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Babes of Burlesque: 27


The author the first book ever written on how to perform burlesque, Jo Weldon is headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque, responsible for teaching thousands of women to twirl their tassels. She’s also an active performer in her own right, named one of Top Ten Badass Burlesque Babes by fashion designer Garo Sparo. She performed the first strip ever at the New York Public Library, and on the flip side, collaborated with the faux rock band Spinal Tap. In another memorable honor, she danced at Gypsy Rose Lee’s 100th birthday party. Her book, The Burlesque Handbook, was published by HarperCollins.

Jo Boobs in the Mondo Burlesque Showcase at the 1st Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival.

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Here, Godzilla meets Jo Boobs. Like strip poker without the cards, This or That! brings adult entertainment to television in a way everyone will love! Polyester-clad host Fred Kahl calls out Now That’s Entertainment to encourage and congratulate contestants for taking off their clothes, getting into a giant balloon or naming that smell. Bootylicious co-host Julie Atlas Muz calls the shots as contestants vie for cash, prizes, or the chance to be spanked. The fun and humiliation climax when the “winning” contestant chooses one of two curtains: “This” or “That”, out of which emerges either a classic burlesque hottie or an act that stinks so bad it’s brilliant.

A variety of hot and hilarious acts fill the bill: the curvaceous This or That Girls, the well endowed Wonderful Woman, a borsht belt Ukulele player and a mad Russian sorceress. Contestants act out their fantasies without actually having to run away from home to join the burlesque show. Home viewers and the live studio audience cheer on contestants as they meet the show’s challenges answering trivia questions, stuffing marshmallows in their mouth, and guessing the weight of Wonderful Woman’s rack. Now That’s Entertainment!

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