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Male Burlesque Show Boylexe Pop-Up with Goodtime Cabhooray

Boylexe-Goodtime Cabhooray

 

Male burlesque show Boylexe is a unique experience featuring the inspiring stories of its stars, male striptease (‘boylesque’) and a plethora of muppetry like you’ve never seen before. And now we’re hosting a special one-off in association with British Burlesque Legend Jo King…

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Boylesque Show Boylexe Highlights 2013

Introducing Nick Stiletto

Introducing Nick Stiletto

Boylesque show Boylexe came to the end of its current run on Friday, 20th December 2013.

Now just over a year old, Boylesque show Boylexe has already been a Time Out Critics Choice; our team have performed for the Elton John AIDS Foundation; we’ve completed 16 shows and have featured and been supported by the brilliant talent that is:
- Alp Haydar
- (DJ) the Back Building
- Bobby Dee’vah
- Calum Ducat (at the Shadow Lounge)
- Daniel Ash
- Davis
- Honey/Sounds Wilde
- (director) Jayne Hardy
- (British Burlesque Legend) Jo King
- (video guru) John Bland
- Kele le Roc
- Magnus Arrevad
- Mannish (of Frisky and Mannish fame)
- Michael Standen
- Miss Cairo Mascara
- Mr Mistress
- the Mighty Moustache (aka Sir Leopold Aleksander)
- Nathan Evans
- (online expert) Neil Cartwright
- Nick Stiletto
- Paulius Ka
- Phil InGud
- Randolph Hott
- Sqx
- Teddy Boylesque
And apologies to anyone we’ve forgotten – sorry, we bashed this out fast!

We’re now selling T-shirts and posters too in the Boylexe online store, so we’re quite pleased with ourselves in a hatefully smug way.

But of course, we’d be nothing without your support, so a huge thanks to everyone who’s come to see us waggling our business and telling our stories and an extra special shout-out to those of you who’ve come back again and again!

And because it’s the end of the year and we’re feeling a bit special, we’re asking some of our crew what have been their personal highlights from the past year

Boylexe Selfie via Phil InGud

Boylexe Selfie via Phil InGud

‘My favourite moments of Boylexe are every moment of applause that was directed at me personally. None of the crap I had to share with others.’- Mr Mistress.

‘My highlight has been getting my very own speaking part after a year of looking after these prima donnas and then getting to outshine them every single time!’Bobby Dee’vah

‘So it’s been an amazing year and the show has changed so much. I have loved meeting this crazy bunch of people! We’ve had so many great audiences! And I look forward to coming back next year and see where we can take it next year! New acts new craziness!’Phil In Gud
‘I think my personal highlight was seeing Mr Mistress tear down the house last week. Describing three birthday boys in the front row as “Starter, main course and dessert” was the funniest I’ve heard all year too! This show is such a pleasure to be a part of.’Randolph Hott
‘Kele Le Roc. Rollerskates. Xanadu. DREAM. COME. TRUE’ – director, Jayne Hardy

‘I’ve only just popped my Boylexe cherry, but of course having the gorgeous Jo king orchestrating all the boys was a highlight last Friday and my opening night the week before was great fun – I always love a new crowd and venue.’Nick Stiletto

We will be back in the New Year. And we’ve got lots of exciting plans lined up for 2014, so see you on the other side. Thank you again all for your support.

Boylexe Selfie via Phil InGud

British Burlesque Legend Jo King hosts Boylexe

British Burlesque Legend Jo King hosts Boylexe

British Burlesque Legend Jo King hosts Boylexe

On Friday 13th December, British Burlesque Legend and founder of the London Academy of Burlesque, Jo King is taking to the stage as guest host of boylesque show, Boylexe (feel free to use special offer code SEXY at the Boylexe box office.

If you’ve never met or seen her before, you’re in for a treat, but in anticipation, here’s an exclusive Jo King interview.

What are Jo King’s greatest hits (for folks who’ve never met you before)?

I’ve been in the burlesque industry for 35 years and was the first teacher-choreographer of Burlesque and Boylesque in the whole of Europe, setting up the London Academy of Burlesque. I got the title of British Burlesque Legend in 2008 in Las Vegas.

Other than that, I’ve taught Dawn O’Porter and supermodel Agyness Deyn how to move for her first movie; I’ve choreographed Immodesty Blaize and worked with Paloma Faith.

How did you get involved with Boylexe?

I slept with all the stars… No, I’m Goodtime Mama Jojo and anything that happens in the world of burlesque, I generally know about. I’ve worked with the wonderful writer-producer Howard Wilmot for the past 3 years on Boylexe’s sister show, Burlexe and he seduced me into looking after his boys.

What makes a good boylesque performer?

Passion, conviction and connection with the audience. A good boylesque dancer understands sexiness but also manages to be tongue in cheek where necessary – that’s tongue in cheek not someone else’s cheek. And originality obviously – that’s what makes us go ‘wow’, look at that!

What’s the best boylesque talent you’ve ever seen?

The best one I ever saw was in a pub 20 something years ago. A guy came on a bit like a gormless Benny Hill character with the flat cap and the goggles. He did a performance where he was reading a newspaper and managed to strip while ripping the newspaper into pieces until he got down to this tiny scrap of paper just covering his cock. Where you thought it couldn’t be that small, but then you realized he’d snuck it between his legs. When he released it, when he released it we realized he should’ve had a broadsheet.

What can we look forward to from you this Friday?

Sassiness, hilarity, unpredictability, naughtiness and a lot of mingling.

Jo King will be presiding over our fabulous cast of Alp Haydar, Phil InGud, Mr Mistress, Randolph Hott, Bobby Dee’vah and this week’s guest star, Nick Stiletto.

Doors 7pm, show 730pm at The Shadow Lounge.

Tickets £25 at the Boylexe box office: www.boylexe.co.uk/show (but use special offer code SEXY to get a tenner off).