You guys, I think we've reached the end of the Internet. We all know and adore super cute Internet cat Lil Bub, but one fan is taking her adoration of the celebrity cat to a whole new level of awesomeness. Mashable introduces us to Melody Magpie, a dancer who has created an entire burlesque routine dedicated to Lil Bub. See what I mean about the end of the Internet?
For those of you who may have been roaming around in outer space for the past three years and are therefore clueless about Internet celebrities, Lil Bub is one of the few chosen Internet Cats who continues to impress us with her all-around cuteness. I mean, good lord is she adorable. I've procrastinated for hours in the past just by watching her YouTube channel (in my defense, science has officially declared kittens to be good for anxiety), and I've seriously contemplated buying merchandise with her face on it. However, not even my love for Lil Bub can compete with that of Melody Magpie.According to Mashable, Magpie has practiced burlesque for around two years, and while this routine is unconventional — she starts things off by exiting a makeshift spaceship while wearing a Lil Bub head made from paper mache — it is far from her first out-there performance. In the past, she's drawn inspiration from "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when dreaming up her unique routines. Each performance is created by Magpie herself, and they typically require months of planning from start to finish. As she revealed to Mashable, that's the hardest part of new performances:
I have a ton of anxiety every time I build a routine. I'm not always sure the audience will get my sense of humor or my thought process. The first time I perform anything, I always feel really exposed.
With each routine requiring so much time and energy, I can see why she would focus on subjects she enjoys, like Lil Bub. Seriously, check out her Facebook page. The girl loves Internet cats as much as I do. (Melody Magpie, if you read this: we're quite possibly soul sisters.)
As you can imagine, over the years there have been some pretty weird burlesque routines. Burlesque got its start as a form of comedy, and since then the art has maintained a sense of playfulness. Last month's first annual Florida Burlesque Festival even included yodeling, "sexy cooking," and a marijuana-themed routine. But as far as I'm concerned, Magpie's takes the cake. See her in action for yourself:
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