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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lucha VaVOOM special Halloween Eve show at The Fillmore on Friday, October 30, 2009

I once read that Lucha VaVOOM ( is one of the few burlesque-related events that can fill an arena. Indeed, the mixture of lucha libre wrestling and burlesque— along with some well-known comedians as ringside commentators such as Greg Proops, Tom Kenny, Patton Oswalt, and Fred Armisen—is quite the complementary combination of entertainments. It's "Sexo y Violencia!" Which happens to be Lucha VaVOOM's motto.

This Friday, you'll have an opportunity to see what it's all about as the Los Angeles-based Lucha VaVOOM visits San Francisco for a special Halloween-themed show. This time, they're featuring Miss Exotic World 2005 Michelle L'amour ( as one of the burlesque acts. I've seen her perform twice, once at last year's Tease-O-Rama and this year at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas, and she's one of my favorites!

Michelle L'amour photo
Michelle L'amour and apples

Also, the Buxoticas (burlesque dancers) will include another performer I saw perform in Vegas, Lux La Croix (, Moana Santana (, Lucy Fur (, and San Francisco's own Roky Roulette ( The dancers will perform to the music of The Cramps, who regularly played The Fillmore on Halloween.

Lucy Fur photo
Lucy Fur and twirlin' tassels

Roky Roulette photo
A pogoing Roky Roulette

And the highlight of the wrestling matches will have to be the battle between Los Crazy Chickens and the Mexican goatsucker Chupacabra and his new hatchlings, the Chupacabritas. The other luchadores (wrestlers) will include Las Calaveras, Dirty Sanchez, and Cassandro “Queen of the Ring.”

Flying Chicken of Lucha VaVOOM
Beware! A flying chicken wrestler...

Chupacabra Lucha Libre photo
Los Crazy Chickens' enemy, Chupacabra!

To call the play-by-play, former San Franciscan Blaine Capatch of Mad TV and Mind of Mencia will be joined by Tom Kenny, famously known as the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants.

Since co-promoters Rita d'Albert and Liz Fairbairn have a history in burlesque, they only book talented and authentic burlesque acts. Lucha VaVOOM has been in existence for about six years, but they've just recently started to take the show on the road. In addition to San Francisco, they've recently entertained in Chicago and New York.

At $32.50 per ticket, the show is a bit spendy, but Lucha VaVOOM has comes to these parts only several times a year. So dig under those couch cushions and scrape up some loose change, because it's sure to be a show you don't want to miss!

Lucha VaVOOM: Sexo Y Violencia!

Friday, October 30, 2009
$32.50, advance tickets available at
18 and older

The Fillmore
1805 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA

Lucha VaVOOM poster, October 30, 2009

For this special Halloween-themed show there will be four exciting matches featuring Las Calaveras, Dirty Sanchez, Cassandro “Queen of the Ring,” and Los Crazy Chickens who will battle the venomous Mexican goatsucker Chupacabra and his new hatchlings, the Chupacabritas.

In between matches, the finest handpicked burlesque acts from around the country will ensure there’s never a dull moment. As a special tribute to The Cramps legendary run of Halloween performances that began at The Fillmore in 1987, the burlesque acts will perform to the music of the late frontman Lux Interior and his seminal psychobilly band. L.A.’s buxoticas Moana Santana, Lux La Croix and the famed tassel-twister Lucy Fur will be joined by burlesque superstar, Michelle L’Amour (“the ass that goes pow”) for some raucous rock ‘n’ roll stripteases. S.F.’s own Roky Roulette, the world's only pogo striptease artist, will wow with his aerial antics.

The evening will be presided over by master of ceremonies and former SF resident Blaine Capatch (“Web Soup,” “Mind of Mencia,” “Mad TV”). He will be joined by Tom Kenny, the voice of “Spongebob Squarepants,” to call the matches and offer sidesplitting comedic play-by-play.

Lucha VaVOOM Sizzle Reel from Redbird Management on Vimeo.

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