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A naked butler is a popular type of entertainment used at hen parties and for corporate entertainment. It was introduced into the UK in the early 2000s and is now popular across the USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
The standard attire for a naked butler is only an apron or trunks, cuffs, detachable collar and bow tie. It is seen as a more conservative entertainment option to hiring a male stripper for a Bachelorette party as it can be suitable for a broader range of guests. The world's first naked butler company is Butlers in the Buff. The company was created in 2001 but was officially founded in 2002 by Jason Didcott.
In this case the apron will be replaced with smart black trousers. This option may be more commonly used during corporate entertainment where the attire needs to be smarter and the exposing of a butlers naked bottom is not appropriate.
In popular culture
Naked butlers have been seen on TV shows including Deal or No Deal, Come Dine with Me and the X Factor. In February 2005, the documentary Going to work Naked on ITV (TV channel) showed some naked butlers working for Butlers in the Buff.
- The Daily Telegraph Saturday May 27th 2006
- Star 7th February 2005
- Naked butlers in the press (article by the bbc about second jobs helping people make ends meet)
- Naked butlers on TV (article by the Daily Mail demonstrating the wide reach and popularity of naked butlers in the media)
- The Truth About Male Strippers (covers naked butlering) - Story by the Independent
- Naked butler loses job after hit and run (story made headline news, covered here by the Telegraph)