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October 18, 2005

Putting the Word Feline in Circus

If I were more adept at Flash, I would create you one of those Japanese cartoons that could sum everything up. Three clowns reminiscent of Baby Jane would pop up singing gibberish, followed by the appearance of two Snork/Teletubby hybrids with evil eyebrows, and finally about seven live cats flying about the screen. Techno/dance music would play in the background, intermixed with random bits of English, the most prominent words being La la la-- Cat Circus!

Oh yes. On Sunday evening, Lexacor went to the Cat Circus and it was quite the experience.

Alexis� theory about the Cat Circus is such: a clown group was having some trouble making it in the business and, in an attempt to find new props, identified some perfectly good working stock in a litter of neighborhood cats. After getting the felines addicted to whatever is in their treats, the clown posse hit the road, training their pets to climb high poles covered in cat scratching post material, push little carriages across the stage, and tolerate the sole dog in the act, an equally humiliated canine wearing a modified unitard.

Don�t get me wrong: for the cat person, there will always be some form of entertainment in watching kitties jump from or up to high places and land on human heads. There is something equally as endearing to watch a man who obviously loves his cats make a complete ass out of himself in the name of the clown profession. But mainly, one gets the most satisfaction out of the occasional feline performer who just stops mid-act, cocking it�s head at the clown and twitching a whisker as if to say Fuck y�all, I am sick of these treats. I do not want to do this and I will not. There had better be fresh litter in the green room, or I am out of here, and sauntering off the stage.

In the end, we walked away from the Tribeca Performing Arts Center wondering two things: who the hell the rest of the people in the sold out, extended through December audience were* and why, oh why, aren�t our cats making us more money? If there is a future in vaudevillian feline performance, then we are already one foot on the ground, which leads me to my new favorite phrase:

Calm it, or we are selling you to the cat circus.

*We could not have survived the evening without the constant narration of the people behind us, who must serve as stand-ins for the Family Guy (specifically, the one where Peter learns that he is mildly retarded). Oh look, he jumped! Ooh, what a good girl, she ate the treat. This is hilarious! The cat just pretended to swat the clown. HA HA!

Posted by callalillie at October 18, 2005 7:08 AM | Feline Musings , WTF?


"who the hell the rest of the people in the sold out, extended through December audience were"

well, Motico & Co. will be there but we couldn't get tickets until Dec 23rd (actually, Abby got them). quel surpris.

Posted by: ChrisG at October 18, 2005 10:04 AM

Get drunk before going.

Posted by: corie at October 18, 2005 10:14 AM

i believe i'm going next weekend.

Posted by: tien at October 18, 2005 10:51 AM

Oh my, I have been threatening my cats with the vey same line.

Posted by: Tiya at October 18, 2005 1:24 PM

Too bad dogs aren't talented enough for this.

Posted by: beth at October 18, 2005 2:42 PM

oh, i am sure that there is a unitard out there with dexter's name on it...

Posted by: corie at October 18, 2005 2:46 PM

It's true, I got suckered into December 23rd! The Cat Circus had reached epic proportions amongst my group of friends...please do not shatter my illusions.
How did you get tix for October, anyway?

Posted by: abby at October 18, 2005 4:19 PM

Posted by: beth at October 18, 2005 9:13 PM

I started looking into tickets in September, as they were a bday gift for Lex in early October. When I first looked, there were lots of tickets...two weeks later, last Sunday was the only date that I could get.

Posted by: corie at October 19, 2005 9:07 AM

So was it worth $50?

Posted by: autumn at October 19, 2005 12:05 PM

Interesting question. Normally, I would say no. But this was a special occasion and we wanted to check it out. It's definitely not a glamorous show and speaks well to children. If you like cats a lot and have a sense of humor, you might enjoy it.

Posted by: corie at October 19, 2005 12:08 PM

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