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Charlie's Angels "Toni's Boys" clip

Charlie's Angels "Toni's Boys" clip

Chippendales [1] is a club known for pretty much one thing: attractive men who strip, dance and perform stage shows for female-only audiences, not necessarily in that order. The club is more or less synonymous with 'male strippers', although its intention is to be more than just strippers, instead 'fulfilling women's fantasies' on the whole.

Some might consider this to be the Spear Counterpart to the Playboy Bunny.

Probably the most iconic thing to come from Chippendales would be the variety of Fan Service-y outfits. Indeed, the most common reference to Chippendales is the dancers' costumes. For a visual reference, please consult here.

Not to be confused with the Disney characters Chip and Dale, nor with the English furniture maker Thomas Chippendale (or Chairface Chippendale, for that matter).

Examples of Chippendales Dancers include:


Advertising

  • This commercial for Orangina has chameleons and cougars in a more revealing outfit of Chippendale Dancers.

Fanfic

  • The Genderbending of Haruhi Suzumiya has Haruki and Mitsuuru pulling off this stunt while passing out flyers advertising the SOS Brigade.
  • Bruinhilda's Galaxy Rangers story, "I'm Too Sexy" has Doc trailing a suspect into one of these establishments and getting mistaken for the entertainment. He's set upon by the crazed female audience and next thing he knows, he's stripped, and looking up at the ceiling fan (which has underwear hanging from it).

Film

Live Action Television

  • In an episode of The West Wing, Josh, Toby, Will, Charlie and Danny go to Donna's apartment in the midst of the inaugural balls to try to coax her out of the doghouse. Charlie is preoccupied by thoughts of Zoey, who he's just realized he's still in love with. Danny asks Charlie why he's not wearing a coat, since it's January and there's snow on the ground. Charlie says he took off his coat to show his love for Zoey. "I'd take off my shirt too, but it's inappropriate with a tuxedo." Danny: "Not if we were at Chippendale's."
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway has had many references, notably a game of Party Quirks in the UK version, where it was Tony Slattery's secret identity. He went so far as to unzip his fly.
    • From which Paul Merton deduces: "You've come as Tony Slattery!"
  • A famous Saturday Night Live sketch, linked above, had Chris Farley competing against Patrick Swayze for a position as a Chippendale's dancer (frequently cited as a Funny Aneurysm Moment thanks to their untimely deaths).
  • A male stripper is shown rehearsing his act in the "Toni's Boys" episode of Charlie's Angels.
  • CHiPs: In the "Trained for Trouble" episode, a male stripper at the club who performs as a CHP officer looks exactly like Ponch and every woman in the Los Angeles area thinks he's the stripper.

Web Original

  • Both The Nostalgia Critic and The Nostalgia Chick have expressed fondness for this type of Fan Service. Critic sang "Spartan Warriors from 300... oh please, Chippendale bars give you that!" when he was extolling the virtues of being a whore, and the title card for "The Top Ten Hottest Animated Men" had Hades, Nightcrawler, Beast and Megamind performing for the Chick.

Western Animation

  • In House of Mouse on a special "lady's night" episode, their special guests were the Chip and Dale Dancers. It's exactly what it sounds like. Go-Go dancing chipmunks in tiny black speedos in front of a cat calling female audience... in a Mickey Mouse cartoon.
  • In an episode of Batman: The Animated Series, one-time villain Calendar Girl had Mooks dressed like this.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons, Mrs. Krabappel is expressing concern at Parents' Night with Bart's dismal performance in school, and tells Marge, "There's no telling how low he could go." Marge has an Imagine Spot, in which Bart grows up to be a (very unhappy) stripper in a Chippendale outfit (with the twist of a cowboy hat and gun holster, and the stage name "Bang Bang Bart.")

Notes

  1. (founded by Somen "Steve" Banerjee, who died October 23, 1994)
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