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Erin Go Bra – less!

This St. Patrick’s Day, we’re welcoming you to Crackers, Mardis Gras Style!  Join us for a fun night of Burlesque!  Read on to learn how you can win FREE TIX to the show!

What is Angel Burlesque?

Angel Burlesque is Indianapolis’s only professional burlesque company. We present full length, theatrical style shows that showcase singing, dancing, comedy and the classic art of the striptease.

What will I see at Erin Go Bragh…less?


Erin Go Bragh…less is a full length (about 90 minutes), theatrical style show that features singing, dancing, comedy and striptease routines. The show’s theme is a St. Patrick’s Day parade…the best St. Patty’s Day Parade you’ll ever see!

What was burlesque?

Originally burlesque was referred to as the poor man’s theatre and featured comedians, chorus girls, musicians and the striptease artist. In contrast to the snooty theatre of the day, burlesque shows were light hearted, silly and with the daring (ankle and calf revealing) costumes of the chorus girls, sexy. The root of the word burlesque means “to make fun of.” Current events, theatre, and popular literature were all sources of material.

Who were some famous burlesque comedians?

Burlesque was a great training ground for comedians. Some you may have heard of include: Abbott and Costello, Jimmy Durante and Bert Lahr (a burlesque comedian long before he donned the mane of the Cowardly Lion).

Who were some famous burlesque striptease artists?

Gypsy Rose Lee (who’s life story was put onstage in the musical, Gypsy), Georgia Sothern, Lili St. Cyr, Ann Corio and Sally Rand; just to name a very few of the many gorgeous women of burlesque.

Check out some of these videos below, and head over to our Facebook page and enter our contest for tickets to see Thursday night’s show!  Enter your favorite burlesque-inspired photo for a chance to win!



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We’ve got the Hollywood Dish…

from Christina Pazsitzky, Keeping Hollywood Classy

“Hallelujah! Two and a Half Men is Finally Cancelled.

As a Los Angeles native, I’ve grown up around the rich, the famous and the drug-addled mentally ill that make up Hollywood. My therapist believes that the majority of celebrities have a personality disorder of some kind, most likely narcissism.  And yes, those of us who perform for a living have some degree of insanity (myself included…did I mention I’m in therapy?). But what the hell is happening with Charlie Sheen? I’ve been watching him for a while now wondering how long it takes for a huge star to asshole his way out of show business.  Turns out, it takes beating up a few hookers in a hotel room (allegedly), going in and out of rehab a baker’s dozen times and trashing talking execs.  At one point, he had a sober living coach. Too bad he doesn’t have a “stop being a fucktard coach”. Finally, this guy got fired. If Sheen was Charlie the cab driver, he’d have been unemployed ages ago.

On a human level, what is going on here? It always amazes me how someone with all the money and fame in the world can be such a colossal waste of human garbage. There are people in this country struggling to pay mortgages and put food on the table and this spoiled actor can’t pull it together to say a few lines of dialogue once a week and MAKE MILLIONS doing it? It makes me angry enough to beat the shit out of Denise Richards – allegedly.  My favorite TV doctor, Drew Pinsky has some insight into all of this mess. Finally someone has the balls to come and say that a huge star is likely mentally ill. He said that Sheen is possibly Manic Depressive and “it’s getting scary guys, so hold on tight.” I love it.  That clip can be seen here:

There’s no shame in being mentally ill.  Hell, I’ve got a few family members that are certifiable. But Hollywood is terrified of admitting that a major star may be chemically imbalanced.  The whole juggernaut functions on the premise that celebrities are above us and worthy of admiration. I often think of Marilyn Monroe, the hugest icon of Hollywood.  Did you know it’s rumored that she had approximately 13 abortions? Abandoned by her mentally ill mother at the age of 2, Marilyn was raised in various orphanages and foster homes. She inherited her mother’s mental illness and eventually cultivated a nasty pill habit.  I know that’s a major boner killer, but it’s interesting to think about.  Whenever I get angry about douchebag actors ruining what seems to me to be a perfectly good life, I remember they’re likely batshit crazy. And no amount of money can help you if you refuse to stop the craziness. I wish Charlie Sheen the best and hope he welcomes the help he apparently needs. In the meantime, I will buckle up and enjoy the crazy train ride! WEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!”

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Stifler’s Mom

Have you ever Googled “Stifler’s Mom”?

Jennifer Coolidge / Stifler's Mom

A Legend in comedy (and in teen boys’ hearts everywhere) is gracing our stage this week!  That’s right, Jennifer Coolidge IS Stifler’s Mom!  You remember her from the American Pie movie series, but did you know there’s a band named after the infamous character she played?  A Facebook Page dedicated to her  –(24,586 people are FB fans!)?  And now you can see her in person this week at Crackers Comedy Club in Broad Ripple!  Visit our website for tickets or give us a call at 317-255-4211.

OR == WIN TICKETS BY TELLING US YOUR BEST ‘YOUR MOM’ JOKE!  Post them here on our blog, but you must include:
1). Your Name
2). Your email address
3). Your phone #
4). Your joke

In order to win tix, you gotta include those!  Thanks for sharing your funnies with us, and we look forward to seeing you this week!

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Guest Blog: Erin Foley

A special message to Indy, from Erin Foley!

When I hear myself described as a “lesbian comic”, it’s always conjures up mixed emotions. I consider myself a stand up comic, first and foremost. I also happen to be gay. It’s just part of who I am, it doesn’t define me, it isn’t the focal point of my act. That being said, people feel the need to categorize everyone and everything in our culture.

So if I’m going to be labeled “lesbian comic”, it’s a lot better than “crappy comic”, “super ugly comic” and/or “that comic who has enormous cankles.”    At the end of the day, funny is funny and that’s my goal. I performed stand up for about six years before I started talking about being gay on stage. I didn’t realize I was gay until my mid 20’s (although everyone else did) so the thought of revealing that world on stage was not an option. Stand up comedy requires a lot of experience, a lot of confidence, none of which I had in my personal life at that time. But I always knew that when I was ready to talk about it, my comedy act would become a lot stronger and funnier.  A lot of people have such a skewed perspective of gay culture. I always say to crowds, “Gay, Straight, it’s all the same crap”. My goal is to bridge the divide between straights and gays through

humor. If we can all laugh at how crazy the world is, maybe people will realize that we’re all in the same boat and we need each other to survive. Besides, lesbians are really handy in times of need!

Get up close & personal with Erin Foley, Friday & Saturday night at Crackers Comedy Club downtown.  She’s just wrapped up her performance for our special event tonight:  a fundraiser for Indy Pride.  Give us a call at 317-255-4211 to make your reservation now!


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Feeling a “Love” Hangover?

Whether your Valentine’s Day celebrations are being extended, or  you’re feeling the hangover from your over-indulgence in all that love mess, you’ll want to join us this week in Broad Ripple as Craig Shoemaker headlines!

Craig is THE LOVEMASTER, and no matter how you spend your Valentine’s Day, your night with him will top the charts.  But you say you’re pockets are a little empty?  Well, no sweat:  The Lovemaster is giving away tickets to see him at Crackers Comedy Club, AND a two extra-lucky winners will receive a Hat & CD from Craig!

How do you win? Just submit your own version of The Lovemaster! Make a video of your impression of The Lovemaster, and post it to our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/Crackers Comedy.  Keep it semi-clean, and keep your clothes on, and Craig will pick the winners himself to enjoy his show Friday February 18 at Crackers Comedy Club in Broad Ripple.

Happy Lovemaster-ing!


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JET LAG IS FOR WOOSIES!

I’m sorry Indy but I have to vent.  I just woke up an hour before my flight to the Hoosier State lands.  After 15 years of flying to gigs, you’d think I could figure out how to be passed out the entire flight.

I’ve tried reading the magazines in the pouch in front of me but all they have is Sky Mall. I think that’s one of my goals in life:  To be wealthy enough to shop out of Sky Mall magazine.  So to kill time and land with a good attitude, I thought I would dump this shi_ on you’re plate.

I have the computer on my lap because the seat in front of me is reclined back so far my computer won’t fit on the tray table. My ass is numb from trying to find a position to sleep. And somebody in close proximity is passing gas that would make a pig’s knees buckle. I know it’s not something she ate on the plane because THEY DON’T GIVE YOU ANY DAMN FOOD!  They didn’t even give us those awesome “Biscoff” cookies.

Anyway, something strange happened. There were three people in my row when I went to sleep. I woke and there were two. Either I was snoring or she couldn’t take intermittent stank.  Unfortunately, I think I know the real reason. She had the middle seat and the person to her left was a bit of a biggins.  That brings me to this. When are the airlines gonna have a big people section?  I can deal with the kids.  I have noise canceling headphones thanks to Dr. Dre.  Now all he has to do is come up with headphones that make big people smaller. Not permanently, just for the flight.  Because we need big people in every day life. For things like…

you know what?   Lets move on to something else.

Hell I don’t even remember where I was going with all this crap. Sorry about that, I didn’t take my A.D.D. meds before I left this morning.  I guess what I wanna say is dealing with all this crap getting to Indy is worth it.  You may not know it, but I am from Wisconsin.   HOW”> ‘BOUT THOSE PACKERS!!!!! Sorry ‘bout that outburst.  I have a great appreciation for people in the Midwest in general. We’re tough! We hunt, we wear only a sweater in sub-zero temps, and we have outdoor football stadiums.  OOPS… sorry Indy.  But I don’t hold that against you. I know you’re tough. Indiana has a small private school that almost took down Duke in the NCAA tourney, you are one of the top states to represent our military per capita, and you refuse to change you’re clocks. THAT IS BAD ASS!

Well Indianians, my flight is about to land. Thanks for letting me vent. I can only pay you back by making you laugh. So come out to the show this week and I will do my part. This club has a special place in my heart. Cracker’s Downtown is the first club that I ever headlined some 12 years ago.

Hope you make it!

Sincerely,

Scott

{Scott Henry performs this week!  Make your reservation now!}


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Who do you love…?

Shane Mauss is headlining this week in Broad Ripple! Wanna go?  Just let Shane know how much you love him!  Head over to our Facebook page and let the whole world know how much you love Shane Mauss.

The first 10 people to post “I’M deeply in love with Shane Mauss!” will win a voucher for BUY-1-GET-1-FREE tickets to the 8pm show on Friday February 11!

But before you leave our blog, Shane has more — he’d love to do an online Q&A session!  If you’ve got some personal, professional, wacky, or just off-the-wall questions for Shane, submit them here on this blog post!  He’ll answer them Friday {and of course, you get the chance to win a pair of FREE tickets!!}

How ’bout that!

In Laughter,

~RA

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