokes. Would you be willing to share a few of your favorites. Anything circus or sideshow is fodder for the cannon. I have exhausted my searching on the internet and come up with very little. Remember, these are family shows so they should be in good taste.

Thanks and cheerio,
Message: Posted by: drwilson (Feb 14, 2006 05:17AM)
Here you go:



Message: Posted by: Kerry Kistler (Feb 14, 2006 10:06AM)
Chuckle. Well, thanks Paul, but I'd be hard pressed to use most of that material in family shows. Here's the kinds of stuff I'm looking for:

The clown's nickname was Lumpy, probably because his costume looked a lot like a pinata.

When Felix the clown died there was a really short funeral procession - the hearse and one car. But 27 mourners got out of that one car.

In Prague, doctors have successfully separated Siamese twins and have presented the proud parents with separate Czechs.

The fat lady in the sideshow was so huge she had to wear a three-three instead of a tutu. So huge the elephants would throw her peanuts.

A town full of rubes? I was working the Freaks of Nature Animal Sideshow and told the crowd "Look at that cow with one eye!" and half the crowd covered one eye and looked.

Our ringmaster was so bad he was known at the "Disaster of Ceremonies"

The fire eater accidentally swallowed a quart of shellac. He died, but what a finish!

Any other light jokes out there?
Message: Posted by: drwilson (Mar 9, 2006 07:14PM)
I walked into the five and dime and asked for a couple packs of pins and needles. The lady behind the counter said, "You must be shopping for your wife."

"No," I said, "I'm a sword swallower on a diet."

How big was the fat lady? She didn't have measurements, she had time zones...

Why did the clown wear loud socks? So his feet wouldn't go to sleep.

Why did the clown cross the road? To find his rubber chicken.

But why not steal from the greats here:



Message: Posted by: Kerry Kistler (Feb 12, 2007 12:38PM)

I nearly forgot about this thread. Thanks for the ideas. I had actually run across the Hope monologue at RBB&B but thanks for the link.

Message: Posted by: gsidhe (Feb 12, 2007 12:59PM)
Just have to throw in my favourite...
Why don't sharks (Lions, Tigers, Cannibals, Zombies) eat clowns?
They taste funny.
Still makes me laugh...
Message: Posted by: just_larry (Feb 12, 2007 01:38PM)
That's a Lie..Cannibals Love to eat clowns!!!
How do they like to eat them you ask?
Funny side up!
Bada Bing

Hey Kerry , if you need any help with circus or circus/sideshow based tricks (real magic or gags) let me know, cause It's what I do!