Stuff Yourself Silly on Wednesday, November 24, 8-11 pm at Sideshows by the Seashore, 1208 Surf Ave., Coney Island
Adam the First Real Man just gave me the skinny on the Stuff Yourself Silly Variety Show coming up next Wednesday at Sideshows at the Seashore. No matter Zamperla’s plans, the folks over at Coney Island USA are preserving Coney’s history by pumping out a constant stream of lowbrow shock and awe. Fortunately for New York City, their season has expanded all the way up to Christmas, and Stuff Yourself Silly is a sneak preview of an act that’ll be a regular next year.
Adam, taking inspiration from Broadway Danny Rose, lined up eight acts for a pre-Thanksgiving feast for the eyes. While he couldn’t find any animal acts or people who play wine glasses, he did round up good bunch of jaw-dropping, thigh-slapping acts, including an illusionist, a contortionist, a hula hoop artist, and the ventriloquist Pete Michaels. “It’s been a while since Coney had a really good vent act,” says Adam, “And all the regulars are really looking forward to Pete Michaels. A good ventriloquist act is a thing to see.”
There’s no work the next day, the drinks at the Freak Bar will be flowing, and the entertainment will set you free from those long days at the office, where you’re stuffing your freak flag as far from view as it’ll go. The sideshow folks, as Adam said, are the holdouts down in Coney, as Zamperla does its best to bulldoze the carny culture that we all know and love. Coney Island USA bought that building long ago, and they’re not going anywhere. They’ve already got a blow out planned for the start of the season come April, with the Congress of Curious People, Alumni Weekend, and Super Freak Week lined up.
Let’s all say a prayer for the soul of Coney, but at least the Sideshow has a firm hold on its heart.
Stuff Yourself Silly
Wednesday, November 24
$13 at the door, buy advance tickets here
Freak Bar opens at 6:30
1208 Surf Ave., Brooklyn, NY