MusicThatMadeWE #23: Anja Keister

1 hour, 41 minutes (audio only version)
2 hours, 16 minutes (Patreon exclusive version)

Released: May 21, 2022
Recorded: February 13, 2022

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The New York Times called her the Sexiest Nerd in NYC, she’s won Silver Tusk Awards for Backstage Mom, Geek of All Media, and Makeup Maven. Anja Keister has shown grace and range on stages from The Invisible Man to Dolores Umbridge to the Virgin Mary to Cthulhu.

A natural 20 herself, she is the fearless leader of the great D20 Burlesque in New York City, and has been around North America as an ambassador of the geeky, the nerdy, and the sparkly.

Hear Anja Keister’s playlist also featuring The Roots, ABBA, Sia, and the Mountain Goats at: 

– The Music That Made WE is a creation of WEBurlesque Podcast Network, produced by Viktor Devonne.

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Anja on IG: @anjakeister

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– Produced by Viktor Devonne, reigning Mr Hollywood Burlesque

WE(nerd)lesque Roundtable: MCU on Disney+ (Session 1, Part 1)

3 hours, 43 minutes (split in 2 parts)

Released: April 25, 2021
Recorded: April 17, 2021



Session 1, part 1: MCU on Disney Plus (1 hour, 50 minutes)

How is Disney+ handling the serial release of their once movie-only properties in a post Agent Carter/Agents of SHIELD world?  Now available exclusively through the Disney streaming service, WandaVision and Falcon & Winter Soldier are challenging how fans watch superhero dramas from fan theories not panning out, choices made that effect theatrical releases, and having to keep up with all of the other movies and shows to enjoy them.  WE discuss.

Session 2, part 2: WE on THEM (1 hour, 52 minutes)

The latest in black trauma drama is the limited series THEM, created by Little Marvin and executive produced by Lena Waithe. It is available on Amazon Prime Video, and is set in a somewhat supernatural version of the 1950s.  This series was largely criticized by the Black community for its unrelenting plot points that all involve Black people suffering. WE discuss the problematic elements, and the age-old question of “Who is this for?” PLUS, other properties the guests recommend instead, and what they hope from an industry that brought us Lovecraft Country, Get Out, and Us, but has taken a step backwards.

– WE(nerd)lesque Roundtable is a creation of WEBurlesque Podcast Network, produced by Viktor Devonne

– Your panel today is… 

– Session 1, Part 2: WE on THEM (the Series) – also available on the WEBurlesque Podcast Network.

Bonus: Mother’s Day Special

bonus-mothersday2 hours, 17 minutes
Released: May 13, 2018
Recorded: May 7-13, 2018 




  • Intro and Outro Music: “On A 45” by This Way to the Egress – used with permission.
  • Interlude Music: “Crinolin Dreams” by Kevin MacLeod (; Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License;
  • everything else (c) White Elephant Burlesque Corp

#3: Why Nerdlesque is Important, with Anja Keister

1 hour, 41 minutes3anjakeister
Released: February 5, 2018 

Recorded: January 30, 2018

On this episode of WEBurlesque The Podcast, Viktor talks to Anja Keister, burlesque performer and producer of D20 Burlesque as well as 2018 Silver Tusk Geek of All Media award winner.


At the start of the podcast, Anja reveals the origins of D20 Burlesque“I really liked gaming. And for me gaming was actually like board gaming and table top; your Dungeons and Dragons sort of thing. And my partner, she is more of a video game person. So, we decided if we are going to start this (company) it’s going to be gamer themed.”

As well as what it’s like to deal with the law when it comes after you for copyright infringement: “I think we were a little more brash in the beginning and then getting a cease and desist for doing a show (about a) Cartoon Network (series) about a boy and a dog… (we had) to take it pretty seriously because to this day we are pretty sure a lawyer did show up.”

From there, Anja tackles the death of the author and what it means to create work based of problematic people: “A more controversial one over the past two years I’d say is our Lovecraft tribute. An amazing performer, Maki Roll, out of D.C.  made a comment saying [she] didn’t get why we are celebrating him. He was a racist and now is not the time to be paying tribute to racists… and everything Maki said was completely true and, in that case,, we still did the Lovecraft show but opened it up and made it not just about Lovecraft… (but also) Stephen King… It gets into the age-old debate of can you separate the art from the person and Lovecraft, though not an amazing writer, the concepts and creations he came up with have had a long-lasting effect on horror and Sci-fi.”

And then gets into what she thinks makes nerdlesque so great and what it really means to be a producer and performer of the medium: “My own self definition of it has expanded so much over the years. I used to be a nerd checker, I used to do all the things I hate people doing to me… Nerdy can mean so many things… The way I think about nerdlesque is to (just) nerd out about something.”

Finally, Viktor does a flash round of questions about Anja’s favorite fandoms and she definitively gets to give her opinion on what anime she likes and what parts of the zeitgeist she missed completely: “I started with Akira and accidentally buying hentai online. So, when people were like Sailor Moon and Pokemon and Digimon and Dragon Ball Z, I was like get this childlike stuff out of here I need to watch hardcore scary anime.”



  • Synopsis written by Raina Sinclair for WEBurlesque
  • Intro and Outro Music: “On A 45” by This Way to the Egress – used with permission.
  • Interlude Music: “Deuces” by Kevin MacLeod (; Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License;
  • Photo of Anja Keister by Atticus Media Productions
  • everything else (c) White Elephant Burlesque Corp