Here Kitty Kitty: Celebrities Can't Stop Dressing Like Tiger King's Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin

Celebrities like Rob Lowe, Sylvester Stallone, Sarah Hyland and more have all dressed up as some of Tiger King's larger-than-life stars

By Tierney Bricker Apr 25, 2020 10:00 AMTags

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and something tells us Joe Exotic is loving all of the celebrity Tiger King cos-play going down on social media these days.

While Kate McKinnon is already set to star as Carole Baskin in a scripted TV series about the pair's epic feud, that hasn't stopped other celebs from dressing up as the divisive Big Cat Rescue owner on social media since Tiger King debuted on March 20. 

But with the role of Joe Exotic in the UCP series still up for grabs, a lot of actors are seemingly throwing their names in the ring to portray the eccentric zoo operator, who had multiple husbands, a mullet and is currently in jail serving his 22-year sentence.

"If I don't get cast as Joe Exotic in the eventual biopic, Hollywood is broken," Dax Shepard tweeted, but stars like Rob Lowe, Jared Leto and more have gone as far as to dress as Joe, while Thomas Lennon jokingly (but maybe seriously) auditioned in character during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Tiger King Stars: Where Are They Now?

Of course, for some stars, dressing up as some of the Tiger King stars has been a distraction as they continue to practice social distancing, with more than one Bachelor Nation couple getting in on the fun, as well as the entire Stallone family.

Here are all the celebs who are breaking out the leopard print, crop tops and eyeliner to dress up as Joe Exotic and Tiger King's other larger than life stars...

Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams

The engaged couple decided to switch things up, with the Modern Family star donning Joe's signature facial hair and the Bachelor alum finishing off his Carole look with sardines. If you know, you know.

Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert

The Bachelor Nation couple journeyed into the Tiger King action, even bringing kids Emmy and Brooks in on the fun, dressing them up as tiger cubs. Surprisingly, they did not use this as their Christmas card.

Rob Lowe

"Rob Exotic. UPDATE: Ryan Murphy and I will be developing our version of this insane story. Stay tuned!"

From your finger tips to God's ears literally, Lowe.

According to a report from Deadline in April of last year, Murphy and Lowe, who stars in the Murphy-produced 9-1-1: Lone Star, were in early talks on a project related to the larger-than-life figure.

Thomas Lennon

In April 2020, the Reno 911 star impersonated Joe Exotic on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Skyping in from jail to perform his new single and to weigh in on whether or not he was portrayed accurately in the Netflix doc.

"There has been a lot of funky rhubarb picked in the Ted Sarandos patch, and some of it paints me to look like a chicken-fried freakazoid who is crazier than Downtown Encyclopedia Brown," Lennon answered as Joe. "Well let me tell you this: That is just a colonel's 12-piece bucket of deep-fried bologna bites, OK? I am actually a very down-to-earth, pistol-packing, double-husband-having mullet man, joie de vivre and a love of America's cigarettes."

Are you watching, UCP?!

Chloe Fineman

Hey all you cool cats and kittens, isn't the Saturday Night Live star a ringer for Carole?

Jared Leto

The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman and Oscar winner is such a fan of the Netflix docu-series that he hosted a viewing party on Twitter, also dressing up for the occasion. 

The Stallone Family

Redefining family bonding, Sylvester Stallone and his brood decided to have a little fun at home, dressing up as some of the larger-than-life figures from the doc.

In a photo shared on Sophia Stallone's Instagram, she's done up as Joe Exotic, while the Rocky star is dressed as Jeff Lowe. Sister Sistine Stallone is John Finlay, Scarlet Stallone is Erik Cowie and Jennifer Stallone is Carole. 

Tiger King is streaming on Netflix. Inspired to dress up too? Well, you're in luck—Tiger King fashion is now a thing.