Burlesque takes stage May 19
The Gas House Dance Hall hosts a monthly burlesque review. The House of Knight burlesque group is one of the three reviews in the area, and its performers are returning to the 311 Front St., Catasauqua, venue May 19.
Burlesque has a literary definition used when there is a comical exaggeration of a norm. The more standard definition is an earthy comedy routine with short skits and often a strip tease.
The revue at the Gas House throws out the literary definition. There are some good lines: “If you’re happy and you know it … it’s your meds.”
Some of the audience members are burlesque aficionados who follow the troupes that perform in the area.
Comedians who got their start in burlesque include Bob Hope, Red Skelton and Milton Berle. Many of the routines were converted for the new TV audience. The most famous burlesque routine is Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?”
The May 19 review is called Tease the Troops. Veterans and military members get free admission.