Skafish timeline graphic


In today's popular culture, people routinely bare all, tell all, and expose everything from the most shocking aspects of their lives, down to the most mundane details.  From trash TV talk shows to tell-all autobiographies, what was formerly considered socially "taboo" to talk about is now  openly celebrated.  People now have web cameras that document their every move, broadcast for the entire world to watch 24 hours a day.

Skafish (Jim Skafish) was perhaps the very first proponent of this "bare it all" and "no holds barred" sensibility.  Beginning with the "Skafish" debut in February 1976 in Chicago, Skafish launched a form of performance which had never been witnessed before--part psychotherapy, part psychodrama, painfully honest, autobiographical, self-degrading, revealing and rebellious beyond the limits of any previous entertainer.  So upsetting and button-pushing were his performances, that throughout his entire career, his physical safety, and even his life were frequently in danger.  The "naked truth" was literal from the very first show--as a horrified and bewildered Chicago audience witnessed Skafish strip down to an old-ladies one-piece bathing suit with babushka while singing graphically about his alienated childhood.

From his first day in kindergarten to the present, the Timeline tells the Skafish saga year by year--honest, historically accurate and uncensored.


1961-1974     1974-1975     1976     1977     1978     1979     1980     1981     1982

1983     1984     1985     1986     1987     1988     1989     1990     1991     1992

1993     1994     1995     1996     1997     1998     1999    2000

Coming Soon! Updated timelines for years 2000 to 2008