Admiral John

*** Repost *** The Admiral

The current course is coming to an end and the students are getting ready for the show in less than two weeks.  The Luscious Burlesque Night doesn’t just showcase our students, since the very start we have had one regular performer who returns show after show.   Admiral John has been entertaining our Luscious audiences since 2011.  Over the years we have witnessed Londoners singing along to various sea shanties and, most recently, the admiral doing a bit of burlesque himself with motorised nipple tassels!
At each show The Admiral tries something new and loves to play with words.  We were singing “The Tassels are twirling” to the tune of  “What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor” for days after the last Luscious Burlesque Night.  If you haven’t seen The Admiral perform you really should join us on the 7th July at the Four Thieves and find out what he has in store.  We sent him a few questions to find out  a little bit more about him.
Do you remember the first time you performed at a Luscious Night?
How could I forget it – the opportunity to sing some sea shanties, dress up like Admiral Nelson and play the ukulele  very badly – who could ask for anything more other than doing it all with the LLL students
How did you choose your stage name?
After my long time hero Admiral Nelson
Describe what an average day looks like for you.
Reviewing my catalogue of sea shanties in the morning and working out how they could possibly fit into a Burlesque show.  Having made the selection spend the afternoon working out any necessary changes to the lyrics to help with the integration. Lastly checking the chords to play on the Uke and transposing them to the few chords I am capable of playing and pondering the various props I can create and involve in the act e.g. Kazoo, spinning plates, Electric motors to spin tassels on false boobs, how to work a soldering iron for the switches to get them spinning at the appropriate places in the act.
What do you enjoy most about performing?
When the act goes well being the centre of attention and hearing the laughter and appreciation from the audience who think my mistakes are deliberate
What is the craziest thing that you’ve witnessed at a Burlesque show?
Serious poetry being recited at a Burlesque show – and it worked, it was brilliant
What is your favourite sea shanty and why?

Donkey Riding – it’s great for audience participation and has it all, the sailors life ” launching timber on the deck” , round the evocative Cape Horn “where your backside is never warm” but mostly for the ladies in every exotic port Valparaíso, Mobile Bay, Timbucktoo and Miramichi. The Donkey Riding Chorus gets everyone joining in and stamping their feet.

Best sea/navy related song (not a sea shanty as such) My Brother Sylvest. It was taught to me by an ex WW2 sailor (Sea Boots crew); great lyrics which sound as if they should be rude but you can’t quite put your finger on why.

Describe your performance style in three words.
Hilarious, inclusive (everyone gets to sing) and happy
The next Luscious Burlesque Night is on Friday 7th July at The Four Thieves.  Join us for a night of Burlesque, Feathers, Fun and of Course Sea Shanties.  Bookings via