Best of NYC comedy and variety shows

Prepare yourself for four days of rockabilly, burlesque, surf and sideshow as the 2007 Coney Island Rockabilly Festival floods the Coney Island boardwalk and stages, Aug 16–19. This year’s festival, starring The Legendary Bonnie Dunn, Stormy Leather, Kiki Clutch, Damiana Dolce, Weirdee Girl, Lucy Buttons, Lady Satan and more, includes burlesque performers from all over North America and Europe performing in over 50 funky acts. Don’t miss the live sideshow, plus an After Party and Roller Derby Rumble on the 18th featuring roller derby girls, contests and prizes!

And now that you’ve caught burlesque fever, don’t miss the 5th Annual New York Burlesque Festival, spread across several downtown venues Aug 30–Sept 2. Thirsty Girl Productions and The World Famous Pontani Sisters bring you this raucous weekend event jam-packed with the “who’s who” of downtown performance and featuring acts whose specialties range from striptease to hula-hooping. On Aug 31, a special edition of Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque at the Curio Supper Club delights, plus check out the Golden Pastie Awards and Early Bird Burlesque Dinner at Comix on Sept 2.

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