If these are the boys next door, you must live in the nakedest neighborhood ever! The Stage Door Johnnies is the world’s only all-male burlesque group of its kind. Based in Chicago, performers Ray Gunn, Jett Adore, and Bazuka Joe give the audience a rare glimpse at a masculine twist on the historic art of striptease.
In just three years the ‘Johnnies’ have stripped their way across the U.S., Canada, and Australia headlining burlesque festivals, teaching workshops, and touring full stage shows.
The Stage Door Johnnies have been inducted into the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas with the title of “Best Group” 2011; named “Artists of the Year 2010” by the Burlesque Innovation Guild; and named in the Top 10 performers in the world by 21st Century Burlesque Magazine.
Unique and theatrical, the ‘Johnnies’ re-imagine the classic conventions of Bettie Page and Gypsy Rose Lee and create a genuine male counterpart with a strong base in dance, theater, and acrobatics.
Bazuka Joe is the sweet and charming Johnny. He’s also known as the “Asian Invasion” of burlesque… and if you think you like his crouching tiger, just wait until you see his hidden dragon!
Bazuka has headlined at the Dallas, Best of Midwest Burlesk, Show-Me Burlesque, Montreal, and Kansas City Burlesque Festivals and has toured all over the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
Bazuka is trained in contemporary dance, theater, and vault staff and uses his charm to create witty, clever acts that touch the hearts (and loins) of every audience.
Ray Gunn is the rough and tumble Johnny… and like your morning cup of coffee, he’s strong, black, and keeps you going all day long!
Ray has headlined at the Texas, Windy City, Kansas City, Best of Midwest Burlesk, and Show-Me Burlesque Festivals and toured countless other cities internationally. Ray serves on the creative team of ‘Beggar’s Carnivale’ in St. Louis and is known for his insightful burlesque workshops.
Trained in contemporary dance, acrobatics, capoeira, and pole dancing, Ray creates imaginative, athletic, and often avant garde solo acts
Jett Adore is the glamorous and elegant Johnny. Seven fans have been blinded by the bling covering this Diamond Stud, so a word of caution, you should always come wearing protection.
Jett has headlined at the Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Best of Midwest Burlesk, and Kansas City Burlesque Festivals. He was named “Most Innovative” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame 2011, and won “Best Duet” with Chicago Starlet, Frenchie Kiss, in 2012.
Jett has over 15 years experience as a professional actor/dancer. His acts are over-the-top theatrical spectacles.
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.
Dusty Limits is a cabaret singer and comedian and has been described as one of the leading figures in ‘new cabaret’. He has a three-and-a-half octave vocal range and performs his own interpretations of a variety of songs. Dusty is also a song writer and writes songs with a macabre or satirical twist.
Dusty has performed at international cabaret shows for more than a decade, at venues including Cafe de Paris, Joe’s Pub, the Famous Spiegeltent, Don’t Tell Mama, and more.
Dusty Limits has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe every year since 2003, has been a regular performer at the Ministry of Burlesque’s shows and has appeared at the London Burlesque Festival and the Dublin Burlesque Festival.
“The remarkable Dusty Limits, beautiful to behold, with West-End worthy vocal chords” ~ The Scotsman
“Consummate wit and assured audience rapport” ~ Time Out London
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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
Joe Black is without doubt one of the best entertainers you could wish to see at a burlesque show. His music and acts display his amazing creative talent and his macabre songs are truly hilarious.