Blanche DeBris has been entertaining herself and occasionally others for more years than she can reliably count. Reviews range from “Devastatingly adequate” to “Not as appealing as some others.”
“If America had a sweetheart, Blanche would be her well-meaning but less attractive best friend.”
She made her burlesque debut at the Moisture Festival in Seattle in 2008, and has returned repeatedly as a performer and co-host. Since 2012, she has been an emcee of the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender, the burlesque world’s premiere annual international event. As a performer, her signature Rubber Ducky act and her Sound of Music in Six Minutes have endeared her to audiences all over the world.
In 2015 she premiered her Holiday Show “The Blanche DeBris Emergency Xmas Broadcast” to rave reviews and packed houses, at the Onyx Theatre in Las Vegas. Blanche is also an instructor, having taught classes in emceeing and character/act development at BurlyCon and all over the country.
But most of all, Blanche strives to brighten the burlesque world with her boundless joy, enthusiasm, optimism, and bewilderment.
“Live Burlesque in Las Vegas has one of the funniest and most endearing MCs I’ve seen, Blanche DeBris. Her stage presence marries Phyllis Diller with Miss Piggy, then somehow makes it funnier. Sporting a sparkly, skintight evening gown and two pounds of bright blue eye shadow, the middle-aged DeBris uses a high-pitched, breathless voice to tease the audience and half-heartedly seduce the dancers. All that would be plenty, but it’s the one-liners that make her a true find. I almost spit my drink across the room when she huffily announced that “anyone who thinks more than a mouthful’s a waste doesn’t deserve to have a booby in his mouth.” –LAS VEGAS WEEKLY
Other notable performance and emcee appearances:
- Southwest Burlesque Showcase (Albuquerque)
- Dead Sexy Burlesque (New York)
- The Tease & Spring Brunch and Fashion show (benefits for Chicago House), Windy City Burlesque Festival (Chicago)
- Angel Burlesque/Bourbon Boylesque (Indianapolis)
- New Orleans Burlesque Festival (emcee)
- Minneapolis Burlesque Festival, Toil and Trouble Presents, Black Hearts Burlesque, Dr. Sketchy's, Weird Al-Stravaganza (Minneapolis/St.Paul)
- Victory Variety Hour (Los Angeles)
- Viva Dallas Burlesque
- The Taboo Revue, Kitty Nights West, Blondeshells (Vancouver, Canada)
- Florida Burlesque Festival
- Hollywood Burlesque Festival
- Vermont Burlesque Festival
- Live Burlesque in Las Vegas, Brunchlesque, Burlesque in the Boom Boom Room, Burlesque at the Baobab, Dr. Sketchy's (Las Vegas)