Ms. Galapagozanga Amateur Night
70 N. 6th St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-782-5188
You don’t need to work your way up the burlesque social ladder to strip to your undies; hosts Murray Hill and Miss Allison encourage male and female newbies alike to wriggle onstage for their chance to be named Ms. Galapagazanga by audience applause. Skits range from the artful to the cringe-inducing. First Monday of each month, 10 p.m.; $5.
189 Chrystie St., nr. Rivington St.; 212-982-9301
Since variety shows change nightly, you won’t know what you’re in for when you try your luck emailing email@example.com to request a reservation. On a recent night, per “Page Six,” Lindsay Lohan treated diners to an impromptu stripper dance and trannies serenaded Brendan Shanahan of the Rangers. Adam Dugas’s recent Easter show was a more typical affair—Justin Bond of Kiki and Herb poetically confessed to hating spring while a lounge band belted out “Green Tangerine.” Sun.–Tues., 10 p.m.–2 a.m.; Wed.-Sat., 10 p.m.–4 a.m. (Two shows each night.).
Gold Rush Tuesdays
409 W. 14th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-243-4420
At this burlesque dinner theater, tatas meet Asian tapas. Between the four sets, two large projector screens showcase vintage films starring vamps like Bettie Page and Chris Le Chris Lynn. No vaudeville here—just seasoned dancers artfully removing shiny gloves and concealing themselves with feather fans for buttoned-up diners. Tues., 10 p.m.; Free.
The Cutting Room
19 W. 24th St., nr. Broadway; 212-691-1900
Brave the winding entry line and the excitable crowd, and you’ll be treated to a motley crew of circus freaks: A contortionist bends his body through a tennis-racquet frame, Natasha deep-throats a 24-inch sword, and a zoot-suit clad emcee sticks nails up his nose. Best of all, creator Bonnie Dunn awards prizes to sexperts who ace her interactive quiz. Sat., 10:30 p.m.; $20.
279 Church St., nr. White St.; 212-254-5277
Craving some substance with your striptease? The dozen or so acts in this performance created by Jonny Porkpie and Nasty Canasta (of Sweet and Nasty) portray everything from a crooked superhero (Pow! Zap! Boob!) with the “ultimate striptease ray” to an ailing “Bawdy House” theater where the performers’ shirt buttons keep popping. The crew behind Pinchbottom takes its burlesque seriously; hours of preparation go into every sequined thong. Dates and time vary, $15
Sweet and Nasty Burlesque
332 E. 11th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-677-1027
On the boxy stage in Rififi’s barren back room, the likes of Anita Cookie, Jo Boobs, and Little Brooklyn show (and take) off elaborate costumes during campy, improv-driven monologues. Pull up a folding chair and you might see Jesus and Mary strip or a pastied Veronika Sweet read a heartfelt letter from her Catholic mother. The show changes each week. Sun., 10 p.m.; $5.