After-dark inquiry: The World Famous *BOB*

The iconic alt-burlesque star and "female female impersonator" takes the stage for a solo performance.

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The iconic alt-burlesque star and "female female impersonator" takes the stage for a solo performance.

Where are you originally from?
I grew up in a region of California called the Central Coast, in a farm.

You're a farm girl?
That's right!

And how old were you when you began to dream of a career in show biz?
It was around when I was eight years old. I used to daydream that I was adopted, and that my real mom was a Hollywood movie star and she would come and find me on the farm. I'd been having these sorts of escape fantasies of becoming a star since I was six, really. At that point, I was lining my stuffed animals on my bed and play interview.

You were angling for more a traditional show-business career at that point, rather than the burlesque star you became, right?

Well, that's all I had been exposed to at that point. I really had an overactive imagination—as I still do—and there was something really exciting about the opposite of the farm.  I love animals and did enjoy the rural life, but there was something really fascinating and shiny about the pageantry of stardom in general.

The iconic alt-burlesque star and "female female impersonator" takes the stage for a solo performance.

And here you are now, with One Man Show: The True Story of Miss World Famous *BOB* Can you briefly sum up what people can expect at your new show?
It's something that I've worked really hard on and something I'm really proud of. It's basically storytelling with visual elements—and it ends with a performance-art piece. Well, a burlesque striptease, I guess you could say.

That certainly counts as performance art.
Yeah, right? What could be more performance art? But I think it's a little more so because I'm really inspired by butoh.  The piece has elements of that—in an intergalactic, glamorous sort of way.

I think a lot of people think of you as a striking onstage figure, but it seems like you might be displaying more depth with this show than people might anticipate.
People who might just know me as a one- or two-trick pony might be surprised. Say, if somebody who was only familiar with me from my days performing at the Cock came by, they might think, Oh wow, she's doing something besides mixing a drink in her bra! I mean, my job title is "professional blond spectacle"—that's on my business card—and if you're a professional blond spectacle, the smart thing to do when everyone is distracted by that is to turn around and start sharpening your pencil.

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