The whole room smells like eggs, and there’s a man wearing only underpants suspended from the ceiling.
Is there a more precise word than underpants that we can use to explain this? What do you call the kind that cover a rear end but not much else? Is “hammock” still a thing?
We’d better learn fast, because the underpants are everywhere at “Sir Sunday,” Washington’s first all-male burlesque brunch. Sax, the cabaret-themed downtown restaurant, is known for its skin-baring, butt-shaking entertainment. The kind that’s free of Y chromosomes and lush with feathers and lace, that is.
But at 11 a.m. this past Sunday, and every coming Sunday for as long as the venture is successful, Sax is serving up brunch with a side (or is it the main course?) of nearly nude, Ryan-Gosling-level-attractive men.
And here they come now, on a stage above the bar, dressed in cargo pants and black tank tops that are sure to be made of an easily rippable fabric.
The audience howls. They take bites of their Gruyère quiches. They howl more. There are 125 guests at the sold-out brunch, mostly women in their 20s, 30s and 40s, dressed like this is any old Sunday outing. A few pretended that it was.
“Tell your man you’re going to brunch with the girls, then come here!” says Sheyla Jimenez, 26.
Nearby, a few of the women look not quite ready to tuck dollar bills into elastic bands on the biceps and thighs of their attentive servers, a.k.a.“table studs.” They sit perfectly upright on the ornate tufted couches, as if good posture can atone for impropriety. Then the studs pour another round of mimosas.
“This is just like church!” exclaims Judith Wrenn, to cheers from her friends, a group of moms from Ashburn, Va., who arrived in a white limousine. “God made man in his image. So we’re here to worship his image.”
The men onstage have started marching. They’re wearing camouflage hats. Oh, no. Didn’t someone tell them —
“It’s September 11!” a woman tells her sister. “Honestly, though, what a great way to celebrate America.”
The dancers start caressing their muscles to the sound of Destiny Child’s “Soldier.”
“They don’t do that in the Marines,” says one of the few men in the audience.
This spectacle must have meaning beyond simple risque entertainment, right? Despite the surge of young people into the city in the past decade, Washington has not lost its reputation as a buttoned-up town. Buttons are part of the daily uniform. Most residents would never be caught in one of the city’s long-running strip clubs. Many of the venues that tried to get Washingtonians to unearth their more primal tendencies, such as Red Palace on H Street NE, have closed. And as in Sax’s regular burlesque shows, the performers at those establishments were mostly a straight man’s version of eye candy, anyway.
At Sir Sundays, there’s no doubt that the aim is to entice crowds of women, especially those who release their raunchy inner selves only at bachelorette parties.
“Women have been objectified for years,” declares Joy Falzarano as the “soldiers” ditch their trousers. “Now it’s their turn!”
That is most definitely not the lesson of feminism, but in a room full of women, in a year when a woman might become president, the references to the power of women flow freely.
“D.C. women are strong,” explains Betsy Koch.
“That’s right, guys, we are ready to see it!” says her friend Gina Dandi.
“And feed me and give me drinks while we’re at it,” Koch agrees.
That seems to be the consensus — as long as the guys don’t get too close.
“We are high-powered, government, corporate women,” one of the high-powered women remarks. “I don’t want your groin in my face.”
She was speaking hypothetically, of course. There were no groins near her face, because of the strict rules imposed on the “sirs” of Sir Sundays, who usually spend their days as models, personal trainers and stage performers. They may not touch their genitals. Their underwear must stay in place. (A Sax official declined to divulge how the briefs don’t budge during the dancing, citing “secrets of the trade.”) And an arm’s-length distance should be maintained between performers and customers.
On Sax’s balcony, there’s one exception. A dancer is hugging one of the older women in the VIP section.
“This is my son!” says Eunice Dodson proudly. She says she’s been to every one of his performances since he started dance classes as a child and that this would be no different. But even she has limits.
“Here you go,” she says, handing him a $5 bill. “I’m not sticking these in your shorts.”
Every 10 minutes, the lights go down and the men start a new routine, to cheers that grow ever louder as the champagne supply depletes.
Now there’s a customer with them on the marble dance floor, seated in a regal blue throne. She has a birthday sash on, and everyone knows what’s about to happen.
“Ooh, it’s like ‘Magic Mike XXL’!” a few women squeal.
It’s actually just like “Magic Mike XXL,” the 2015 sequel to “Magic Mike,” the 2012 Channing Tatum movie about male strippers. There’s a scene in which Channing and his fetching companions visit a club for women. The men there don’t just dance; they worship their female guests, calling them “queens” and telling them how beautiful and valuable they are. Just as on this dance floor, they put a woman in a chair and dance around her as her expression changes from nervous to confident.
The ladies can’t stop name-dropping Magic Mike, though most say this experience is almost like Mike. If it were the real thing, the birthday girl wouldn’t need to go get a cheeseburger after this.
“The food is not great,” she whispers.
“I wish the men were a little less flamboyant,” another confides.
“That one is balding,” a woman says to her friend. “He needs to shave his head every day.”
But then the shirtless aerialist hops back on the ribbons hanging from the ceiling and does a split in the air, and everyone is screaming again.
Somewhere backstage is Derek Brown, the choreographer responsible for convincing Sax’s owners, Richard Vasey and David Karim, that covering men in loincloths and having them dance to a song called “Jungle” while the guests eat berry parfaits would actually work.
“D.C. is conservative, whether you like it or not, so we had to be careful,” Vasey says.
The restaurant’s security guard is not so sure about that anymore.
“I’ve never seen women act like this,” he says.
Soon, the lights have come up, and his job is to usher out the guests who don’t want to leave. The second sold-out brunch is set to begin in 30 minutes.
The customers wave their dollar bills in the air as they make their way to the open front doors, from where they can see banks and hotels and endless office buildings. The old D.C. So they back away from the doorway and clamor for pictures with their table studs, asking, “Can we come back tomorrow?”
One woman slips a dollar into the pocket of a news photographer. He’s fully dressed. He doesn’t work here. But he doesn’t have the heart to ruin her fun.
Check out the new trailer – 50 shades darker . This looks sexy
As you all probably all know . Channing Tatum is maybe not making another Magic Mike movie , but he is doing a LIVE Male strip show in Las Vegas . It starts next spring and is sure to be a hit . Will it compete with the infamous Chippendales and The Thunder from Down Under?
It will be exciting to see if this show takes over Vegas as the most exciting male entertainment show on the planet . Time will tell . We are excited, none the less for some more hype in the industry . Check out the video here .
Well it was just a matter of time before they came out with a Magic Mike spoof . Here it is on the hit tv show – Ellen . They have done their own male stripper parody . Check out the video .
Britney Spears is heating things up with her new video . She takes a play right to of the male stripper movie Magic Mike . Check out the video and see for yourself .
Alex Pettyfer Recreates ‘Magic Mike’ Dance in His Office! Star from the first movie seems to missing the action .
Alex Pettier – Male stripper in the hit movie ‘Magic Mike’ was in his office when the song “pony ” came on . He started dancing for the camera . Unfortunately there was no stripping , but it gave us fans hope for the future .
Today I can across this hilarious video about the famous actor – Kevin Hart, and his experience working with male strippers. In an actual male strip club .
You are probably wondering if he actually was a stripper ? So was I, and after watching the video and picturing this situation in my mind . WOW , is all I have to say.
take a look at the link at the interview and see for yourself .
It’s generally accepted that the McConaissance kicked off with Matthew McConaughey’s role in Dallas Buyers Club back in 2013, which earned him many accolades in 2014, including an Academy Award. But McConaughey was no slouch in 2012 either, turning in a sweaty, compelling performance as the promoter and gatekeeper to the beefy, well-oiled paradise of his Xquisite Strip Club. His drawling antics might have been missing from the sequel, but McConaughey has fond enough memories of gyrating with Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello that he’s prepared to don the assless chaps again for the Magic Mike Live show in Las Vegas.
In an interview with E!, McConaughey reveals that, while he hasn’t officially been invited to participate in Tatum’s new show that’s dedicated to pleasing the ladies, he’d be happy to on all the fun (and ones).
Specifically, McConaughey is prepared to “show up and just Dallas it out,” because “that’d be fun,” so you’re on notice, Tatum. Otherwise, McConaughey’s out doing the promotional rounds for Free State Of Jones. If the Magic Mike Live thing doesn’t work out, he can always audition for Star Wars again.
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The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the KUNV 91.5-FM studio at Greenspun Hall at UNLV, home of “The Kats Report” radio show I host at 8 p.m. Fridays.
The guest this week is Tommy Wind, the magician who operates Tommy Wind Theater on the Strip. The segment with Wind, a first-time guest in this time slot, was recorded this afternoon.
Tommy Wind Theater is a cozy family operation housed in the 21,000-square-foot fortress that was once Club Utopia and most recently Boulevard Theater across from Monte Carlo in the strip mall fronted by Fatburger and Walgreens.
In this business schematic, the proprietor pays the talent and keeps the ticket and bar profits. What a concept, eh?
Wind has been running the show, onstage and offstage, for a little more than three years. His show is nightly at 6, dark Sundays and Mondays, and anchors what has recently turned into a sufficiently malleable set of productions.
In quick order: Wind and insult comic Vinnie Favorito ended their partnership Sunday night. This was about two weeks before Favorito’s contact was set to expire.
Over the years, Favorito has been dogged by reports of his financial dealings with business partners and departed the Flamingo last year under a cascade of allegations that he had not repaid several personal loans from associates.
But Favorito continues to chisel out a career here in VegasVille, where he has performed since opening at O’Sheas in 2003, as his act (onstage) is bitingly funny. Favorito’s departure from Wind’s theater was abrupt, but Wind says only that he wishes the comic well in his next stop — which is Hooters starting June 16.
As Favorito announced on his Facebook page, his show is to be titled “Wingin’ It At Hooters” in the old Night Owl Showroom set for six shows a week: 8 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays and 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Otherwise, Wind has taken control of the male revue “Steele,” which had been delivered to Las Vegas by London Steele, who was the inspiration for Matthew McConaughey’s character Dallas in “Magic Mike.”
Steele gave Channing Tatum his first job in a male revue in Florida, and he told me during the red carpet at the Human Rights Campaign gala at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas this month that he was eager to go up against Tatum’s “Magic Mike Live” set to open next spring at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Instead, Steele is off pursuing “other options” in Las Vegas, as Wind said today. The magician-slash-venue operator is now the producer of the onetime “Steele,” planning to call the production something along the lines of “The Las Vegas Male Revue” and stage it nightly at 9:30 Wednesdays through Sundays, with the venue turning into a nightclub after the performance.
In this mix is a third production, “Evil Dead: The Musical,” set for 7:30 p.m., also Wednesdays through Sundays.
The entire turn of events leaves the man for whom the theater is named a little, um, winded — and that could be the title of something moving into Tommy Wind Theater where the breeze blows stiff, but the walls remain standing.
By John Katsilometes (contact) John Katsilometes
Thursday, May 26, 2016 | 2 a.m.
It’s a stripper show without terrible thongs or extreme nudity.
The Comic Strippers are on tour and they’re coming to Prince Rupert for a one-night stand on May 28 at the Lester Centre of the Arts.
It’s a different kind of comedy, said Roman Danylo, one of the comedians in the show.
“It is a parody of a male stripper show where we play fake male strippers that have perhaps been in the business for far too long and now they’re demanding new respect in their lives by trying a different type of entertainment, with improv comedy,” he said.
For residents who have made it out to a Hook, Line and Snicker show — the improv team in the city — it’s a twist on some of the games that are played in improv. There will be a private table scene, a shower seen and something with ping pong balls that Danylo wouldn’t get into much detail on.
The stripper troupe have been performing their act steady for a couple of years. They’ve performed across the country, including Prince Rupert and they’ve gone to the U.S. and even the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia.
While the U.S. has Chippendales, and Australia has the Thunder From Down Under, “people seem to be enjoying the idea that we might be Canada’s ironic answer to this entire genre,” Danylo said. It’s a bit of a tongue and cheek version to stripper shows.
The comedic strippers are also improvisors at the Vancouver TheatreSports League. They encourage men to come watch their show as well.
“Our comedy bodies will make them look good. It’s a great show for anyone in the Prince Rupert area,” he said.
However, the show is for 19-years and older, and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.
by Shannon Lough – The Northern View
posted May 25, 2016 at 7:00 AM