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Press from 2016 - 2017 - September 6, 2017

Love From the Wahsinton Post - May 15, 2014

Some great press from The Washington Post from our first out of town gig!

Check it out here:

We got great press in 2012 - January 27, 2013

Look at all the press!!!! - August 6, 2012


We have been getting (and I mean GETTING) amazing press this year! Read about us in...

The New York Times

Entertainment Weekly

What is new for 2012! - January 6, 2012

Press Contact: Cyndi Freeman: // 617-686-1709
Joe The Shark and Cherry Pitz Present:
218 Bowery (between Prince and Spring).
8pm // tickets $10.
Jan 17th and every 3rd Tuesday of the month)
We are back! Announcing the official re-launch of our monthly show!

Cherry Pitz and Joe the Shark, two of New York’s premiere names in modern burlesque, proudly present Hotsy Totsy Burlesque! Combining Burlesque and Theater, Hotsy Totsy is New York’s only episodic, monthly burlesque show. Featuring a new script each month and a rotating cast, Hotsy Totsy is a high camp soap opera featuring some of the best burlesque talent New York has to offer including: Veronica Varlow, Stormy Leather, Jenny C’est Quoi, Go-Go Harder, Trixie Little & The Evil Hate Monkey, Schaffer The Darklord, Jo Boobs, Gal Friday, Handsome Brad, Tigger!, Franny Fluffer, Nelson Lugo, Calamity Chang, Donny Vomit and many more as they join Cherry Pitz in a different adventure at every show. 

Every third Tuesday of the month, you are invited to the basement of The Home For Wayward Girls and Fallen Women. The residents of the home need money to keep their hotel open and to buy G-strings and glitter. Sadly, the shows have had their technical difficulties and in the past they have had to combat, zombies, gangsters, human-animal hybrids, intergalactic space travelers, televangelists, snake oil salesmen and Sarah Palin. But the girls feel certain that 2012 will be a much smoother year, but even if it isn’t they promise you: beautiful, clothing-averse women, lots of laughs, spinning tassels, and flying underpants. So join us for Hotsy Totsy Burlesque at The Home For Wayward Girls and Fallen Women where the motto is “We’ve fallen, we can’t get up, and we like it that way!”

Sponsored in part by Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum who promise drink specials and awesome swag!


* * * Time Out NY

It's a feeling of having stumbled into a bar outside of the space-time continuum, where the best bits of sexy 20th century aesthetics (early jazz, false eyelashes, garter belts) have been gathered together for some smart and sensual dancers to play with. -

Review of first show is in! - August 12, 2008

The Home for Wayward Girls and Fallen Women

reviewed by Megin Jimenez
Aug 9, 2008

In our world of commercially driven sexuality, where it's now normal to surgically remake your body into an idea of perfection, and hardcore porn is just a mouse-click away, burlesque—tassels and all—may just be the most subversive act around. The Home for Wayward Girls and Fallen Women invites us for a much-too-brief hour into a pan-sexual, post-feminist party. Here, seduction coexists comfortably with the absurd, and each and every body, because of its singularity, offers tantalizing possibilities.

The setting is the basement of the Home, a speakeasy-cum-reformatory for bad girls. Tucked away in a lush Spiegelworld circus tent behind the bustling tourist mall that is essentially the South Street Seaport, the goings-on in here do indeed feel illegal. The conceit that ties the performances together is ostensibly a fundraiser; the cause varies with each date, as do the host and performers. On this particular evening, host Cherry Pitz (Cyndi Freeman, also the producer and co-creator), looking as beautiful as a drag queen, is seeking to bail out a sister in the slamma'. Channeling the spirit of 1950s baby-voiced vamps who are just misunderstood ("That's not what I meant! You have such a dirty mind!"), she bares a little more creamy skin with each new act ("Ooooh! My back is so naked!").

Stripteases of all moods ensue, ranging from the classic feather fan dance of Veronica Varlow to the hilarious Miss Brooklyn as a sexy lady clown letting loose (yes, giant floppy shoes and all). The boys are invited, too—TIGGER! (James Ferguson) transgresses as a Catholic priest who energetically bares more than his soul. Meanwhile, Martha Stewart and the FBI threaten to shut down the high jinks, but soon can't help but be drawn in. For the audience, hooting and hollering is mandatory (good "Burletiquette," as the program declares). It is this inclusiveness, as well as a historical awareness and a sharp sense of humor, that makes the revue such fun. It's a feeling of having stumbled into a bar outside of the space-time continuum, where the best bits of sexy 20th century aesthetics (early jazz, false eyelashes, garter belts) have been gathered together for some smart and sensual dancers to play with.

While future shows will feature different story lines and casts, I'm pretty certain they will make it as hard to leave this enticing place as it was on opening night.

FringeNYC dates announced! - July 1, 2008

We are super pleased to announce that "The Home for Wayward Girls and Fallen Women" will be performer at Spiegelworld this August as part of the FringeNYC!

SAT 8/9 @ 6-7:10

TUE 8/12 @ 7:15-8:25

SAT 8/16 @ 10-11:10

THUR 8/21 @ 9:45-10:55 (I know you can't make this one)

SUN 8/24 @ 3:30-4:40

So please mark your calenders and come on down to check us out at The Deluxe at Spiegelworld

ADDRESS: Pier 17
South Street Seaport
89 South Street (at Beekman)

We are in FringeNYC! - June 30, 2008

Hosty Tosty Burlesque Presents:

The New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC
A Production of The Present Company
August 8th – 24th (Performance dates TBA)
VENUE #X: The Deluxe at Spiegelworld
Pier 17, South Street Seaport, 89 South Street (at Beekman), NYC
Tickets: $15. For tickets visit
Hotsy Totsy Burlesque is proud to present “The Home for Wayward Girls and Fallen Women” as part of the 12th annual New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC.

Twirling tassels, flying underpants and a swell time, THE HOME FOR WAYWARD GIRLS AND FALLEN WOMEN is an irreverent burlesque soap opera with a different show each performance, featuring an all-star rotating cast of the hottest dancers and vaudevillians in the NY burlesque scene. Thrills! Glamour! Excitement and death defying g-strings!

The residents of “The Home for Wayward Girls and Fallen Women” are fundraising for several pressing issues including: Bailing a hotel resident out of jail; Costuming an underprivileged boy-lesque troupe, which the girls have adopted as a joint cause; And keeping their hotel residence from closing.

The “fundraisers” are in the form of vaudeville/burlesque shows. Our rotating cast of over thirty established and up-and-coming performers consists of some of the finest stars in the NY burlesque and vaudeville communities including: Veronica Varlow, Rosie 151, Fem Appeal, Cherry Pitz, Scarlet O’Gasm, Nelson Lugo, Schaffer the Darklord, Adam Rinn, Billy The Id and many more!

HOTSY TOTSY BURLESQUE is a company focused on the fusion of theater and burlesque. Founding member Cyndi Freeman is an award winning playwright, actress, and performs burlesque under the name Cherry Pitz (“…a pink wigged, leopard print, hip gyrating gem.” – Ms. Freeman has a 10 year history of producing shows in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Edinburgh and London. Credits include FringeNYC award winning solo shows I Kissed Dash Rip rock! & Greetings From Hollywood. Co-producer/writer and talent coordinator Joe Naftali (AKA Joe the Shark) has been a part of the New York Burlesque world for three years. In addition to co-writing and co-producing HOTSY TOTSY BURLESQUE, Mr. Naftali also works with Kitty Nights, Sugar Shack, Original Cyn, Rosie Red Burly-q Burlesque and Princess Sunshine’s Hard Candy Burlesque & What Bam Slam Variety Hour. Other credits include numerous published short stories and comic book writing & editing for Continüm Comics and Platinum Studios.

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