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Tuesday Tease: The Christmas Special Gets Burlesqued!

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295088-250In case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is coming soon and that means that this year’s Christmas specials have arrived! Christmas specials are heralds of the approaching holiday, announcing it’s impending arrival with song and dance. Elves and Grinches blaze a trail into our hearts and minds which Christmas day fallows. In short, Christmas specials are special.

With that in mind, and since this is the Tuesday Tease, here is a light smattering of burlesque Christmas specials that are happening this year!

New York, New York

TONIGHT! Tuesday, December 17 | Hotsy Totsy Burlesque’s tribute to the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special  One of, if not THE, most infamous holiday specials ever created. The program told the story of Han Solo and Chewbacca racing against time to get to the Wookie home planet, Kashyyyk, in time for Chewy to spend Life Day with his family. The Star Wars Holiday Special was broadcast in its entirety only once, in the United States and Canada, on November 17, 1978, pre-empting Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk. It has never been rebroadcast or officially released on home video. David Hofstede called it ‘the worst two hours of television ever.’  George Lucas has reportedly said:  ‘If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it.'”

The folks at Hotsy Totsy Burlesque have made some improvements. Rather than featuring left over cast, props and footage from the original Star Wars, Hotsy Totsy Burlesque’s tribute to the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special will showcase performances by Brief Sweat, Clara Coquette, Hard Corey, Ivory Fox, Jenny C’est Quoi, Rosey La Rouge, gogo by Erika Rodgers and will be hosted by Herry Pitz and Handsome Brad.

New Orleans, Louisiana

TOMORROW! Wednesday, December 18 | Naked Girls Reading Christmas Carol  What would Christmas be without Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic A Christmas Carol? The number of adaptions of the story are too numerous to count. Everyone from Patrick Stewart to Mr. Magoo have portrayed the books tight-fisted protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge. However, one aspect of the story is almost always missing from the storytelling. The live reading of the story. Charles Dickens himself had a long tradition of public readings of A Christmas Carol, a tradition that has been almost lost to time and technology. But fortunately Naked Girls Reading has brought this tradition back, with improvements that would have been unheard of in Victorian England.

294411-250Houston, Texas

Friday, December 20 | Houston Burlesque Revue’s 2nd Annual CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR!!  Join the ladies of the Houston Burlesque Revue for a Christmas show so big you’d think you were in New York! Thats right! The ladies are doing this one Big Apple style and bringing you entertainment worthy of Radio City! Lady Jae and her bevy of beauties guarantee a night of glamour, entertainment and plenty of Holiday Cheer with their “Radio City Rockettes” version of Christmas as they present their 2nd Annual: Christmas Spectacular!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Friday, December 20 | Tribe of Fools Holiday Burlesque – The Rise of Nasty Frosty  This will be Tribe of Fools‘ 4th Annual Holiday Burlesque. This year it will be hosted by Meghann Williams as her Christmas character, Nasty Frosty. Returning favorites include, Dirty Santa, Horny Rudolph, Timmy Bagley, Colleen Hughes, Mikhail Jackinoff, Gigi Naglak, as well as a few new friends, Kyle Yackoski as his audience favorite character Parker Peters from Tribe’s recent Fringe hit Antihero, as well as Carolina Millard and Leah Holleran as the dynamic activist tap troupe Vaginal Anarchy. All proceeds will benefit Tribe of Fools.

Washington, DC

Friday, December 20 | Hot Night Productions present: “Stocking Stuffers!” A Burlesque and Variety show!”  Come on out as Hot Night Productions celebrates all of the winter holidays by unwrapping some of your favorite performers! They’ll also have special variety guests to round out the “good list” this holiday season!”

Seattle, Washington

Saturday, December 21 | All I Want for Christmas  What do you want for Christmas?284026-250 A…ahem…’special’ toy? A good laugh? Sexy ladies covered in glitter? You can get all those things, plus more, at All I Want for Christmas is Two Less Boobies: A Burlesque Benefit for Butch Mo’Queen’s Top Surgery, plus you can help Butch Mo’Queen with their Christmas wish too!

Austin, Texas

Saturday, December 21 | Avant Glam Presents: 12 NIGHTS – A Christmas Cabaret!  The Holiday season is here, and Avant Glam Cabaret has decked their halls with boughs of HOTNESS just for you! Choreographer and Artistic Director Sassy Delure and Executive Producer Roxie Moxie are rolling out a brand new show with numbers that combine cabaret dancing, burlesque, bellydance, and a partridge in a pear tree. These Ladies Dancing will definitely get your Drummers Drumming, with twelve sparkling performances that take the Christmas carol we all know and love (or loathe) head on to put some JINGLE in the BELLS of even the most hardened Grinch! With performances by Sassy Delure, Roxie Moxie, Miss Lady Luck, Lilly LaFleur, Frannie Brown, Serese Brown, and Mike Loya!

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Saturday, December 21 | Brrrlesque  Baby, It’s cold out side. So come sit yourself down and warm yourself with the The Boston Babydolls. They’re coming down your chimney in nothing but their stockings to make sure you don’t have a blue Christmas! More intoxicating than spiked eggnog and hotter than a Yule log, The Boston Babydolls know the best thing to do when you’re shivering is start shimmying!