Lili VonSchtupp, producer extraordinaire of the longest running weekly burlesque show in Los Angeles, The Monday Night Tease is raising funds for a retrospective of the show:
My weekly burlesque show, Monday Night Tease, has been a staple in the Los Angeles live entertainment scene since 2004. It’s not just a home to LA performers but it’s a destination for out of town performers as well. It’s been described as the heartbeat of the LA burlesque scene launching new talent and nurturing performers to take risks. A lot of burlesque shows have come and gone, but on any Monday night you find yourself in LA at 9:45pm, you know there will be performers at backstage at The Three Clubs, touching up their makeup, applying false eyelashes, and gluing on pasties getting ready to dance their hearts out.
Four years ago, I set foot on Lili's stage. I'm pretty sure it was with Red, as part of the Tarantino-themed burlesque show:
Since then I've hosted, co-hosted, stripped, slapsticked, sung, killed, bombed -- you name it. There is no stage I'm more comfortable on, and no producer I admire as much as Lili VonSchtupp.
She gets it done. Weekly. Her show is on time, often standing room only, and it always pays. She gives newcomers much needed stage time, and she rolls out the red carpet for legends of burlesque who are still shaking it well into their 60's. Performers from all around the world have graced her stage. It is a burlesque show, but she books variety artists as well: magicians, jugglers, contortionists, performance artists, musicians, ventriloquists, and these two guys:
That's Phillip Kelly and me, aka "Mr. Snapper & Mr. Buddy," making our Monday Night Tease debut.
Lili is nearly halfway to her fundraising goal of $8,000 for this retrospective with five days left. So please, donate what you can, and spread the word!