Burlesque beyond the headlines

When people hear 'burlesque' they tend to think of the more traditional style - a beautiful woman stripping a corset off to reveal nipple tassles, perhaps with a feather fan thrown in. Don't get me wrong, I adore this style of vintage glamour burlesque (see here) but I also love the other sides of burlesque; perhaps the sides that many people don't realise exist.

If we look to Wikipedia (hardly the most reliable of sources but still...) it tells us that burlesque is 'a humorous theatrical entertainment involving parody and sometimes grotesque exaggeration.'.

Here is a video of the fabulous Joe Black, surely showcasing this definition in its truest sense. Those who are easily offended...turn away here.

Another great example of this true sense of paraody is an act by Honey Wilde.

Disturbingly awesome.