Best Burlesque San Francisco 2006 - Big Burlesque, the Original Fat-Bottom Revue
The burlesque revival is huge in San Francisco, and no one epitomizes that pasty-swinging, popping-out-of-birthday-cakes exuberance more deliciously than Big Burlesque, whose ladies ensure that it ain't over till the fat lady strips. With its bevy of bosomy beauties from whip-toting divas to tattooed mermaids to gals who shimmy around in pigtails crooning numbers like "Grandma Sold My Panties on eBay" Big Burlesque dispenses with the cliché of the demure coquette, preferring to flaunt its raunchy, subversive style. The ladies even caught the eye of actor-turned-photographer Leonard Nimoy, who enlisted their help for his photo exhibit "Maximum Beauty." Expect your fair share of sex toys and lap dances at one of the troupe's packed shows. According to founder Heather MacAllister (aka RevaLucian), "I think it's important for women to shake their big butts in somebody's face and get paid for it." So do we, honey, so do we.