Monday, June 27, 2011

A Sneak Peek at our featured performer: JEZEBEL EXPRESS

Well, if you arent shaking it with us Wed. nights at the Delancey, you certainly are missing out on quite a summer. Join us this week when we featured the sizzling hot JEZEBEL EXPRESS with special guests Mary Cyn of Original Cyn Burlesque and Vena Von Cava from Dead Bunnies Burlesque and the House of Yes. Lucille Ti Amore shakes it on the gogo box and Sincerely Yours offers up a special Shaken and STirred debut. As always, brought to you by Team Shaken and Stirred: DJ Jess, Scooter Pie and RunAround Sue. No cover for the show and free huckleberry Vodka shots served after burlesque sets. Win a pair of pasties and an exclusive DJ Jess Shaken and Stirred Mix in our weekly raffle. Upstairs pre-show the Delancey is running a 5$ Roof top Cook Out. Bring your friends, your lovers and everyone in between.

And now - on to the peaking!

Jezebel Express

1. What does Burlesque mean to you?

I tell students that burlesque is theatrical striptease that often incorporates elements of parody, satire or political/ cultural commentary. That's a good definition for beginners, but burlesque means and has meant a variety of things in different places and at different times. What "counts" as good burlesque in LA isn't the same as in New York or Chicago or Toronto, and burlesque as a performance of sexuality is obviously not the same beast in 2011 as it was in 1950, or in 1868.

All of this is sort of a roundabout way of saying that I don't think defining burlesque strictly or clearly is important. Doing burlesque, and doing it with love and respect for the form and for yourself as an artist, is important.

(That said: "Yes, Virginia, you have to take your clothes off." That comes with respecting the form, and not just slapping the word "burlesque" on your cabaret/ aerobics class/ synchronized water ballet because you happen to own a corset and pair of stripey tights.)

As far as what burlesque means to me personally, I don't think it's overstating the case to say that these people are my family. Burlesque is my home.

2. How did you choose your name?

I love Scrabble and I've won many a challenge playing the word "Jezebel". (People think it's a proper noun, as in the biblical Jezebel, but it's also a word for "loose woman".) When I started burlesquing in 2003, I couldn't find anyone else who was using that name, so I went by Miss Jezebel for awhile. I was the only person doing burlesque in my city, so there was no danger of being mistaken for anyone else. A few years later, when I had a troupe and a school, one of my students found the name "Madame Chairwoman Pantiesparkle Express" with an online burlesque name generator, and we laughed about how ridiculous it was until I realized that Jezebel Express sounded fantastic. "She's going to hell... and fast!"

3. Who was your first celebrity crush?

Jonathan Brandeis. That floppy hair! (Also, he was a very pretty girl in Ladybugs.)

4. What are you reading these days and why?

I just started reading Alberto Manguel's A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader's Reflection On A Year Of Books. Before that, I read Daniel Clowes' graphic novel David Boring, which is fantastic and which should be read by everyone. I'm also dawdling through Derrida's final interview, Learning To Live Finally, but it's making me sad, so I keep stopping and starting again.

5. What is your favorite performance antecdote?

I used to do an act to Teach Me Tiger where I was a schoolgirl with a Tony The Tiger fetish. Once, I did it at this tiny dive bar in Brooklyn with a little catwalk that served as the stage. It was about a foot off the ground, and only about two feet wide. Tiny. You were basically just performing in the corner of the room. The act is messy... it ends Flashdance-style with me leaning back in a chair and pouring a box of frosted flakes over myself. (I'd cleared it with the producer and the beefy biked bartender.)

The crowd at the place was sketchy, and included an extremely inebriated woman with two enormous German Shepherds at her feet. Every once in awhile she'd spill some beer and they'd lap it up off the floor before settling back down into the corner. I was surprised at how calm they were, given the noise, light and flying clothing. Maybe it was the beer.

Anyway, I was closing the show, and everything went smoothly until the Frosted Flake pour. I opened the box, leaned back in my chair... and as soon as the first bit of cereal hit the floor, these super-lazy (and probably drunk) dogs sprinted across the bar and started lapping the Frosted Flakes up off my naked body. I don't think I've ever gotten up out of a chair so fast!

Their owner was furious, and though she was too drunk to get up from her stool and cross the bar, she kept screaming that the cereal would make the dogs sick (as though the beer wouldn't?) and threatening to kick my ass. She tried to get the bartender to return the dogs to her, and he crossed his giant inked arms and said "No way, man. I won't even have to mop now!"

6. Please distill your life philosophy into either a couplet or haiku.

Don't worry, be happy.
Also: the sky is falling!
PS: I'm bad at rules.

7. How can the people find out more about you?

You can always find me at

I'm also producing next week's Liberty Belle Spectacular, which is a huge rooftop Fourth of July party, complete with live jazz, hot burlesque, firework and dancing. So if you want to come celebrate with me, the details are at

Friday, June 17, 2011

A Sneak Peek at our featured perfomer: NASTY CANASTA!

This wednesday we are living the good life and you, my darlings, are invited to join us. Nasty Canasta, the girl with the 44DD brain, will be showing us exactly what that means as our featured performer at Shaken and STirred. Each wednesday at The Delancey (168 Delancey St) we have the pleasure of dancing with our favorite people. Joining us in the cast as our super special guest performers are FRANNY FLUFFER and GO-GO HARDER. Revving up your engines on the gogo box is BROWN BETTY and making her Sugar Shack burlesque debut is LUCILLE TI AMORE! 3$ huckleberry vodka shots are served from 12-1 with a pre-show rooftop BBQ starting at happy hour. Join us, won't you?

And now for last week's recap, brought to you by Scooter Pie:

Wednesday night is the best night of the week. Didn't you know? "Humpday" is NOT a derogatory term. It's more like a promise.. This week I had the pure pleasure of being surrounded by a plethora of pantingly, pants-wettingly HOT performers here at Shaken & Stirred. Airin de Skies truly kept things moving as the evening's gogo sensation, Evelyn Vinyl was super gorgeous, Gal Friday tied up the night as our bootylicious caboose, and featured performer of the night Velocity Chyaldd brought the beauty.. and the blood. We had TWO bachelorette parties in the house, and I hope (and am quite sure) everyone involved had a great night (they sure offered some excellent audience participation). Join us next week early for rooftop barbecue before the show, and stick around- we've got good show for ya all the way til 2 am. Coming soon: NEW GAMES!!!

And on to the Peeking: NASTY CANASTA

Internationally-renowned artstar (and reigning Cheese Queen of Coney Island) Nasty Canasta is frequently hailed as a genius of the neo-burlesque scene. A "burlesque queen" (The NY Times), 2nd Runner Up at the 2010 Miss Exotic World Pageant, and "Brooklyn's greatest burlesque star" (The Brooklyn Paper), Nasty is host and producer of Naked Girls Reading NYC - "New York's Best Story Hour," (The Village Voice) - the impresario behind Sweet & Nasty Burlesque, and was an original co-creator of Pinchbottom Burlesque ("Best Burlesque in NYC" - NY Magazine, "Most Innovative" - Burlesque Hall of Fame).

Nasty began her performance career as a stage actor, studying theatre and costume design at Brown University. In 2005 - after too many years of horribly embarrassing (though, fortunately, horribly-attended) off-off-off-Broadway shows - she discovered her true calling on the burlesque stage.

1. What does Burlesque mean to you?

After a lifetime in the theater, I frequently say that burlesque is the most fun I've ever had on stage, and it's true - not only because the idea of burlesque, the glamor and humor and cheekiness, is inherently fun in and of itself, but because for the first time the entirety of the performance is my own. As burlesque performers, we get to create our own acts, start-to-finish; and though the collaboration with other artists in, say, traditional theatre was always a wonderful thing to me, I always envied painters or songwriters the ability to create a piece of art that was completely their own vision.

That being said, I absolutely love the variety of acts and types of performance that are encompassed by "burlesque," and seeing and working with people from so many different artistic backgrounds is constantly inspiring to me.

But at the heart of it all: my job is to get naked and entertain people. And that's incredibly cool.

2. How did you choose your name?

It's actually the name of a Chuck Jones cartoon character from the 1950's - he's a giant, surly Western outlaw with permanent five o'clock shadow and a whiskey habit. All in all fairly appropriate, I think.

3. Who was your first celebrity crush?

It's a 4-way tie between Bob Barker, William Shatner, Neil Diamond and Michael York. (Wow, I'm certainly dating myself, aren't I?)

4. What are you reading these days and why?

Though I've always been more of a fiction reader, it seems I've been reading mostly non-fiction lately. I picked up the Peter Sellars biography "Mr. Strangelove," since I've always been a fan of his work and I'm a bit fascinated with the man behind it. I really enjoyed Wil Wheaton's "Memories of the Future," which is a sort of memoir of his time on Star Trek: The Next Generation (I'm a huge sci-fi geek); and I've been obsessively re-reading Dariel Fitzkee's "Showmanship for Magicians," an absolutely incredible discourse on stagecraft that applies to any sort of performer, and should be required reading for anyone who gets on the burlesque stage. (Interesting - I just realized that most of my reading lately has been by or about performers.)

Also, as the producer of the NYC branch of Naked Girls Reading, I get to look at a wide variety of sources as I'm choosing pieces for our monthly events. That's been a wonderful excuse to go back to scripts, medieval lit, comic books, and of course lots and lots of science fiction.

5. What is your favorite performance antecdote?

In 2007 I had the chance to perform at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Miss Exotic World pageant on the Strip in Las Vegas; my grandmother, who was living in LA at the time, decided to drive in and see the show. When I was studying theater in college she would send me postcards of the showgirls in Las Vegas with notes like, "You should come out here and design costumes!" It was one of the most fabulous nights of my life: doing one of my favorite acts on stage in Las Vegas for a crowd of thousands, and I swear I could see my grandmother from the stage. (She had a great time, by the way. And to this day she speaks fondly of "that sweet gentleman, Tigger," who helped her find a seat.)

6. Please distill your life philosophy into either a couplet or haiku:

Breathe, have fun;
The work will get done.

7. How can the people find out more about you?

Since this is the digital age, you can always find me online at ... though if you *really* want to learn all about me, then check out Naked Girls Reading: I think you can find out a lot about a person by what she chooses to read naked in public!

Friday, June 10, 2011

A sneak peek at our featured performer for Shaken and Stirred: VELOCITY CHYLADD

The summer is heating up and wednesday nights at the Delancey are no exception. Each week we get a little more outrageous as we thrust oursevles into the great joy of being! Join us this week when legendary goddess of performance VELOCITY CHYLADD graces our stage as this week's featured performer at Shaken and Stirred. Our gogo sensation AIRIN DE SKIES gets the night going up on the gogo box and fellow nightlife vamps GAL FRIDAY and EVILYN VYNL add a even more decadence to an already insanely good line up! Each week hosted by our trifecta of tease: RUNAROUND SUE, SCOOTER PIE and DJ JESS. The party now goes till 2am with a pre-show roof top cookout from 7-10 and 3$ huckleberry vodka shots served from 12-1. Never a cover. Always a good time... because you deserve it <3

And now: On the the Peeking!


(photo credit: Alex Colby)

What does Burlesque mean to you?

- An opportunity to discover myself and disappear all at the same time. -

How did you choose your name?

- It was inspired by Father and my vagina. -

Who was your first celebrity crush?

- It would have been a toss up between Bill Murray and Donna Summer. -

What are you reading these days and why?

"Delta of Venus" - by Anais Nin

"Playing the Field" - by Mamie Van Doren


"The Seven Addictions and Five Professions of Anita Berber"

I am gearing up for the next "Naked Girls Reading" ;);)

What is your favorite performance anecdote?

- While performing with my band Vulgaras some years ago at a Harlem party - Hidden Shadows - a young woman rushed the stage, dove under my skirt and performed some skillful maneuvers between my legs with her mouth. I couldn't really do much about it because of the 200 or so screaming fetish vamps watching us, eventually her boyfriend pulled her off the stage. When the show was over I noticed that my labia ring was missing. I found out later that she was a professional piercer and was wearing my ring in her tongue. -

Please distill your life philosophy into either a couplet or haiku:

"Birthday of the dead, blazes a trial by fire,
Blood is lipstick red, painting the Ivory spire,
All the fears have fled, tripping the lively wire,
Laughing tears do shed, carnal dreams of desire."

7. How can the people find out more about you?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Sneak Peek our featured performer: LIL MISS LIXX and a recap of last week's S&S

WOWZER! Have we got a show for you! Super hot vixen LIL MISS LIXX is our featured performer on June 8th and joining her in the line up are none other than L.A.'s own DIZZY VON DAM and NYC's beloved PINKIE SPECIAL! LUCILLE DE AMORE gets it going on the go-go box and as always, Team Sugar Shack: SCOOTER PIE, DJ JESS and RUNAROUND SUE bring you all the danceparty you can handle. Every wednesday night at the Delancey! Never a cover!~ $3 huckleberrry vodka shots served from 12-1 and pre-show rooftop cook out for 5 bucks. See you there!

Are you curious about last week? Check out what Scooter Pie had to say:

It's June, that's right, motherhumpers, and it's as HOT onstage at the Delancey (from the talent, I mean- there IS air-conditioning) as it is outside. No, hotter. Hotter.. yes, that's about right. Foxy Vermouth set things ablaze go-go style all night. Ekaterina was super-sexy-stretchy (as always). Iris Explosion hypnotized herself AND the audience, and featured lady of the week Jazz had MOVES for miles- WOW! I presented a Glowing Cock to the lucky dance contest winner (and boy, was she happy!). Come see what all the fuss is about next week, with guaranteed good Shaken & Stirred times!


What does Burlesque mean to you?

Burlesque is a sparkly, sexy, satirical story ending in a beautiful, barely clothed lady or man. It is smart and exciting with every reveal!

How did you choose your name?

Had a bunch of coworkers put a bunch of name ideas in a hat.... I took bits and pieces I liked and somehow came to Lil' Miss Lixx.

Who was your first celebrity crush?

My first celebrity crush was Jordan Catelano! Swoon! Ok.... His name is Jared Leto... I love dirty guys with dimples.

What are you reading these days and why?

Currently reading an old Nancy Drew I found on the street, "The Clue of The Tapping Heels"! Brooklyn has the best "free" boxes on the street. Scored an amazing Marlene Dietrich bio in one, I love reading showbiz biographies!

What is your favorite performance anecdote?

So many to choose from! Popping a g- string when my Dad was in the audience was pretty memorable.... Especially since it was my "Pig in Shit" number where I rub glittery chocolate pudding all over myself...

Please distill your life philosophy into either a couplet or haiku:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
If your pasties don't stick,
Use stronger glue!

7. How can the people find out more about you?

Just ask!