1840 to 1940 was the Golden Age of Sideshow in America! You had Dime Museums, 10 in 1’s, Sideshow’s and Single O’s traveling from the tiniest towns to the biggest cities all across the USA! Families flocked to hear the Talker’s talk and the Spieler’s spiel, letting one and all know about the Human Oddities, the Anatomical Wonders, the Curios, the Geeks, the Freaks and all the Wonders that were alive on the inside!
Unfortunately for JoJo the Dog Faced Boy, the Skeleton Dude, the Bearded Ladies, the World’s Fattest Folks like Happy Jack and Dolly Dimples and the thousands of other sideshow attractions along came radio, movies, vaudeville, television and worst of all political correctness!
Coney Island Chris has made it his mission to keep the age old traditions of the sideshow alive! He will astound and entertain by demonstrating some of the most beloved and historical sideshow stunts ever presented including sword swallowing, placing his hand in various animal traps that will slam shut on his exposed fingers, lying on a bed of nails, driving a 10-inch spike up his nose, stomach stapling and many more…..all with his special comedic twist!
Mixing equal parts funny and freaky, “Coney Island Chris” Allison draws on a rich history of traditional sideshow feats of human strength and endurance popularized on circus midways and along the boardwalk at Coney Island. Chris’ performances are as shocking as they are sidesplitting and are not recommended for the faint of heart. His unique brand of comedy chaos has become a popular attraction at nightclubs across the country and he was featured on the hit television show “America’s Got Talent” where he made it to the quarter-final round of the competition.
Coney Island Chris learned many of his amazing sideshow skills from some of the original performers who popularized the acts on midways across the country. Chris has taken all of those amazing skills and put his own demented spin on them and created a comedy performance around nearly a dozen classic sideshow stunts.
Entertainment blogger and recent audience member Andrea Reiher described Chris as a “terrifying Jerry Lewis”. Reviewer Walt Hudson said that “Chris’ sideshow parody left the audience breathless and gasping with laughter”. Dramatic, daring, dangerous, droll and absolutely a 100% authentic and unique performance that you will not soon forget. Coney Island Chris comically crosses the line – wherever you draw it!