Meet the Cast: MS PIXY

MsPixy (photo by K Leo)

MsPixy (photo by K Leo)

Challenger: MsPixy
Status: ROOKIE
Store Assignment: Auto Supply Store

MsPixy is a founding member of The Belmont Burlesque Revue, Chicago’s longest consecutively-running burlesque show. In 2010, MsPixy created the smash hit “Boobs and Goombas, a Super Mario Burlesque,” which has enjoyed over 200 performances in 3 cities. Boobs and Goombas spawned a small burlesque empire at Gorilla Tango Theater, for which MsPixy created two additional shows (Fellowship of the Boobs and SuperBoobs), directed a fourth (Empire Brings Sexy Back), and acted as Artistic Director from 2011-2012. For all of her Gorilla Tango Burlesque productions MsPixy acted as director, choreographer and designer, often personally constructing costumes, props, and sets including a fully functional spider rig, a manually-operated hand-cranked Star Wars Opening Scroller, and a peep-show Koopa Troopa shell with removable front panels. Currently, MsPixy is the co-producer of The Glitter Guild and The Belmont Burlesque Revue, as well as the owner of MsPixy Productions. Over her 13 year career as a performer and emcee, MsPixy has also guest-performed in literally hundreds of local and national burlesque shows.

12919613_515431968640245_3662220919127592152_nOn making costumes: “I love to make things. I love to make things out of other things that shouldn’t be made in to the things I make, until I make them be those things. Even when costuming, I tend to wander the aisles of Home Depot or Party City looking for non-traditional materials to suit my needs.”

Thriftiest burlesque achievement: “I regularly make adorable hats out of cardboard and whatever scrap materials I have to hand… so, I guess “super sexy upcycled chapeaux” is my most thrifty achievement?”

Get your tickets now to see what Pixy creates with $20 and the auto supply store! To find out more about MsPixy, visit her official website at NerdBurlesque.Com!



Slightly Spitfire

Slightly Spitfire


Challenger: Slightly Spitfire
“The Rebel Without Clothes”
Store Assignment: Comic Book Store

Spitfire was born by the bayous of north Louisiana. After transplanting to Chicago, she fell knee deep in the glitter. Starting at Gorilla Tango Burlesque where she played multiple nerd parody roles from Superman to Luke Skywalker, then joining the Kiss Kiss Cabaret, Sprite-ing it up with the Belmont Burlesque Revue, and Beast Women Productions – she came to be known as “the rebel without clothes.”


Previous Challenge:  Pet store, 2015 Thrifty Thrills Chicago



On Thrifty Thrills: “I participated last year and loved the challenge, the experience, and remarkable performers I was able to meet. It also inspired a super cathartic number I still perform!”

Thriftiest burlesque achievement: “Costuming an entire number for under $20…from Petco.”

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Get your tickets now to see what Spitfire does this year with $20 and the comic book store!

Meet the Cast: LADY ALI MODE

Lady Ali Mode

Lady Ali Mode

Challenger: Lady Ali Mode
Status: ROOKIE
Store Assignment: Copier/Shipping Supply Store

Lady Ali Mode is a member of the Dirty Birds Burlesque and the Better Boobie Bureau. She is also the producer/commissioner/back-up goalie for the annual event Puck & Grind: a hockey and burlesque fundraiser. When she’s not cool on the ice she’s heating things up on stage as everyone’s favorite double scoop.

On her burlesque journey: “I’m a member of Dirty Birds Burlesque and Better Boobie Bureau. I have been performing for 5 years and trained at Vaudezilla. I performed in both the WCBF and the Vermont Burlesque Festival and received a standing ovation at both. My acts are typically humor based with elaborating costuming. I am a professional artist and consider my visuals/costuming and story telling to be my strong suits.”

LadyAliMode-fullbodyOn Thrifty Thrills: “I want to challenge myself and push my craft. I am a creative problem solver and feel like I create some of my best work, in burlesque and in my career as a working commercial artist, when given rules and restrictions that force me to think out side the box. Plus, I’m a big believer in giving back and if my act helps raises money for charity then I feel like I’m using my burlesque powers for good.”

Thriftiest burlesque achievements: “My signature Blackhawks act is made up mostly of used hockey equipment down to the pasties made from shoulders patches. I have also made a butterfly headpiece and matching bra from feather butterflies from the dollar store and even created a full Freddy Kruger make up effect using 4 shades of lip liner and some eyeshadow.”

Get your tickets now to see what Lady Ali creates with $20 and the copier/shipping supply store! To find out more about Lady Ali Mode, follow her on Facebook!


Meet the Cast: WILLY LAQUEUE

Willy LaQueue

Willy LaQueue

Challenger: Willy LaQueue
Status: ROOKIE
Store Assignment: Drugstore

Starlight, star bright, the fiercest thing you’ll see tonight, it’s Willy LaQueue! Willy is a boylesque starlet twinkling in Chicago, performing with Vaudezilla Productions.

On his burlesque journey: “I started doing burlesque in Champaign, IL in 2012, but now I’m in Chicago and performing regularly with Vaudezilla. I’ve been lucky enough to perform at the Seattle Boylesque Festival, the Show-Me Burlesque Festival, the Michigan Burlesque Festival, and the Windy City Burlesque Festival.”

On Thrifty Thrills: “Sometimes when I got to Petco or Autozone or something I always think, “what would I make if I were in Thrifty Thrills?”
I love the premise of this show and I always wanted an opportunity to be a part of it!”

Thriftiest burlesque achievement: “A very old doily made by Red Hot Annie’s grandmother that became a very sexy and ghostly neckpiece is the first thing that comes to mind. However, the Barbie doll neckpiece I made or the Hermes scarf I bought for $2 do come to mind as well.”

Get your tickets now to see what Willy creates with $20 and the drugstore! To find out more about Willy, visit his official website at WillyLaQueue.Com!


Michael Allen Rose

Michael Allen Rose

Challenger: Michael Allen Rose
Status: ROOKIE
Store Assignment: Office supply store

Michael Allen Rose is a writer, performer and musician based in Chicago. His books, plays and stories have been produced and published in New York, Chicago, Portland, Denver and several other major cities. He releases industrial and experimental music under the name Flood Damage. He makes friends with cats wherever he goes. He obsesses over promotional codes when shopping for nerdy rock star stuff on the internet. He leaves the mistakes in his art because it’s cheaper that way.

On Thrifty Thrills: “I have attended the show two years in a row now, and enjoy the theme itself, but moreover the idea of a challenge has always intrigued me as an artist. I love being forced into accepting strange rules and regulations as I find that often times I am forced to think differently in the creative process, which I find incredibly rewarding. I also loved seeing Barbacoa Jones perform, and think it’s always fun to see some “guys” in the lineup on a night of burlesque, especially in comedy themed showcases like this one tends to be!”

12928124_515431838640258_1658248764271855280_nThriftiest Theater Achievement: “I’m a black box theatre guy from way back, and have often had to put together shows and acts with no budget whatsoever. Several years ago, I was producing a “naked history of Chicago” show for a fundraiser my theatre company was part of for WBEZ. We were doing a parody of Julius Caesar (naked… ish) and needed daggers and laurels. We cut up a fake plastic vine plant and wrapped cardboard cutout knives in foil. When they stabbed Caesar, the knives bent, but they did not crumple. Problem solved, and at a fraction of the price.”


2016 Thrifty Thrills is Coming!

Mark your calendars!  Thrifty Thrills is back and we’ve got a brand new crop of performers taking on the $20 Burlesque Challenge!

Thrifty Thrills returns on Friday, June 17th at Township (2200 N. California).  Doors open at 8:30pm, show starts at 9pm.  This year’s challengers include:

  • Barbacoa Jones
  • Boobs Radley
  • Diva La Vida
  • Florence of Alabia
  • Gin Fizz
  • Heart Crimson
  • Lady Ali Mode
  • Marci Vousplait
  • Michael Allen Rose
  • MsPixy
  • Sauda Namir
  • Shimmy LaRoux
  • Slightly Spitfire
  • Titty Perkins
  • Willy LaQueue

Advance tickets will go on sale soon!

Slight change of plans!


You know what’s fun about live theater?  YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN.  Imagine our surprise when we found out that due to circumstances completely beyond our control, that we had to move Thrifty Thrills next door!  Surprise!

So the show is still happening, same time, same amazing cast, same amazing NAMI fundraiser, slight change of venue.  Join us at She-Nannigans, located at 16 W. Division Street, right next door to Original Mother’s!

Thrifty Thrills takes the stage this Friday!

Grab your tickets now for the show that combines the “make it work” of Project Runway with the “take it off” of burlesque!  Thrifty Thrills returns to the Original Mother’s this Friday for a one of a kind burlesque experience you won’t see anywhere else!  This year’s challengers are joined by special appearances from Ray Gunn, Rob “The Pup” Racine and Stipperfest 2013 Queen of the Stage, Artemis Moon!  The first 100 ticket holders will get a complimentary raffle ticket as well!

Can’t make it on Friday but want to help out with the fundraiser?  Click the “Donate” link above to visit our fundraising campaign!

We’re baaaaaaaaack!

Hello friends of the Thrift!

It’s been a long while since the first ever Chicago edition of Thrifty Thrills and we are super excited to announce that we’ll be back for the second annual show on Friday, March 6th at the Original Mother’s! This year we are raising funds for National Alliance on Mental Illness for Greater Chicago (NAMI – Chicago).

We have been hard at work assembling an absolutely fantastic group of performers that have agreed to take on the $20 Challenge this time. Who are they? We’ll be announcing them, along with our special guest performers, during the 12 Days of Thriftmas! Thriftmas starts on December 21st, so check back here (or on our official Facebook Page) as we reveal new cast members every day!