The Very Best Of Comedy/Variety December/January 2009-2010)

Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, A Murray Little Christmas and More!

Don’t miss Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad playing a limited engagement at 45 Bleecker Street Theater through Jan. 2. This refreshing mix of comedy, music, spoken-word and show-stopping burlesque features the gals who learned to smoke at Hebrew School, got drunk at their Bat-Mitzvahs and would rather have more schtuppa than the chupah. These badass chosen chicks boldly dare to deconstruct years of tradition, expectations and guilt in this fast- paced vaudeville extravaganza.

Do you hear what I hear? New York nightlife icon and downtown comedian Murray Hill is bringing A Murray Little Christmas, his legendary ribald Yuletide extravaganza, to the Abrons Art Center Dec. 19. Complete with a cast of misfits, a sleigh full of cheesy holiday songs, dazzling production numbers, ice-melting burlesque, and Murray’s special blend of comedy and heartfelt hi-jinks, there’s no better way to deck your halls and butter your rum than with this holiday slice of downtown show- biz! At the end of month head to Galapagos Art Space for Hill’s NewYear’s Eve Extravaganza, a laughtastic, boozy, bodacious variety show featuring New York’s finest, wildest, and wacki- est performers. Mr. Showbiz himself plays the comic ringleader to this circus of burlesque bombshells, flying trapeze artists, ballsy and bawdy singers, and acts that, quite frankly, leave you guessing!

Sandra Bernhard will rock Joe’s Pub starting Dec. 26 through New Year’s Eve with her hysterical insight, outspoken views and outrageous mouth. With her brilliant unity of hilarious diatribes on the state of modern culture and classic rock attitude, Sandra inspires and invigorates. Performing with her band The Rebellious Jezebels, she still has all the raucous energy of youth, bringing audiences to their feet.

WOW Café Theater hosts Johnny Blazes’ wo(n)man show Jan. 15 -17. Blazes is a trans- gender vaudevililan whose blend of drag, clowning and circus arts have earned hir a reputation in Boston for bringing both raunch and intelligence to the stage. This evening’s performance is gender-bending, gender-blending comedic theater incorporating drag, dance, classical voice, puppetry, and circus arts to create charming semi-narrative character-driven vignettes: unseen forces take possession of Blazes in this journey through a pressure cook- er world – can zhe chooses a gender? Can you?

The Burlesque Alliance brings their teasing talents to the Kraine with the 2009 Burlesque Blitz Dec. 26-30. Recover from your stressful holiday season with sizzling hot performances by the steaming hot talents of Anita Cookie, Bastard Keith, BB Heart, Clams Casino and more.

Pam Ann, the a-list air hostess to the stars, makes a much anticipated layover stop at Joe’s Pub Dec. 27-31. Her mixture of comedy, camp and glamour is just the right ticket as she waxes on the vagaries of air travel, including the identifying quirks of various air- lines around the world.

Heat up your holidays with Hanukkah’s hottest Hebrew hotties at the 3rd annual Menorah Horah at Southpaw on Dec. 12. Drop that drei- del and hold on to your latkes, we’re celebrating Hanukkah burlesque style! Whether you’re a yeshiva bocher, an honorary Jew, or a bacon- loving heeb, Menorah Horah will titillate and inspire your holiday spirit. The world-class Schlep Sisters – MinnieTonka and Darlinda Just Darlinda – are joined by premier burlesque stars Sapphire Jonesm and Toronto’s Sauci Calla Horra, DJ Aaroneous, Klezmer-Gypsy- punk band Golem and more. All that fun, for just a little gelt!

Share the festivities as some of the best in Brooklyn burlesque invite you home for the holidays at Sweet and Nasty Burlesque’s Secret Santa Show on Dec. 21 at Southpaw. Nestled snug in the middle of the holiday sea- son, The Secret Santa Show will feature performances by Sweet and Nasty favorites Anita Cookie, Gal Friday and more – all performing numbers chosen by the rest of the cast. “We’ll put all the names in a hat, see?” explains host and producer Nasty Canasta. “And then we’ll draw names, and tell each other what acts to do. It’ll be just like those horrible office party Secret Santa things, except instead of TGI Friday’s gift certificates there’ll be gorgeous and talented women getting naked in some truly amazing ways.”

NYC’s Favorite Drag Grinch returns for Jackie Beat: Alcoholidays at The Laurie Beechman Theater Dec.18-20. You will be shaken and stirred as the anything-but-cor- dial drag star offers a round of newly spiked material (including “2012,” her End of Days take on Prince’s “1999”) with a chaser of classic bitters (like “Oops… It’s Christmas Again,” “Jew Christmas,” and “Violent Night”). Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan or Satanism, Beat’s annual holiday shows are always the perfect thirst quencher.

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