Last weekend in Astoria, a sci-fi burlesque show was held. Lovely girls dressed as Leeloo from The Fifth Element, Starbuck and Caprica Six from Battlestar Galactica, Catwoman, Silk Spectre and more danced and undressed, as you can see in this video (the band, which I believe is AM Preacher, playing “Science Fiction Double Feature,” is a nice touch). FYI, this video contain a lot of pasties, so it’s probably NSFW, although since there are no exposed nipples, it’s technically safe for YouTube. It’s pretty dimly lit, so maybe you can get away with watching it as long as no one’s too close.
Normally, I know nerd guys — and many nerd gals — like the sexy acts of nerdery, and thus I’m happy to post these things. However, there’s something more significant going on here. I would like to point out that Hazel Honeysuckle — who’s Leeloo and Seven of 9 in the video — emailed me this video specifically, as opposed to someone else telling me and sending me a link. So. In summary: attractive nerd girls, in cosplay, are now sending me videos of themselves undressing.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.