An improv burlesque game show created and hosted by Eartha Delights with the goal of creatively stretching and challenging burlesque artists while providing a unique and fun entertainment experience for patrons.
Peel of Fortune is the exciting new improv burlesque game show created and hosted by Eartha Delights. It is planned to be a bi-monthly live show in Kansas City, MO, with video of the first installment available online and, ultimately, regional and national tours. It will offer performers a unique opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills beyond the usual range of burlesque performance, while providing audiences with a fresh and interactive entertainment experience.
The beauty of live entertainment isn’t in the production value or or meticulously rehearsed acts, it’s in the moments when something doesn’t go as planned or that are intentionally left open for ad libbing. It’s in these unscripted moments that we really get to know the performer - how their mind works, what they love, and what makes them unique. The idea for Peel of Fortune came from marrying an improvisational burlesque show where the music for each act is chosen at random with a classic game show style format and aesthetic.
Burlesque and music go hand in hand, and Kansas City has an incredible wealth of musical talent and knowledge. To tap into that and foster some meaningful collaboration for this project, but on a more personal level than with a whole live band, each edition of Peel of Fortune will feature a different local music personality as the Special Guest Musical Director, who will create the playlists and also act as a judge. Contestants will perform improvisational acts to tracks selected at random from the playlists in three separate games, which will vary between installments. Examples of performance games include “Mad Props,” in which the performers will be randomly assigned a prop to incorporate into their act; “Winning Personalities,” in which the audience will choose a character for them to attempt to convey through their physicality; and “WTF?!?,” which will be performed to tracks from a separate playlist that the Musical Director will have designed to be difficult or bizarre for burlesque performance.
Scoring will be determined by a panel of judges that will include the Musical Director and the front row audience members. In between performance games, the audience will have the opportunity to play carnival, quiz, or talent-type games for prizes, as well as “bet” on their favorite performers for raffle entries.
In addition to the Special Guest Musical Director, the cast will include five burlesque and drag performers as Contestants, and one as the Lovely Assistant, who will also act as Stage Manager. Each edition will feature a different cast, rotating through local talent as well as booking national acts whenever possible.
The cast of the debut edition includes:
Special Guest Musical Director
Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Amy Farrand has been seemingly omnipresent in Kansas City’s music scene for over twenty years. In addition to performing solo and with Sister Mary Rotten Crotch, the Silver Maggies, and many other noteworthy bands, she is the creator, producer, and emcee of the Weirdo Wednesday Supper club, as well as an accomplished comedian, artist, art teacher, DIY crafter, and ordained minister.
In 2010, Kinsey Scale started tipping burlesque in her favor using her predatory gaze and sultry style. She seduced her way up the ladder to become the Associate Producer of Kansas City Cabaret in 2012 and continues to grind through a variety of styles, from classic to neo. This buxom bombshell will not-so-gently tease and tickle your number, urging you to slide over a little further each time. This endowment makes her the one... the only... Kinsey Scale.
Annie-Mae Allure, Kansas City's animated burlesque star, is no Saturday morning cartoon, she is all woman. She produces Rude Revue and Burly Q all over Kansas and Missouri and you can see her at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival as Virginia Tunt in the Royal Pub Crawl.
Cher D. Blame
Proving that she’s “The Kinky Minx”, Cher D. Blame first hit the burlesque stage gyrating in 2011. A Midwest creation, she’s had the honor of performing in Wichita, Oklahoma, St. Louis, and Iowa. She has been a contender in the 2014 St. Louis Shimmy Showdown and the 2014 Queen of the Heartland Competition for Pasties for Paws-Oklahoma. She is currently a member of the Kansas City Cabaret. With frisky bump and grind as her weapon of choice, Cher D. Blame is coming for you!
Panties Inferno Founder and polarizing performance artist Annie Thrax is abrasive in all the right ways. Like a loofah for your brainmeats. Known for her unique brand of provocative neo-burlesque, no one is immune to this deadly diva.
Hank E. Panky
Since 2012, Kansas City's favorite Tom Cat has been charming the whiskers off of every tabby and minx that passes by. You can find Hank E. Panky prowling the back alleys and spraying audiences with his unique brand of Burlesque humor. Between singing and dancing, Hank is always happy to pick up a scrap of clothing here and there, but be ready... for every time he struts his stuff, you can hear the meows and hisses from every pussy...cat! Watch out when he takes the stage, kittens, because the fur will fly!
Romany Jewel began performing in Kansas City in 2009. She has shaken her stuff with Two Gun Tease Burlesque, Sinsations Burlesque, and is currently a Member of Rhythm and Boobs. Rhythm and Boobs was founded with one idea in mind, to bring together the fun and glitter of burlesque with the excitement and noise of a live music show. She is a big supporter of the local arts and music community in Kansas City and enjoys volunteering as much time as possible to help support the Midwest Music Foundation. "Kansas City's crown jewel, Romany Jewel, has performed nationally and is currently setting goals for world domination.
Your contribution will help to pay for usage of the Buffalo Room performance venue, guarantees for performers and staff, professional video recording and editing, design and printing of posters and mini-programs, and purchasing of scoreboards, props, prizes, and a web domain, and leave enough of an egg to ensure future shows will be self-sustaining. Funds raised beyond the $2500 goal will be put toward web design, merchandise, and touring expenses.