Le Crazy Horse de Paris, formerly Le Crazy Horse Saloon, is a Parisian cabaret famous for its stage shows performed by nude female dancers with songs and creative stage lighting, and for its stage magic and variety numbers between each nude number (singers like Charles Aznavour performed there before becoming successful). It was founded by Alain Bernardin in 1951 at 12 Avenue George-V, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.
Many of the songs that are staples and trademarks of the cabaret's numbers were composed and written by Jacques Morali (1947-1991), the Disco record producer and songwriter who wrote songs for The Ritchie Family and the Village People.
The company has expanded since, producing shows in places such as the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The Crazy Horse shows provide examples of:
- All Women Are Lustful: Most of the songs are loaded with Intercourse with You, but there are subversions like "Baby Buns", where a girl complains about being followed everywhere and lusted after.
- British Royal Guards: The shows' traditional opening number: female dancers wearing stripperiffic British Royal Guards uniforms with furry hats, spaulders, garters and boots and nothing else, with a choregraphy based on the Changing of the Guard.
- Burlesque: More and more of the numbers have evolved into this genre since the Turn of the Millennium, highlighted by Dita Von Teese's Special Guest appearances in 2006.
- Distaff Counterpart: The number "Monsieur Jules", launched in 2016, has male dancers, for the first time in the cabaret's long history.
- Every Episode Ending: Every show ends with the pole dance number "You Turn Me On".
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Many of the songs have English lyrics, but they're peppered with French words for precisely this effect.
- Gold Digger: The number and song "I am a good girl" imply this."Darling, what did you do for those pearls?"
"What?! I am a good girl!"
- The Immodest Orgasm: Expect to hear at least one in some songs.
- Intercourse with You: Many of the songs are just about this.
- Ms. Fanservice: The dancers, of course. It's the raison d'être of this cabaret.
- Punny Name: Per this cabaret's tradition, dancers have suggestive Stage Names such as Lova Moor, Polly Underground or Trauma Tease.
- Special Guest: Starting with Dita von Teese in 2006 (she came back in 2016), the cabaret periodically invites a celebrity to perform in the shows. The list includes the likes of Pamela Anderson, Arielle Dombasle, Clotilde Courau and Conchita Wurst.
- Sexy Silhouette: Some numbers are solely based on silhouettes, or feature them before the dancers show up under the spotlights.
- The Wild West: Had some of this as theming originally back in the 1950s, including the Indian name that remained despite the changes.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In most of the dance numbers, the dancers wear the Crazy Horse's trademark bob haircut wig with either the same or different colors (depending on the number).