HEADLINERS & HOSTS

We are proud and elated to announce The Burlesque Hall of Fam legend Pillow will be performing in The Nerdlesque Festival "The Big Finish!" at Webster Hal! 

An avid Klingon Language enthusiast, Rennie Faire character, Pirate Lass and fledgling Drag King, Pillow also enjoys notoriety as a bonafide Legend in the world of Neo-Burlesque Nerd-dom. Winning the Miss Exotic World title in 1995, the former bodybuilder (1978 thru the 1990s) had begun a seeming lifetime of ecdysiasy (taking your clothes off onstage) and 'dressing-up-in-costume-when-it's-not-Halloween' (what we called it before the word 'CosPlay' was coined) in San Francisco in 1976 (underage at the time, you understand...) until her untimely retirement in 2000. Now she enjoys travel, performing for new audiences, riding rollercoasters and searching for the BEST Parties at Renaissance Fairs and Sci-Fi Events.

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! Spend an hour at Nerdlesque Festival HQ, The Beauty Bar, to hear stories about performing burlesque at the dawn of Sci-Fi staples like Star Trek, Star War and beyond! Presented with the New York School of Burlesque.

THAT's NOT ALL! Win a brunch with Pillow on Sunday, April 30!
Nerdlesque Festival is excited that the only known living legend of Nerdlesque (and birthday girl!),Pillow, will be performing in the The Nerdlesque Festival "The Big Finish!" at Webster Hall on Saturday, April 29!

But is one night really enough? Pillow and the Nerdlesque Festival team want more! In an effort to get Pillow to perform two different acts, one each night of the festival, we are holding a raffle fundraiser!

ENTER TO WIN!!!
The raffle pull winner get a brunch with Pillow on Sunday, April 30! 

Raffle Pricing and Rewards are as Follows:
$10 for 2 raffle entries
$20 for 5 raffle entries plus an EXCLUSIVE poster*
$50 for 15 raffle entries plus an EXCLUSIVE poster* — can be signed at the Festival!
$100 for 50 raffle entries plus an EXCLUSIVE poster* — can be signed at the Festival!

On Thursday, April 27, Executive Producer Lefty Lucy and Associate Producer Heart Crimson will do a live video drawing of the winner!
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JO "BOOBS" WELDON — HEADLINER

The Nerdlesque Festival is excited to announce our Friday night headlining performer for The Nerdlesque Festival Grand Premiere at The Marlin Room at Webster Hall is headmistress and founder of the first-ever New York School of Burlesque, Jo Boobs Weldon!

In addition to her contributions to burlesque as an art & community, working with the Burlesque Hall of FameBurlyCon, and many others, Jo "Boobs" Weldon has been performing Nerdlesque since before there was a niche name for it. Her pet projects The History of Leopard Print and The New York School of Burlesque Handbook, by Headmistress Jo Weldon. demonstrate she has made a career nerding out over her personal obsessions, while acts like her "Go Go Godzilla" have been showcased around the globe for a decade, most recently in the New York Burlesque Festival.

Get tickets to see her LIVE, along with a cast of some of the best nerdy burlesque performers from around the globe here

THE SHANGHAI PEARL — HEADLINER

We are proud to announce our headlining performer for the finale show of The Nerdlesque FestivalThe Shanghai Pearl!

The Shanghai Pearl is The Tantalizing Temptress from Taipei, Tempestuous Temple of Temptations, and Princess of Pulchritude! An internationally renowned burlesque performer and instructor based out of Seattle, Washington, Miss Pearl is celebrated for her extravagant costumes, bawdy humor, sizzling strip-tease, high glamour, and pulchritudinous performances.

She has been featured in the New York Burlesque Festival, The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, and Teatro ZinZanni Seattle, to name a few, and has headlined from as close as Portland, Oregon to as far away as Paris, France. 

See her LIVE performing her act inspired by Saga (comic book) Saturday, April 29 at historic Webster Hall for The Nerdlesque Festival "The Big Finish!".

Tickets available now!

NASTY CANASTA — HOST & "Legend of Nerdlesque"

We are thrilled to announce that the host for Saturday Night's The Nerdlesque Festival "The Big Finish!" at Webster Hal is our first-ever "Legend of Nerdlesque" and final application review panelist,

Nasty Canasta!

Internationally-renowned artstar (and reigning Cheese Queen of Coney Island) Nasty Canasta is frequently hailed as a genius of the neo-burlesque scene. A "burlesque queen" (The NY Times), 2nd Runner Up at the 2010 Miss Exotic World Pageant, and "Brooklyn's greatest burlesque star" (The Brooklyn Paper), Nasty is an associate producer with Wasabassco and in 2016 was honored as a "Legend of Nerdlesque" by the International Nerdlesque Festival.

Now a full-time burlesque performer, producer and costumer since 2004, Nasty draws on her years of experience in the theatre to create acts and shows that combine tease and titillation, humor, spectacle and theatricality. In addition to her burlesque performances, she teaches private and group classes, writes Showgirl Detritus - a blog about performing, producing & creating - and spent the summer of 2010 as a snake charmer and contortionist with the world-famous Coney Island Circus Sideshow in Brooklyn, NY.

See "the Girl With the 44DD Brain" LIVE hosting our second and final night of shows, Saturday April 29 in The Marlin Room at Webster Hal.

Tickets available now!

photo by Alex Colb

RED RUM - FEATURE Hailed as the ‘Queen of Halloween’ and the ‘Lon Chaney of Burlesque’ Red Rum is a multidisciplinary artist whose formal background is in painting and video art.  Burlesque brought together the perfect combination of her love for makeup, prop building and horror film with the catharsis of a live audience.  Drawing from a variety of influences she brings to the stage a unique combination of burlesque and performance art, choosing narratives that combine elements of sex, death and humor – the great social levelers. Known for her unusual costumes and skilled improvisation she strives to give audiences something they have never seen before and may never see again.

RED RUM - FEATURE

Hailed as the ‘Queen of Halloween’ and the ‘Lon Chaney of Burlesque’ Red Rum is a multidisciplinary artist whose formal background is in painting and video art.  Burlesque brought together the perfect combination of her love for makeup, prop building and horror film with the catharsis of a live audience.  Drawing from a variety of influences she brings to the stage a unique combination of burlesque and performance art, choosing narratives that combine elements of sex, death and humor – the great social levelers. Known for her unusual costumes and skilled improvisation she strives to give audiences something they have never seen before and may never see again.


The Nerdlesque Festival — SHOWS
April 28 & 29 at Webster Hall in NYC
Complete Cast

The Big Finish — Saturday, April 29
Hosted by Nasty Canasta, featuring
Headliner The Shanghai Pearl
Feature Performer Red Rum
and special guest, Burlesque Hall of Fame legend Pillow!
PLUS...
Al Lykya - Seattle, WA
Anja Keister - New York, NY
Holly Ween - Somerville, NJ
Icon O'Clast - Cambridge, MA
Imogen Quest - Ontario, Canada
Katie James - Tampa, FL
Lefty Lucy - New Orleans, LA
Liberty Rose - Philadelphia, PA
Lucky Charming - Boston, MA
Marie Merlot - Nashville, TN
Mary Cyn - New York City, NY
Minnie d'Moocha - Edgewater, NJ
Nyx Nocturne - New York City, NY
Shirley Blazen - Chicago, IL
The irresistible O - Detroit, MI
The Pink Room Dreams - New York City, NY
Tuesday Addams - Boston, MA
Veronica Voss - Los Angeles, CA

The Grand Premiere — Friday, April 28
Hosted by Bastard Keith, featuring
Headliner Jo "Boobs" Weldon
Feature Performer Poison Ivory
PLUS...
Caramel Knowledge - Hollywood, CA
Cherie Sweetbottom - Washington, DC
Dale Stones with Danny Drake - Boston, MA
Dizzy Lizzy Delicious - Perth, Australia
Elsa Riot - Boston, MA
Florence Rosé - Gainseville, FL
Heart Crimson - Chicago, Il
Iris Explosion - New York, NY
Jacqueline Boxx - Baltimore, MD
Loretta Jean - Toronto, Canada
Lune Noir - New Orleans, LA
Maggie McMuffin - Seattle, WA
MasoKiss - Wilmington, DE
Nick T. Vegan - Houston, TX
Ona Monsoon - Portland, OR
Plan 9 Burlesque - Chicago, IL
Seraphina Wilder - Los Angeles, CA
Siren Santina - Knoxville, TN
Verity Germaine - Seattle, WA
Viktor Devonne - New York City, NY