Freakshow hosts Valentine’s burlesque

Freakshow hosts Valentine’s burlesque
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

There are few better ways to spend Valentine’s Day than watching somebody take off their clothes — even if you are not dating them!

Sideshows by the Seashore in Coney Island will host a special, extra-sexy burlesque performance for lonely hearts and sweethearts alike on Feb. 14, in its third annual “Valentine’s Day for Lovers and Losers” show.

The show is the brainchild of Princess Pat Muko, an actual Nigerian princess and wife of Sideshows founder Dick Zigun. Princess Pat — born Patience Mukoro in the African port city of Lagos — said she hosted similar events when she lived in England decades ago, and decided to bring it to the People’s Playground in 2011. The burlesque queen said her husband was initially doubtful she could draw crowds to the People’s Playground in mid-February.

“He said ‘Are you sure people are going to come out during the winter time?’ And I said, I could bring people out, no matter clouds or what,” the performer said.

And Princess Pat has got a smokin’ variety show to attract all types and tastes. The performance is both hot and hilarious, with a clothing-light sketch about a cheating wife, a performance by tattooed fire-breather Alejandro DuBois, and a dance act from “boylesque” sensation Alfie Bunz. The Sideshow royalty will also be holding some scandalous raffles, with prizes including sex toys and a hand-painted banner for a kissing booth.

Zigun, a state-licensed celebrant, will also be on hand to perform a wedding ceremony at the freakshow for anybody who calls in advance — and for the low, low price of $100.

The princess promised a tantalizing time for couples and singles alike — noting that some had come alone in the past and left with a mate.

“Lovers are lucky, but people shouldn’t worry if they’re a loser, because when you come in, somebody’s going to put a smile on your face,” Princess Pat said. “And, who knows, you could meet somebody special.”

“Valentine’s Day for Lovers and Losers” at Sideshows by the Seashore [1208 Surf Ave. at the corner of W. 12th Street in Coney Island, (718) 372–5159, shop.coneyisland.com]. Feb. 14 at 8 pm. Tickets $15, weddings $100.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.