On the cover of Boston's Weekly Dig Arts & Entertainment section
"Good ole fashion vaudeville acts are a mighty rare occurrence, with the city's highfalutin' intelligentsia demanding more than just a simple tambourine dance, some blackface and a performance of the song "Uncle Grunty's Shoeless Jig. Let's just say that in the revolutions of art there comes a time for renaissance, when the avant-garde becomes too much and we must once again return to the core of what is known as pure—or as they say—"make it new." Friday sees the consummate rebirth of entertainment variety as The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge gives host to Jerkus Circus, a freewheeling whirlwind of freaks, feminism and fart-jokes hosted by hometown heroes The Steamy Bohemians. Offensive? Low-brow? Sultry, salacious and scatological? You bet your bottom dollar. It's been known to intrude on one's deepest reserves of sexual inhibition, blow a hole in the side of the tank and let flow all the milky goodness of hedonistic indulgence that a human can possibly expunge in one evening. Half-naked ladies with classically trained soprano voices singing songs about kissing cousins and bastard children all the while pulling strange things out from between their breasts? Done and done. Welcome to the new vaudeville."
"Best Nouvelle Vaudeville" - The Boston Phoenix's Best of 2009 Readers Poll
"Oddball sexuality and a slaphappy caboodle of raw talent makes JERKUS CIRCUS a fantasyland for creepster hipsters, horny carnies, art fags, fart hags, and connoisseurs of real-deal performance art that's fueled by a few puffs on a unicorn bong. The Steamy Bohemians' bi-curious variety show has featured the sweet cream of Boston's artistic crop." -Boston Phoenix
Boston Herald Edge section cover story
The New Bohemians: Steamy vaudeville duo heat up Hub/Worcester comedy scene By Sean L. McCarthy
Emerging from the dressing room of French Dressing, a boutique on Beacon Hill, the Steamy Bohemians look far steamier than bohemian. "Did you say Steamy Bulemians?" asks Nicole Luparelli. "They could be our alter egos in bizarro world," adds Lainey Schulbaum. Schulbaum and Luparelli have been spicing up the Boston comedy scene with their musical banter for the past few years. Since last summer, these 26-year-olds also have brought eclectic entertainment to Worcester (yes, Worcester), where Luparelli lives. An innocent bystander asks what their songs sound like. "They're about some of the most poignant, touching and influential moments, like having a moment with someone, a fleeting glance - and realizing he's your second cousin," Luparelli says. Schulbaum yells out: "Based on a true story!" Read more