Sitting Sexy on a Piano

Stock pose for sultry songbirds of every type, from cabaret crooners to navy nightingales. In essence, the singer sits on or leans heavily against a piano, posturing suggestively. If the piano is big enough, she'll often actually lie on top of it.

Compare Ready for Lovemaking, which this is no doubt meant to invoke. There's often some playful teasing going on with The Piano Playerand of course the audience.

Do not expect her to be paired with a Lounge Lizard, unless he's actually a competent pianist.


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  • Saloon singers in Lucky Luke albums tend to do this.
  • In a way, Lucy Van Pelt leaning on Schroeder's piano, though she usually doesn't sing.
  • Edda and several other female characters in 9 Chickweed Lane can play the piano like this.

    Films — Animated 
  • The Fairy Godmother does this in Shrek 2 when she's singing "I Need a Hero".
  • Parodied/exaggerated in Cats Don't Dance, when the sickeningly sweet child actress Darla Dimple does this on a piano sized for her enormous butler Max. You get the impression she could roll around for several hours and never be in danger of falling off.
  • Laverne the old lady gargoyle in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, puts on a feather boa and poses on a piano during their Disney Acid Sequence.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The film of Chicago: Roxie Hart during her imaginary first performance ("My Funny Honey") rides this pony for all it's worth.
  • In The Fabulous Baker Boys, Michelle Pfeiffer frequently does this; it's even the page image!
  • Parodied in Hot Shots!, where the singer lies at a physically impossible angle on the open lid of a grand piano and (in the process of wiggling seductively) manages to shimmy right off.
  • Used to disturbing effect with John Malkovich in Being John Malkovich. Malkovich Malkovich.
  • Ralph Bakshi's Cool World has this with the Femme Fatale villainess.
  • Johnny Dangerously. Johnny's girlfriend Lil Sheridan does this while singing in a nightclub.
  • A rare gender-flipped example from Lemonade Joe: Doug Badman half-lies on the piano in his saloon when he tries to persuade The Chanteuse Tornado Lou to leave with him for Europe.
  • In The Racket, Helen, The Chanteuse, sits atop a piano to sing a song. It's an upright, but she still works it.
  • In Shirley Temple vehicle Little Miss Marker, Bangles the sexy nightclub singer does this as part of her act. So it comes off as a little weird later in the film, when six-year-old Marthy (Temple) decides to imitate Bangles by hopping on a piano and singing a song.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Benny Hill Show: Benny would frequently play a singer who has trouble hopping up onto the piano.
  • The Office: Jan does this for her scene in Michael's movie, "Threat Level Midnight".
  • In an Imagine Spot in Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Miss Musso is seen doing this.
  • Saturday Night Live parodied this trope thrice:
    • The LeBron James/Kanye West episode (the first episode of season 33) had the Digital Short, "Iran So Far," which featured Fred Armisen as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a red dress on top of a piano.
    • On the Sigourney Weaver/The Ting Tings episode (from season 35), Weaver plays a lounge singer who invokes this trope, but ends up yelling at the piano player (played by Bobby Moynihan) when she starts freaking out about how high up she is. The piano player thinks she's kidding, until she ends up falling 60 feet and the piano player immediately notices.
    • When Martin Short hosted the last episode of 2012, he attempted this trope during a Bawdy Song about Christmas. "How does a man sit on a piano?"
  • Haley Reinhart on American Idol. B-B-B-Benny. And the Jetsssss..... Also doubles as She's Got Legs. And hoooooooooooooow.
  • The Kids in the Hall: Parodied by Kevin McDonald in this sketch.
  • On an episode of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Wayne Brady does this during a playing of Greatest Hits while singing in the style of Eartha Kitt. Here's the clip.
  • Israeli skit show The Chamber Quintette has a skit parodying this, with Keren Mor singing Bab el-Wad, a memorial song for dead soldiers, as a sexy cabaret girl.
  • In one episode of Will and Grace, Karen makes Will do this while singing a torch song in order to persuade her to become a client of his firm. He gets about halfway through the song before quitting out of sheer embarrassment.
  • In the first episode of the sketch show Short Ribbs, Patty Maloney does it during her song.
  • Parodied on Black Books, where Fran tries to use this to seduce someone, but accidentally hits a handful of keys as she sits down.
  • In Victorious, Tori does this during the song "Tell Me That You Love Me".


  • This was Helen Morgan's routine in the 1920s; she performed "Bill" this way (for a rather dissipated version of "sexy") in the original production of Show Boat (but not the 1936 film version).
  • The script for Chicago calls for Roxie to do this during "Funny Honey", citing Helen Morgan as the example to follow.
  • Referenced in "Torch Song" from the 1932 Broadway musical Face the Music:
    I longed to sit upon a piano or an organ
    Pouring out my heart, the same as Helen Morgan.

    Video Games 
  • In Contrast, Kat does this during her performance.

  • Bug claims that a downside to owning a piano is that one is always having to shoo sultry lounge singers off it before their sequins scratch the varnish.

    Western Animation 
  • Dot Warner occasionally does this on Animaniacs.
  • Lois of Family Guy did this after Peter remodeled their basement into a club.
  • June does this in an episode of KaBlam!.
  • Clarice, a chipmunk lounge singer, does this in the Chip 'n Dale short Two Chips and a Miss.
  • Ling-Ling does this for his musical number on the Drawn Together musical series finale.
  • Patti Mayonnaise in one of Doug Funnie's fantasy sequences
  • Bridgette in Total Drama World Tour does this in the beginning of her musical number, "I'm Sorry".

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