On March 22, 2014, Examiner.com experienced the fourth annual Southern Fried Burlesque Fest. On Saturday night the fest held its Southern Fried Burlesque Pageant at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria in Atlanta, Ga.
There were 14 categories and seven winners, as some of the winners won in more than one category. In addition to the Queen's title there were two runners up.
Pageant's Four Categories
- Group Act
- Variety Act
The festival's goal is to not only showcase the amazing talents the Southeast has to offer, but to also show the Southeast the amazing talents the rest of the world has to offer as well.
2014 Pageant Winners
- Miss Congeniality - Sugar Hills
- Most Classic - Taloolah Love
- Audience Choice - Salome Cabaret
- Most Innovative - Mason Doodle
- Best Costume - Taloolah Love
- Most Humorous - Mason Doodle
- Best Group Act - Salome Cabaret
- Best Variety Act - Mason Doodle
- King - Paco Fish
- Queen 2nd Runner Up - Tifa Tittlywinks
- Queen 1st Runner Up - Taloolah Love
- Queen - Jeez Loueez
Included in the photo list of winners is one of the judges, Burlesque's Living Legend Penny Starr, Sr.
Learn more about the festival at Southern Fried Burlesque Pageant.
Photography: Jennifer Woodward
Triple Winner - Mason Doodle
Mason Doodle won Most Humorous, Most Innovative and Best Variety Act at the 2014 Southern Fried Burlesque Fest.
Doodle says he was a born freak. That is to say, he was born with a joint disorder, Ehlers–Danlos syndrome, that allows him to bend the way he does. That said, he's still kind of a freak in general. He first stepped on stage to perform a three musketeers tap dance routine at the age of six. Ever since he first heard the forced lack luster applause from those parents who still cared enough to make some noise for the children, he's been spending his life chasing that sound. He's been a singer, an actor, and a dancer, but he found his niche as a rubberboy with the Tinderbox Circus Sideshow. If he can't make you laugh, at the very least he can make you cringe.
Queen Jeez Loueez
Jeez Loueez won the title of Queen of Southern Fried Burlesque Fest.
Loueez is an award-winning burlesque performer, actor, emcee, and instructor in St. Louis known as “The Honey Badger of Burlesque” and “The Powerhouse of the Midwest”! A lethal combination of drama, hilarity, and killer kinetics, Jeezy is known for bringing audiences to their feet! She's the 2012 (and first African-American) Miss Viva Las Vegas and was crowned the Shimmy Showdown 2013 champion in St. Louis. Since 2010 Jeez Loueez has been voted as one of the TOP 50 Burlesque Industry Figures coming in at #39, #31, and in 2012 moving up to #18!
Jeezy has produced the sold-out hit show Jeezy’s Juke Joint: A Black Burly-Q Revue in Chicago, The 8th Degree with Tito Bonito, and most recently Dr. Sketchy’s St. Louis. A lover of all things behind-the-scenes, she’s been involved in the Show-Me Burlesque and Windy City Burlesque Festivals as a performer, instructor, and Sponsorship Coordinator and has dazzled on stage in the Best of Midwest Burlesk, Colorado, Dallas, and New Orleans Burlesque Festivals since 2010. Her dynamic acts have headlined with the Brown Girls Burlesque All-Star Tour and the Bluegrass Burlexpo in Lexington.
Never one to rest for too long she frequently tours with The Beggar’s Carnivale and Foxy Tann and the Wham Bam Thank You Ma’ams, teaches at Van Ella Studios, and has taught her popular Twerkshops at BurlyCon Seattle, Playful Peacock Academy in Minneapolis, and Vaudezilla Studios in Chicago.
Triple Winner including Queen 1st Runner Up - Talloolah Love
Talloolah Love won 2014 Best Costume, Most Classic and Queen 1st Runner Up.
Love has performed all over the world, and has taught all over the country. She is the producer of “Talloolah Love Presents”: a series of burlesque shows including the "Rue Du Paradis" at Atlanta's High Museum of Art in 2011 her more recent AnachroCon shows: "Burlesque at the end of the world" and "The Repeal Revival", and lastly, the 2012 and 2013 Dragon*Con Burlesque show: "A Glamour Geek Revue". She is The Matron of the Atlanta Burlesque and Cabaret Society, she is the founder of The Texbook Tease. She was Pin Curl Magazine's February 2013 covergirl and finally, she is a contributing author along with Alan Moore, Margaret Killjoy, Sarah Hunter and Molly Crabapple in "The Steampunk's Guide to Sex", published in both English and Italian on Ebook and paperback!
Queen 2nd Runner Up - Tifa Tittlywinks
Tifa Tittlywinks won Queen 2nd Runner Up title of Southern Fried Burlesque Fest.
Tittlywinks is a dame of class and jazz. She is the headmistress and co-founder of Dem Damn Dames burlesque in Houston. She and The Dames have been spreading the word about Houston's burlesque revival all over Texas. She has also founded Madame Fantastick's Burlesque Bootcamp for local beginner shimmy and shakers. She also won the award for Most Creative at this year's San Antonio Burlesque Festival. She has been dancing her entire life, deriving much influence from Fosse, Liza, and old Vaudevillian styles. Although burlesque has been good, times have been hard on the Tifa.
King Paco Fish
Paco Fish won the title of King of the Southern Fried Burlesque Pageant.
Fish thrives on duality. He is a dynamic performer of spoken and physical comedy, burlesque, boylesque, stilt walking, clown, mime, and a variety of other media. Most of Paco’s characters exist in multiple forms and his acts are visual representations of the transitions between these coexisting identities. Whether playing a freshwater turtle in forbidden saltwater love, a tramp with a deal with the devil, or the whole history of modern France, Paco dismantles assumptions and defies convention with humor and passion. He is the founder of Baltimore's Sticky Buns Burlesque and currently holds the titles, "King of Southern Exposure," "King of Carolina Sweet Tease," and "Most Humorous" from both the Great Burlesque Exposition and The Carolina Burlesque Festival.
Double Winners - Salome Cabaret
Salomé Cabaret won Audience Choice and Best Group Act titles at the Southern Fried Burlesque Fest.
The group is a burlesque-based vaudeville performance troupe from Knoxville, Tennessee. Founded in 2008 by Kisa von Teasa and Siren Santina. The troupe is known for their innovative and off-beat performances. In 2013, the troupe took home four titles at the Southern Fried Burlesque Festival: Best Variety, Most Comedic, Most Innovative, and Audience Choice.
Judge and Burlesque Legend - Penny Starr, Sr.
Penny Starr, Sr. an icon and legend in the burlesque world, represented one of six judges at the 2014 Southern Fried Burlesque Fest. Penny Starr, Jr. is Starr's granddaughter was a judge as well.
On Facebook Penny Starr, Sr. is called an entertainer and is a living legend of Burlesque. Penny Starr Sr, still lights up the stage at 80 years young! To invite her to perform send an email to PennyStarrSr@yahoo.com
Southern Fried Burlesque Fest Contestants
Talloolah Love and Diego Wolf posed at fest.
Talloolah Love has performed all over the world, and has taught all over the country. She is the producer of “Talloolah Love Presents.”
Diego Wolf has been performing in the Athens, GA and Atlanta areas for over a decade, but has only begun to focus on burlesque in the last few years.
A simple definition to those new to "burlesque" and the music behind it - 'Burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects.'
Miss Congeniality - Sugar Hills came up from audience
Sugar Hills won the Miss Congeniality Award at the 2014 Southern Fried Burlesque Fest. She was the first to win an award that night and came out of the audience to accept it. Congrats Ms Hills!
Here is what the festival has to say about itself: "We have created this festival to support and showcase all facets of the neoburlesque revival - classic, humorous, conceptual, acrobatic, etc. We’re bringing you the most amazing, creative, and talented group of burlesque vaudeville and variety performers in one place! Not to mention, the most elaborate class & workshop schedule you will ever see for performers, photographers, teachers, and anyone crazy about burlesque as a part of this four day event. Our goal for this event is to not only showcase the amazing talents the Southeast has to offer, but to also show the Southeast the amazing talents the rest of the world has to offer. It will be a weekend of burlesque goodness for all!"
Southern Fried Burlesque Fest Guests
Our goal for this event is to not only showcase the amazing talents the Southeast has to offer, but to also show the Southeast the amazing talents the rest of the world has to offer. It will be a weekend of burlesque goodness for all!" - Southern Fried Burlesque Fest