Jerry Springer: The Opera crosses the pond to visit Carnegie Hall

Back in 2002, I noted with some fascination the opening of Jerry Springer: The Opera in London. (Here's coverage in the New York Times. If you're going to skim the article, at least skim all the way to the end, wherein the real Jerry Springer is asked for his opinion.)

Opening with the onstage studio audience chanting "Jer-ry! Jer-ry!", a parade of guests sing about being jilted by a lesbian dwarf or having a diaper fetish or wanting to start a career as a lap dancer as Jerry Springer himself presides over the mayhem. Amid the chaos, the host is shot and killed.

And that's just Act One.

Jesus doesn't appear until Act Two.

I am not making this up.

And now it's made it across the Atlantic for a special two-night engagement at Carnegie Hall.

Pre-emptive snarky comment: "Steve Ballmer should go on the Jerry Springer show."

Comments (12)
  1. John says:

    I am convinced that everybody who appears as a guest on Jerry Springer is a paid actor.  Maybe it was genuine at first, but after a while people must have caught on.  Think about it; nobody appearing on Jerry Springer ever gets good news.  It’s always a slutty housewife cheating on her husband with a drunk midget transvestite or a slutty teenage daughter introducing her ashamed parents to the train of 8 burly men she rides every night.

    The type of people who watch Jerry Springer know two things: if Publishers Clearing House is knocking on your door, it’s good news; if Jerry Springer is knocking on your door, it’s bad news.  I cannot imagine anyone would willingly appear on Jerry Springer.

    On the other hand, if these people are not actors I have a suggestion.  Presumably Jerry Springer has a list of everyone who has ever appeared on his show.  By sending these people (and all their offspring, just to be safe) directly into the sun the human condition should improve tremendously.

  2. Mark says:

    Can I just chip in my tuppence and say I’m a huge fan of Jerry Springer: The Opera. I saw it during it’s UK tour and have rarely laughed so hard. I heartily recommend that anyone who’s able to go to see this does.

    You might also not be aware of the controversy surrounding the broadcast of a live recording on BBC2 (see and the protests over it’s national tour of the UK (see

  3. Steve Hazel says:

    THIS is one of the reasons I read your wonderful quips EVERY workday RIGHT when I come in in the morning.  I need something to wake me up.

    This entry most certainly has.

    Not since when you wrote about "that guy who drove his truck on the roof" have I splattered my monitor with sooo much tea.

    Let’s face it.  We come here for win32.  

    But we keep coming here for stuff like THIS :)

    Thank you, SIR!

  4. Leo Davidson says:

    Weird! I live in the UK and always assumed JS:TO was a US export like the show it was based on.

  5. mikeb says:

    Please, please have this go on to Seattle or get made into a movie so I can see it!

    And if they can dumb it down a bit so I don’t have to learn what words like "coloratura" mean, I’d appreciate it.

  6. Rich Shealer says:

    It sounds like an episode of "South Park".

  7. MJ says:

    I’ve seen this, I’d go back. It was worth the half-price. Hopefully it’ll stop by Seattle.

  8. Mark says:

    @mikeb: It is available on Region 1 DVD ( if you have a compatible player. And it’s more an episode of Jerry Springer turned into an opera than an opera turned into an episode of Jerry Springer. Coloratura is never even mentioned ;)

  9. Sunil Joshi says:

    Towards the end of last year, a religious group tried to prosecute the Director General of the BBC ( for Blashpemy. They lost in the High Court in a judgement which gutted (the already gutless) blaphemy laws. As a result the British Government has effectively agreed to repeal them.

  10. Mark says:

    Sorry, I meant Region 2. My mind wasn’t working that late at night.

  11. mikeb says:

    @Mark: thanks for the pointer – I should have thought to do a search…  Oh, why can’t Raymond do all this work for us ahead of time?

    So lets see, with today’s exchange rate £4 would cipher out to about as much as going to see it in person – guess I’m good then!

  12. the nitpicker's revenge says:

    "I am not making this up."

    No, someone else did. You know, it’s fiction.

    I can’t believe I had to write that.

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