Jim Rose Circus

Jim Rose Circus
GenreContemporary circus
Show typeSideshow
Date of premiere1990s
Creative team
Jim Roseco-founder
Bebe Roseco-founder

The Jim Rose Circus is a modern-day version of a circus sideshow.[1][2] It was founded in Seattle in 1991 by Jim Rose and his wife BeBe Aschard Rose. The sideshow came to prominence to an American audience as a second stage show at the 1992 Lollapalooza festival, then called the "Jim Rose Circus Sideshow", although they had toured the Northwest and Canada and had several US TV appearances before this time. Rolling Stone magazine called the show an "absolute must-see act" and USA Today termed Rose's troupe "Lollapalooza's word-of-mouth hit attraction".


After Lollapalooza, in 1993 Jim Rose headlined seven world tours and released a self-titled video on Rick Rubin's American Recordings that quickly became a cult classic.

In 1994, the Jim Rose Circus was chosen to tour with Nine Inch Nails, Pop Will Eat Itself and a then-unknown Marilyn Manson, and later with KoRn and Godsmack. 1998 saw another world tour featuring female sumo wrestling, Mexican transvestite wrestling and chainsaw football. The show landed Rose and troupe in jail in Lubbock, Texas and for four months the show was banned from New Zealand.

Jim Rose was also the top ticket of the Melbourne (Australia), New Zealand and Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe and Comedy Festivals.[when?]

On September 18 2018 Jim Rose announced that he has has formed the Jim Rose Zombie Circus. Which will be a mix of American Halloween and European comedy horror spectacle with amazing acrobats and other mesmerizing performers along with pyrotechnics and the beat of a big brass band playing and running around the stage all at the same time. No dates or performers have been announced at this time. [3]

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