Ten TV Shows and Films That Demand Burlesque Show Treatment

Categories: Film and TV

Morgan Shortell
The arrival of Bluth Company Burlesque, the Arrested Development-themed burlesque show at the Peoples Improv on Saturday, is a welcome gimmick to the burlesque genre, following the footsteps of Star Wars burlesque, Ghostbusters burlesque, and Lord of the Rings burlesque. In this show, "each family member (and Lucille 2 and Kitty!) are taking their clothes off to raise money while Michael and George host," writes an organizer.

OK! But the well isn't dry just yet. Here are a few more burlesque show suggestions from the big and small screens.

The Glengarry Glen Ross Show for a Cadillac El Dorado
Before he was berating paparazzi with homophobic slurs, Alec Baldwin's raw sexual power as alpha male Blake in James Foley's 1992 film adaptation of David Mamet's 1984 play Glengarry Glen Ross was absolutely arresting. Combine that with the ancient theatrical arts of burlesque, and you have a show worth seeing. Meantime, you'll have to settle for memories of the Naked Girls Reading version back in 2011.

Inspirational Quote: "That watch costs more than your car. I made $970,000 last year. How much you make? You see pal, that's who I am, and you're nothing. Nice guy? I don't give a shit. Good father? Fuck you! Go home and play with your kids."

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The Simpsons burlesque
Burlesque is referenced in 1996's "Bart After Dark" episode (above), so it feels like this show is already written. If the success of this year's Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play is any indication, today's audiences are hungry for more Simpsons -- unless it's an actual new episode of The Simpsons.

Inspirational Quote: "If there's a bad bookkeeping joke, I haven't heard it."

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Masters of the Universe burlesque
Anything to do with this series of toy commercials disguised as fantasy cartoons that aired on Saturday mornings could easily transition to burlesque. For one, everyone in this cartoon is already dressed as a burlesque dancer, and two, well, the audience has aged in time with the genre's growth in popularity.

Inspirational Quote: "For the honor of Grayskull!"

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The Peoples Improv Theater

123 E. 24th St., New York, NY

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