Noun: A variety show characterized by broad ribald comedy, dancing, and striptease.
Adjective: Used to describe an old person to that old person after you have accidentally called them old in front of them and have no other way to cover up your mistake.
Addy: Wow, that was one awesome burlesque show we went to!
Patrick: Yeah. It was so funny and those dancers were top notch!
Patrick: Wow, I love the janitor.
Addy: Me too. She's such a sweet old lady.
Patrick: I know. She totally is.
Sweet Old Lady: Excuse me?! Sweet OLD lady?!
Patrick: *nervous* Uhm no!
Addy: *also nervous* Nooooo, we said sweet young... burlesque lady!
Sweet Old Lady: That's what I thought...
1. Burlesque had a huge popularization in the 1840’s in Europe; it also became popular in Canada and the United States at about this time. But by the 1880’s Burlesque had made a name for itself and had certain rules, including: minimum costuming, sexually related dialog, witty remarks that were easy to laugh at and easy to follow entertaining skits. Still at this point, Burlesque was classy.more...
2. Burlesque was originally a show that poked fun at lowbrow society it; had everything from comic sketches to dancing skits, with women as the actors. It was a show for the upper class to go and enjoy and evolved from there. The genre regularly mocked such fundamental entertainment types as opera, Shakespearean drama, ballet and musicals.
3.In 1898 gold is discovered in Yukon, Alaska and Burlesque dancers started to make their way to neighboring Saloons.
In 1913, the Dominion Theatre, later known as Le Figaro, opens in Montreal. It seated 700 patrons and featured many famous dancers. Throughout the 1920’s, Burlesque went through a very industrializing time. More was seen on stage, more women were arrested for indecencies and in 1929 most stage lines are banned. But only one year after in 1930 does it go somewhat underground and hit New York City. It will prosper here for many a year, even though it is in the midst of the Great Depression.
By 1937, 7 major Broadway Theatres had been transformed into Burlesque houses. Later that year, New York started to crack down on the Burlesqu...
A variety show that uses comedians, ecdysiasts, and musicians. The ecdysiasts (READ: strippers) often required to sing and dance while removing their clothes in a seductive manner. There is usualy a master of ceremonies betwixt acts.
Burlesque shows are precursors to vaudeville. Vaudville is the precursor to the American musical. Burlesque is the "grandfather" of the American musical!
A term used in the mid-late 2000's by young urban Caucasians to refer to fat strippers, who would otherwise go without work if not for their novelty.
Brad: Hey John, you want to go to my girlfriend's friend's burlesque show after the concert?
John: Man... I think I'll just go get shit faced at a real tit bar. Thanks but no thanks....