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A bevy of award-winning burlesque babes, many of whom have performed internationally, hit the stage at Boomers Bar on April 30 for Cha Cha Velour’s monthly show. The evening was conducted by the magician called Bizarro, a charmingly self-deprecating low-baller with  flair for making the un-funny quite comedic.

Cha Cha Velour, Mini Tonka, Anita Cookie, Clams Casino and Penny Starr Jr. convened for an evening that showcased their collective talents famously. Penny Starr Jr. rocked a gorilla suit before stripping to a red and black corset affair, but the monkey motif returned at the end with the appearance of a banana, suggestively nibbled. A drink was the focus of one of Anita Cookie’s acts, which featured an inner “should I or shouldn’t I?” debate about whether to drink it or not (she did, eventually, and with gusto).

Clams Casino’s hilarious rendition of an overeager tennis player was commended by the audience and Mini Tonka’s mechanical parody of a robotic creature received similar approval. Cha Cha Velour strutted in style and exuded experience through two classic burlesque numbers that had the audience roaring by the end.

The theme for the performance seemed to be diversity and out-of-the-box-ness, as evidenced by nontraditional numbers executed with incredible confidence. The spread of awards from events like the Burlesque Hall of Fame pageant and the New York Burlesque Festival was impressive and, ostensibly, well-deserved. For this show, “entertaining” would have been a serious understatement.

Even Bizarro, self-defined “Anthrax of Magic,” represented a quirky riff on what Vegas locals have seen so often. His bits involved the likes of Smurfs in Hell, gently used sex dolls, tie-dye duct tape and balloon-swallowing (of the long, then variety, which was appropriately vulgar). Even a botched card trick, whether intentional or not, yielded a feigned “so sue me” belligerence from Bizarro and appreciate laughs from the audience. His standard “shut up” quip brought a contagious immaturity to the show that made it that much more enjoyable.

Novelty and props weren’t the only engines behind the acts, however. Anita Cookie performed in little more than an overcoat, which she playfully rearranged with a teasing smile. Mini Tonka ended one of her sketches with two miniature records adhered in strategic places and Penny Starr Jr. performed a tribute to her grandmother (yes, really) that featured coy kisses and crotchetiness. Clams Casino, clad in bright pink and yellow, pointed and shook her proverbial tail-feathers exuberantly.

The $10-$12 ticket price automatically filed this show under “incredible steal” and proved what many burlesque dancers in Las Vegas have been pronouncing for awhile. Burlesque is not a has-been, and it isn’t just girls dancing in their underwear. If anything will reform this image, it will be performances like this.


A burlesque beauty, tattooed cutie is spearheading the neo-burlesque movement in Vegas with, among other things, a monthly show at Boomers Bar at 3200 Sirius Ave.

This month’s show, starring Cha Cha Velour, Miss Karla Joy, Flora Fatale, Honey DoRight, La Rosa Muerta, Sue Nami Saki, Resa Alhena, Scarlett Letter and Sia Synn, showcased a variety of talent and tease.

Dr. Sexpot, clad in leopard-print lingerie reminiscent of Betty Rubble, piloted the preshow with a ukulele and some sultry serenades. Her quietly  enthralling voice, coupled with carefree, off-the-cuff banter with the audience, created an “I’m not really here but I’m making your night  better” kind of vibe.

Sue Nami Saki

The rest of the show took place in the Boom Boom Room, tucked in the back of the bar and equipped with a stage and a respectable sound system.

Standard burlesque fare was well-represented in the show, with feather boas and fringe to spare.

However, several acts broke up the everyday attractions. Resa Alhena, a dancer with a troupe called Cabernet, demonstrated a fusion of belly dance and burlesque, undulating and isolating the way only a trained dancer can.

Miss Karla Joy, the purported “joy of your life,” debuted a comedic skit centered around “Vitameatavegemin,” a fictional miracle product containing vitamins, meat, vegetables and minerals.

Miss Karla Joy and Vitameatavegemin

The crux of the act was the ventriloquism; Joy, clad in blue gingham, lip-synced to a 1950s-style  Infomercial track urging viewers to buy the product. The situation became more hysterical as it went on, with the voice of an unseen director prompting Joy to taste the viscous (and, based on Joy’s reaction, vile-tasting) syrup time and again. It seemed to have an intoxicating effect and Joy’s line, “Oh, I feel fine, but it’s a little hot in here …” kicked off the burlesque side of the number.

Sia Synnn, a magician and sideshow artist from Toronto, paid Vegas a visit as well. “I used to torture my dolls because I couldn’t torture my parents,” she said as a lead-in to the set. First, a doll was subjected to the likes of a staple gun and a blow-torch — then Synn turned these implements on herself. Her lazy rapport with the audience contrasted with hair-raising stunts of sadism and gave a serious edge to the show.

Scarlett Letter

Scarlett Letter, an out-of-towner from Los Angeles with “four feet of red hair and miles of bad intentions” fluttered in on wings of orange and blue and preened for the audience with commendable stage presence. She also wrapped up the show with the number that won her the title of Best Solo Performance in 2010 from the Boston Burlesque Exposition.

Cha Cha Velour, the producer of the show, said that this was the kind of talent she wanted to draw to Vegas. Velour began performing in Vegas with the Babes of Sin troupe in 2006 and has since become the mother hen of most things burlesque.

Cha Cha Velour

“I wanted more things to happen,” Velour said.”I would love for this show and others like it to continue. People can find out what burlesque is.”

Boomers as a consistent venue was a matter of happenstance. “I’ll just book it and see what happens,” Velour said of the first time she tried Boomers out. “We’ve been really happy … [Boomers] has been great.”

“We seem to be doing a good job in here,” Joy said, citing the attendance of the shows at 50 to 80 people a night. She continued that local support is always appreciated. “I’ve paid $100 for fringe before,” she said with a wry smile. “It’s a lot of effort.”

The Live Burlesque show at Boomers will be taking a hiatus for a couple months and will be back in action the last Saturday of every month starting in January. However, Velour and other burlesque beauties can be seen at numerous venues throughout the city. Check out Cha Cha Velour’s site and the calendar page at the Las Vegas Weekly for info.

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