This month, we thought we’d highlight another “old school/new school” pairing of sultry showgirls. We know you’ve seen them plenty around as core members of several Fishnet Follies Chorus acts– and with those piercing eyes they never get lost in the crowd.
Ladies and gentlemen, we present…
MARLENA MERLOT & SIENNA DEMURE!
Marlena is the very definition of sultry! Make eye contact wth her while she’s performing and she’s sure to make you melt!
– Maggie Motorboat
Sienna Demure? This sweetheart is anything BUT “demure”! Sweet, sassy and super sexy, with a little nerdy when needed-did you see her as my lil’ buddy counterpart in our “Girl Scout Cookies” act? She is so much fun to work with in group and chorus numbers. Waiting for her next solo with baited breathe! Sienna Demure-simply irresistible!
– Sophie Rose Bisou
I can’t say too much about my “Twin Sister from a Different Misters” (formerly Twin Sisters from different Fathers)! I have had the privilege of doing more acts, chorus numbers and duets with this sultry beauty! Marlena Merlot has “Showgirl” style, grace, and elegance as well as, being an explosive firecracker, being rolled up into one superior package! And that FACE! She always complains she has one look on her face-but it’s the best face! It’s a “I’m going to screw you, punch you in the face and you’re gonna like it and thank me for it” face! Thank God for being “tall” because I have had so much fun standing in the back or on the wings being her mirror! This Follies’ Sister is a BFF for life!
– Sophie Rose Bisou
Sienna is a fierce performer on stage, as well as an incredible sweetheart behind the scenes. I recently discovered for the first time that she also happens to be an amazing singer as well. I am forever excited to see what she’ll come up with next!
– Maggie Motorboat
Marlena is the Jack-of-all-trades! She knows almost every Follies routine and does it with style. Our burlesque community is lucky to have such a gem who is always willing to help out whether it’s with a routine, meeting, show, or performance. She was one of my first burlesque buddies and it is always a pleasure to be around her! And I know I can’t wait to see her do her first solo!
– Pixie Vanille
This month, we thought we’d highlight an OG (“Original Gangsta” for the uninitiated) and a relative “newbie” as the perfect wham-bam! combo. And perfect timing, too! You get to see them debut their first-ever duet at The Garter Room!
Ladies and gentlemen, we present…
SWEET BELIZE & PIXIE VANILLE!
Sweet Belize is the “cool, sweetness… sweeter and smoother than a Rumpopo over ice”, of the Fishnet Follies! As one of the enduring OG, she is, and will always be, the ” the calm in the storm”! Whenever I stress out over a performance, a prop, a costume piece or a “stupid idea” rattling around in my head, she is the one I hear say, “It’s ALL GOOD!” She answered all my questions as a “Newbie” to the burlesque community. She encouraged me time and time again to just “Go for it!” We have laughed together, shook our heads together “WTF”, and danced our bouttés off together! She brings a special somethin’, somethin’ to our Family that lights up our lives and our stage. Thank you for being my friend Girl! Love you! – Sophie Rose Bisou
Oh Pixie! So many great things to say! This follie started not to long ago, but oh boy did she hit the ground running! Having a history of dance Pixie came in with a bang and immediately helped alongside Mynx D’Meanor as a dance capitan. Her positive spirit and willingness to explore possibilities has put her on the fast track to stardom! – Frankie Fictitious
This lady is Wonder Woman! Not only is she an OG of the fishnet follies, but she’s also and amazing mother and friend! She has a truly unique style, she combines her love of hip hop and classic burlesque seamlessly. If you haven’t see her yet, you better check out SWEET BELIZE! – Frankie Fictitious
Pixie Vanille has quickly earned her place in our Family, on our stage and in our hearts! The short time I’ve gotten to know her, she can be quiet, but always sweet and fun … she is a true talent. Lending her skills as a choreographer to the Follies, she has raised the bar for us all to follow. It will be sheer pleasure to watch her take the burlesque community by storm. I am expecting great things to come her way! – Sophie Rose Bisou
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Belize for a long time. She had been fun and encouraging throughout our years of Fishnet Follies together. It’s been great to watch her become such a strong, sexy performer. Don’t miss the chance to see her! – Scarlett Peele
While some of our fans/friends have seen Birdie around on stage a lot more these days, you may not also *know* her badassery behind the scenes. So let us introduce you to our Fishnet Follies “Cruise Director”…
BIRDIE BY NIGHT!
Birdie by Night, she is not only a silly, warm hearted little bird, but is is also the most intellectual and knowledgable bird I know! She is always willing to lend a helping hand and share her brain power with anyone in need. – Frankie Fictitious
Birdie is a wealth of information. She is always the first to let us know about important online sales on rhinestones & such. She also informs us when airlines are having specials so we can book our flights to BHoF. She is our own personal concierge! ~Peek-a-Booty Betty
First of all Birdie came to burlesque from roller derby, so she is literally an ass-kicker. She’s driven, enthusiastic, brilliant, and fun, and she’s such a joy to be around. – June St. Croix
I am so glad I asked Birdie By Night to play sexy Mojo Jojo for our Powerpuff Girsl number this past April at Hubba Hubba Revue. She came in with nothing but the simple Direction of playing Mojo and mind controlling the Powerpuffs and in that role she took it to a whole other level with her ultra sexy costuming and hilarious choreography. She was easily everyone’s favorite part of that number and I am so grateful to work with her on this and so many other projects over the years! – Maggie Motorboat
She’s near and dear to our hearts. One of the core members of Fishnet Follies. You’ve seen her on stage, in the audience, manning merch tables… and yet, somehow keeps a low profile. So let us introduce you to our “Rose Without Thorns”–
SOPHIE ROSE BISOU!
“She’s a costume creating queen! Not only are her acts brilliant and cleverly detailed throughout -from her costume to the song choice & choreography-, she’s one of the sweetest, most approachable people that still finds time to go above and beyond to help others- not just with costumes! She’s amazing!”– Sweet Belize
“I love Sophie! Her routines are creative, fun, sultry and,of course beautifully costumed. She is great to work and collaborate with – always spilling with ideas. Plus she is genuine and caring. All around an amazing woman.” – Scarlett Peele
“Sophie is an incredible storyteller with fun — and thoughtful — characters; from her very first act as the Barbie who’s happy just the way she is to the sweetest “ugly” duckling and the vengeful voodoo priestess, she brings them to life with incredible detail and a wonderful sense of humor. Her costuming is not only technically amazing and dazzling (“how did she…??”) but always true to the story and the characters she so generouslyshares with us on stage. And to paraphrase Gypsy Rose Lee, oh honey, she can cook!” – Birdie by Night
“While obviously a costume genius, Sophie is also a casual cat-toy maker, a casserole maven, and quite the comedienne. You can always count on Ms. Bisou to show up, dance her derrière off, care for (and feed) her fellow dancers, and maybe even sew your knickers, if you’re lucky!”
– Marlena Merlot
“Sophie Rose Bisou, the Bay Areas very own costuming guru. If you have had the pleasure of seeingMs. Bisou perform then you too have witnessed her innovative costuming and impeccable story telling. Her bright and lovable personality shines both onstage and behind the scenes. She is the Seamstress extraordinaire of the Fishnet Follies.”
– Frankie Fictitious