How It Works


A creative and sexy improv burlesque showdown, Last Pasties Standing is a burlesque game show in which two (8, actually) talented performers will enter, one will…. well, nobody will end up wearing much.

This show is all about on-the-spot, creative improvisation and audience response. Eight burlesque-a-teers will take the stage and create spontaneous performances in head-to-head strip-offs to songs selected right as they get on stage. Who does it better? That’s for the audience to judge. “Winners” will go on to the next round, playoff style. There are additional theme-related games inviting audience and performer participation, as well.

Don’t miss the excitement as burlesque-a-teers battle for bragging rights… it’s a night of spur-of-the-moment striptease and silly, sexy fun!

  • Contestants are selected from among those who submit nominations to participate. Generally, Last Pasties Standing begins with 8 performer contestants (which can be duets/groups, as well). There are three rounds: quarterfinals (8 songs), semifinals (4 songs) and finals (2 songs).
  • Performers will be randomly paired into brackets just prior to the beginning of the show. The order in which each bracket will be performing is not shared before the game begins. Be in costume and ready to roll when it’s go time (and the show almost always begins on time), as all contestants are introduced at the start of the show.
  • When each bracket is called up to the stage, one of the adversaries will call the coin toss. The winner of the coin toss will draw two songs from the pot and hand them to the host, who will share your selections with you and the audience. The winner of the coin toss gets to choose which song they prefer to do, and if they’ll go first or second.
  • After the adversaries have performed to each of their songs, they’re called back to the stage for the crowd (and the host/judges) to determine the winning act, who will progress to the next round.
  • In between the rounds, there will be audience-participation games (and/or a short intermission), giving those moving to the semifinals and finals time to reset/change costume, etc. This is about 10 minutes.
  • Each show has a theme/concept, around which a playlist is built. Prior to the show, contestants MIGHT be provided with a sneak peek at this playlist, but they will not be able to request the songs to which they perform.

PERFORMERS: A few things to consider…

  • All performance backgrounds and experience levels are invited to participate. Solo and duo/group acts are welcome, too.
  • If there’s no clear winner, or if it just seems fun, the adversaries MIGHT be paired up for the subsequent round. Sometimes, Sadie will put several people into a group… be prepared for teamwork.
  • It is advisable to pander to the crowd. Or to just be really mind-blowing. Or both.
  • “Costume” is a fluid concept. You are not required to wear “traditional” burlesque costuming, or even “burlesque” costuming. Newcomers: if you think you only have one “costume”, you’re wrong.
  • It is up to the host’s discretion (with the crowd’s vote) to assign another song for your act.
  • Even if a performer is eliminated, they should be prepared to get back on stage before the end of the show. There’s a possibility that performers might be thrown in to a thing… and all of the contestants come back for a full-cast group dance as the bow.
  • Call time is usually concurrent with door time, with leeway if performers arrive hair+makeup ready; the venue will be available up to 90 minutes prior to door time. Brackets will be assigned about 15 minutes before show start time; all that matters is that all cast members are there and prepped to be on stage by then; if not, they’re disqualified.
  • While it’s fun to be adversarial in front of the audience, everyone is expected to act respectfully toward fellow contestants backstage.
  • PAY: Pay is a door split. Everybody makes the same, and there’s no guarantee. Pay has ranged from $25 to $120, and is usually around $60.
  • This is supposed to be fun. Don’t stress.
  • To reiterate: everyone’s a winner. The “winners” are just a little more winner than the others.
  • Seriously: the winner gets a super lame prize and probably some Turtle Creek Coffee. It’s not a crown. Well, actually, there often is a crown, but it’s  from the dollar store (at best).