Stars of the AVT #74: Polly Peabody
This post is one of a series profiling the hundreds of performers I’ve presented through my American Vaudeville Theatre in celebration of its 15th anniversary. Don’t miss the American Vaudeville Theatre’s 15th Anniversary ExTRAVaganza in the New York International Fringe Festival this August!
Says Adria Lang, her creator: “Polly Peabody, the globe trotting British slut, was born on a rainy afternoon in a kitchen on thirty-third and third. Her first burlesque show at The Va Va Voom Room was slated for the following night, so over a cold cup of tea and a biography of poet Harry Crosby, she searched and found her alter ego lurking within the pages. How liberating was this thing called Burlesque! How wonderful to damn convention, to shock, amuse and tickle all at the same time. How opposite it was from the pretentious dronings of the floral skirt abusing, bore me to tears, off-off Broadway set! How non-committal, how safe, how easy to play the big fish once more. She now enjoys an illustrious carrer at the hands of her creator and along with her burlesque partner, Crystal Swarovski (Lopsided Productions) the two of them have been tearing up LA with shows and appearances at venues such as Tangier, The Overlook, the Key Club and Cabaret Voltaire. Polly’s talents range from sexy songstress to Burlesque Comedy Diva. “
We presented her at Galapagos Arts Space in 2005.
To learn more about vaudeville past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.