Artwork by Adam Junod Design
Photos by Michael Wise II
Lucha VaVOOM: Inside America’s Most Outrageous Show is the documentary that explores the fascinating cast of characters behind Lucha VaVOOM -- an enthralling combination of high-octane Mexican wrestling, retro-style burlesque dancing, and witty commentary provided by Hollywood’s most celebrated comedians.
Discover how this family of wildly creative and passionate performers from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and gender orientations come together to create a unique shared experience. As the costumes, alter egos, and flamboyant performances are put on display, these masked marvels reveal their truest selves, offering up stories of perseverance, equality, and self-acceptance.
Lucha VaVOOM: Inside America’s Most Outrageous Show takes you onstage, backstage, and into the minds of the wrestlers, dancers, and producers who provide a show that is not only entertaining, but has the power to change people’s perspectives.
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Joey Ryan grew up idolizing wrestlers in the1980s -- from Hulk Hogan to Jake "The Snake" Roberts -- so he chased his dreams and became one of the biggest, sleaziest, and most disgusting bad-boy wrestlers in the business today. But in a world where professional wrestlers have become more like costumed MMA fighters, can a character like Joey Ryan survive outside of Lucha VaVoom?
MARAWA THE AMAZING
Powerful, beautiful, and holder of 12 world records for hula hooping, Marawa the Amazing has a hard time setting limits for herself. Instead of choosing one of the hula hooping routines that scored her international fame on Arab's Got Talent, Britain's Got Talent, and America’s Got Talent, she’s bringing in a new act: rollerskating in the ring... while busting a piñata… in the air. Here’s hoping everything goes as planned.
CASSANDRO EL EXOTICO
Cassandro el Exotico is a paradox: a queer performer who’s become a superstar in the hyper-masculine worlds of Lucha Libre wrestling and Latino culture. But at 48 and after years of high-impact wrestling has taken a toll on his body, Cassandro finds himself at a crossroads. Should he continue fighting to be the "Queen of the Ring" and risk permanently damaging his body, or face a retirement where he may be forgotten forever?
With her sleek body and sensual moves, genderqueer performer Karis Wilde knows how to turn on a crowd. When she enters the ring at Lucha VaVoom and delivers the ultimate striptease, she easily disrupts the audience's heteronormative expectations, shattering them in the most fantastic way possible. The risk? That in this world of macho Mexican wrestling someone might turn on her in a heartbeat.
One of the two masterminds behind Lucha VaVoom, Rita D’Albert is the founding burlesque dancer and public face for the show. Though a seasoned producer and performer for both Lucha VaVoom and mainstream Hollywood events, things seldom go smoothly when dealing with this many personalities… especially when her father unexpectedly arrives for one of the performances.
Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race season seven, Violet Chachki is also one of Lucha VaVoom's star aerialists. Like the audience, she’s an outsider to this world, but through her performances she connects the dots between drag performers, Lucha Libre wrestlers, burlesque dancers, and circus artists -- and how they all come together to make one of the craziest "found families" ever assembled.
Host / Comedian
JESSABELLE THUNDER Dancer
THE CRAZY CHICKENS
BONITA LA BELLE
JEFF B. DAVIS
Guest Host / Comedian
NIKKI THE NY KNOCKOUT
KITTEN DE VILLE
Plus, watch appearances by Tom Kenny, Ron Funches, Brian Posehn, Drew Carey, Greg Proops, Dana Gould, Leigh Acosta, Kitten de Ville, Kate Minwegen, El Presidente, Amazona, Dr. Maldad, Boby Zavala, The Lil Homies, Veronica Yune, Michelle L'Amour, Kristina Nekyia, Katarina Waters, Carolina Cerisola, Diamondback Annie, Lux LaCroix, Mei Wang, and more.
Cast Photos by Michael Wise II
*Photo by Timothy Norris
The original motion picture soundtrack for Lucha VaVOOM: Inside America's Most Outrageous Show is now available for download and includes 27 original songs featured in the film by composer David Hlebo and the "Lucha VaVOOM Theme" by Mark Rivers.
From the composer, David Hlebo: Eclecticism in art and in life is such a beautiful concept... The score for 'Lucha' is extremely eclectic... many musical genres and time periods are on display here... The movie has multiple performers/artists that wind up revealing their own commitment to eclecticism... Eclecticism is not concerned about submission to rules or doctrines but tries to synthesize multiple concepts to create something unique... As a little boy who so enjoyed listening and absorbing a myriad of musical styles that were ever evolving, this film confirms the fluidity of human nature... The goal here was to capture the essence of "Lucha VaVoom" in music… ”Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.” - Oscar Wilde
2. Joey Ryan
3. Miss Rita
4. Marawa The Amazing
5. Hula Hooping
6. Cassandro el Exotico
7. Karis Wilde
8. First Impression
10. The History of Lucha VaVOOM
11. Doors Open
12. The Art of Burlesque
13. Getting My Hair Done
14. Blaine Capatch
15. Representing Myself
16. The Wrestlers
18 Not My Amigo
19. Before The Show
20. Unmasked (Reprise)
21. Marawa Performs
22. Wrestling vs. Drag
23. Karis Performs (Part 1)
24. Karis Performs (Part 2)
25. Cassandro's Destiny
26. Pure Escapism
27. The Epilogue
28. “Lucha VaVOOM” Theme - By Mark Rivers
BACKSTAGE WITH HEINO!
Meet the cast of Lucha VaVOOM when German superstar HEiNO! goes backstage to interview the show’s wrestlers, dancers, and comedians. Guests include wrestlers Joey Ryan, Cassandro el Exotico, Chocolate Caliente, Dirty Sanchez, The Crazy Chickens, dancers Kitten de Ville, Lucy Fur, and Lux LaCroix, comedians Blaine Capatch and Tom Kenny and many more.
"I love Lucha VaVoom. It's seriously crackers and great fun."
"It's enough to make even the most jaded Hollywood insider jump up and yell "Smackdown!"
"A madcap mix of Mexican wrestling, comedy, and vintage burlesque. I love, love, love it."