Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off
Put simply: stand up comics and burlesque performers alternate slots in this lady-led (and ladies only) entertainment special.
At one point, a comic asked “since when are there men at this show?” in response to a (male) heckler before instructing him to take his feet off the stage. This show is all pussy power, all day. I use the word “pussy” here because it is favored among the hosts, Jillaine Gill and Kerryn Feehan. These women are filter-free and here to share their thoughts. I felt like every act they announced was a close friend of theirs whose work they had personally vetted. Before announcing the final burlesque performer before their stand-up headliner, we were told that this next “chick is weird as fuck so get ready.” In point of fact, she was.
The burlesque performers, to give a brief rundown of a series of impressive spectacles, featured the following: a fur coat paired with a pig mask, an homage to one’s grandmother complete with household cleaning props, fake blood, wigs, and intrigue. While there is an entire culture dedicated to whitewashed, easily digestible burlesque, this felt like a joyful protest.
The comedians were all truly funny. This is not a given at all comedy shows. All of the women featured were honest and hysterical, finishing with Molly Austen, who felt like a friend telling on-the-spot stories at the bar. I have already followed her on Instagram.
This show is sexual, female-forward, inclusive, and unique. You can pay $16 for a cocktail at a burlesque show or co-ed comedy club in Midtown or you can come to the Kraine and see the real thing.
On a scale of 1 to Weird: 6.5
Who should see this show? Fans of women+ only shows, burlesque audiences, anyone looking to push their boundaries, women+ looking to find some camaraderie, stand-up audiences, anyone with a Sunday night to kill.
This show runs on the first Sunday of every month at 8pm
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)