Dirty Birdie Story Hour Returns to Kansas City


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Hot off a successful Fringe run of her one-woman show, Oh, Susanna, Susanna Lee (Lucky Deluxe) has moved back to Kansas City, bringing with her The Dirty Birdie Story Hour.  The show has titillated and thrilled LA audiences for years, and has been featured in several KC Fringe festivals.

The Dirty Birdie Story Hour is a celebration of deviance of all kinds. It’s a naughty evening of personal stories, like a version of The Moth that will make your mother blush and may make your grandmother want to slap you.

Lee hand-picks entertainers, actors, and other notables to share some of their darkest secrets. Their stories can range from tales of petty larceny, sexcapades, to the time they stole their brother’s inhaler to huff paint fumes.* Lee hosts the show and also shares tales from her treasure trove of deviant experiences.

The Kansas City premiere of the Dirty Birdie Story Hour is Tuesday, Sept 27 at The Buffalo Room. Future shows are Oct 25 and Nov 22.

  • Showtime 7:30. Doors open at 6:30.

  • Tickets are $10. Advance ticketing will be available. Followwww.whimproductions.com or Dirty Birdie on FB and twitter for updated ticketing details.

According to legend, The Dirty Birdie Story Hourbegan in a bar without customers. Lee writes, “The first few months were literally just the storytellers confessing their dirty deeds to each other, like a support group for proud perverts.” Then, the fun moved to the back room of a sex club in Van Nuys.

The location for the Kansas City incarnation is many steps up. Dirty Birdie is now a monthly feature at the Buffalo Room, produced by Whim Productions. “The venue is definitely classier, but don’t worry, that’s the only thing we’re touching,” said Kevin King, Producing Artistic Director of Whim. “It’s like if Rizzo put on a prom dress. She’d still be Rizzo, just with a fancier exterior. I may ask Susanna to do a show in a prom dress now.”


*This is not a thing. Please don’t try it.

Lee has built a career that spans the worlds of standup, storytelling, writing, burlesque artistry, yoga instruction, and sex work. She’s always taken a shine to all things outside the box. In 2014, she was the creator, co-executive producer, and host of a web series (“that no one watched,” says Lee) called “Peeping Comics,” filmed in LA’s only remaining traditional peepshow. In the show, she interviewed fellow comedians about their personal deviance, while at the same time giving them a fully nude peepshow. Her favorite part about the entire experience (besides showing her tits to her far-more-successful colleagues) was hearing the stories, so when the opportunity presented itself do a live show, The Dirty Birdie Story Hour was born.

Whim Productions is a theater company based in Kansas City, Mo. Founded by Producing Artistic Director Kevin King in 2011, the company focuses primarily on irreverent and campy original scripts. Whim is a mainstay in the KC Fringe Festival, having produced several plays in the festival including Film Classics Presents: Heaven So Far (2011) and the popular Bad Auditions series. Heaven So Far was the seventh best-attended production in the 2011 Kansas City Fringe Festival. Bad Auditions received the Best Of Venue – Fishtank Performance Studio award. Whim also produced Flowers in the Wardrobe (2014), a world premiere full-length play by King. Additionally, Whim produces the annual LGBTQ short play festival Alphabet Soup: Stories from Queer Voices, a collection of slice-of-life short plays from KC-based LGBTQ writers. For more information, visit www.whimproductions.com.


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