Jaqueline Frances, a.k.a. Jacq The Stripper, is a writer, illustrator, stand-up comedian, and stripper, best known for her amazing comic-filled blog as well as her bottomless comedy act titled “The Beaver Show.” She recently collected data from nearly 300 strippers from around the world and is planning to release a coffee table book based on the results. It’s called Striptastic, “an illustrated celebration of dope-ass cunts who like money.”
Frances created a Kickstarter for the book in 2016. It’s had some pretty great backer incentives, the most fabulous of which is “Baller Lessons in Las Vegas.” For $2,000 Frances vowed to accompany you and 10 friends to the finest and raunchiest strip clubs in Vegas and give you “some direction on how to be a baller without being a douche.”
So pleased this dynamic performer took some time out from her busy schedule for 20 Questions With Verbicide.
What is your favorite musical act of the 1920s?
I really hope Ziegfeld Follies was from the ’20s because I want my whole life to look and feel that expensive and frivolously ornate.
What band or performer would you love to see, but haven’t yet?
Anna Nicole Smith singing karaoke.
Ever bought anything from a late-night infomercial?
I don’t know, but y’all should preorder my book from my late-night informercial.
What has been the biggest disappointment in your career?
Every declined credit card is pretty disappointing.
Which city draws the best crowds for your shows?
PORTLAND, OH BABY. THERE ARE MORE STRIPPERS THAN STARBUCKS IN PORTLAND. It’s awesome.
Which artist or album did you listen to most when working on your current/upcoming release?
I can’t stop jamming Nice As Fuck. I saw them perform at Rough Trade last week and it felt like the coolest slumber party I never got invited to in middle school.
What is your favorite film of all time?
It’s obviously Showgirls.
What was the first album you ever bought? What format was it in? Do you still have it?
Jagged Little Pill on CD. Best purchase of my entire life. I am pretty sure my sister has it in her car, and I think it’s safe and happy there.
What is one surprising thing about you that most people wouldn’t know?
I used to be a snowboarding instructor. To me that’s not weird, but other people like to think I’m a frivolously incompetent — but hot and funny! — waste of space and I’m like, actually, no, I can shred it on a mountain, you fucks.
Who is the one that got away?
The Olsen Twins.
Spandex or silk?
BOTH ALL AT ONCE.
Where did you grow up?
What is your favorite restaurant to eat at while on tour?
What is your favorite board game?
Scrabble! As a child, my mum never let me win so now I’m way too good at it. And I don’t let anyone win.
If you were given a million dollars, what would you do with it?
Open my feminist strip club.
Ever been sprayed with champagne?
All the time. I literally waste champagne for a living.
Have any hot tips for stock market investing?
It’s rigged. All the guys that run that shit told me so.
Care to share a story about “the one that got away” and how that encounter shaped/changed you?
I owned every single Mary Kate and Ashley movie on VHS. I miss their smiles.
Should sex work be decriminalized?
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.
Who was your first celebrity crush?