Fringe Review: "Ho Life or No Life" gives you comedy, stripping, dancing, and feminism
As we settled into our seats, my friend turned to me; "I'm calling it now. Anecdote. Strip. Anecdote. Strip. She ends the show completely nude. If I'm right, make sure you include it in your review". She was wrong. I just wanted to include her statement so that the internet would have a record of a time Jackie was wrong about something.
Ho Life or No Life is the first solo show by stripper turn comedienne, Chase Paradise. Her Instagram (@strippercomic) provides an easy solution to those trying to slide into her DM's for nudes: you can support her Patreon and pay for them. She’s an economic feminist.
Chase Paradise delivers the majority of her set in a skin-tight cropped top and bright pink thong. She walks across the stage with ease, while wearing 7-inch clear platform heels. My friend and I had skipped the front row seats because “they’re benches, and I need back support”, so this was already an impressive feat in itself.
The show involves stripping (of course), lap dances, and feminism. Her set is a mix of energetic dance numbers (with some audience participation), standard anecdotes about the job, and feminist commentary on the recent shifts following the Weinstein Effect. The jump between campy striptease and the logistics on consent showed a thought-out performance, and had the audience completely engaged.
At the close of the show, Chase Paradise has the audience chanting "Fuck you! Pay me!", her suggested response to unwanted advances of the opposite sex. The walk back home through Northbridge left me and my friend with a lot to talk about, and her suggested mantra came in handy when encountering a catcall on the way.
4 out of 5 stars
Alternatively, you can buy nudes of Chase Paradise here.