Fisherman’s Famous San Francisco Burlesque Returns

Event has passed (Thu Nov 30, 2017 - Thu Nov 30, 2017)
Make-Out Room
$15 - $20
Adult, Theater / Performance Arts


Fisherman’s Famous San Francisco Burlesque Returns
At the Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., San Francisco
November 30 2017, Doors 7:30, Show 8:00
Tickets: Pre-Sale, $15.00 and the door, $20.00

20 years after its debut, Fisherman’s Famous San Francisco Burlesque returns to the stage with an all-star cast of strippers, singers, dancers, comedy and circus acts!

Headliner Bettina May is an internationally acclaimed strip-teaser, pin-up model and glamour photographer from Las Vegas via New York City- her singing will woo you and her dancing will WOW you as she channels the erotic artistry of Golden Era Burlesque legends!

Rounding out the bill is a mix of local and touring talent including several veterans of Fisherman’s legendary North Beach shows of the late ‘90’s:

• Rosie 151 brings her New York sass, style, and raw sensuality all the way to our Barbary Coast for this one-night only special event!
• Harvest Moon, the sinful siren of Burlesque and originator of the Cantankerous Lollies cabaret troupe has toured all over the world and returns to her hometown just for you!
• Kitty Chow, the Hawaiian Hottie strums her Ukulele and shakes her hips with the lush sensuality of an island paradise!
• Roky Roulette is a ripped Popo-stick superhero with the energy of a wild animal- think Tigger with a six-pack!
• Bunny Pistol is our local bombshell and top vixen of SF’s own Hubba Hubba Revue!
• MC Mad V. Dog is our joke slinger- he will make you laugh AND cry with his classic Borscht Belt one liners and give you a chance to cool down between acts….
• And the Go Going Gone Girls are the shimmy-ing, shaking, hostesses with the mostesses, back in the spotlight from the early days!

All accompanied by Fisherman’s Burlesque Orchestra, featuring Brian “Fisherman” himself on drums and xylophone and many of the sidemen from the original lineup: Ward Abronsky (Polkacide), Andy DeGiovanni and Paul Bergman (Mingo 2000), Kurt Stevenson (Hapa Haole Boys), and Nick Rous (ACME Swing Co.). This band is what has really set Fisherman’s show apart over the years- in a modern era when 99.9% of all strip tease is performed to the bland predictability of pre-recorded tracks, at Fisherman’s Burlesque you get the raw energy, excitement and improvised interaction that makes it all LIVE!

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets,

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A portion of the proceeds of this show will be donated to the Burlesque Hall of Fame. For more information go to,

More history of Fisherman’s Famous San Francisco Burlesque…

In 1997, Burlesque was an almost dormant art form, known almost exclusively by retro geeks, Drag queens, pinup aficionados and hot-rod/rockabilly gangs. From it’s heyday in the 30’s and 40’s when it is said that every American city with a population over 100,000 had a Burlesque theater, by the 90’s there were perhaps only a couple dozen young people performing the style scattered across the whole country, mostly in New York and Los Angeles. Dixie Evans at Exotic World in Helendale, CA kept the torch alive with the annual Miss Exotic World pageant when the dusty former goat ranch would come alive with international media and visitors gathering to watch Living Legends in sequins and feather boas re-enact their routines from back in the day.

It was in this environment that Brian “Fisherman” Lease, then playing vibraphone with “Lounge-core” pioneers, Frenchy, set out to produce a full scale live Burlesque show with all the elements his fevered imagination had culled together from old films, pinup magazines and thrift store records: a live band with screaming, growling brass horns, primitive drums and exotica laden vibraphone; baggy-pants comedian telling groaners with snare drum rim shots, crazy variety acts, go-go dancing, a guy in a gorilla suit, and of course the most exquisite, bawdy, and accomplished strip-tease artists to be found.

The result was a show at the Cocodrie Club in San Francisco’s North Beach called Tease-O-Rama, featuring dancers from LA’s Velvet Hammer Burlesque, which exceeded all expectations of success, followed by several years of sold out shows there and at other clubs and theaters around California. By 2001, there had been such an explosion in the “Burlesque revival” that producers Baby Doe Von Stroheim and Allison Fenderstock re-purposed the name Tease-O-Rama for a 3 day convention in New Orleans at which hundreds of Burlesque performers from all over the world performed. Fisherman’s Famous San Francisco Burlesque head-lined Saturday night.

Later that year Fisherman moved to New York City, the hottest spot in the country for what was now called Neo-Burlesque, and quickly became a major player on the scene. Appearing almost nightly at places like The Fez, The Slipper Room and Coney Island’s Burlesque at the Beach, Fisherman got to play for the biggest names in town; Dirty Martini, World Famous *BOB*, Julie Atlas Muz, Bunny Love, Bambi the Mermaid, Tigger , Jo Boobs…the list goes on…as well as work in musical theater (Homo the Musical), film scoring (The Yakuza and the Mermaid, Tiddledy Winks), and side work drumming for rock stars (Jane County, Nina Hagen).
Fisherman was the house band leader for the first five years of the New York Burlesque Festival, toured with the World Famous Pontani Sisters “Burlesque-a-pades” and had the honor to accompany some of the most famous living legends including Tempest Storm, Dixie Evans, and Kitten Natavidad. He also led his own Tiki-themed band and curated the longest running show (2001-13) in the Burlesque at the Beach series at Coney Island called Fisherman’s Love Luau.

In 2016 Brian “Fisherman” Lease was inducted into the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas with his receipt of the Sassy Lassy Award for contributions to the Art of Burlesque. He currently lives in San Francisco and is a gardener for the City of SF Public works. On November 30 2017, Fisherman’s Famous San Francisco Burlesque will be presented at The Makeout Room, marking the 20thanniversary of the show and including several original band members and performers. It will be the first itineration of the show in SF in over 15 years.

As of this writing there are thousands of Burlesque performers working hundreds of shows a week in the US alone, with untold more all around the world.


  1. Make-Out Room 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA