38 * Sword Swallowing Krystal Pohaku aka Winnie the Clown!

Krystal Pohaku swallows swords, walks on lego and puts herself into boxes of blades! She is also the lovable Winnie the ClownShe performs with Freakshow Deluxe who’s reverend Tommy Gunn was on a previous episode!

In this episode, I’m thrilled to talk to Krystal about how she got into clowning and sword swallowing. We’ll also talk about her other acts too. She also appeared in a BuzzFeed video and two movies — so we’ll definitely talk about that!

I’M ALSO SORT OF AFRAID OF CLOWNS! We’ll touch on that a bit too.

Krystal also weighs in about the scary clown craze that seemed to sweep the nation for no reason last year.

You can catch up with Winnie the Clown on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WinnieLuvYu/

Here is her cameo on Buzzfeed Video! (http://bit.ly/2kRGm89)

Waysted by Kromatiks music.

Winnie Clown introduction provided by Krystal Pohaku.

The acts you are about to see are real.. is from the following YouTube clip from Chuck Bosley: https://youtu.be/lfypKjUNz-o

Rodents and Robots by Matt McLellan (aka Counterpoint): http://bit.ly/2kRftRG

Extract from the short film Spidora: An Eight Legged Love Storyhttp://www.spidoramovie.com/

Extract from the movie Grindsploitation: http://www.troma.com/films/grindsploitationthe-movie/

Old Habits by Kromatiks music.

20 * Sideshows, Arcade Games & Ice Cream Wars

This week’s episode starts off in the same vein as last with a freakshow theme! Natalie Zarrelli lost her job one terrible day in Boston and rather than moping about it she joined a travelling sideshow! That’s wicked cool!

In this episode you’ll get to learn a little about Natalie’s time in the World of Wonders sideshow! We’ll talk about her acts — like lifting lunchboxes with her tongue — and what living on the road is like.

Natalie also writes for Atlas Obscura too! We’ll talk about the legendary conspiracy video game POLYBIUS and a vicious ICE CREAM TRUCK WAR that broke out in Scottish government housing projects in the 80s. She still writes regularly for the Atlas from her apartment in New York City!

But that’s not all! Natalie and a friend went up to Alaska where she got to meet the only guy to assemble a whale skeleton in a hundred years! We’ll learn about that too.

She also paints deep sea monsters and has an intriguing series of the bottom halves of women doing things that would regularly require eyes, arms, brains, etc. We’ll learn about some of the meaning behind this.

Finally, we’ll talk about Natalie art and upcoming projects — which might just include a podcast!

Natalie’s site: nataliezarrelli.com

Intro music: Waysted by Kromatiks Music

Outro music: Old Habbits by Kromatiks Music

Mid-show advertisement was for Lifemark podcast.


19 * It’s a FreakShow Deluxe!

This week I’m thrilled to be talking with the Rev. Tommy Gunn (aka Thomas Nealeigh) from Freakshow Deluxe!

Reverend Tommy Gunn founded the FreakShow Deluxe in 2001, then pushed the company’s move to Hollywood in 2004 when he opened the Empire Amusement Hall. People started calling him the Best Talker On the West Coast in 2008 – and no one has disagreed since. Author, playwright, lecturer, historian, and entrepreneur – he is your Minister of the macabre, parson to the phantasmagorical & self-styled object of your affections; your Reverend is also the mouthpiece for the morbid, vicar of victimization, apostle of the appalling & purveyor of the more dangerous arts! The Reverend has worked hard to find the most interesting sideshow performers, the loveliest burlesque dancers, seriously vicious vaudevillians, and the best polished acts of danger he can put on any stage — all so that you, the audience, will have the best time. Ever.

We’ll talk a little about Freakshow Deluxe‘s history, Gunn’s own childhood performing, and his talented kids who perform regularly in this family-owned and -operated show!

Tom’s book: See You in the Backlot

Outro music is Here Come the Freaks by Brother Daniel and the Black Sheep

Intro music: Waysted by Kromatiks

Mid-show advertisement was for CreepyPodsta: The Creepypasta Podcast