Saturday, September 23, 2006

Jewish Burlesque is Back

Kesher talk had a piece a while back on Kinky Jews: Innovations in Jewish Continuity. In a later piece on the subject Kesher Talk's Van discusses the revival of Jewish burlesque. He quotes from a program on the Oyhoo festival:

The Big Apple's juiciest Jewesses strut their ample tuchuses in a bawdy burlesque revue for folks who like to keep their fantasies kosher. Featuring Little Brooklyn, Dottie Lux, Old Ma Femme, Rose Wood, Minnie Tonka, Allison Tilsen and Raven Snook. These most definitely aren't the girls you'd bring home to mother…although you'd definitely bring them home.
I guess it is not just Kinky Friedman any more.

Of course there was, once upon a time, Vaudville where many Jewish commedians and strippers got their start. Gypsy Rose Lee among them. A Wiki bio of Gypsy's life is interesting. She was an intellectual's stripper. A bit that started out because she was so nerveous during her first stage experience and talked a lot to cover it up.

Needless to say Kinky Jews have their own www site and it seems that there are at least a few Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad doing burlesque these days. Their promo says they are big in the Catskills.

BTW thte video clip at Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad is very good. Especially the commediane who rants about her families' travails. It is not quite work safe. There are only a few dimly lit long shots of a woman twirling a number of hula hoops bare breasted.

All the links here are work safe. Some of those you find when doing further research on the subject may not be.

Program note: The Oyhoo Festival is sponsored by the UJA Federation of New York, The Jewish Life Network, The Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Jewish Week. Kink, it appears, is going mainstream. Who knew?


StopKinky said...

This bothers me about Kinky:

On Wednesday, September 13, 2006, the Dallas Morning News published an Associated Press interview with Kinky Friedman. Kinky tried to downplay the racist nature of his recent unfortunate comments saying that the black hurricane refugees in Houston from New Orleans were "thugs and crackheads":

Friedman last week said he would provide $100 million to Houston, or any other city facing similar crime problems, so Houston could hire 1,200 new police officers to deal with crime and weed out the "crackheads and thugs" among the thousands of Katrina evacuees from New Orleans who relocated to Houston.

Roundly criticized as a thinly veiled attack on blacks from Louisiana, Friedman said Wednesday his proposal "was not in any way racist."

"How can you possibly regret that, telling the truth?" he asked. "I am not a racist, I am a realist. ... I never said what color their skin was. .... I'm smarter than that."

Yet on September 9, 2006, Guillermo X. Garcia with the San Antonio Express-News Staff reported on a question-and-answer session with Kinky and directly quoted him:

In answer to a question, Friedman said the comments do not indicate that he holds racist views. Rather, he said they demonstrate his ability to take on a subject the other candidates won't touch.

"Racism was here before I came around," he said. "I am just trying to bring up these issues within the (expletive) society."

Later, he said: "As it happens, the crackheads and thugs who remain in Houston after Katrina happen to be black; that's fact."

This latest lie follows Kinky's previous lies about his past claims that he vote for Ann Richards and Al Gore and against the Constitutional Amendment rejecting equal marriage rights. Here is one such false claim:

Susannah McNeely: ... after your bid for Justice of the Peace in ’86, you said you were leaving “that worthless tar baby that is politics” to the young people. What happened that changed your mind and prompted you to run for governor of Texas?

Kinky Friedman: Nothing changed my mind, that’s still correct. This is not a political campaign. It’s a spiritual one—a spiritual calling.
SM: So does this idea of the honorable cowboy have anything to do with why you threw your support behind President Bush in this last election? You did, didn’t you?

KF: Yes. I did in this last election, but I didn’t vote for him the first time.

SM: Who did you vote for in 2000?

KF: I voted for Gore then.
I was conflicted. . .but I was not for Bush that time. Since then, though, we’ve become friends. And that’s what’s changed things.

SM: So it’s your friendship with him that’s changed your mind about having him as president more than his specific political positions?

KF: Well, actually, I agree with most of his political positions overseas, his foreign policy. On domestic issues, I’m more in line with the Democrats. I basically think he played a poor hand well after September 11. What he’s been doing in the Near East and in the Middle East, he’s handling that well, I think.

Kinky statements about his past votes have proven false based on Kinky's public Kerr County voting records:

"Quite often, I did not like my choices," Friedman was quoted as saying in Friday's Dallas Morning News....

"The voting record doesn't look strong, but my voting record is better than Dick Cheney's," he said....

According to Kerr County voting records, Friedman voted in the 2004 presidential general election but not in any other contest since 1994.

Vote Strayhorn or Bell, not Perry or Kinky.

M. Simon said...


Not everthing is politics. In fact I posted this one as a relief from politics.

I like Kinky's music. "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Any More" is a favorite of mine.


But since you brought the subject up:

If the murder rate has gone up maybe they were crackheads and thugs. I'd solve that by letting the crack heads get their crack legally and thus eliminate the need for thugs to run the crack distribution business. But that is just me. I actually studied alcohol prohibition in school.

So let me ask. Are the crack heads and thugs who came from New Orleans black or not?


So Kinky is mostly a libertarian who is disdainful of politics. That would describe a lot of folks.

Well I wasnt asking any one to vote for him.

However now that you have brought it up his position is closer to mine than that of most politicians.

Duchess Of Austin said...

Uh, they ARE crackheads and thugs. The crime rate in Houston SKYROCKETED after we took the Katrina refugees. I say we ought to ship 'em BACK to NOLA.

Seems like the thugs are going home on their own though, the crime rate in NOLA is back to almost where it was pre-Katrina.

As for Kinky Friedman, as much as I'd love to vote for him, I won't, because Texas is already a cartoon state, so we don't really need a cartoon Governor, ala Jesse Ventura. I don't think Kinky would have the political clout on the inside to do much more than smoke his cigars in the Governor's mansion. It's really too bad, too, because he's got some great ideas, but he's way to controversial.

I'm going to vote for Strayhorn. She's got the insider clout to get things done, and she's got some good ideas about not pushing our present fiscal problems down the road to our grandchildren.

Duchess Of Austin said...

Oh and YES they're all black, welfare pampered loud mouths still cryin that the gubmint owes them a living.

As a matter of fact, a bunch of them were scheduled to get their electric turned off recently and threatened to riot unless the gubmint kept the lights on.

Abolish welfare, put black men back in the business of supporting their families instead of being the sperm donors that welfare reduced them to. Welfare should be a hand UP not a hand OUT, and there should never be generations of women living on it like there are now.

This is the abject failure of the "Great Society" socialist programs in the flesh. Welfare has reduced black men to no more than sperm donors, and then the libs wonder why there are so many black men in prison.....geeze, the great LIBERALS took their manhood, then they wonder why black men have nothing more to do than make trouble...sheesh.

M. Simon said...


You might want to read this bit on Demographics before you come to any firm conclusions about the "sperm donors".

You remove enough men from a culture and what you get every time is girls gone wild. Just look at our colleges for example.

M. Simon said...

BTW Duchess if you check out the link on Demographics you will find that our prohibition policies are making a difficult situation worse.