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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Finally, Michael Myers meets the Breakfast Club

Yeah, remember this?

Well, check it:

Yeah. John Hughes vs. John Carpenter Burlesque. At Joe's Pub on the 26th. Holy shit. I mean, yes, I know, it's my show. And I love all of our shows. But this one...yeah. Just get your tickets now, ok?

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Making the coldest, shortest month hotter and...longer?

Yes, there's a lot more of the snowpocalypse winter ahead of us. Luckily, there's a lot of awesomeness happening in February to keep us busy and boozy! Neil O'Fortune (hey, that's me.) is having the busiest month of his career, in fact. On Friday the 4th I'm hosting the main show at Drive Thru Burlesque. A new monthly show launched by the performers Sizzle Dizzle and Lefty Lucy, Drive Thru is a throw-back to the all-night, multiple set, cheap admission shows that used to exist when the Slipper Room did it every weekend; I've hosted it before and it's good fun. And bonus: it's at the Parkside Lounge, and hosting there represents my return to the first stage I ever hosted on, way back when we launched the Gameshow Speakeasy (under its original name that can no longer be spoken but rhymes with Shmut's Shmy Shmine) way back in August 2006. Hey, speaking of the Gameshow Speakeasy, we're roaring along at our new home and you should check us out on Thursday the 17th! I'm thrilled that one of our guest panelists will be the Great Fredini, the founder and host of the seminal This Or That!, the original and still the craziest live burlesque game show in New York.

This is the cast of our January installment, including one of our favorite guest panelists, nerdcore rap superstar Schaffer the Darklord and our newest guest panelist, NYC's favorite eroticist and cupcake blogger, the lovely and talented Rachel Kramer Bussel.

Then: on Friday the 18th: Casino O'Fortune Cookie returns to the Red Palace in DC with our latest extravaganza, our new show Pop Culture a-Go-Go!

And, ON my birthday, Sunday the 20th, I'm hosting Kitty Nights, Fem Appeal's weekly show that is, through all of the attrition of the past few years, one of the city's longest current running weekly shows. It's a whole lot of crazy sexy fun in the intimate little space of Bar on A, and suffice it to say, I feel a party comin' on.

And that's not all! Wait for it...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

What's that? I haven't posted in a really long time? I know.

Relax. Lot's of shit going on. Here, watch this.

There, feel better? Ok, new year, lot's happening, much of it good, I'll get back to it.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

We, as a nation, can only hope to top it in 2011

Well, I didn't quite get to my New Year's post ON 1/1/11, mostly the result of recovering from running the New Year's Eve After-Party at Joe's Pub until 5 in the morning...but anyway, now's the time when bloggers are required to post some kind of wrap-up list for the year just passed! And like every year I struggled to think of my own spin on that tradition, and again this year I frankly found a list compiled elsewhere that really got to the core of the whole transition thing better than I ever could. So, for your reading pleasure, condensed to just the names because frankly, read off in a straight list they have a rather amazing cumulative effect, is Advertising Age magazine's list of 2010's Most Over-the-top Menu Offerings:

10. Denny's Fried Cheese Melt
9. Friendly's Ultimate Grilled Cheese Burger Melt
8. KFC's Double Down
7. Friendly's Mac and Cheese Quesadilla
6. Hardee's Loaded Biscuits 'n' Gravy
5. Burger King's Ultimate Breakfast Platter
4. Sonic's Tex Mex Footlong Quarter Pound Coney
3. Carl's Jr. Foot-Long Cheeseburger
2. Sonic's Holiday Sugar Spiced Cookie Blast
1. Hardee's Double Sausage Egg 'n' Cheese Biscuit

Enjoy your New Year's diet resolution, everyone!