If you will remember, last week I had the distinct pleasure of getting an interview with the divine Jo “Boobs” Weldon. This week, I thought how scrumptious would it be to sit down with the Burlesque Mayor of New York City himself, Jonny Porkpie? He was quite gracious at my hounding and did the interview while he was in the car on tour! The very tour that will be bringing these fabulous super stars to the FiveSpot in Atlanta on August 11th. So please forgive his brevity. If you want to dig deeper into the PorkPie you will just have to take the class. Or make it to the show. We have some home town honeys getting in on the act too I certainly wouldn’t blame you, I am not Catholic, but the Burlesque Jesus makes me want to sing to glory every time he hits the stage. Noted author, performer, world traveler, producer, and teacher, Jonny Porkpie will be accompanying the fabulous Jo “Boobs” in a tease-o-rific illumination of ecdysiast delight on August 8th. Courtesy of Syrens of the South. Productions at The Spinarella Dance studio in Atlanta.
Talloolah: When did you decide to start doing boylesque?
Jonny: Quite a few years ago, when Tigger made it very clear to me that if I was going to be on stage in a burlesque show, I would either be taking off my clothes myself or he would do it for me.
T: What was the first burlesque class you taught?
J: At BurlyCon 2009, an earlier iteration of the one I’ve been most often this past year, The Arc of the Tease. I have so much fun teaching that class – people come up with the most wonderful ridiculous clever ideas for numbers.
T: As a teacher, what was your proudest moment with one or a group of
J: I don’t know if I’d describe it as “proudest,” but it was fantastic when one of my students in New Zealand came up with a idea for a number in class then put it on stage two days later…
T: If you could make one point for all of your students carry away with
them after your class what would it be?
J: Do as I say, not as I do. And you probably shouldn’t do as I say, either.
T: Name ten things that a touring burlesque performer should have in
J: Socks. All of them.
T: Do you have any strange warm ups or rituals you like to do before you
hit the stage of a big show?
J: No, but I’d sure like some. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
You can find out more about Jonny or pick up his book at these lovely websites:
All upcoming shows across the country and around the world, including the Australian franchise.
Be sure you take advantage of this rare opportunity to not only see some of the best in the burlesque business perform, but also the opportunity to learn from them. Whether you are new, or have been doing burlesque for a long time, I promise you can always learn something new from everyone you can get to teach you! A special thanks goes out to Katherine Lashe for making classes like this possible!