Thursday, April 23, 2009

Meet the Women of Effies Club Follies

As mentioned, one of the most wonderful and emowering things about burlesque is it's glorification and recognition of the diversity of beauty. Burlesque allows women to expose, and allows everyone to revel in, the magnificence of each woman's individual appeal. It celebrates the unique beauty of every skin color, body type, age and feature, even the one's conventionally condemned as "flaws". Since burlesque recongnizes a diversity of beauty, there's a huge variety of women who participate in it, andwhile we would love to interview all of them , we can only select a few. The women we are interviewing are the incredible, hilarious, and audacious women of Effie's Club Follies Slapstrip Comedic Burlesque. Taken from their website, here is some background and desciption to acquaint you with them:

Hi there, Kitten! We're Effie's Club Follies Slapstrip Comedic Burlesque (it's a mouth full, we know...but then again, you're probably used to that sort of thing). At any given time we have between 7 and 18 lovely ladies (and a few VERY lucky men) with stars in their eyes and glitter out the wazoo, and we're just dying to entertain you. Sometimes when we mention the word "burlesque," people get confused and ask us questions about the Suicide Girls. Just to clear the air, here's what we do: imagine a combination of the weirder side of SNL's glory days, throw in a dash of good drag, a sprinkling of raunchy humor (a la Mae West, or even Sarah Silverman), and a pinch of Broadway...with the striptease as the luscious cherry on top. We are NOT: prostitutes, escorts, porn stars, or garden-variety strippers (though we do occasionally play them on stage).We love to perform, both at home in Athens or if your town is in need of an Effing good time, let us know! Just make sure the stage is a big one...because that's the way we like them! We're also available to show up (looking fabulous, of course) to birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, retirement parties, wakes, weddings, your child's bris, whatever! Please note, darlings, that we DO NOT perform shows in your living room. We abide by one of our first troupe mottos, "More class than ass!" In other words, we have the ass, but we'll only show it to you when there's a few feet of stage and a two drink minimum between us. Interested in booking? Contact us here, or at!WHERE DID YOU GET THAT RIDICULOUS NAME?Once upon a time, our town had a whorehouse. Actually, it was more like a small compound of three houses. Visiting "Miss Effie's house" was a rite of passage for local boys and college students alike, and our namesake did a brisk business through much of the 20th century. Naturally, many in the community were a little less than thrilled about living down the street from a house of ill-repute. Effie's was shut down in the 70's, much to the dismay of Athens’ men folk. Years later, the city government tried to burn those buildings to the ground--and the people rallied. The demise of Effie's was delayed for two years before it was finally burned, but even then the charred bricks were sold as reminders of this piece of Athens history. Our very favorite part of the Effie's story is the motto that was found scrawled on one of the mirrors in the house: "DO IT WITH GUSTO." We like to think it was written in a fabulous shade of red lipstick, but we can't be for certain. When we were deciding what to call ourselves, Effie's seemed like a natural fit. There are some folks who think that what we do is crass, crude, unladylike, socially unacceptable, sinful, pathetic, or just plain wrong. To those people, we say, "Nonsense!" In today's world, we are surrounded by airbrushed images of people with artificial parts. The packaging and politicizing of sex is a billion dollar industry. If you just spend thousands of dollars a year on creams, ointments, and exercise machines, then you too can be in beer commercials! Here at Effie's, we think that the only beauty product you need is laughter. Being silly is the second sexiest thing you can do with your body, and we've got silliness like you've never seen. Try us! We promise that you won't be disappointed!

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