3333 14th Street NW
2020 marks the 10th year of one of DC and Baltimore’s most bizarre and exciting traditions: celebrating Elvis Presley’s birthday with a show of back alley fisticuffs and burlesque. The 10th Annual Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club takes place at DC’s Gala Hispanic Theatre (3333 14th Street NW) January 3 and 4th at 7:30 and 10 pm.Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club (EBFC) is hosted by “The King” and femcee Kittie Glitter who provide hilarious color commentary for an action-packed, punch-drunk, below-the-belt, hilarious night of lowbrow theater.
Seven rounds of flimflam fisticuffs are the centerpiece of the action, and in between, bouts of burlesque performances offer a sexy reprieve from the cartoon-esque violence. EBFC’s fight card is always a closely-guarded secret, and trying to anticipate who, or what, might be on the roster is half the fun. For year 10, five past fighters have been invited back to take part in a grand finale Royal Rumble. Past match ups have ranged from the topical (the Franken-Weinstein monster vs. a vagina) to the intensely absurd (My Little Pony vs. Leatherface).
The show has a number of dedicated fans who return each year and induct new audience members into the insanity.
“People brag about how many years they have been coming,” says Kate Taylor Davis, one of the show’s producers. “They email me months in advance of the event to confirm dates because their out-of-town friends want to come too. This is a strange annual touchstone, and people LOVE it!”.
The show’s origin was somewhat happenstance, created when the producers were assigned a date to put on an event that happened to coincide with The King’s birthday. Originally intended as a one-off event, the popularity of an evening that centered around Elvis, the toilet he died on (known as “Commodious”) and mistaking his dying wish for a commemorative nightclub, as a “fight club”, became a huge hit.
Featuring: Jared Davis as “Elvis,” Jei Spatola as Kittie Glitter, Andrew Wodzianski as
Commodious, Bebe Bardot, Lucrezia Blozia, Carlos Bustamante, Patrick M. Doneghy, Matt Grant, Callie Pigeon, Candy Del Rio, Cherie Sweetbottom, Stephon Walker, and more. Fight choreography by James Finley, sound by Mehdi Raoufi, lights by Camille Kashaka, and general direction by Kate Taylor Davis.
For audiences 21+. Tickets are $28 in advance. Ticket link and information at fightclubshow.com