Burlesque comedy wasn't always about the striptease. But when the Victorians went prudish, comedy went bawdy as a counterpoint. And so the clothes got tighter, the dances more suggestive, and everything got a whole lot sexier.
We've kept the sex appeal and a lot of the show biz terms that evolved out of the Burlesque and Vaudeville circuits.
(1/11) - Showing 'Em Something New To make it big on the stage, you had to have a new schtick (which is Yiddish for 'a bit'). Burlesque was the new schtick at the turn of the last century.