Alas, the New York Clown Theatre Festival just passed, but there are still plenty of opportunities to see life through the eyes of a clown. Or at least, catch a “clown peep show.”
Pig & Khao Anniversary Party
Oct. 5, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Pig & Khao, 68 Clinton St, between Rivington and Stanton Streets, LES; tickets $40
At this “adult carnival” celebrating the second anniversary of Leah Cohen’s Filipino-influenced Lower East Side spot, Uncle Majic, true to his late-night NYC tv ads, will double as a magician and a clown that paints faces and makes animal balloons. The price of admission is a lot to step right up to, but it gets you unlimited sucking pig lechon, sides, and an epic open bar. There’s popcorn and cotton candy for dessert.
Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show
Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m., Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie St., nr. Delancey St., LES; suggested donation $10
This OG vaudeville troupe puts on a variety show on the first Monday of each month that promises “world famous magicians, gender bending jugglers, circus legends, trained rats, clown bands, aerial artists, wire walkers, sideshow performers, stripping clowns, living cartoons, physical comedy, contortionists, performance artists, emerging burlesque starlets, and more.” Warning: you cannot unsee a stripping clown.
Eat My Heart Out: An Exploration Through Clown
Oct. 11, 10:30 p.m. at The Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B, East Village; pay what you can
Okay, honestly, we’re not sure what to expect from this one. But here’s the description: “Get ready to laugh, cry and possibly feel a little bit nauseous.” This “exploration through clown” is part of The Dark Night Series, an eclectic array of performances by storytellers, comedians, and theater types produced by Broken Mime Theater Company.
Fall Carnival Spectacular
Oct. 18 and 19 at Kings County Saloon, 1 Knickerbocker Ave., Bushwick; free
Consider this the Brooklyn counterpart to Pig & Khao’s adult carnival. The bar promises “sad, bad and out-of-control clowns, a wheel of spanking, surly fortune tellers, a hypnotist, magical acts, face painting, a kissing booth, a clown peep show, sexy pumpkin carving and more.” Oh, and there will also be bourbon candy apples and a pickle eating competition, because why not.
Oct. 19, 9 p.m. at The Cobra Club, 6 Wyckoff Avenue, bet. Jefferson and Troutman Streets, Bushwick; tickets are $10 at the door.
A couple of vets of the The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and The Hungry March Band put on this vaudeville show involving Motor City’s go-go girl Anna Copa Cabanna, mind-reader Torkova, and bellydancer Miz Sharky. As for the clowns, hostess Valentina is one, and you’ll also find them in the The Vindlevoss Family Circus Spectacular.
Puddles Pity Party
Oct. 21, 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, tickets $25-30
Joe’s Pub invites you to “come cry it out with Puddles for a evening of song, sadness and free hugs!” Big Mike Geier plays a broken-down clown with a golden voice — just check out the rendition of Lorde’s “Royals” he did for Postmodern Jukebox. It’s gotten over 8 million views on YouTube, but somehow we doubt that makes Puddles any happier.