Behind the Starudst
Burlypics Master of Comedy"
Mercury Stardust (The Ambassador of Cheese & Tease) is a burlesque performer, instructor, emcee and producer. Bringing 12 years of performing experience to the stage, using his background as a clown, puppeteer, and an actor to make for a unique live experience. Earning his start as a professional cabaret performer for the national touring show "Chez Bouche': A Bawdy Blend of Comedy & Dance". In 2013 Mercury started his burlesque career and quickly made an impact in the Wisconsin Burlesque Community. Earning the titles of 2014 King of Iowa Burlesque Festival and the 2015 Wisconsin Burlypics Regional Champion. In 2015 He founded the Wisconsin Burlesque Association and became the executive producer of the Wisconsin Burlesque Festival. He was also the host of the popular podcast "The Art of Burlesque" on the Littlepodcast.com network. In 2017 Mercury appeared and competed at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender in the category of "Best of Boylesque" in Las Vegas. In 2018 he won Master of Comedy and 3rd Best Overall at the Burlypics World Championship. With his vaudeville style performances, Mercury has entertained audiences in 22 States and in over a 100 cities.
As an instructor and mentor Mercury has helped over 20 performers to make their stage debuts. He has now produced over 35 burlesque shows in the state of Wisconsin. Since May of 2016 Mercury has been running a monthly show called "Mercury Stardust's Strip & Shout" at Five Nightclub in Madison Wisconsin.
Titles and Awards:
2014 Iowa Burlesque Festival King
2015 Wisconsin Burlypics Regional Overall Champion
2018 Wisconsin Burlypics Regional Master of Comedy
2018 Wisconsin Burlypics Regional Master of Lip Sync
2018 Wisconsin Burlypics Regional 2nd Best Overall
2018 Burlypics World's 3rd Best Overall
2018 Burlypics Master of Comedy
Note Worthy Appearances:
2014 Windy City Burlesque Festival
2014 Iowa Burlesque Festival
2015 Southern Fried Burlesque Festival
2015 Wisconsin Burly-pics Regionals
2015 Burlypics National Championship (Los Angeles, CA)
2016 Minneapolis Burlesque Festival
2016 Wisconsin Male Burlesque Festival
2017 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender
2018 Electric Forest
2018 Wisconsin Burly-pics Regionals
2018 Burlypics World Championship (Appleton, WI)
2018 Minneapolis Burlesque Festival
2018 Theatre Bizzare
Clown College at Circus World
BA in Performance Arts at Edgewood College, Madison WI
Advance Improv from Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele, MadTv)
"2018 World Burlpics 3rd Best Overall"