Lady Rizo

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Lady Rizo performing at Joe's Pub in 2009

Lady Rizo (aka Amelia Zirin-Brown) is an American comedian and chanteuse, who began performing in New York City in 2004. In 2005, she co-created the cult caburlesque show "Lady Rizo and the Assettes" with her close friend and long time Mark Morris Dance Group dancer, Amber Star Merkens. Coining the word 'caburlesque', the show drew inspiration from theater, vaudeville, burlesque, cabaret and performance art. While the glammed up Lady Rizo sings largely vintage arrangements of 1980s and 1990s pop songs, the Assettes, made up of both men and women, perform cheeky and sexually charged burlesque acts. She continues to perform with the Assettes but has also gone on to have a solo residency at Joe's Pub[1] entitled "Lady Rizo: Unescorted", that began in the winter of 2009.

The second single on Moby's[2] album Pale Horses is sung by Zirin-Brown.

As an actress she has collaborated with Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher in his 2001 production of Cymbeline; with Adam Rapp in Los Angeles at the Flea Theatre (for which she co-wrote the original score). Zirin-Brown was featured on Yoyo Ma's[3] 2008 album, Songs of Joy & Peace. She also starred in Taylor Mac's 5 hour epic at HERE Arts Center, The Lily's Revenge.[4][5]

Lady Rizo released her debut album Violet on November 19, 2013.[6]


  1. ^ "Joe's Pub". 2013-06-11. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Moby Picks: Lady Rizo And The Assettes". 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  3. ^ "Amelia Zirin-Brown | The Official Yo-Yo Ma Site". Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  4. ^ Risinger, Zak. "Theatre Is Easy | Reviews | The Lily's Revenge". Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  5. ^ Cohen, Alix (2009-11-08). "The Lily’s Revenge—A Flowergory Manifold « Woman Around Town". Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  6. ^ "Violet - Lady Rizo". Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Employees Only Repeal Day Party Was Quite the Bacchanal - Grub Street New York". 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  8. ^ "The Official Site of Music's Biggest Night". 1964-08-04. Archived from the original on 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  9. ^ [1] Archived October 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Fern Siegel: Stage Door: Behanding in Spokane, Sin, Lady Rizo". 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  11. ^ "The Little Death w/ Lady Rizo & the Assettes - Flavorpill New York". 2011-01-20. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 

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