Season 3 of “Oddities” Premieres on Saturday

Posted on: December 14th, 2011 at 6:18 am by

This holiday season, purveyors of the peculiar are hijacking the cable-only Science Channel (a Discovery property) for some freaky festivities.

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East Village den of eccentricity, Obscura Antiques and Oddities, is returning to the world stage this weekend with the premiere of season three of Oddities. As in prior years, the cult show employs a Pawn Stars-style haggling format to entertain audiences with characters and creepiness galore. Co-owners Mike Zohn and Evan Michelson and buyer Ryan Matthew reprise their roles.

The third season of ODDITIES takes all of the wonderfully weird elements of the franchise’s first two installments and turns up the volume for twelve ridiculously entertaining episodes that redefine the notion of “freak chic.” The merchandise has never been more memorable, with notable highlights including a two-headed pig, a mummified “member,” an occupied coffin, a prostate warmer, and a preserved heart full of bullet holes.

However, at Obscura, the people are even more eccentric than the products. Season three features the most curious cadre of visitors to date, including a self-admitted evil clown, a burlesque dancer and viewer favorite Edgar “Is That a Straightjacket?” Oliver. Mike, Evan and Ryan also head out to Los Angeles, where they encounter like-minded celebrities, such as Cassandra Peterson, a.k.a. “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark,” and Wes Borland, guitarist for rock band Limp Bizkit. Also, it’s officially the oddest holiday shopping season of the year when Obscura celebrates with a “Holiday Bizarre.” Later, New Year’s Eve offers the chance for reminiscing and reflection, as Mike, Evan and Ryan take a trip down memory lane to relive the oddest moments from the first two seasons.

Oddities returns to the Science Channel on December 17 at 9 pm; the Holiday Bizarre airs on Christmas Eve; the retrospective Best of Oddities premieres New Year’s Eve.

Obscura Antiques and Oddities is located at 280 East Tenth Street.

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