Afrodite, our burlesque babe created by  The Art of Lori Collins

Afrodite, our burlesque babe created by The Art of Lori Collins


Join us in August 2021 for the 2nd What the Funk An All POC Burlesque Festival in Seattle, Washington!


What We’re About

What the Funk?! An All POC Burlesque Tribute to Funk Music was conceived as a show idea in early 2018 after I thought about doing a classic burlesque number to a Stevie Wonder song, but realizing it wouldn't count as a classic era song choice. This got my wheels turning and What the Funk?! was born. On August 24, 2018 we kicked off two nights of two all POC casts at the historic Jewelbox Theatre in The Rendezvous in Seattle, Washington. Featuring our headliner both nights, spICE!, as well as featured performers such as the 2018 Queen of Roses/Oregon Burlesque Festival winner Nox Falls, and two of Portland's finest, Dahlia Kash and Honeydew La Roux , What the Funk?! was made up of powerhouse performers of color.

As we wrapped on night two, I made the decision to bring What the Funk?! back in 2019, but as a festival. The joy experienced backstage as well as on stage was just too magical to not do so. Wheels were set in motion immediately and a larger venue booked.

The first inaugural What the Funk?! An All POC Burlesque Festival took place in the Emerald City, aka Seattle, Washington on August 22-24, 2019. What the Funk?! is produced by Puckduction in association with The Stay Up late Show and Powered by Shunpike. Featuring over 40+ performers over the weekend, What the Funk?! hosted three shows and two days of classes.

With headliners Egypt Blaque Knyle, Nox Falls, Tre` da Marc and The Luminous Pariah, four Pacific Northwest featured performers and hosted by some of Seattle’s fineswe bring the funk, the whole funk and nothing, but the funk!

Whether you plan on applying as a performer. applying as a volunteer, or coming to be a part of the audience, What the Funk?! An All POC Burlesque Festival would love to see you in 2021!

Yours in funk,

Mx. Pucks A’Plenty