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DCVariety November Open Mic!

PSA: CALLING ALL VARIETY ARTISTS! I’ve been working with some amazing folks to keep DC’s ONLY Variety open mic going. We had to skip October, but we are back in November. and I want to come back stronger than ever! This month I’m gonna focus hard on the more traditional variety arts,...

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Meet The Variety: Evil League of Ecdysiasts

Posted by Chè Monique | Posted in burlesque, events, Meet the Variety | Posted on 18-06-2015



On Friday, April 3rd I had the opportunity to see the Black Cat Club completely transformed. The bar was full of excited fans in Hawaiian shirts thrilled to be at “Al Night Long,” the Evil League of Ecdysiasts tribute to Weird Al Yankovic. I have never seen such an outpouring of a fandom to a burlesque show before. The Black Cat sold out, and I could barely see from my spot in the back. Despite having to jockey for a view of the stage, I had an amazing time. The energy of the “Al-oholics” was contagious. Prior to that evening, “White and Nerdy,” was the only Weird Al song I knew.


Steven Warrick

The high energy show did not disappoint. The show was a delicious marriage of silly and sexy. If you are like me, and live under a rock, I’ll let you know that Weird Al is famous for his parody covers of famous pop songs. The burlesque interpretations of songs such as “Like a Surgeon,” “Polka Face,” and “Word Crimes” was nothing less than brilliant. Al Night Long brought burlesque veteran Poppy La Rouge back to the stage after a sabbatical, was kittened by the adorable Aurora Wells, and also featured Valeria Voxx. The DC Kings presented a hilarious interpretation of “Amish Paradise,” that included a butter churn. Popular emcee Minda Mimosa, maintained the evening’s energy flow and of course the show was headlined by the Evil League of Ecdysiasts, Cherie Sweetbottom and GiGi Holliday. I don’t want to give anything away, as Al Night Long will probably happen again, but I will say that GiGi Holliday’s “Polka Face” act was so energetic, it was my excuse not to go to the gym for the next week and there was a Panda Suit involved in Cherie Sweetbottom’s act.


What really made Al Night Long special was that it brought the Weird Al fans out. There was a trivia game in the middle of the show and eager Weird Al devotees were elated to have an opportunity to show off their Weird Al knowledge. This ability to bring the fans out is what makes the Evil League of Ecdysiasts special. DC’s nerdlesque duo, Cherie Sweetbottom and GiGi Holliday have cornered the market on nerdlesque in DC. Starting with their first sell out Whedonism show four years ago, the pair consistently puts on niche shows that bring in throngs of people ready to geek out and get a little turned on. ELE has brought Whedonism back annually and has also produced Harry Potter tribute shows as well as Nerds Gone Wild. Cherie Sweetbottom is a former theater kid with a BFA and GiGi Holliday is a self described Blerd (black nerd). The pair bonded backstage at the Palace of Wonders over all things nerdy and decided to start the Evil League of Ecdysiasts effectively starting DC’s nerdlesque renaissance.


Master Brush COLOR

Steven Warrick

Both performers boast impressive resumes and produce shows on their own, Cherie Sweetbottom puts on a quarterly House of Sweetbottom Blues and Burlesque review and can periodically be found on the silver screen. GiGi Holliday is in charge of G Squared productions as well as Studio Holliday School of Burlesque, she is also a member of Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret. Together they can be found as part of Naked Girls Reading and are often both in La Boum Boum Room. The Evil League of Ecdysiasts is their joint project and goes beyond simply producing fun shows. The ELE creates a space for nerds to come out and play. Their shows are spaces where the weird kids are cool. Where adults are allowed to geek out. Where black nerds realize they aren’t the only one. By combining phenomenal talent, with extreme nerdiness the ELE manages to create a space where everyone is able to have fun and feel valued.

Be sure to check out the fourth annual Whedonism show on June 19th at the Black Cat. The annual show marks both the anniversary of the Evil League of Ecdysiasts as well as celebrates Joss Whedon’s 50th birthday, June 23rd. The lineup includes Diva Darling, one of my personal favorite performers as well as Burlypicks 2015 winner, Lady Fancy. If you have any interest in  “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Firefly”, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” “The Cabin in the Woods,”  or “The Avengers,” you don’t want to miss this show. Tickets are available here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/863061?utm_medium=bks





Chè Monique produces Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret and is a Jill of many trades. Learn more about Chè at www.chemonique.com and Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret at www.chocolatecityburlesque.com.

November Open Mic is going to AWESOME!

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in burlesque, circus, comedy, events, open mic, palace | Posted on 22-10-2012


Mab, Just Mab has been working with some amazing folks to keep DC’s ONLY Variety open mic going. We had to skip October, but we are back in November. And we are back, stronger than ever!

All the way from Richmond, VA – Moxie LaBouche from “Those Freaking Weirdos” always brings a creative and slightly odd spin with her burlesque.

Fresh off her rocking Figment, you loved her at the Intergalactic Speakeasy, DC’s darling songstress, Abby Nightingale will show you she’s more than just a pretty voice!

I recently met the lovely Dainty Dandridge at the Wonder Brunch at the Red Palace, and I instantly fell in love with her. I think you will too! She’s been charming darlings with her sultry tunes and sweet burlesque at Phase One.

Also new on the DC burlesque scene is the sweet Adora Coquette. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us!
And back for more, Glam Gamz couldn’t stay away! But you’re not crying, this girl lives up to her name!

And you can’t do a variety show with some sweet tunes. But we are gonna do it DCVariety style. Frankie & Betty are an acoustic duo that will leave you short of breath from dancing and laughing.

The Clown Cabaret exchange brings us the incredibly talented Mandy Dalton! This lady has trained by Ringling Brothers, the Moscow Art Theatre School, and Cirque du Soleil, and now she’s hanging out with us! wow!

I cannot believe how awesome this month’s show is going to be! And the cover is still only $8!!! Any ~one~ of these acts alone is worth that! And you are getting more than 7 great acts! Plus the DCVariety Open Mic audience participation where you can win fabulous prizes!

Come out and see the Variety of DC!

DCVariety November Open Mic!

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in burlesque, circus, comedy, events, featured, juggling, magic, music, open mic, palace, puppets, sideshow, spoken word | Posted on 12-10-2012


DCVariety Open Mic Night @ the Red PalacePSA: CALLING ALL VARIETY ARTISTS!
I’ve been working with some amazing folks to keep DC’s ONLY Variety open mic going. We had to skip October, but we are back in November. and I want to come back stronger than ever!

This month I’m gonna focus hard on the more traditional variety arts, meaning: Magic, Burlesque, Sideshow, and a juggler if I can find one willing to work at the palace. acrobats and hoopers, some bellydance, and I would love a variety music act too! I’ll even take some clowns!

Let me know if you or anyone you know anyone who would be interested in performing! and spread the word!

This is a great opportunity to try out new material, get some video on the Palace stage, meet other performers in the area, and if you haven’t ever been to the Palace before, be seen by them!

Let’s keep new blood in the variety arts! Let’s keep the community growing stronger than ever!

Sign up here: http://www.dcvariety.com/sign-up-to-perform-at-a-dcvariety-show/

Comic Strip!

Posted by Event-bot | Posted in events | Posted on 10-02-2012


The beauties of Twisted Knickers Burlesque and Black Tassel Boolesque bring you an evening of sultry sass so hot your pants will smolder! The Twisted Knickers will serve up titillating treats on stage as burlesque’s good girl Stella Sweet, tap-dancing diva Tapitha Kix, brassy BeauJolais NouVeau, and slaphappy sexpot Spanky Roundbottom stir up just the right stuff! And Black Tassel Boolesque’s Queen of Halloween Eyrie Twilight, Mourna Handful–a handful in more ways than two–and the Va-Va-Voom Vixen Valeria Voxx are ready to steal your soul with their spooky shimmy ‘n’ shake. And no date night would be complete without MC Hot Todd Lincoln and sexy stage kitten Flora Bush. Bringing together the sweets and the sours of Valentine’s Day, this burlesque coupling is a match made in heaven and hell.

18 and up to enter. VALID ID required.

BURLESQUE: Show 10:30 PM

First Ever DCVariety Open Mic night! Feb 9th, 2012

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in events | Posted on 24-01-2012


Hey DC! You’ve got some talent!

DC’s Own Sideshow Girl, Mab, Just Mab, has teamed up w/ Cheeky Monkey Sideshow‘s original Sideshow Geek, Swami YoMahmi to form the first ever DCVariety Open Mic night at the Red Palace!

Now, we say “open mic”, and it is, in fact open, but you HAVE to let us know ahead of time that you are coming to make sure you get a spot! Comedy! Burlesque! Sideshow! Music! BRING IT!

Send us an email at DCVCMSS@gmail.com or fill out the sign-up sheet here:

Event listing on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/198623093568573/
DCVariety Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/DCVariety/157279780950396
DCVariety Social Aide Society: http://www.facebook.com/groups/245103548846328/

See you at the Palace!

Clown Cabaret Monday night!

Posted by Event-bot | Posted in events | Posted on 08-01-2012


Clown Cabaret Need some post-holiday Pick-Me-Up to cure your after-Christmas blues? We have the cure!

Clown Cabaret’s first show of 2012! Join us and witness:
• Hilarious spins on juggling with Paolo Garbanzo
• Ingenious Entomology with Jim Frank — his fleas will dazzle you with acrobatic poignancy!
• Matthew the clown and his piano playing “skills?”
• Nebbishly quirky Graham Pilato
• Hamlet presented by Matthew Pauli (trained classical actor), Karen Beriss and Rich Potter (also your host for the evening).

A surprise guest or two may show up…We never know, so you never know!

See you Monday…

Tickets: $10.00 (that’s right, *still* only Ten Measly Bucks
Where: 607 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC
T-shirts? Get ’em at the door or wear yours to the show and be cool
after the show? Busboys and Poets. Come hang out with us.

2/7/2012 – Washington DC Comedy Writers Group 1st Year Anniversary @Riot ACT Comedy Theater

Posted by Event-bot | Posted in events | Posted on 28-12-2011


The Washington DC Comedy Writers Group will celebrate lasting 1 year!  Riot Act Comedy Theater has graciously allowed us to take over their usual open mic night and instead have a showcase of the weird and wonderful from the DC comedy community.

7:30 PM Cocktails and and Tarot Reading by Madame Olga:Comic Psychic.
8:00 show
10:00 Pinata-Yes, I said Pinata. Not going to tell you what’s in it yet


Burlesque & Variety New Year’s Eve Blowout Bash at the Red Palace

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in burlesque, circus, comedy, events, palace, sideshow | Posted on 16-12-2011


Ball Drop @ the Red Palace

The Dr.’s Orders Productions Presents:


Burlesque & Variety New Year’s Eve Blowout Bash at the Red Palace

Red Palace, 1212 H Street NE, Washington DC
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Doors at 8 pm
Shows at 9, 10, & 11
Ball Drop at midnight
Dance Party until closing!

$30 (adv. @ www.redpalacedc.com)/$40 (door)

Step right up, Ladies & Gentlemen, for a New Year’s Eve spectacular at the only vaudeville stage, oddity museum, and full bar in the world! BALL DROP features bodacious burlesque babes, death-defying novelty acts, twisted sideshow oddities, quirky musical surprises, go-go dancing, and an all-night dance party! After a sold out 2010, 2011’s second annual BALL DROP at the Red Palace is bigger and brighter, starring talent from around the country, local favorites, and you!

All the way from San Francisco, our Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s debauchery is none other than the world famous Scotty the Blue Bunny! Starring “burlesque expert” (NY1 & Big Think), Dr. Lucky (NYC); the criminally cute burlesque beauty, Lil’ Steph (Philadelphia); award-winning pop sensation Pop (NYC) of Gigi & Pop on ukulele; circus artistry from Miss Joule (DC) of Tilted Torch; amazing sideshow thrills from Mab Just Mab (DC) of the Cheeky Monkey Sideshow; and neo-burlesque and variety fun from Paco Fish and Marla Meringue (Baltimore) of Sticky Buns Burlesque. With New York City’s “Best Dressed DJ,” DJ Momotaro, spinning the party tunes all night long.

Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/325350950812763/
Producer: www.doctorofburlesque.com
Venue: http://redpalacedc.com
Scotty the Blue Bunny: www.scottybunny.com
Gigi & Pop: www.gigiandpop.com
Dr. Lucky: www.doctorofburleque.com
Miss Joule: www.missjoule.com
Mab Just Mab: www.mabjustmab.com
Li’ Steph: www.lilsteph.com
Paco Fish: www.pacofish.net
Marla Meringue: www.marlaparker.com

  • Doors @ 8pm
  • 21+


  • $30/advance
  • $40/day of show


* * * Images & Interviews Available Upon Request. Contact: Lynn Sally: 917-204-7566 or doctorofburlesque@yahoo.com * * *

DCVariety Social Aide Society Benefit

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in events, palace | Posted on 29-08-2011



Come out for an evening of Fun, Variety and Good Deeds!

DCVariety Social Aide Society was created to provide a safety net for uninsured variety artists, primarily in the DC Metro area. The organization is funded solely on donations, and powered by volunteers.

The name was inspired by the turn of the century organizations that would throw parties to help out other members of the community when they were in need. It was what people did before there was health insurance.

And you are invited to a benefit at the Red Palace (DC), Friday evening, Sept. 16th.

This event will serve 3 purposes.
1. to pad the DCVariety safety net fund. If we get enough of a seed, we can turn over administration of the fund to a proper fund management organization.
2. to raise awareness of the fund and the need that it fills and
3. to celebrate Mab, Just Mab’s birthday! (The best gift I can think of is supporting variety artists when they need it most!)

While the fund is small now, I hope to see it grow to the point where it can sustain itself! From the money we raised last April, we saved 2 local artists from eviction, and helped out Jelly Boy (a sideshow performer who plays at the Palace) while he was in a coma! Not bad for such a small start!

The night will be filled with a wide array of variety artists to give the audience a great sampler of the amazing talent that’s right here in DC.

Since it went so well last time, we will be bringing back the auction! This is your chance to get artwork, hand crafted items, and more all while supporting a good cause!

Spread the word!
and I’ll see you at the Palace!

June DCVariety Show @ the Red Palace

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in comedy, events, music, palace, sideshow | Posted on 12-06-2011


They couldn’t keep us away! Back again! This month’s DCVariety brings back veteran favorites and new comers!

Sideshow by Kellan Backagain!
Face-melting uke and accordion rock by UkeCordionPocalypse
Original and Brilliant cabaret songs by Eva Brontosaurus (2/3rds)
Mind bending magic by David London
& more!

we are adding more acts, so stay tuned!
remember, Variety is the spice of life!
and the spice must flow!

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