• The Beauty Bar (map)
  • 231 East 14th Street
  • New York, NY, 10003
  • United States

Learn the ABCs of MCing from Bastard Keith, the drunken reprobate who has worked stages from the New York Burlesque Festival to the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend. In a friendly, constructive atmosphere, we'll discuss such basics as: -WHY ON EARTH DO YOU WANT TO DO THIS? -Your persona and gimmick (if you can bring your gimmick with you, do) -Vocal and physical confidence -Kicking things off with a bang -Keeping the energy up while the stage kitten is picking up (or sweeping up or even mopping up) -When to do crowd work and when to seriously shut the hell up -Etiquette towards your fellow artists both onstage and off -Making sure your hosting is intersectional and not being a crappy ally This is a good workshop for anyone interested in the art of the MC, from beginners to people who want to see Keith trip over his own words for once.

Presented with the New York School of Burlesque


Bastard Keith is a burlesque MC, singer, writer and gadabout. He is the inventor of "Burletiquette." With his partner Rosebud he founded The Sophisticates, the only burlesque show to be thrown out of the Plaza Hotel for indecency. He is the regular MC for DUMBO Burlesque. He hosts frequently at the Slipper Room and appears in various shows throughout New York and worldwide, from Vancouver to Helsinki. He has emceed large events for Vice and Bacardi.