The number one big guy of San Francisco burlesque, Eddie Dane, passed away yesterday.
There’s hardly a sparkly, mojito glazed memory of performing or being entertained that doesn’t include some little gem about Eddie. The first burlesque show I ever saw was a variety show, way back when he had the troupe “Dane’s Dames”. There was rarely a show I attended where Eddie wasn’t either on stage or heckling from the audience. Much of what burlesque is now (in San Francisco but I will also dare to say in general) is owed to his promotion. His support of the movement made it possible for me to experience, hands down, the most fun I have ever had on stage.
In my pre-pregnancy performance days, Kerri (my dance partner and godmama to Fern) and I were proud to be regular performers at the (still ongoing and #1 burlesque show) Hubba Hubba Revue. The show was hosted by Jim Sweeny (Kingfish) and Eddie, and as a comedic team they were unparalleled. I associate the two of them together, and so Eddie’s passing has a big ripple effect on the show and the whole community.
But true to the spirit that he always brought, I think he would probably be appalled at any sentimentality. So my friends, if you live in the Bay Area (or any area with a little bit of culture), think about hitting a burlesque show this weekend. Drink up, laugh till you cry and don’t be afraid to live large.
(This vid exemplifies the spirit of burlesque…lampooning yourself and loving it)
(Great Benny Hill spoof by the Hubba Hubba gang, featuring Kingfish and Eddie)
(I’ve never really shown this to anyone before, and if you don’t already know me, this might make you love me…or more likely…decide I’m really annoying. This was shot after a long evening of fighting with video uploads for our application to Tease-O-Rama, the mecca show of burlesque. We finally just decided to break out the wine and video the video. Then we did a video of the video with commentary. For us, burlesque is less about being sexy and more about making total asses of ourselves.
Anyway, this was filmed at the Monday night Hubba Revue in Oakland. You can hear Eddie in the video shout “I LOVE Spencer!” and there is a brief glimpse of him at the end. )
Stay tuned next week for a sourdough update!