International burlesque star Minnie Tonka hails from the Land of 10,000 Lakes - that's Minnesota - but is based in New York City. Known as the One Woman Riot, Minnie’s theatrical, inventive, and flirtatious striptease has been dazzling audiences across the globe since 2004. Minnie is a multiple-time New York Burlesque Festival Golden Pastie Award Winner and was voted #14 in the Top International Burlesque Industry Figures of 2013. She’s the co-founder of Kosher ChiXXX Jewish Burlesque Revue, produces the annual Menorah Horah Hanukkah burlesque show, The Burning Bush VS. The Second Coming, and she produced and starred in Dangerous Curves Ahead: Burlesque on the Go-Go, the USA’s premier national touring burlesque troupe, and more. A solo performer who can be seen every night on stages across New York City, Minnie Tonka also performs as one half of The Schlep Sisters with Darlinda Just Darlinda.
Midnite Martini’s recent victory at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend has been praised and celebrated as a refreshing, encouraging, delightful surprise, and those of you who read her pre-pageant interview will know that we almost didn’t get to see her stunning winning act. Everything fell into place for this undoubtedly innovative and passionate artist […]
Jo Weldon describes the history and judging process of the Miss Exotic World Pageant at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend… Jennie Lee, a burlesque star of the 1950s, conceived the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender neither as a pageant or a showcase, but as a reunion for her peers — performers we now refer […]
The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend is a day away, and here is a chance to find out more about the second five performers competing for Best Debut in the Saturday night pageant. You can read Part One here… Laurie Hagen (London, UK) If you looked me up in the dictionary, it would say… a […]