Burlesque Hosts

Rufus T
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Website:  www.rhymeswithpurple.net
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A regular face on the UK cabaret scene, Rufus T is a performer with almost 20 years experience as an actor and singer in musical theatre, cabaret and various bands. He has perfected his skills as an entertainer working in theatres across the UK in touring productions and pantomime, on cruise ships for P&O and with several touring tribute and musical revue shows.

Rufus can be booked as a compère, a singer, for stand up sets. He is also a talented close up magician, stage hypnotist and fire performer and can be booked for stylish burlesque routines with his performance partners Mia Meow or Vendetta Vain.

Rufus also hosts (alongside comedy partner, Ben) regular cabaret events Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School staged monthly at the Tron Theatre and the experimental performance cabaret, The Not So Secret Society, held monthly at the Glasgow Art Club.

Described by the press as “The Godfather” of Scottish cabaret, Rufus is an in-demand compère and singer and has held together shows all over the world from intimate cabarets and parties to theatrical variety shows, awards ceremonies and corporate events. Rufus also hosts (alongside comedy partner, Ben) regular cabaret events Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School staged monthly at the Tron Theatre and the experimental performance cabaret, The Not So Secret Society, held monthly at the Glasgow Art Club.

An award winning producer and event manager, Rufus recently sat on the judging panel for the Time Out & Soho Theatre Cabaret Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He also ran the legendary Bongo Club Cabaret and manages the Cabaret and Comedy programme for Scotland’s largest music festival, T in the Park.

Rufus T’s Photos

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Marco Charles Buschman (aka Madame Risquée)
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Madame Risquée  is an alias and name of the business brought to life by Marco Buschman who started out as a retro DJ. Getting fed up of the lack of burlesque parties in The Netherlands, he decided to start some  himself, together with a group of like-minded people.

Compared to the USA, UK and Australia  it took a while longer  before the newly popular art of burlesque reached the Netherlands. The  mysterious Madame Risquée has been one of main initiators of burlesque in the Netherlands and has been at the forefront of most burlesque events since 2003. The Madame (co-) organises shows and parties with a ‘warm retro style feel’, scouts for talent and develops acts and burlesque concepts. A huge contributor to the burlesque community in the Netherlands,  Madame Risquée produces a variety of  shows including  Burlesque FreakOut, Wonder Salon, Chocolate Burlesque, 1920’s underground Party RaZzin’, workshops, Dr. Sketchy’s Amsterdam branch and more.

Marco Charles Buschman
DJ – VJ – Promoter – Wizard etcetera

Madame Risquée / Under The Hat
Karel Doormanstraat 113 hs – 1055VE – Amsterdam – The Netherlands – tel. 020 6826994


Armitage Shanks burlesque host
Location: Seattle, USA
Website:  www.thecarnypreacher.com

Internationally acclaimed cabaret performer and sought-after host/MC of the most exclusive burlesque shows worldwide, Armitage Shanks has been involved in burlesque, circus and cabaret for the past 15 years.  A talented singer songwriter, Armitage is a true entertainer who can have audiences singing along with seemingly little effort.

This year will be Armitage’s 3rd year International Host of the London Burlesque Festival and in 2012 he was host of the ultra exclusive Amsterdam Burlesque Festival. He has also recently hosted Big Top Burlesque Follies in Australia and was a featured performer at Paleis Van De Weemoed and The Supper Club in Amsterdam. He has also recently appeared at Carnevale di Viareggio and Burlesque Garden in Tuscany, Micca Club in Rome, Club Calavera in Hamburg and La Fete Fatale in Berlin.

Armitage is also one of the stars of new burlesque movie Burlesque Assassins. Speaking of the movie he says, “This movie, in its own way, represents much of the beautiful, elegant, sexy, humorous and fantastical creativity that makes up burlesque – but brought to life in a mad-cap, cold war era comedy thriller………I get to jump out of a plane, battle Russian spies, and beat up Nazis while I am wearing a dress and wig. Then, at the end of the movie, I get the girl. Now that’s what I call a good day at the office!”

“One of the darkest-hearted comperes on the burlesque circuit- TIME OUT LONDON “A Cabaret Legend”- LE COOL MAGAZINE DUBLIN”A voice like honey-coated gravel. He was a sinister and louche presence, who put some sex in the air.”- DAN SAVAGE

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Kiki Kaboom
Location: United Kingdom
Website:  www.kikikaboom.co.uk

Part sex kitten. Part clown. All woman.

Winner of London Cabaret Award 2012: Best Burlesque Performer. Time Out London Cover Star. Hailed by them as “Kick-ass burlesque triple-threat Kiki Kaboom – sexy, funny and smart”. Voted as one of the Top 40 Worldwide and Top 5 UK-based performers by 21st Century Burlesque.com in 2012 and 2013. Star of recently released burlesque feature film and cult smash, “Burlesque Assassins”, with Miss Exotic World Winner Roxi D’Lite. Interviewed for Cosmpolitan magazine in 2013 and one of only 7 UK stars to make the coveted “Who’s Who In Burlesque” in the international publication, Burlesque Bible. Star of her own internet TV show: The Kiki Kaboom Show. All this since winning Best Newcomer 2009 at London Burlesque Week.

Trained in theatre and performing arts at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Kiki is also a skilled vocalist, protégée of Jo King and teacher for the London Academy of Burlesque. A master of stagecraft, Kiki draws on these various disciplines to create effortlessly unique and unforgettable acts. From comic character-based neo-burlesque to classic, sexy striptease with live vocals – and always with her trademark warmth, wit and sizzling sex appeal – Kiki is one of the most versatile and popular performers on the European circuit.

She has been invited to perform in numerous international locations, including Stockholm, Bucharest, Seattle, Vancouver, Portland, Dublin, Zagreb, Paris, Berlin, Helsinki and Milan. Her private client list is vast (including exclusive performances for Maybelline New York and The Household Cavalry Regiment – Her Majesty the Queen’s private regiment); and she has made headlining appearances at the Brit Awards Official After Party, the BBC’s Fun and Filth Cabaret, the IndigO2 and at The Leicester Square Theatre in London’s West End.

What else is there to know about Kiki? She’s a professional attention seeker. An amateur time traveller. And a thief (hearts, minds, drinks). She’s a cheeky, charming charismatic chameleon of the contemporary burlesque scene. And one v-v-v-vivacious vixen.

“Simply sensational, one of the best acts I’ve ever seen” Scott Mills, Radio 1

“Kiki Kaboom is the real deal: warmly engaging, acutely witty, subversively confrontational and hubba hubba hot.”  Time Out

“If Kiki Kaboom were our history teacher, we would probably have paid more attention in class” The Londonist

Kiki Kaboom Photos

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Photos copyright of the respective photographers:
Hayley Savage Photography (photo 1)
Mat Ricardo (photos 2 and 3)
Michelle Faye (photo 4)
Rod Doyle (photos 5 ,6 and 7)
Tigz Rice (photo 8)