“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.