A Lifetime of Happiness: Movies, TV, and Video Games

Burlesque (2010)

January 26, 2022 Steve Bennet-Martin, Stephen Martin-Bennet Season 1 Episode 103
A Lifetime of Happiness: Movies, TV, and Video Games
Burlesque (2010)
Show Notes Transcript

The Steves discuss the 2010 musical romantic comedy, Burlesque, along with what's making them happy in pop culture today.

What's Making Us Happy?

  • Emily in Paris Season 2 (Netflix)
  • Ru Paul's Drag Race Season 14 (VH1)

Burlesque Discussion:

  • Why we love the movie (and the art form)
  • Our first Burlesque experiences
  • Movie background info
  • The connection(s) between this movie and the Pussycat Dolls
  • The friendship between Tess and Ali
  • Ali and Nicky's rivalry
  • The romance between Ali and Jack
  • The friendship between Tess and Sean


Ending- Any music or audio clips were borrowed from the original source material.

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Steve:

Hello, returning happys and new listeners. This is Steve Bennet-Martin.

Stephen:

And this is Stephen Martin-Bennet. And welcome to a

lifetime

Steve:

of happiness. The podcast where we take you on our journey through some of the movies, TV shows, and other bits of how culture that are helping to keep us happy will hopefully bring a smile to your face along the way. And today

Stephen:

we're whipping out our high heels lingerie and. To discuss the 2010 hit musical burlesque.

Steve:

You mean you want to show me how your burlesque? I

Stephen:

sure do.

Steve:

So my love, how

Stephen:

do you burlesque a little bit like that? Excellent. You get it up, get it up. Show me, yeah. All that. Perfect.

Steve:

But before we get too into burlesque, what's been making you happy. So

Stephen:

we recently watched Emily in Paris, season two.

Steve:

Yeah. And season two did so well, it's on that flex that it was renewed for season three and four. And

Stephen:

for, and we really enjoyed season one. It was a cute fun show. Season two was just so much better than like, it was really good. It

Steve:

was good. It's it's a, I would say it's like a young woman's version of. I think it gives off like sex in the city vibes, kind of it's like very

Stephen:

fashionable it's sex in the European city for the early 20 something

Steve:

crowd. Exactly. Yes. And you know, it's been making me very happy. What is that? My darling Roos back and not for an, like a, another countries, Australia or UK, or it's on a direc and girl. All our American girls for RuPaul's drag race, season

Stephen:

14. Yes. We have had three weeks. Now that premiere was divided into two episodes.

Steve:

Yes. And so what do you think of the girls so far? First impressions. Do you have any front runners?

Stephen:

I really enjoy cornbread. Yes. I really enjoy Carrie Colby. Yes. And Willow pill is the one that on the entrance episode. Whenever she came in with her entrance look, I was like, she's not sticking around long. And then her talent with steroids, we had to watch it twice. It was so funny. And then this week she was so good. And so I started following her on Twitter and she's really. Like a slime, I'm looking forward to more of Willow pill. Yes. As long as Rue doesn't keep going up, we're well past.

Steve:

But you know, that, that's why she loves her so much. And part of how she got on the show is we're just loving the name. Yeah. I'm sure that's exactly it. Yes. I agree. And cornbread is like a surprising four runner, like typically. I don't go for like the loud shit stir, but I mean, it seems like she's the loud shitster with a heart of gold. That's

Stephen:

exactly the difference because there have been other characters in the past that were a little larger than life and like to stir the pot. But they also didn't appear to be the nicest of people. Corn bread is the nice

Steve:

one. Yes, exactly. So I'm very excited to see where the season goes. Ditto. Yes. But speaking of big wigs and heals let's get into burlesque.

Stephen:

So we love the movie. Did you see it when it was in the theater or did you see it on video? One

Steve:

of the two. What

Stephen:

about you? My love. So it came out while I was down here in 2000. For Thanksgiving and mom and dad, and I went to see a like nine o'clock showing of it at the theater. They like funny enough Thanksgiving was my time to go see movies with a mom and dad when I was down from Cincinnati. I think the year before we saw rent, when it was out in the theater And like the movie version. And then this year we saw burlesque and. I was immediately in love with it. I saw it again. Once I got back to Cincinnati and me being me, of course, I bought it on Blu-ray as soon as it was available.

Steve:

Yes. And we don't just love the movie. Do we allow, we also love the art form, which we've fallen in love with since our relationship started down here in Sarasota as well. Yes,

Stephen:

we have been very. To get to witness some incredible burlesque, meet some amazing burlesque performers. One of her favorites miss voodoo Von boom, boom. And It's just this wonderful body, positive sex, positive, absolutely entertaining, wonderfully delightful, absolutely funny form of art that we fell head over heels

Steve:

for. I agree. Now, burlesque, the movie itself was released on November 24th, 2010. Like you said, around Thanksgiving, it was produced by Donald align and written and directed by Steven.

Stephen:

Now D-line is previously known for directing the Stepford wives remake, which I enjoyed with that and Nicole and without a paddle. And he later went on to direct ready player one, which was quite good. We did not see them, the theater, but when we watched it streaming, we were impressed.

Steve:

Yes. Meanwhile, Steve Anton started work as an actor. Most notably for playing Troy in the Goonies. He was the villain. Yes. And he was previously the creator of the teen drama, young Americans. Now

Stephen:

the movie itself has one or two big names on it. Yes.

Steve:

I believe that one of those names was the backup. The the, the backup backup dancers. Yeah.

Stephen:

Yeah. More it might've been Christina Aguilera as Allie rose,

Steve:

or it could have been shared as test scaly,

Stephen:

Cam gig and debt as Jack Miller, Kristen bell as Nikki and the always delightful Stanley Tucci as Sean.

Steve:

Yes. We seen Agular as a household name and pop music icon. What's your favorite Christina song? We

Stephen:

love, so it is, I love Christina, you know, whenever it comes to the whole Brittany versus Christine, I think, which I don't think should actually be. A either or I do fall on team X, Tina but when it comes to her music I love fighting. And ain't no other man are my two favorites. She has a lot that I really like, but those are the two that always stick out to me.

Steve:

Yes. I also love dirty. And of course it all started with teeny and a bottle.

Stephen:

Yep. Now shares another household name that spans across the generations. Do you have a favorite Cher song or decade?

Steve:

I would say, I mean, I have to go with like, share like the nineties.

Stephen:

Oh, like you're talking about the late nineties with the

Steve:

Yes. That's like where like share went from being like a name that I know because of like Sonny and Cher to like a one that like I had on my playlist.

Stephen:

Gotcha. Thanks to mom and dad. I knew share earlier on I like, she came in like I of course was not alive for the Sonny and Cher era. I came into that later, but I was there for the eighties, with the whole, if I could turn back time and the movie mermaids and things. My favorite songs of hers are dark lady and from her. Underappreciated 1995 album. The song one by one. Okay, cool. Now cam did a short run on the young and the restless. And what

Steve:

was his last name again? Gig in depth. Okay. So I first saw him in the OSI as bed. Why

Stephen:

Kevin, but most people would probably recognize him as playing the villain, James in the first Twilight movie. Yes. And

Steve:

for playing the villain, Kristen bell is normally one of America's sweethearts being half of your favorite Hollywood power.

Stephen:

Couple God. I just love them together. They make me so

Steve:

happy. Yes. And she was the star of the hysterical good place. And the voice

Stephen:

of XO XO gossip girl.

Steve:

Yes. I mean, well, Stanley two chiefs played a small role in. Everything ever. I first knew him or really recognized him as Nigel and the devil wears Prada. Do you have a favorite Stanley Tucci role? Ugh,

Stephen:

I do. I mean, the devil wears Prada is absolutely fantastic. And I love him that this is another one where he is just the heart and soul of the movie. Yeah. I just think he's fantastic. Yes. Well, so

Steve:

does IMD DB because he has 138 acting credits. That's a whole bunch. It is now other familiar faces you might see in the movie include Eric Dane as Marcus

Stephen:

is most likely known as mixed steamy from Grey's anatomy. Alan

Steve:

Cumming says Alexis crawler from the X-Men movies. Juliana, ho as George.

Stephen:

Or Huff as she likes to be called when you're not sex shaming, her

Steve:

Julianne Hough as Georgia

Stephen:

and Peter Gallagher as Vince galley, also from the OSI. So from

Steve:

the OSI, yes. Now this movie was distributed by Sony pictures. It had a budget of $55 million and achieved a box office of 90.6.

Stephen:

Yep. It competed in the box office against Harry Potter and the deathly Hallows part one and tangled. So it was fucked to begin with. It was screwed. DVD sales actually prove to be a godsend for it because on top of the 90 points, It added about 30 million more in the first two years in DVD sales and it soundtrack

Steve:

also a

Stephen:

certified goals. Yeah, because you had an original share song. You haven't seen the last of me written by Diane Warren golden globe for best original song. It was shocking. It did not get the Oscar nomination for best original song. And people thought it was gonna kind of be a shoe in for that. And that had actually been shares first original recording in about seven years. She's known to. Can I show up every

Steve:

decade and make sure that you can keep it up. Once every decade she crawls out of the abyss to score a number one single, and then she crawls back down, just earning those royalties. Good

Stephen:

for

Steve:

her. Yes. So in the movie, it starts off with Allie working at a diner demanding her money from her boss because they haven't been paid in over a month. Her boss refuses. So she takes the money from the register and closes up shop, but not before seeing sometimes I get a feeling while the opening credits roll during the song, we see a montage of her leaving town for Los Angeles and. Question. If the boss hasn't come back, then why is this how it starts? I mean, it kind of is weird to start her office thief. See, I don't

Stephen:

see her as the brash thief because she is clearly saying she is only taking what she's owed. And she actually tried to give part of that money to her coworker. So her coworker could buy herself. The bike that he had been wanting. And I think mainly they showed this as her breaking point and it was her now, or never a moment that she was going to get out of town. Okay.

Steve:

Then now after a day of striking out at auditions, or it could have been a couple of days for all we know she finds a burlesque club and is immediately drawn to it by cocoa on the fire escape. She pays her way in and we get sheriffs. Welcome to burlesque number.

Stephen:

You ever this. But you have money in my hand, if you want a little extra, well, you know where I am.

Steve:

Yeah. And one thing I love is on her way in as she's paying for a ticket, they say we don't have windows, but we have the best view on the sunset strip.

Stephen:

And yeah, whenever she's like, what is this place? The strip Cub. And he goes, honey, I could, should wash your mouth out with Jaegermeister. The only poll you'll find in here is Natasha the shock girl.

Steve:

Yes. Now. I can only imagine what it'd be like, not knowing what burlesque is and kind of stumbling upon this. I mean, we went to a burlesque show. It was our first experience. Like

Stephen:

we were completely enthralled because I remember that you know, cause there's a mixture of classic burlesque and there's comedy and dirty jokes and nothing is kind of off limits and. You have these beautiful women going down to almost nothing as the big reveal and you know, they're wanting the audience to clap and applaud for them and their dancing and their lip sync. And it was just kind of magical in the whole thing.

Steve:

It was, I mean, I remember we bumped with our first time was with a couple of friends who, and they were the ones who had the idea, like got the tickets and everything. And they were like, come on, let's go. And I mean, I was around for it cause I'm always a big fan of boobies, but.

Stephen:

Yes. But I mean, that was the anniversary show was the first one

Steve:

we went to. It was, and I was just surprised though at like, because it was like so sexy, like, even though it was all like women's stripping, like, and were two gay men, I was just surprised at how like, sexy, like got me going. Like, it made me feel like sexy, just like watching it. And like, it was just like, like infectious, like the electricity in the air. I just like left and I was like, let's go home, babe.

Stephen:

Yeah, and we did. Yes. So Allie goes to the bar at the lounge and she meets Jack and they flirt, but she's pretty sure he's gay. And she wants to get a job. So he sends her backstage to talk to tests about how to audition and an, a flurry of plot development. We meet Sean, the costume designer and stage manager. Who was also Tess's confidant and best friend. We also run into Vince test his ex-husband who refers to himself as Mr. Tests. He revealed that the place is having money troubles and he's concerned since he's still on his half of the place. Test blows Allie off blows Vince. And we learn Nicki as late. She's an alcoholic. And just as Nikki shows up in time to play the strung out villain character. And while all this is going on, Allie inserts herself as a waitress in the front of the club for the night, this all happened in like five minutes, but it was a lot of plot. And they handled it quite well. They

Steve:

did. Yes. They certainly got the story going there. We transitioned to the girls on stage. Performing diamonds are a girl's best friend and we learned this the next night as test questions. Why Allie is. But then okay. As the higher warning her not to go behind her back again, but

Stephen:

darling diamonds are a girl's best friend. We know that number.

Steve:

We actually performed it in our own burlesque show as backup dancers to our friend on Beyonce, the floor

Stephen:

we did, we lifted her up. We showed her off. We flipped her over our arms and took her clothes off. It was a whole lot of fun. That song is always going to mean a little something

Steve:

extra now. Yes. And Allie then serves the Marcus and obvious douchebag and Nikki's late again, but still inserts herself into the number, trying to push Georgia back to the chorus line. The number ends with Allie imagining herself up there leading the number onstage,

Stephen:

Nicki and Allie immediately don't get along. Nikki gives Ellie attitude. Allie gives her. And Nicki wants her fired. And Nikki tells, she told me, I looked like a drag queen. And Sean says that can't be the first time that's ever happened.

Steve:

Yes. And it was very funny there and they got a lot of like, as much as Nikki plays, the obvious Ellen, they got a lot of jabs at her expense as well. But yeah, I was in doing research for the movie, I'd found out that many of the backup dancers were former members of the pussycat dolls,

Stephen:

the pussycat dolls. You mean like the music singing group? Well, actually

Steve:

I didn't realize that they started off as a burlesque troupe that later turned into a pop group. Tell me more. Well, in fact, writer, producer, Steve Antin sister, Robin Antin is the one who founded the pussycat dolls, burlesque troupe in Los Angeles, California in 1995. With one of their founding members being Christina Applegate.

Stephen:

This was post married with children, pre Broadway, pre two thousands resurgence for Christina.

Steve:

Yes, they performed songs from the fifties and sixties while dressed in lingerie or old profession. Pinup costumes securing a Thursday night residency at the Viper room from 1995 to 2000. The troop rose to fame after members of the group are featured in the June, 1999, issue of Playboy, which led them to being featured in other magazines TV specials for MTV and VH1 ad campaigns and films. Now you saw them in a movie that you love very much. They didn't show

Stephen:

they were in Charlie's. And they were dancing to man Sienese pink Panther theme. And they were also in one of your favorite singers, videos,

Steve:

pink and her music video

Stephen:

for trouble. The final push into the public eye was when the troop, including Christina Applegate were featured alongside Kristina Agular and Carmen Electra from Maxim magazine shoot in 2009. Yes.

Steve:

And 10 labor later collaborated with Jimmy. I have a record executive and negotiate a record deal for Interscope records in 2003, to turn the group into a musical franchise featuring Cole Scherzinger, Carmen Bashar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Suda, melody Thorton, and Kimberly. And

Stephen:

the rest, as they say is history. Yeah.

Steve:

But I love that while they get uncredited as the pussycat dolls, because at that point, the name was a household name for the pop group. The actual burlesque performers from the pussycat dolls were the backup

Stephen:

dancers. I'm going to have to look up that picture from Maxim magazine, just to see Christine Applegate in it or the

Steve:

Playboy. No, I don't need to

Stephen:

see Christine apple

Steve:

goodies. Yes. Now back to them

Stephen:

moving my love. Yes. A few nights later, Marcus is making an offer on the club and he knows about the money trouble, and that there's a huge balloon payment coming. And Cher's upset that it's not a partnership. Marcus just wants to buy them out. Vince urges her to take it. Cause he just wants out of the whole deal. And she puts her foot down saying no, which Allie overhears. Now there's a funny story with this. Okay. So tell me more. In the summer of 2011 I was spending a lot of time over at the McCampbell Lee's house in Cincinnati, Aaron and Sherry. Sherry's been on the show for our little shop of horrors episode. And so we called ourselves the cool kids club. And one night we were watching the movie and. Then Sean or Marcus is talking. He goes, you know, when I see something I like, I have to. Been that way since I was a kid and Cher says that must have made you very popular in the sandbox. And after she says no to the sale, Sean says, see you in the sandbox and Aaron McCamy and her best chair. And personally, she goes, fuck your Shan

Steve:

box, which I wish was in the movie. I

Stephen:

know. So now anytime I watch it and he goes, see in the sandbox. I'm just sitting there as the sheriff was going, fuck your Cheyenne box.

Steve:

Yes. Now Allie suggest to tests and Sean, as they go through costumes that they try having the girls sing rather than just stance and tests, shuts it down, saying that people come to see the girls lip sync to the great. And speaking of costumes, most of sheriffs costumes were her own clothes. Most of which were designed by her longtime friend, Bob Mackie,

Stephen:

which makes total sense Cher and Bob Mackey developed this wonderful partnership. And it has lasted for decades with share, having. Amazing clothes and costumes and everything she

Steve:

does. Yes. I wish I had a Bob Mackey has a friend.

Stephen:

Oh no. Allie goes home and finds that her apartment was broken in, broken into, and her savings were stolen that she had hidden in the toilet and the pictures of her mom and she, whenever she was younger was shattered

Steve:

and that young girl looked very much like Christina It did. Why is that? Well, actually the photo of young Allie with her mom is actually Christina with her real life. Mom, Shelly Kearns.

Stephen:

Well, that would be a good

Steve:

reason. Yes. Now Jack takes her in for the night, just for the night, just for the night. And we learn, he writes music the next morning we learned that he has a fiance and is straight she's in. She talked about the straightness than the fiance

Stephen:

part. Yeah, because she was. As a friend, because she thought he was gay. So she had no romantic intentions at all. Yes. That will change. She freaks out and tries to leave in the rain, but he brings her back inside because a, he likes her as a friend and. It does feel a little bit of attraction, your R and B. He's not going to let her stand in the rain and the homeless.

Steve:

Yes. Now backup dancer, Georgia. We find out at the club is pregnant. Tess has a heart to heart with her. That is actually really sweet. But also this opens up a new spot in the troop Allie inserts herself into the. She'll be whatever test wants to see to which tests are applies. I can't

Stephen:

tell you. Nobody can tell you, you got to make me believe this is where you belong, that you own that stage and that nobody is going to take it from you. That's the way it works. You want to show me something? Show me that.

Steve:

Yes. And then Allie and silkiness every single number and challenge with search to perform wagon

Stephen:

wheel walked

Steve:

Hershey, and she proves that she is amazing. Yep. Allie then begs and test does give her the chance after all wonderful Allie is doing well on stage, but struggling to fit in with the other girls. Then after hours, one night share gives her a makeup lesson. As we learned the Allie's mom died when she was seven, and this is her first makeup lesson.

Stephen:

Yes. And, but this is a really nice moment where Cher had already liked Allie's gumption and personality and drive, but this was a moment to show Tessa softer side and to show that Allie's never really had a guiding hand in any. And that anything she's had achieved has been on her

own.

Steve:

Yes. Now, speaking of chemistry back at the apartment Jack and Jack finds out that his fiance is going to be out of town for three more months overseas. And so he and Allie come to a longer term deal because he needs to read them. And what are your thoughts on their chemistry? I think

Stephen:

as performers, they have believable chemistry. They both do really good job in their scenes together. And I D I think they both handle it well with the, I like you and I like you, but we're not going to say it out loud, but as great as that chemistry is, you know, what has the better chemistry. Tests and Sean, well, that

Steve:

is true now. Nikki shows up drunk to another number. Surprise. So test doesn't let her go on and has Allie performance dead? How does Nicki handle that? Ah,

Stephen:

you know what? She really applauds out. And says, you know what? You deserve this and I want you to succeed.

Steve:

I don't think so, but I think that that's ultimately what she ends up doing for Allie by cutting the music which leads to LA singing, the remainder of the song. And the crowd goes, wild test says kins like say you could sing like that.

Stephen:

Yeah. And Nikki's says, I thought you said they didn't come to hear. They'll come to here, horse thing. Yes.

Steve:

So test agrees to do a whole new show centered around alley singing. Ah. With her new success, Marcus doubles down on his efforts to get

Stephen:

the club instead of 500,000 for each it's now paying off the loan and a million for each. Yes.

Steve:

A test still refuses though. She doesn't care what the numbers are. It's her club sexual tensions rising between Allie and Jack while Allie begins fitting in with the girls. Yay. Looking really well, no more bumps for the rest of the movie. No. Yeah, I know test denies. Marcus has offers on the club. So he instead sets the size on Allie and they begin casually dating at the party. He shares that he owns the air rights above LA, which obviously comes into play later.

Stephen:

Nicki and Allie continue to have issues with Nikki saying she's just a tacky farm girl from Iowa and alleys. We know a cow when we see one

Steve:

yes, share sings. You haven't seen the last of me and it's true. Two singles from our 2013 album, closer to the truth hit number two in the U S dance charts. While in 2020, she had semi hits and Chiquitita and stopped crying your heart out. Yes.

Stephen:

Now you haven't seen the last of me. And this movie kind of came out whenever I had a cancer. Back in the day. And so I used to use this song to build me up and be like, I am going to get through this it's it's not going to be what it is. I'm going to be fine. And then the song fireflies, do you remember that from Al city? Yeah. Was also popular at the time. So I used fireflies to cheer me up.

Steve:

Yeah. Now test, then has it out with Nikki, which we all saw as inevitable. Yeah.

Stephen:

Nicki says that she and tests built the club together and Allie hasn't paid her dues with testing someone that sings like that. Doesn't do it because they've had an easy life where Nikki screams, I will not be upstaged by some slot with the meat and lungs.

Steve:

Yes. Test says she's can be concerned with Nikki's ego and drinking. When she's worried about losing the club and Nikki retaliates by saying she slept with Vince the night after the hunter. So test takes a tire iron to Nicki's car. She brought this on herself. Yes. The following morning, Jack and Allie have it out as well. He likes her. She likes him, but because of the fiance, they let the situation make them both miserable. I

Stephen:

think they deserve credit for not acting on their feelings.

Steve:

Yes, I do. As well. I feel. They've been like leading up and hinting for a while with Sean kind of pushing Jack to like, say like, you know, Allie not gonna be around forever, but also she, he points out that like, while he and Natalie talk on the phone every day, it's always about Natalie's life and what Natalie's going through. And Natalie, Natalie, Natalie, and I mean, it doesn't seem like it's much of a relationship. It makes you wonder why he was staying out with her. Like, was it just out of obligation because you don't want to break up with her over the phone or

Stephen:

maybe things were good whenever she was in LA. And by the time she went to New York she just needed moral support and that's what he became. And he didn't. And you're right. He didn't feel like breaking up with her over the phone. Yes.

Steve:

Georgia ends up getting married. Her new husband has lots of money. Lucky. The DJ is making eyes at Sean. Yup. And at the wedding Jack breaks up with Natalie gets drunk and he and Allie danced the night away before having more flirting as he strips from a full-blown set up pajamas, it takes piece by piece off with excuse after excuse for coming out into the living room before they share their first kiss and hookup, then get a montage of them being happy in bed over days or weeks while Allie sings bound to you on stage. Yes.

Stephen:

And then Natalie storms in while they're still in bed claiming that they didn't break up. And Jack asks Allie to leave while he talks to Natalie having her runaway to Sean's place. Shawn's having a one night stand from the wedding with DJ mark. Allie then is invited to dinner with Marcus and leaves and Natalie leaves Jack's apartment and Jack chases after Allie, but he's too late because he, she left a couple of hours ago. And now Jack gives Sean advice saying you don't want to miss out on the thing. Well, you've got it. Which inspires him to get to know DJ mark better.

Steve:

Yes. And in my mind they live happily ever after. Yes. Tess is once again, upset that the last bank she applied for a loan to said no 48 hours to the club. Ah, tension. Yes. Meanwhile, Allie is at Marcus's house and she notices a model of his plans. Ray plans to take over the burlesque club to turn it into a 20 story. Multi-use property.

Stephen:

Wait a minute. That's not what he said to test. He said he was going to leave the club

Steve:

there. I know. So Allie forces test to listen to her about the air rights in the plant.

Stephen:

Yep. And they go to a developer neighbor who makes an offer on the club previously. And then they explained to him about mark has this plan for his own high rise that will destroy this developer's views. As he tries to sell his condos, they inform him about what air rights are and convince him to buy the air rights above the burlesque lounge for a lot of them. Which allows tests to pay off the loan and keep the lounge.

Steve:

Yes, exactly that night. And that, that, that was a lot of information that just seemed like way too complicated for this story's plot. It seems like very like cutesy. And then all of a sudden it goes into like legal jargon and I'm like, Steve, you, how dare you. That night at the club test buys outfit. Nikki then comes back. She says she lied about sleeping with Vince and apologizes for being a crazy bitch saying I want to come home. Okay. You'll home. She rejoins the cast as a backup. Yes. Allie and tests have truly bonded now. And though she won't say it to her face, she knows she has Allie to thank for saving her.

Stephen:

I love that test has everything she ever wanted. She has the club all to herself and she has her burlesque

Steve:

family. Yes. And while Allie and Nikki are in friends, they do have a civil mutual respect for one another. Now. Yes

Stephen:

they do. And Jack shares that he actually did 100% break up with Natalie it's over. He apologizes for the way things happen when Natalie. And he begs for her back.

Steve:

They make up and he gives her a finished song. Show me how you burlesque, which Allie performs us the big.

Stephen:

And is back from having the baby and Georgia and Nikki play well sharing the supporting

Steve:

spotlight. Yes. And what do you think on the ending of the movie? My love, I

Stephen:

love it. It's makes me very, very happy. I know that there's a lot of complaints from the burlesque community, that there are only two or three actual numbers in there that would qualify as burlesque things that some of the restaurant mainly cabaret things. I don't

Steve:

care. Yeah. You enjoy what you enjoy and it makes us happy. And sometimes you just have to take the best of things and look away at the

Stephen:

worst. Yeah. The movie is fun. The performances were good. I was proud of Christina's acting. She's always a fantastic singer. The way she can emote on those songs. Like during the bounty. And we were watching that and I was like, damn, that girl sells the emotions every single time she sayings. Yes, she certainly does. What about you drawing? What are your final thoughts on the movie?

Steve:

I really enjoy it. I loved it before I even really knew what burlesque was. It certainly is different than the burlesque that we've come to know and love in real life. But at the same time, I enjoy it for what it is. And I don't care whether it's cabaret, burlesque or whatever. I mean, I didn't expect when I was seeing this to have like Christina Aguilera, like dancing around with her pastries, making them do one eighties and twirl. So, this is exactly what I feel like was you know, worked for the mainstream audience. And I really enjoyed it. It had, you know, two amazing women that likely would never have worked together, working together. And I give it a thumbs up. I do too. You know what? I also, I like to give two thumbs up to our fans. Yes. Our fans and our listeners. And we would love to hear your thoughts on burlesque, both the number and the art.

Stephen:

Yes. And there are multiple ways you can get in touch with us. What's one of them do,

Steve:

you can call us at 1-800-BURLESQUE. That is not true. Don't do that. Don't call that number. I don't know what you'd get there. No, it's we're at happy life pod@gmail.com.

Stephen:

Yes. And you can get in touch with us on all the socials. Whether that is Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or tick talk at happy.

Steve:

Paul. Yes. And stay tuned next week when we start final girl, February,

Stephen:

it's going to be slash tastic.

Steve:

Yes. And until that time stay happy.