Friday, July 15, 2022

Film clip: Carnival Girl Shows and Jig Shows

Carnival Girl shows and Jig shows- a clip from the film JIG SHOW |  Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana by filmmaker Leslie Cunningham. In this educational video clip, carnival historian Doc Rivera talks about the history of girl shows, burlesque and colored jig shows on the American traveling carnival in the early- to mid-20th century. Leslie looks at her grandfather Leon Claxton's earliest stage show productions on Royal American Shows in the 1930s. Watch the full film at

Part of The Harlem in Havana Project: Burlesque Education Series covering American burlesque history from the traveling carnival stage.