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ComicStrip Cabaret brings vaudeville to Tacoma

Rosie Cheex is one of the performers scheduled to appear in the premiere Nov. 19 of ComicStrip Cabaret at the Tacoma Comedy Club.
Rosie Cheex is one of the performers scheduled to appear in the premiere Nov. 19 of ComicStrip Cabaret at the Tacoma Comedy Club. Courtesy

The time was right, Dessi DeVine said, to bring a regular vaudeville show to Tacoma. Having completed breast cancer treatments earlier this fall, she was ready for a new challenge. So DeVine is teaming with the Tacoma Comedy Club to produce a new monthly show, ComicStrip Cabaret, that will debut Nov. 19 at the comedy club.

The show will feature a rotating cast of burlesque, comedy, vocalists, musicians, vaudeville acts and circus arts the third Thursday of each month, DeVine said.

“I have wanted to produce a regular recurring cabaret like ComicStrip for some time. I decided to jump in after surviving breast cancer,” she said. “I was diagnosed in January of this year. I completed my treatments in September, and I don’t want to go back to corporate America.”

“The nod to vaudeville is my love of history and the art form of burlesque. I am passionate about preserving its nostalgia and bringing it to new audiences who crave something classic yet new to them,” she added.

Scheduled to perform in the premiere are Rosie Cheex, Scandal from Bohemia, Funny Face Fanny, Champagne Sunday and Kitty Kisses. It will be hosted by Miss Hattie Hotpants.

DeVine is a veteran of cabaret shows. Shas has produced shows including Cultura Cabaret and Brass Knuckle Burlesque, as well as several fundraising shows for local charities. She recently co-produced and hosted the Gritty City Sirens’ Carnival of Curiosities.

She also has worked with such Seattle productions as The Pink Door Cabaret, The Seattle Burlesque Games, The Tempting Tarts and interned with Teatro Zinzanni (Seattle).

The success of those productions convinced DeVine that Tacoma was ready for a regular cabaret show.

“Tacoma is progressive, and establishing a regular show is just what the nightlife needs. In order for it to become successful, the key is getting patrons there. I’m confident my show will do the rest to hook them. Also, the fresh lineup of cast each month keeps the show new and encourages fans to return,” DeVine said.

“I know Tacoma is ready. I am an active member of the Gritty City Sirens. When their productions exceed 700 in tickets sales, that is a clear indicator that Tacoma is hungry for burlesque and other cabaret arts.”

Earlier in the evening, the comedy club will host comedian Sarah Colonna at 8 p.m. Colonna is known as a popular roundtable regular on the late-night show “Chelsea Lately.”

The 21-and-older cabaret will also have a full bar and menu.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640


When: Nov. 19. Doors will open at 10 p.m., with the show starting at 10:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15 general admission in advance, $20 at the door. $10 for those attending the 8 p.m. comedy show.