#31daysofburlesque Lots of burlesquers will tell you that Lucille Ball was one of their biggest influences. Whilst I’m growing to love her, I didn’t grow up with her as lots of Americans did. Either I missed it totally growing up in the 70s and 80s, or we didn’t have I Love Lucy on British tv. We did however have Laverne and Shirley…..who basically took over where Lucy left off (and after them Ellen Degeneres took over with her sitcom Ellen).
I loved Laverne and Shirley. I still have this urge to embroider Ts on all my tops (for Tempest obviously, I’d look silly sporting Ls). Penny Marshall (Laverne) is one of my comic heros, I can watch her for hours…..though Cindy Williams (Shirley) is not to be forgotten for comparable physical comedy moments and being an excellent straight man.