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Star Wars Burlesque: Tatooine-Styled Shenanigans at the Bordello

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Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Update: On March 12, Devil's Playground returned with a new Star Warz show featuring Chewbacca, R2-D2, the Death Star and more favorites. Read about it here and check out Josh "CuriousJosh" Reiss' photo gallery.

Check out scenes from Star Wars Burlesque in Shannon Cottrell's photo gallery.

Saturday night, downtown club Bordello temporarily transformed itself into Mos Eisley Cantina for a night of Tatooine-styled shenanigans helmed by Devil's Playground. Star Wars Burlesque reimagined a host of beloved characters from the film series -- from the sexy to the androgynous to the grotesque -- as scantily clad female performers, with locals On Blast assuming the role of cantina band. Check out the cast of characters below.

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For more Star Wars action from last weekend, check out our post on Shogun Vader spotted at Anime L.A.

Character: Jabba the Hutt

Performer: Scarlet O'Gasm

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Have you ever wondered what might happen if Jabba the Hutt accidentally swallowed one of his slave girls whole? At Star Wars Burlesque, a balloon-clad vixen bursts through the body of a worm the size of a small planet, engages in some light spanking and then chains herself to a wall.

Character: Princess Leia

Performer: Olivia Bellafontaine

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Did you think Star Wars Burlesque could exist without slave Leia? Of course not. This is the scene that might have occurred in Jabba's palace, were the gangster not such a vile creature.

Character: C-3PO

Performer: Lucy Fur

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Nobody tells this droid that they don't serve "their kind" in a cantina. C-3PO might just kick out Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, put on some Kraftwerk and pull off a robot tease like this one. We should also note that Lucy Fur portrayed both Link and Zelda at last summer's Video Game Girls event. Her performances are always fun and clever.

Character: Boba Fett

Performer: Audrey Deluxe

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Remember when fans were clamoring about how Boba Fett should be revealed to be a woman, à la Metroid? Well Audrey Deluxe of Devil's Playground answered the requests that George Lucas obviously did not.

Character: Darth Vader

Performer: Charlotte LaBelle

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Even a villain like Darth Vader needs to let loose every once in a while. When those moments hit, it's time to turn up Meco's disco version of Star Wars' major themes (which, as LA Weekly's Gustavo Turner noted last week, is the biggest selling instrumental album ever) and take off the mask.

Character: Stormtrooper

Performer: Courtney Cruz

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There's a reason why Courtney Cruz always performs last at Devil's Playground events and it's not simply because she founded the burlesque troupe. Her costumes, designed by Carlos Flores, are consistently over-the-top and heavily detailed, in this instance, down to the Stormtrooper pasties. She performed to Front 242's industrial dance hit "Headhunter." You should have been there. However, if you weren't, Devil's Playground will repeat the show on March 13.

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