"It's weird being homeless and trying to maintain at least an illusion of glamor," says Fish. "I've ended my life in Baltimore, and I'll be reborn in some other city after a year-long gestation in my van womb."
Whether he's doing a grim-reaper striptease on stilts or dressing up like a judge and singing love songs to his gavel, Fish's creative numbers combine the art of the striptease with theatrical performance, elaborate costumes and physical comedy.
"Burlesque is...self-aware satire. It's an interplay between the performer and the audience rather than a detached performance," Fish says. "I feel like burlesque is sort of the punk of the theater and dance world."
The Burlesque Vanguard Tour starts its Denver stint tonight at 8 p.m. at Follies Voudou at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, 1260 22nd Street, alongside local burlesque stars like Gigi D'Lovely and Frenchie Renard. Tickets, $9, are available at the door or at voodoocomedy.com. Fish will also
perform Friday at 11 p.m. in Midnite Martini's Sexy Circus Sideshow at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe Street; teach two afternoon workshops at Vivienne VaVoom's School of Burlesque, 244 Santa Fe Drive, on Saturday; and model for Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School at 7 p.m. Sunday at Crash 45, 321 45th Avenue. For more information, visit burlesquevanguard.com and pacofish.net.
Tue., May 14, 8 p.m., 2013