Richie DeMaria

The “revue” may have its roots in the 19th century, but Thunder from Down Under’s all-male production is purely 21st century. Bringing their mix of dancing, stripping, and cheeky humor to the Chumash Casino Resort last Thursday, hard-bodied Australian men made the ladies — and a few gentlemen — swoon as they plied their trade in the packed Samala Showroom.

The attendees screamed with anticipatory fervor before the fellows had taken the stage. Once they emerged, dressed in suits as if they were businessmen heading to their high-powered jobs, the din rose to the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane. When the “businessmen” finished, the emcee, Kurt, verbally worked the crowd with innuendo-filled and straight-up dirty talk. “All right, Thunder virgins. We will be popping some cherries tonight,” he exclaimed, before bringing the dancers/strippers back to the stage.

During each themed segment — e.g., “Jungle,” “GI Joe,” “Firemen,” etc. — one of the scantily clad Aussies would venture into the audience and select a lady to bring onstage, where he then gyrated in her face and maneuvered her into various sexual positions before releasing her back into the crowd. Some of the “volunteers” were as voracious as the men, some were understandably timid, and the audience loved every minute of it. Thunder from Down Under is a naughty romp featuring enviably fit men who encourage pawing from the ladies. Who can say no to that?


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