Toby Pisstols stripper at World By Night club in 1984

I was a male stripper in a go-go bar

OK we all have a past and did something that we are not altogether proud of.  Here’s my stripper story…

In 1984, in my “big hair” and alcohol / substance infused days, I lost a bet with my peers and agreed to be a male stripper — I did this for a (very) short time in Brisbane, mainly as a lark, at a vaudeville style theatre called “World By Night” in the Fortitude Valley — the show was called “Pisstols”.

Massively over-dressed in a cape and leather jacket, white dickie front & bow tie, faux leather top hat, white gloves, monacle, quick rip-off pants (velcro down the side seams) and a leather “cock sock” along with a cane, I performed my rather desperately camp routine to Irving Berlin’s “Putting on the Ritz” (1983 version by Taco — listen below).  Somewhat like a scene from the musical Gypsy, I spent most of the act strutting the stage with the cane and glass of champagne, and spent 2 minutes removing my white gloves.  The show ends in total nudity with a back lit lighting flash and (fast) blackout.  The Full Monty ahead of it’s time.  At least the ladies (and the press reviewer) liked it.

Toby Pisstols stripper at World By Night club in 1984

Putting on the Ritz
by Irving Berlin

      1. Taco-Puttin-on-the-Ritz

performed by TACO, circa 1983

Toby stripper advertisement at World By Night club in 1984