Military Strip Routine:
This Is a common crowd pleaser with women, It’s got the typical ‘man in uniform’ attraction for the audience and can be seen featured in nearly every male revue show around the globe.
Make sure you spend the time and effort to put together a good military costume. Research some images of what your country’s military uniform look’s like, and do your best to replicate it.
From my personal experience, If you don’t have a realistic looking military costume, some women (who’s partners may be in the military) will be very agitated by the lack of detail.
Many male strippers make the mistake of getting a military costume design from another nation (the US seems to be the most popular), depending on where you live - this could be a bad idea.
Bonus tip - Turn off all the lights when you walk into the room, and hold a fake gun with a torch strapped on top. It makes a cool entrance, and defines your character and theme immediately. It’s sure to capture the girls attention when you slowly move the torch from one girl to another.
How to make it different - Instead of being a standard military solider, present yourself as a specific military character. Such as G.I Joe, Rambo or Maverick form Top Gun.
Fireman Strip Routine:
Girls love a ‘Hero’ and a firefighter certainly fit’s that description. You defiantly need to display high amounts of integrity and charisma when doing this routine. No sleazing and creeping on the girls with this uniform, it just doesn’t fit the description. If you’re going to dress as a firefighter, convince them on stage that you are a living example of their fantasy. Rescue the audience with romance in your show.
Bonus tip - If your buying an old decommissioned firefighter uniform from Ebay, don’t forget to remove the inner heat resistant lining, as It will be too chunky and cumbersome when dancing. Not to mention how much it will make you sweat!
How to make it different - Use a prop fire extinguisher when entering the stage to create a dramatic entrance that the girls will remember. I can be relatively easy to make with a portable smoke machine and a red metal case.
Policeman Strip Routine:
This is a fantastic choice if you want to get very up close and personal with your audience. The character demands you to ‘enforce the law’ by ‘strip searching’ ladies in the crowd. Being a cop, you also have an arsenal of props to use in your show, such as; gun, handcuffs, baton and flash light. It’s up to your creativity in how you would like to use these elements in your show.
Bonus tip - Use siren’s and other police themed sound FX in the background of your music every now and then. It add to the atmosphere and enhance your shows theme.
How to make it different - Try a twist on the typical police uniform and think outside the box: Robo-cop or even a detective uniform.
Cowboy Strip Routine:
In the male stripper industry, the cowboy routine has been a fan favourite for years, and it’s not going anywhere.
It’s a classic routine seen in popular american male strip show’s, and is a great choice for a beginner who doesn’t have much dancing experience, as this routine can be focused on ‘romance’ by showing personality and slow teasing, as opposed to a high energy routine with a focus on dance moves and lap dance tricks.
The brilliant thing about the cowboy costume is much of the clothing can easily purchased and made by yourself. Denim jeans can be purchased anywhere (don’t forget to ruff them up) and you can cut the sleeves off any flannel top to show off your guns.
If you want your personal life remaining private from your stripping career, simply keep a bandanna covering your face during the entire show. It will still suit your character, and can add a layer of mystery to your show.
Bonus tip - Add ‘press stud’ rip off sleeves to your shirt, to add another layer of tease and excitement.
How to make it different - I would look to add another layer of character to the routine. Add a fake cigar and a poncho, present yourself as Clint Eastwood (the good, the bad and the ugly) with the theme music to match.
Superman Strip Routine:
It’s hard to argue that girls don’t love a hero, but when it comes to a superhero, It hits women in their weak spot. Who doesn’t love a superhero am I right?
The best entrances I’ve ever seen in a male strip show are the ones that take the audience by surprise. A Superman routine theme set’s this effect up with brilliance and perfection.
Imagine walking out on stage dressed in a suit, hair slick back, briefcase and glasses. You would look like an office worker, normal appearance, acting casual and the audience would know nothing better.
Then all of a sudden your backup dancers will run through the audience dressed as criminals with balaclavas. The sound FX of police sirens is in the background, and the superman theme song begins to play.
You rip open your suit and tear away the clothing to reveal a superman suit underneath, you defeat the back up dancers on stage with a choreographed fight sequence and your first strip song begins to play. What an entrance. Memorable and effective.
Bonus tip - Make sure you invest in a good quality Superman suit, as i’ve seen some terrible cheap one’s, and it looks bad!
How to make it different -
Nerd Strip Routine:
As opposed to the other hero ‘man-in-uniform’ themed routines, the nerd offer’s a unique way to ‘break the ice’ when beginning your show (so to speak).
This becomes important when doing private ‘strip-a-gram’ work, as its very common for small groups of women to get nervous when the stripping walks into the room for the first time. I can’t count the amount of times the girls just all sat there on the couch, looking at me not saying a word. I always had to work hard to loosen them up and involve them - but with a funny theme such as a ‘nerd’, you can use this to your advantage.
Because of the unexpected nature of the costume, you should be emphasising the humour in everything you do, be really funny and ridiculous when beginning your show.
In doing this, you will relax and ease the audience from any anticipation or nerves.
Bonus tip - Purposely dance really bad at the start in a funny way. It will create a brilliant contrast when you start to strip down and move like a pro later on.
How to make it different - Add props such as a library books (think about the clique of the nerd dropping all of his books), and funny music.
Fat Man Strip Routine Costume:
Once again, another fantastic humour based costume that always relaxes the audience.
The brilliant things about these types of routines is it shows that you don’t take yourself to seriously.
Girls don’t like watching performers with huge ego’s and arrogant personalities, it’s one of the biggest turn off’s for a female.
Bonus tip - Don’t shove pillows underneath your clothes. Invest in a good quality fat suit that can be easily taken off without too much fuss.
How to make it different - It can be a little insulting dressing as a fat person and creating humour in it, so try and focus on a specific fat character such as Peter griffin (Family Guy) or Chief Wiggum (The Simpsons). If you do this you won’t risk alienating certain members of the audience.