Sweetpea of Lili's Burlesque hosted the evening, never forgetting to remind the audience about the importance of tipping. The show began with a focus on "addiction." Numbers about drinking too much vodka, something about a "monkey on your back" and the classic K's Choice song, "I'm Not an Addict," got the show off to a somewhat slow start. Things picked up when Heido Ho and Mistress Victoria took the reigns with an eerie rendition of Liza Minnelli's "Money (Makes the World Go Round)," followed by Martina Marraccino's super high kicks and half-balletic spins. During JoJo Mackie's skit to "Champagne Taste", the intimadating woman easily gained a fistful of cash as she mouthed the sassy words and rubbed audience member's heads.
The outrageous and talented Esme Rodreguiz produced Dragmanity and perfectly portrayed "obsession" wither her performance to a song about shoes -- complete with shoe chair, multiple pairs of pumps and hideously gawdy boots. She rubbed the shoes on her crotch, licked her lips and got all the foot fetish folks off in about two-point-two seconds. Ever adorable Switch the Boi Wonder had all the cute gay boys in the room fawning over him; that is until they realized the show was about displacing gender.
Miss Rodreguiz of course had to top off the night's performances with her own stunt: drag on the cross. The curtains opened and there appeared Esme in a cloud of smoke, arms pinned to a massive white cross, Britney Spears' "Womanizer" blaring through the speakers. Eventually coming down off the crucifix, Esme stripped down to sequined underthings and tied up her priest accomplice instead. His eyes fixated on her, she rubbed him while singing the lyrics and jumping around on stage to collect her tips. Jesus may not have been impressed, but shit, I was.