Donkey show

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This article is about the type of sexual performance. For the comedy album by The Bob and Tom Show, see Donkey Show. For the adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, see The Donkey Show (musical).
Not to be confused with Dog and pony show.
A bar in Boy's Town, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico advertising a nightly "donkey's show"

A donkey show is a type of sexual performance most often associated with Tijuana, Mexico, in which a woman engages in bestiality with a donkey.[1][2]

Local taxi drivers offer tourists a ride to see a donkey show in the red light district.[3] The shows are difficult to verify and may be urban legends, but anecdotal accounts are frequent.[4][5] Author Jim Dawson writes: "No doubt there are clandestine clubs that have put these sordid floorshows on display, but if every man who claims he actually saw one is telling the truth, there must be a lot of bowlegged women hobbling around Tijuana."[2]

The "donkey show" in Tijuana myth is deeply embedded in US popular culture, including Clerks II, Dexter, The 40-Year Old Virgin, Bachelor Party, and Strangers With Candy, and it is occasionally given as a reason to visit Tijuana. From time to time one may come across naive tourists going up and down La Coahuila street, unsuccessfully trying to find the show.[6]

More recently the term has been used to describe a situation that has become a "complete mess".[7]


  1. ^ "Foreign Affairs". Los Angeles Magazine 45 (6). June 1, 2000. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 'the donkey show,' which highlighted a Catherine the Great-style coupling 
  2. ^ a b Jim Dawson (1999). Who Cut the Cheese?: A Cultural History of the Fart. ISBN 1-58008-011-1. There was a time when guys would boast of having seen a girl-and-donkey show in Tijuana, Mexico. 
  3. ^ New West. 1981. One of the drivers offered to drive me to a donkey show. In Tijuana's past the donkey show was always rumored to exist 
  4. ^ "Ethnic, sexual slurs pervade bar". Denver Post. June 8, 2005. Retrieved 2010-05-21. Although donkey shows in Tijuana and other border towns are impossible to verify, the Internet is rife with anecdotal accounts of brothel bestiality. 
  5. ^ "On the Borders". Chicago Tribune. March 17, 2002. Retrieved 2010-05-21. I did ask Ricardo Lizarraga about Tijuana donkey shows. He laughed. I havent heard the donkey show rumor in years he said. It's like an urban legend 
  6. ^ Alejandro L. Madrid, Alejandro Luis Madrid-González (2008). "Where's the Donkey Show, Mr. Mariachi? Reterritorialing TJ". Nor-tec rifa!: electronic dance music from Tijuana to the world. Currents in Iberian and Latin American Music (illustrated ed.). Oxford University Press US. pp. 16, 115, 145, 217 (footnote 2), 220 (footnote 41). ISBN 9780195342628. 
  7. ^ Jonathon Green (2005). Cassell's dictionary of slang. Sterling Publishing Company. Retrieved 2010-05-21.