Pinchbottom is where burlesque meets theater, buys it a drink, and takes it to bed. Pinchbottom shows integrate striptease into a scripted narrative much in the way that a musical integrates songs. Created by Jonny Porkpie and Nasty Canasta in 2004, Pinchbottom is now produced by Porkpie.

"Sexy, campy fun... hardly the same old song and fan dance...
an uproarious evening" -New York Magazine

Pinchbottom produced its first themed burlesque event on Saturday, July 31, 2004, at the now-defunct midtown bar Siberia. Inspired by the name of the venue, the show was called COLD WAR BURLESQUE and -- though the marketing materials claimed that "of all the burlesque you've ever seen, this is the Glasnost!" -- it represented an extremely embryonic version of what Pinchbottom shows would eventually become. This was followed by a movie-themed show at Galapagos Artspace ("Burlesque Goes to the Movies," which would later evolve into the slightly more cleverly-named FILM STRIP), but the company didn't fully embrace its distinctive mix of theater, burlesque, theme, and script until two years later, when a revered off-off-Broadway theater gave Pinchbottom the opportunity to experiment with the concept of a theatrical, narrative-based striptease show on a monthly basis...

"Daring, funny, imaginative and titillating to all tastes... about as good entertainment value as you can get in New York City" -Sunday Telegraph (UK)

In April 2006, Pinchbottom began their relationship with Off-Off-Broadway theater mainstay Collective:Unconscious. A company devoted to supporting emerging artists and new work, C:U was looking for a burlesque show to fill out the programming at its new venue at 279 Church Street, the old Harmony Burlesque Theater. Tom Keenan was intrigued by the challenge Pinchbottom presented to itself in its proposal, to develop a new show each month based around an original theme. "The ecdysiastical possibilities" -- claimed that proposal, bombastically -- "are endless." The first edition of Pinchbottom's Sub:Conscious (BLASPHEMY!) played with then-common neo-burlesque show structure but didn't veer far from it. But by the second show -- the science-fiction themed NAKED PLANET, came the hybrid of legit and strip that would bring Pinchbottom to the attention of the burlesque and theater communities, the press, and -- perhaps most importantly -- audiences. Between April 2006 and June 2008, Pinchbottom produced a brand-new show almost every month (with occasional re-runs of the most successful shows). As the show began consistently selling out, it expanded to a two-night run in April 2007 and finally a three-night run for its final Off-Off-Broadway show in June 2008, when (as a result of a sewage leak in the basement) the show moved around the corner to perform at The Flea (July 08: Pinchbottom Declares War). For the remainer of 2008, a vagabond Pinchbottom performed at various venues, debuting Pretençión: Un cirque de burlesque, un burlesque de cirque at SpeigelWorld and the first revival of Pinchbottom's 007 parody You Only Pinch Twice at The Zipper Factory Theater, which for the first time brought...

VOICE CHOICE: "The best burlesque show in town" -The Village Voice

The Zipper Factory Theater invited Pinchbottom to return to the venue for an entire 2009 Off-Broadway season, and Pinchbottom agreed to do so... however, three days before the first show show was scheduled to debut in January 2009, the venue was uncerimoniously shut down. The Bleecker Street Theater, another Off-Broadway house, stepped in on short notice to host Murder Most Naked as scheduled. Pinchbottom remained at 45 Bleecker for its Winter and Spring seasons before deciding that, after over three years of producing a show every month, and over 30 new shows, it was time for the monthy (bump &) grind to come to an end. The last official show of the run was P.I.N.C.H. Squad in June 2009. The company moved on to focus on producing longer runs of larger and more ambitious events, such as the rival of Pretençión: Un cirque de burlesque, un burlesque de cirque and the premiere of The Last Burlesque Show In The World in the summers of 2009 and 2010 at Performance Space 122, and the two week run of Filthy Lucre: A Burlesque Christmas Carol (as seen in the New York Times) at Walkerspace.

HIATUS & RETURN: 2010-2012
After the revival of A Day on the Boardwalk, A Night at the Sideshow at Coney Island in Summer 2010, Pinchbottom went on hiatus when Canasta and Porkpie ended their creative partnership. In the summer of 2012, just in time for the company's eighth anniversary, Pinchbottom returned with the Coney Island premiere of Pretençión: Un cirque de burlesque, un burlesque de cirque featuring a superstar cast of Pinchbottom favorites, plus a few new faces. The return of 007 to the big screen later that year required a revival of Pinchbottom's Bond parody You Only Pinch Twice in October.

BEST OF NEW YORK: "Best Burlesque" -New York Magazine

Pinchbottom kicked off 2013 with its first full-length show outside NYC when Pretençión: Un cirque de burlesque, un burlesque de cirque premiered in January at The Hudson Theaters in Los Angeles, featuring a bi-costal all-headliner cast of burlesque superstars including Dirty Martini, Jo "Boobs" Weldon, Jonny Porkpie, Julie Atlas Muz, Kristina Nekyia, Lady Scoutington, Lux La Croix, Mr. Murray Hill, Our Lady J, Penny Star Jr., Tigger!. On March 31, 2013, that show moved to The Elektra Theater in Times Square for a four month run featuring a rotating cast of burlesque superstars including Angie Pontani, Bastard Keith, Broadway Brassy, Creamy Stevens, Dirty Martini, Donny Vomit, Fancy Chance, Jo "Boobs" Weldon, Jonny Porkpie, Julie Atlas Muz, Little Brooklyn, Lux La Croix, Mat "Sealboy" Fraser, Miss Tickle, Mr. Murray Hill, Tansy, Tigger!, Trixie Little & The Evil Hate Monkey, and more. In the summer of 2013, Pinchbottom returned to Coney Island USA for a revival of the show that established the company's mix of theater and burlesque, Naked Planet.

CITY PICK: "Your perverted genre fantasies
have come shimmying to life" -Time Out New York

Between April 2006 and June 2009, Pinchbottom premiered 30 brand-new shows. These shows became one of the foremost enablers of original world-premiere acts, inspiring performers to break new ground and create new material – in that time, over 200 acts debuted at (or were developed specifically for) the shows. Burlesque is the laboratory of contemporary performance; Pinchbottom shows are the room in that lab where some of the most dangerous experiments are conducted.

Pinchbottom was named "Best Burlesque" in New York Magazine's Best of New York issue, and called "The best burlesque show in town" by The Village Voice. A a duet, Pinchbottom was the first-ever winner of the "Most Innovative" award at the Burlesque Hall of Fame's Exotic World Pageant in Las Vegas in 2007.

"The most imaginative (and funniest) burlesque troupe in the city" -MetroMix

Pinchbottom shows are hosted by Jonny Porkpie and special guests, joined by top talent from New York City and across the country, including AJ Silver, Albert Cadabra, Amber Ray, Angie Pontani, Anita Cookie, Arrogant Mick, Bambi the Mermaid, Bastard Keith, Belle-Morte Baudelaire, Bird of Paradise, Bonnie Dunn, Bunny Love, Chris McDaniel, Clams Casino, Creamy Stevens, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Delirium Tremens, Devilicia, Dirty Martini, Doctor Lukki, Donny Vomit, Evil Hate Monkey, Gal Friday, GiGi La Femme, Harvest Moon, Heidi Von Haught, Howlin' Vic, Jezebel Express, Jo Boobs, Jonny Porkpie, Julie Atlas Muz, Kobayashi Maru, Legs Malone, Leroi the Girl Boi, Little Brooklyn, Madame Rosebud, Mat Fraser, Melody Sweets, Michelle L'Amour, Minnie Tonka, Miss Astrid, Miss Saturn, Movie Star, Ms Tickle, Nasty Canasta, Naughtia Nice, Nelson Lugo, Peekaboo Pointe, Perle Noire, Pontani Sisters, Rose Wood, Ruby the Wonder Dog, Ruby Valentine, Sapphire Jones, Schaffer the Darklord, Scott Rayow, Scotty the Blue Bunny, Taylor Mac, The Zog, Tigger!, Trixie Little, Velocity Chyaldd, Veronika Sweet, World Famous *Bob*, Zero Boy, and more.

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