Meet the Mishpocha
Darlinda Just DarlindaProducer, Performer
A “Mastermind of Bizarre Extravaganza” (The Village Voice), one half of the The Schlep Sisters and co-producer of the “shockingly explicit” (NY Times) Bushwick Burlesque. Performed with Taylor Mac in The Lily’s Revenge (Obie) and The Roots of American Music Festival at Lincoln Center, and has lectured for Yale’s infamous Sex Week. Faculty member at the NY School of Burlesque and BurlyCon, she also teaches internationally. Accolades: “Top 10 Badass Burlesque Babe” (Sundance Channel), voted Top 50 International Burlesque Industry Figures (2011-2014), “Best Burlesque Dancer 2013 & 2014″ (Brooklyn Nightlife Award). USA Today says “It’s hard to top Darlinda.”
Jonny PorkpieWriter, Producer, Performer
Creator and writer of Pinchbottom Burlesque, which was named the “Best Burlesque” in NYC by New York Magazine and The Village Voice. Off-Broadway: “The Pinch Brothers in The Bawdy House” and “Pretençión: un cirque de burlesque, un burlesque de cirque”. One of the first ever winners of the “Most Innovative” award from The Burlesque Hall of fame, he is now the producer and co-host of their “Movers, Shakers, and Innovators” showcase in Las Vegas, and a Pastor at the Church of Titillation, teacher at The New York School of Burlesque and Burlycon, creator of Dead Sexy and international bump and grind gameshow Grab My Junk, author of The Corpse Wore Pasties (Hard Case Crime).
Minnie TonkaProducer, Performer
Known as “The One Woman Riot”, international burlesque star MINNIE TONKA’s theatrical, inventive, and flirtatious striptease has been dazzling audiences across the globe since 2004. Minnie is a multiple-time New York Burlesque Festival Golden Pastie Award Winner and has been voted one of the Top 40 International Burlesque Industry Figures every year since 2010. Minnie is a sought after performer and teacher – she has Headlined the Dallas, Stockholm, Florida, and Helsinki Burlesque Festivals, to name a few. Ms. Tonka has toured the world sharing her lusty hilarity with packed houses in Australia, Europe, and across North America.
One of the top burlesque performers in the world, “The Italian Stallionette” shimmies and shakes across the globe as a headlining entertainer, as well as onto film and television. The New Yorker calls her “first rate, the perfect centerpiece!” In addition to many other awards, in 2008, Angie was named “Miss Exotic World,” burlesque’s most prestigious honor. Her repertoire and show curating skills are sought by clients including Lady GaGa, Campari, Esquire Magazine, The Fox 5 Superbowl Party, The Guggenheim, Donatella Versace and Snoop Dogg, who features her in his Snoopadelic Cabaret at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Angie was featured in the Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett television special for PBS and the cover art for their grammy-winning album Cheek to Cheek.
A Pinchbottom regular since 2006, Cookie most recently appeared with the company Off-Broadway in The Pinch Brothers in The Bawdy House. She is part of Gigi & Pop, a Burlesque Hall of Fame winner for Best Variety. She is a character with the curves of Marilyn Monroe, the helium pipes of Betty Boop and the wit of Mae West. The Cookie drinks like Dean Martin, is usually involved in antics reminiscent of Lucille Ball, and in most cases her glitzy costumes seem to some how inevitably find their way on to the floor.
Fancy Feast is a professional naked person and an administrator at the New York School of Burlesque. She currently holds the title of Miss Bushwick Burlesque and is the recipient of the Judges’ Choice Award for Most Classic at the Alternatease festival. She is known for blending humor and edge in her genre-bending performances, which is exactly how she likes it. She is the producer of Hindsight and Now You See Us, Now We’re Drunk as part of the NYSB Drivers’ Seat Program, as well as the creator and producer of the smash success The Unbookables at Coney Island.
The Maine Attration
Dubbed the “Triple Threat of Burlesque” (dancer/actress/singer), Maine has performed everywhere from MGM Grand’s Studio 54 (Las Vegas), Le Bus Palladium (Paris), Buddha Bar (Beirut, Lebanon) to Dragon-i (Hong Kong), alongside greats including James Brown and Lionel Richie, pop sensations Jessica Simpson and Pharrell Williams, and burlesque divas Dita Von Tease and Gentry de Paris. Her role in the PSA “Million In The Mirror” won A Lifetime Channel Viewers’ Choice Award. A featured dancer in the 2015 Grammy Award-Winning Cheek To Cheek Special with Lada Gaga and Tony Bennett, she also plays herself in Focus Features’ “Pariah”, and leading roles in indie features “Miente” (Cannes, Havana Film Festival), coming-of-age drama “My Normal”, and comedy-horror sensation “Nefertitty” and “Nefertitty In Space”.
Mr. Gorgeous has been charming audiences around the globe since 2009, with his comedic and charismatic approach to contemporary burlesque. He has become a frequent persona in NYC nightlife, working several iconic venues including The Slipper Room, The Box NYC, and Galapagos Art Space. Gorgeous has had the opportunity to perform in Dita Von Teese’s touring show “Strip Strip Hooray” and was awarded “Most Comedic “at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas in 2013. Most recently, he was named “Mr. Exotic World – King of Boylesque 2014”.
Patrick Davis is an incredibly talented, very handsome, and almost overwhelmingly humble magician from Louisville, Kentucky. Having had the opportunity to perform for celebrities such as comedian Stephen Colbert and Nobel Peace Price winner Malala Yousafzai as well as major corporate clients like Victoria’s Secret and Hendrick’s Gin, Patrick’s unique talents have brought him to some of the best private parties and events that NYC has to offer. Although his magic has been seen all across the New York area, from the world famous Rainbow Room to Central Park’s iconic Tavern on the Green, Patrick can most often be seen on stage weekly as the Magician in Residence at The Church of Titillation in Times Square.
Where burlesque meets theater, buys it a drink, and takes it to bed. Since 2004, these “masters of theater/burlesque fusion” (Burlesque Magazine) have presented plays that integrate burlesque into a scripted narrative much in the way a musical integrates songs. Named “Best Burlesque” in NYC by The Village Voice and New York Magazine, Pinchbottom has produced shows in theaters such as PS122, Collective:Unconscious, Walkerspace, The Zipper Theater, 45 Bleecker, The Kraine, The Players Theatre, The Flea, and Speigelworld. Off-Broadway productions include The Pinch Brothers in The Bawdy House (part of MarxFest 2014) and Pretençión: Un Cirque du Burlesque, Un Burlesque du Cirque (also in LA).
The Schlep SistersProducer
Burlesque performers of the Jewish persuasion! Minnie Tonka and Darlinda Just Darlinda are long lost sisters who found each other while tracing the roots of Yiddish Theater and Vaudeville on the Lower East Side. Inspired by Manischewitz, The Barry Sisters, and Rock n’ Roll these ladies can cut a rug! The Schlep Sisters have been livin’ it up on stage together and captivating audiences around the world since 2004. From Toronto to Miami, Sydney to Helsinki, these sassy sisters have so much love they schlep and shake their tucheses all over the world! Their annual Menorah Horah celebrates its 9th year in 2015.
Hitman. Button-pusher. (Literally: mechanic.)
Someone chasing a victim with murderous intent. Literally, pursuer.
A klog tsu meineh sonim.
“A curse on my enemies.”