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Lily Armani gets unTucked at Neighbours
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Lily Armani gets unTucked at Neighbours

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Lily Armani unTucked
Fridays at 8:30 PM
Neighbours Nightclub


Lily Armani: unTucked has returned to Capitol Hill. The two-hour parade of drag comedy, performance and spontaneity - hosted by the show's namesake, the beautiful and oh-so-talented Lily Armani - is the perfect way to start off your weekend in Seattle's Gayborhood.

"I got into this business to do one thing: make people laugh," Lily told SGN. "If you can't laugh at a 28-year-old dude that dresses up like a 46-year-old M.I.L.F., you shouldn't be allowed out on the streets of Seattle after dark!"

unTucked centers around Lily's "muses from the bottle." The host, with bottle of beer or cocktail in hand, banters with the audience about all things Lily, from wacky observations to pure hilarity, and performs spot-on celebrity mimics and original characters. The show opens with comedian Jennifer Burdette, who primes the audience for the main event. In addition to Lily Armani's monologue and skits, she has incorporated a variety portion for the show. Each week, a rotation of talented burlesque, dance, vocal, and comedic artists grace the stage. Lily says you will never see the same unTucked - ever.

"I would go absolutely insane if it were the same song and dance week after week, show after show," she said. "I'm more of the fly by the seat of my pantyhose kind of gal! I thrive on the spontaneity and ad-lib with the audience."

Lily first debuted the show at Rendezvous' Jewel Box Theater in October 2006. Over the years, Lily and her crew - whom she affectionately refers to as Team Armani - continued to improve and build the show for three years. The show was produced once a month and grew in popularity as word quickly spread that Lily Armani: unTucked was not to be missed. In October 2009, she decided to perform the show weekly and bring it back to the Hill, by making Neighbours its new home.

"The show's relationship with Neighbours is new, fresh, exciting and absolutely divine," Lily told SGN. "Steve Tracy, the general manager and his staff have been nothing short of wonderful to me, my team, and our audience. I'm honored to have the opportunity to imprint our show in the extraordinary history of Neighbours."

Lily says the Neighbours crew is working tirelessly to strengthen the bond and trust between the LGBT community and the venue, and "they are doing a terrific job."

Lily Armani is no stranger to the stage or the art of drag performance. For nearly 10 years, she has entertained audiences from coast to coast. For seven of those years, Lily has called Seattle home. She is a consummate storyteller, stand-up comedian, pageant queen, and host. She is a diva filled with class and sass, referring to herself as "the last of the 'Big-Shouldered Broads.'" Her stunning beauty, untouchable comedic timing and supreme versatility as an artist make Lily Armani "The Flower of Couture," a triple threat and one of the very best in her industry.

Lily told SGN that, more than anything, she wants people to know that the show is back where it belongs: Capitol Hill. "We have returned to the Hill and the community that launched us many years ago in other venues," she said. "We've taken over the west side of Broadway, and we're only getting bigger and stronger and funnier. We are seeing faces that we haven't seen in quite a while because we were in Belltown. The show has received a lot of support and encouragement and we are most grateful."

The resurgence of interest in drag performances is something that Lily and her counterparts have taken notice of. "When I moved here over seven years ago, drag was, for the most part, non-existent," Lily recalled. "We have worked really hard to get to where we are now. I have been fortunate to be a part of the resurgence of this beautiful art form and I absolutely love what I do. I am a huge fan of the art. I like to see it done, and done well."

Lily Armani: unTucked is performed at Neighbours every Friday night. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show time is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are only $10 and are available at brownpaperticket.com.

"Gay, straight, Bi, Thai - all are welcome," says Lily. "Having a birthday? No problem. Crazy bachelorettes you don't know what to do with? Bring 'em on! Just because it's Friday? Yes ma'am! Lily Armani: unTucked & variety in HD. Holla!"

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