Hubba Hubba Revue
The Hubba Hubba Revue is a San Francisco-based neo-burlesque and variety show which opened in September 2006. The show continued monthly in San Francisco and weekly, with a smaller show, in Oakland.
Shows and locations
There are three versions of the show, all called The Hubba Hubba Revue. The main show is staged monthly at "DNA Lounge" in San Francisco, California. The burlesque and variety show involves dozens of performers. A smaller weekly show is staged each Monday at the "Uptown Nightclub" in Oakland, California. The third version is an occasional show staged for holidays or special occasions in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Description and cast
Jim Sweeney produces the show. He originally hosted Hubba Hubba Revue (as "Kingfish"), with co-host Eddie Dane. Dane died in March 2011. Jim Sweeney continues to host the show with co-host, Bay Area stand-up comedian Kevin Hancock, as well as a rotating cast of co-hosts including Lee Presson from the swing revival band Lee Presson and the Nails, Jay Siren of Sacramento's "Sizzling Sirens Burlesque Experience" and, until her death in an automobile accident in May 2013, international burlesque star, Sparkly Devil.
Each monthly Hubba Hubba Revue show at DNA Lounge has a different theme, reflected in the burlesque acts, the opening skit, the go-go dancers' costumes and the flyer art. The rotating cast of characters includes female and male burlesque performers, as well as acrobats, aerialists, comedians, contortionists, magicians, vocalists, and other such variety performers. Although many of the acts are from the San Francisco Bay Area, a large and growing number of visiting performers from cities across the country and around the world have performed with Hubba Hubba Revue shows.
For each The Hubba Hubba Revue production, flyer artwork is commissioned from local artists. From 2006 to 2009, R. Black was responsible for the monthly "main-show" flyers. Black also introduced the idea of a "flyer girl" . Every month, a different performer would be chosen as the subject of the flyer. In January 2008, Sparkly Devil became The Hubba Hubba Revue's first flyer girl. That month's theme was Creepshow Peepshow. Black also implemented the printing of flyers to a 2" x 6" bookmark size as well as the standard 4" x 6" (1/4 page) size. In February 2010, performer/illustrator Casey Castille took over "main show" flyer duties. As of 2015, Castille continues to produce monthly flyers and posters for the show.
Notability and awards
On December 8, 2010, The Hubba Hubba Revue was named on the Travel Channel's list of Top 10 Best Burlesque Shows in the world. This was the show's first non-local recognition. Since its inception in 2006, The Hubba Hubba Revue has received the following awards:
- "Best Cabaret/Variety Show", SF Bay Guardians "Best of the Bay 2008"
- "Best Burlesque Show", East Bay Express Reader's Choice, 2008
- "Best Burlesque Show", East Bay Express, 2008
- "Best Burlesque Show", SF Weeklys "Best of 2009"
- "Best Burlesque", 7x7 Magazines "Best of San Francisco 2010"
- "Best Burlesque Act", SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay 2011 - Reader's Poll 
- "Best Burlesque", SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay 2012 - Reader's Poll 
- "Best Burlesque", SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay 2013 - Reader's Poll 
- "Best MC", SF Bay Guardian Best of SF 2013
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- "In The Mix - Oakland, California". Oakland Magazine. Oaklandmagazine.com. 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
- Wood, Maxwell (2011-03-11). "San Francisco Burlesque Review: The Passing of Eddie Dane on Thursday, March 10". Sfburlesque.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
- "Eddie Dane obituary from the SF Bay Guardian". SF Bay Guardian. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
- "Cast & Crew". Hubba Hubba Revue. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
- "Sparkly Devil obituary from the San Francisco Chronicle". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
- "Gallery". Hubba Hubba Revue. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
- "Hubba Hubba Revue: Creepshow Peepshow". DNA Lounge. 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
- Castille, Casey. "Life's Hard. Make Art.". caseycastille.com.
- Plum, Jennifer (2010-12-01). "Top 10 Burlesque Shows : Museums And Culture". Travel Channel. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
- "Nightlife and Entertainment | SF Bay Guardian". Sfbg.com. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
- Cushing, Ellen (2012-07-18). "Revolution". Eastbayexpress.com. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
- "Best Burlesque Show". Eastbayexpress.com. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
- "San Francisco Best Burlesque Revue - Hubba Hubba Revue - Best Of San Francisco". SF Weekly. 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
- "Best Of San Francisco 2010: Arts, Entertainment and Nightlife". 7x7. 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
- "SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay 2011 - Reader's Poll". Sfbg.com. 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
- "SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay 2012 - Reader's Poll". Sfbg.com. 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
- "SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay 2013 - Reader's Poll". Sfbg.com. 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2014-07-24.