FreakShow & Tell

Science + History + Insanity

Thom Britton's personal, one man show about his history with the Freakshow. Blending science and storytelling into a 80 minute journey on the stage.

Frequently Asked Q's

Thom Britton explains how fire eating works.

1. Do you 'breathe' fire, 'spit' fire, etc...?

      The only "verb" fire I do is: eat fire. In the past I have done EVERYTHING with fire. But, in your club or college, I only 'eat' it. Watch the video to see EXACTLY what my act looks like. It is scripted, not a word changes.

2. Are you insured?

     Hell yes! Click here to read my insurance.

3. What precautions do you take?

      This will vary slightly, depending on the venue. But, here are the basics: My costume (a suit) is treated with a 'fire-proofing' spray. It is a tailored, 3 piece, men's suit. No feathers, no ruffles, no fringe. The floor is covered with banjo cloth - this cloth is fire retardant (Click here to see the proof) and if I bring my backdrops, they are made of the same materials. There is a fire extinguisher on stage,  in plain sight and 1-2 people offstage with a fire blanket.

4. Have you done this before? Where?

     Tons of places. The Lyric Opera House, the Museum of Science and Industry, Toronto's Science Center, Phoenix Arizona's Science Center.

Here is a list:


  • Norwich University
  • West Virgina Tech
  • Gannon University
  • Central Mich. University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Sussex County Comm College
  • Hartwick College
  • Thompkins – Cortland Comm college
  • Elgin Comm College
  • Salem International University
  • Univ VA Wise
  • Pikeville College
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Muskingham College
  • Edison Comm College
  • Urbana College
  • Transylvania University
  • Wayne State University
  • Hocking College
  • Concord College
  • St. Boneventure University
  • Hilbert College
  • Rutgers College
  • Cartret College
  • Central Mich. University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Sussex County Comm. College
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Muskingham College
  • Edison Comm College
  • Urbana College
  • UNC Pembroke
  • Longwood University
  • Clemson University
  • Alfred University
  • SUNY Delhi
  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • Kutztown University
  • Albion College
  • Indiana University
  • Lake Erie College
  • College of DuPage  
  • Aurora University
  • Hiram College
  • Arizona State University 
  • SUNY Oneonta
  • Monroe College
  • Alfred State University
  • Herkimer Comm. College
  • Eastern Il University
  • Chattanooga State University
  • Abraham Baldwin College
  • Univ. of W. Florida
  • Catonsville Comm. College

PLUS a ton more that I can't remember. 



  • The Lyric Opera House, Chicago
  • Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
  • Cornservatory Theater, Chicago
  • The Lincoln Loft, Chicago
  • The No Exit Theater, Chicago
  • The Den Theater, Chicago
  • Work/Play Theater, Birmingham
  • The Emerald Theater, Detroit
  • True Brew Theater, New Orleans
  • Space Club HQ, Chicago
  • Nebbia Gallery, Chicago
  • The WIP Theater, Chicago
  • Mary-Arrchie Theatre, Chicago
  • Goose Island Theater, Chicago

Science Centers

  • Ontario Science Centre, Toronto
  • Arizona Science Center, Arizona
  • Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
  • International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago


  • Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Detroit
  • The Rockin’ Horse, Baton Rouge
  • The Other Place, Traverse City
  • Richoux’s Comedy Club, Baton Rouge
  • The Lincoln Lodge, Chicago


  • City Stages, Birmingham
  • 99X Fest, Atlanta
  • Sloss Fright Furnace, Birmingham
  • Abbey Hoffman Died For Our Sins, Chicago
  •  Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Phoenix

Appeared with:

  • Green Day
  • Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  • Lincoln Park
  • Disturbed
  • Incubus
  • Stone Temple Pilots


  • The Best of No Shame Theater, Chicago
  • El Circo Cheapo, Chicago
  • Salvage One, Chicago