The Waiting Room Hosts an Old Fashioned Freak Show

Hellzapoppin’s ringleader Bryce Graves drives a 5 inch drill bit into his nose. Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow headlined the evening off with a jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring, mind-blowing set of sideshow acts at The Waiting Room in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Photo credit: Joe DeSanti.

BY JOE DeSANTI | Go Venue Magazine

“The most interesting people are the unusual.  No one writes about or discusses the average, the ordinary, or the common; they write about and discuss the weird, the mad, and the different, so if you are one, even though the opinions of others are of no importance, you are, in their eyes, significant enough to notice and remember.”  – Donna Lynn Hope

Saturday night August 17th was definitely a night to remember, because the freaks came out to play at The Waiting Room Lounge!  The main area was set up like an old circus sideshow stage, complete with fire, smoke, and circus accessories. 

Ringleader Bryce Graves, started the show and was accompanied to the stage by his entourage, which included Eric RossShort E. DangerouslyWillow Lauren, and the world famous Lizard Man.  Together, the group is known as Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow.  Spectators oohed and awed as the human oddities performed a wide variety of death-defying stunts that included fire breathing, acrobatics, glass and razor blade eating, sword swallowing, and other illusions and dangerous stunts.  Backed by the music of Bob Dylan, Snoop Dogg, Motörhead, Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Rammstein, and a slew of others, the show was heart-pumping and fast-paced.  Despite all of the dangerous stunts, these performers displayed almost superhero-like powers by remaining unscathed with no injuries and no blood.  If you get the chance to witness the Hellzapoppin spectacle, the show is worth the price of admission, and then some!

All images © Joe DeSanti
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