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Burlesque Idol

Starring Marawa, Natasha the Pasha, Lola the Vamp, Gordon Wilde, Brian Vo, Gene Sebastian, Rosa L'Posa, Perfect Nonsense
Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2007
New Council Chambers, Trades Hall
Thursday, 19th April 2007

I had already seen this show the Saturday before and Erin from Perfect Nonsense invited me back to take photos.

It was a bit different to the other burlesque performances I have seen as it was more structured and having a host, the mulleted Gordon Wilde, was a very good idea as he helped move the show along very well. The judges Brian Vo, Gene Sebastian and special guest audience member Katie were also great. The stage may have been a little too small for a full band, but Rosa L'Posa did a good job on keyboards backing up the performers.

Perfect Nonsense were also great stage hands and got to do a routine of their own at one point in the show. I thought they were excellent and really reminded me of the Town Bikes in some ways. I don't know why I haven't seen them around town before as I haven't been shy in going to burlesque gigs.

First up was Marawa with her now famous hula-hoop routine. I have seen this routine a couple of times before and taken photos, but she still manages to surprise me with new things in it each time. This time she threw some of her hoops off the stage and came perilously close to dropping some of them on the front row, she didn't though as she has great control.

Natasha the Pasha was another performer who I hadn't seen before, but her classic fan routine was great and hopefully I will get to see her around town in the future.

I hadn't had the chance to see Lola the Vamp before so I enjoyed her performance with a silk banner and a sexy striptease. I also got to say hello to her after the show when she came out of the changing room to say hello and invite me to another one of her shows.

The result wasn't unexpected, but it was funny seeing the MC wanting the girls to have a jelly wrestle-off and having them walk off in disgust. This left him to get out of a tight spot by performing his own routine which was unexpected to say the least.

As I have said it was different to the other shows I have seen. It was good to see the performers in a show of their own rather than performing in between bands at a pub to punters who don't always appreciate them.

Links:
Burlesque Idol Official Site
http://www.myspace.com/marawa
http://www.lolathevamp.net/
http://www.perfectnonsense.com.au

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