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Super Happy Funtime Burlesque Christmas Special: Santa's Sleighride review (photostory)

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   Super Happy Funtime Burlesque has been around for quite a while now, entertaining audiences and offending critics. Friday night was no exception to the high standard they have set for themselves, when the Grand Rapids troupe put on their fourth Christmas Special at the Wealthy Theatre.

   The most story driven performance to date, local anti-celebrity Joe the Cab Driver found himself in the north pole where he accidentally killed Santa Claus and had to take his place. Along with a reluctant, foul mouthed Rudolph, he traveled the globe on a mission to acquire "chimney lube", so he could deliver presents to all the good little upper and upper-middle class white children. His adventures included almost being eaten alive by a cannibal tropical tribe, a bout with Osama Bin Laden, an appearance on the Maury Show, and a tussle with a grinch-like Frederick Meijer.

   The focal points of a burlesque show weren't lost. There were plenty of outlandish costumes and dancing, and some great comical moments.

    The show included all of the SHFTB regular performers, such as Lala Vulvaria, The Vivacious Miss Audacious, Camilla Cupcake, Miss Pussykatt, Velveeta the Cheetah, Original Cin, and of course, Mr. Happy Pants.

   This time, the talented End Times Orchestra was even accompanied by a 12 piece choir!

   If you missed the Christmas show, you can still catch the New Year's Eve show. Can't wait that long to check it out? December 26th, the Sazerac Lounge hosts Shimmy Shack Burlesque, featuring many of the same performers.

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