NEW TIMES So how did you get into this show?
GO-GO AMY Well, I produce the show and I dance burlesque in it as well. I’ve always been a fan of both burlesque and sideshows, so I wanted to create a show that was sexy like burlesque with the variety of a sideshow.
NEW TIMES So you climb into the Chinese blade box every night? How many executions have you survived?
GO-GO AMY Pretty Things has done about 400 or 500 shows, and before that I did about 100 more executions in different shows, so about 700 in general. Now it’s like clockwork.
NEW TIMES How does one go about picking cast members for a peepshow?
GO-GO AMY It’s been pretty organic. Heather Holiday, our sword swallower, was working for the Coney Island Sideshow and she wanted to join up, along with Donny Vomit who was also with Coney Island at the time. They were touring with me part of the year for a while, but now they’re on tour with the Peepshow year round. Every time we go on tour we like to switch up the fourth cast member, and right now we have Ally Ooops, our aerial performer. She’s the stretchy one. Everyone is fantastic in the cast; it’s just a great combination.
NEW TIMES What’s the weirdest thing to happen at one of your shows?
GO-GO AMY I don’t know about weirdest, but we have had some pretty cool rockstar type moments. At one show our fans threw a bunch of roses at our feet like we were in the opera; it was awesome. I mean it’s a peepshow you know? So, I don’t think it’s weird to electrocute someone. It’s like, “It’s 9:30, that’s just what we do at 9:30.”
NEW TIMES When you were a kid was it between burlesque and marine biology, or did you always know this would be your career?
GO-GO AMY I’ve always known that I wanted to do theater and I started as a costume designer, but I wasn’t sure what kind of work I wanted to do in theater until one day I saw a Vaudeville show and I told my mom, “I want to do that!” She informed me that Vaudeville didn’t exist anymore and I told her it didn’t matter, I was going to be a Vaudeville performer. She called me the other day and said, “You’re right, I mean you only had to resurrect a 150-year-old dead art form, but you win.”