Joss Whedon is one of those creators who, for one reason or another, has a die-hard fan-base. If you’re having a hard time understanding what it means to be a fan of Joss Whedon, I offer “Whedonesque Burlesque” as an example — that’s a Whedon-inspired burlesque show, and I just happened to attend one last night, at a sold-out show at the Theatre Off Jackson in Seattle.
In the world of pop culture, Joss Whedon is a pretty big deal. To a non-fan, he might simply be known as the creator of the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, to a super-fan, he is the God-like being in command of the fictional universe known as the Whedonverse. The Whedonverse is not only home to characters from Buffy, but for Whedon’s other creations, like Firefly, Dollhouse, and more recently, Cabin in the Woods, just to name a few.
Last night, the performance was fun, funny, and sexy, as men and women alike dressed up (and dressed down) as their favorite Whedon characters. In true burlesque and Joss Whedon fashion, the show was entirely tongue-in-cheek, and also, much like Whedon’s work, alarmingly earnest.
Years after these shows aired on TV, the characters are obviously still touching the hearts of fans in ways that would probably surprise even Whedon himself. A true tribute to the Whedonverse and more importantly, the expression of self.
Click any image below for a gallery. Photos by Jules Doyle and Joshua Weiner, courtesy Whedonesque Burlesque.