Epic Win Burlesque Presents X-Men! (SLIDE SHOW)

A burlesque troupe pays tribute to the mutant band of superheroes.

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BooBess, 27; burlesque performer and actor; Washington Heights
“X-Men was the only comic I was ever interested in. I find that “nerdy” fans are okay with any interpretation of their favorite comics as long as there’s nudity involved. This act is literally like if Emma Frost and Cee Lo Green had a baby.”

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BB Heart; burlesque dperformer; Crown Heights, Brooklyn
“I’ve loved X-Men since I was a preteen simply because of two characters: Magneto, one of the greatest supervillain characters ever, and Dark Phoenix, because she is a very complicated character. I feel like we’re paying homage to some of the best characters out there, so I think the fans will love it on the strength of that. When I heard the Cult song “Fire Woman,” I knew this act was meant to be.”

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Jonathan Kreisky, 26; retail; Boston, MA; left
Sherry Wasserman, 23; publishing; Greenpoint, Brooklyn; right
Kreisky: “Nelson Lugo does a great job with all the nerds in the crowd, bantering with them and helping fulfill their fantasies.”
Wasserman: “It’s hard getting out of a leotard! They certainly challenged themselves with that. But there were some creative zippers.

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Fem Appeal; burlesque performer, bartender and “rabble-rouser”; Bushwick, Brooklyn
“Whenever I talk about doing my X-Men act, I always have to clarify that its not the version from the movies with Halle Berry. I’m all about the animated series. One of the Marvel writers who writes X-Men has actually seen this act, and told me he really loved my interpretation.”

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Nelson Lugo, “42”; vaudeville impresario; Astoria, Queens
“I like nerd crowds better than burlesque crowds. I find that traditional burlesque crowds are kind of jaded and discerning. Nerd-friendly audiences are not burlesque fans—they’re fans of the topic who happen to enjoy burlesque. Nerds love everything. They are so enthusiastic, and if you reference their stuff, they’ll love you for days.”

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Cliff Hanger, 25; boylesque performer; Lower East Side
“I was an X-Men fan way back before the cartoons. I used to love drawing Wolverine as a kid, and when I thought about him for this show, I thought, Hey! He would cut his clothes off. And an idea is born.”

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When: July 13, 2012
The scene: Epic Win Burlesque Presents X-Men! at Nuyorican Poets Cafe

With San Diego knee-deep in Comic-Con, New York nerds had to find ways to keep themselves amused while waiting for their turn this October. Enter Epic Win Burlesque, whose X-Men–themed show at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe brought everyone’s favorite mutant sex symbols to the stage, along with a few of host and producer Nelson Lugo’s comics-centric magic tricks and a whole lot of glittering spandex. The crowd rewarded the performers with enthusiastic cheers, fueled by years of dedicated Marvel fandom.

Live photos: Room 69

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