Person of Interest – Cherie Sweetbottom

Cherie Sweetbottom. (Photo by Stereo Vision Photography).

Cherie Sweetbottom. (Photo by Stereo Vision Photography).

Cherie Sweetbottom is a burlesque performer, producer, actress, model, costume designer and professionally trained actress. Cherie produces House of Sweetbottom Blues & Burlesque Revue, co-produces DC’s premiere nerdy burlesque troupe the Evil League of Ecdysiasts and performs regularly with Naked Girls Reading DC and at L’Enfant Cafe’s La Boum Brunch. She’s also had television roles on shows including Deadly Affairs, American Super/Natural, and House of Horrors: Kidnapped. Cherie has performed all over the east coast, but find out what she likes to do in her hometown of Washington, DC:


What’s a typical day for you?

I wake up, check my phone for any texts or emails requiring immediate response, have coffee and breakfast while catching up on social media, and either head out on my bicycle or stay in and start working on whatever the most pressing task is of the day…costuming, promotion, booking, etc.

What or who is your biggest influence?

My parents, most definitely.  I grew up in a home full of books and music.  My parents both have great love for performing arts and learning.  My dad, an engineer, is a very independent thinker who likes to figure things out for himself rather than follow the crowd, and my mom, a musician and music teacher, is probably the sweetest, humblest, and most gentle person I know.  They’re lovely people on their own and they complement each others’ strengths well.  Their values certainly are a great influence on the way I approach life.

In burlesque, my biggest influence is probably Angie Pontani.  She’s a fantastic performer and producer.  I’ve been fortunate enough to work with her, and her acts and shows are always incredibly high-quality.

kingmanparkWhat neighborhood do you live in?

Kingman Park in NE DC, near RFK Stadium.

What is your biggest DC pet peeve?

People being generally inconsiderate and/or unaware of others. Drivers not using turn signals, people on escalators not standing to the right to let others pass them, groups of people walking slowly on the sidewalk and taking up too much of it to let faster people go past them.  Things like that.

What is the #1 most played song on your iPod?  bad

Most played song is usually whatever I’m going to be performing to next.  Since my most-performed act is my Honey Badger act, that by default makes it “Bad” by Michael Jackson!

Favorite DC haunt?

I love the Black Cat.  Everyone who works there is amazing, they have good food, blackcatthe bartenders are awesome, and the entertainment is high-quality.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?

Wander around Eastern Market checking out the vendor stands, then head home for a nap, since I probably performed on Saturday night.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

DC is pretty great, but I would love to live in Europe for a while.  Probably either England or Italy.

If you couldn’t be a burlesque performer, what would you be?bodycombat

A group fitness instructor.  I used to teach Les Mills BodyCombat.  So much fun, and so rewarding to see class members’ fitness level and form improve over time.

Top three favorite movies?

frozenRight now? Frozen (Princess Anna is a badass), The Avengers, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

Name five people, alive or dead, you’d love to invite to a dinner party.

Joss Whedon, Neil Gaiman, Kristen Bell, Joan of Arc, Lorraine Hansberry.

Most embarrassing moment?

Burlesque is an art form that involves nudity, typically ending with the performer in pasties (nipple coverings) and a g-string.  I had a solid year of pasties falling off before I found a reliable adhesive that works with my skin.  Since decency laws in this region require certain bits to be covered, I got very good at finishing out acts with my signature hand-over-boob move.

What was your major in college, and do you use it today?

My major was Theatre for Youth, and I use it all the time.  Acting, dancing, costume design, prop design and construction.  Improvisation comes in handy when things don’t go according to plan.  Stage management for producing.

Who do you think is the most attractive person to ever live?timealone

I couldn’t pick just one!  I’m fortunate to know a lot of very lovely and wonderful people.  I will say that physical attractiveness isn’t enough…intelligence, humor, and kindness are equally important.

Name one thing most people don’t know about you.

I’m an introvert—I need a lot of alone time to recharge!

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