Chippendale’s, German Spies, and Magic Mike: the History of the Strip Club

When you think about strip clubs, you might conjure images of seedy dens filled with creepy dudes…. and yeah, there are strip clubs like that. But you’d be ignoring all the legendary performers and icons who have made strip clubs a major facet of American culture over the past century. Why was one of the world’s most famous exotic dancers executed during WW1? How can you trace the roots of strippers in America back to a World’s Fair in the late 1800s? And, maybe most importantly, how did Chippendale’s blaze trails for Magic Mike’s Channing Tatum? Host Janae Price covers all this and more, in just under seven minutes.

Did you know the history of the sex toy dates back millions of years? Or that McDonald’s McRib drew inspiration from the U.S. military? Or, that the modern tailgate might have been invented during a Civil War battle? In History of… Thrillist is taking you through a rapid-fire crash course on some of humankind’s greatest innovations in food, drink, travel, and fun. Hey, if you can keep up, you actually might learn something!


Senior Development Producer
Wil Fulton

Associate Producer
Mia Faske

Editorial Assistant/Voice Over
Janae Price

Motion Graphics & Animation
Danna Windsor

Senior Designer
Maggie Rossetti

Brendan Day

Production Coordinator
Charles Ross

Post Production Supervisor
Daniel Byrne

Director of Production
Anna Frangos

Senior Director –
Development & Production
Leo Fernandez

Creative Director
Audra V Pace

Head of Video
Jim D’Amico

Chief Content Officer
Meghan Kirsch

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