Now Accepting 2019 Performer Applications!


Saturday May 11, 2019 – Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

The Texas Burlesque Festival celebrates the renaissance of all performances burlesque, cabaret and vaudeville in nature and strives to foster a supportive community among performers in Texas and across the United States and the World through networking and professional performance opportunities. Get ready for some real Texas hospitality!

Featuring World Famous *BOB* as our Mistress of Ceremonies!

We will feature competitions in the following categories:

  • Best Soloist = King or Queen of TXBF
  • Best Ensemble (includes duets/trios any number with more than one performer)
  • Most Original
  • Best Costume
  • Best Tease Factor

Since its inception, the Texas Burlesque Festival has been an unprecedented success, busting at the seams with amazing Burlesque, Vaudeville and Cabaret performers from all over the nation and abroad, and playing to sold out audiences. We are excited to offer performers a chance to be on a world class stage to capacity crowds in our new venue: The Rollins Theatre at The Long Center!


Headliners & Emcee

Born in Cuba, Gina Bon Bon started out her career as a rhumba dancer. Her career as a burlesque dancer, to which her sultry bedroom eyes and sizzle were much more suited, started in 1965 when she was a chorus girl at Lou Walter’s Latin Quarter in New York City as a member of the Latin Fire all-Latin Revue. From there she moved on to be a featured dancer on burlesque circuits all over the United States and Canada. During her career, which included starring in burlesque theaters shows like Minsky’s Follies and HBO’s Burlesque, USA, Gina Bon Bon has performed alongside burlesque stars like Tempest Storm, Dusty Summers, Camille 2000, and more. While she officially retired from dancing in 1991, she continued appearing in television and theater. Currently she lives in Las Vegas and has become an artist, creating a collection of paintings of stars of burlesque. Gina Bon Bon is a regular staple on the Burlesque Hall of Fame stage, and we are thrilled to bring her to Austin for her Texas Burlesque Festival debut!


Mr Gorgeous has been charming audiences around the globe since 2009, with his comedic and charismatic approach to contemporary burlesque. He has become a frequent persona in NYC nightlife, working several iconic venues including The Slipper Room, Le Scandal, and Galapagos Art Space. Gorgeous has been awarded “Most Comedic” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2013 and “Mr Exotic World – King of Boylesque 2014” He’s also the owner and designer of “Mr Gorgeous NYC” – a unique costuming company specializing in spandex and sculptural costumes for circus, burlesque and nightlife personalities.


Best Solo Stepdown (Tied!) Performance from the 2018 Texas Burlesque Festival: Chola Magnolia… This chica sabrosita is a co-producer of Midnight Menagerie (Texas’ ONLY all POC performance collective), dancer with Fat Bottom Cabaret (Texas’ premiere plus size dance troupe), and an instructor with Fat Bottom Bounce. Chola has been gracing stages all over the country with her Latinx inspired bailes and chingona attitude for ten years. She is “The Tejana con Ganas”, “The Baddest Blossom from the Barrio!” Hold onto your calzones for Chola Magnolia!


Best Solo Stepdown (Tied!) Performance from the 2018 Texas Burlesque Festival: Bobby Barnaby is a real handy-dandy and has been delighting audiences for two decades solid. His love of the stage has earned him awards too numerous to list here for his work in dance, choreography, burlesque and acting alike. He is a Past/Present company member of SF Boylesque, the first all-male neo-burlesque revue in the US, the Bohemian Brethren, Fou Fou Ha, Red Hots Burlesque, The Devil-Ettes – Miniskirt Mob, the Tartlettes, the Phishnets, and producer of Barnaby’s Babes! And he now calls Austin home.


The World Famous *BOB*, known for her over the top blonde bombshell image and incredible ability to mix martinis in her cleavage, has captivated audiences all over the world with her unique burlesque stylings, humorous performance art, and emcee skills. She has been photographed by hundreds of photographers and appears in several books including Hotel LaChapelle, New Burlesque, Striptease: From Gaslight to Spotlight, as well as The Burlesque Handbook. A collection of photos by Amy Touchette was recently published by UnGyve Press entitled Shoot the Arrow- A Portrait of The World Famous *BOB*.

*BOB* is a huge fan of the boob tube and has appeared on A&E’s The History of Cleavage as well as HBO’s Real Sex. She has graced the pages of over 50 national & international publications including The New York Times.

She has performed all over the world and co-created and starred in Young Jean Lee’s; Untitled Feminist Show. She just packed up her wigs and moved to Austin, TX where she plans on living in a Pink Poodle Palace, making fearless and beautiful art, leading an LGBTQ Elder Revolution and adopting a gay teenage son. For more info and to see if she is coming to your town visit www.theworldfamousbob.com


2018 Winners

Sherry BB – Ales, France
Best Costume

Queertini Time – Austin, TX
Most Original

Caramel Knowledge – Hollywood, CA
Best Tease Factor

Fat Bottom Cabaret – Austin, TX
Best Ensemble

Chola Magnolia – Austin, TX
Best Solo/King or Queen of the Fest (TIE!)

Bobby Barnaby – Austin, TX
Best Solo/King or Queen of the Fest (TIE!)