Sideshow: The Weirdest Show on Earth
Electric cabaret with a dark side
This article is from 2008.
This isn’t any cabaret show. This is a circus on acid (or perhaps the poppers that the beautiful freak crowds are into nowadays). This is a late-night step into the realm of nightmares for a dastardly conglomeration of comedic, titillating, cringe-inducing sideshow acts, followed by three hours of DJing.
Master of the realm is The Bloody Ringmaster who whip cracks everyone into line with an acerbic flick of his tongue. He is ably assisted by deck monkey Margaret the Gimp, resplendent in hot pants and not much else (except a gimp mask, naturellement), as they preside over the revolving line-up of acts.
Stand-out performers on this particular night included a very clever burlesque performance from Lamb Chop Magoo and various pain-enticing acts from Chrisalys. Most notable was The Boy with Tape on his Face, who, in reality (if such a thing exists), is a Kiwi comedian who combines audience-baiting stand-up with Buster Keaton-like physical comedy, all without uttering a word.
Clearly the success of the show depends on the nightly changing acts but the Ringmaster and Marge have been running the night weekly in London to much acclaim among the alternative hip young things. Go on. Everyone needs to get drunk, sweaty and horny in the bowels of the Underbelly at least once.
Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, until 24 Aug, Mon & Tue 11.45pm; Wed–Sun 12.15am, £10–£12.50 (£9–£11.50).