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Giovoni takes his job with a grain of salt: "It really is funny," he says. "I'm just a regular guy."

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You'll find him in the lower level of Silk Nightclub every Saturday starting at midnight.

Interview with a male stripper


March may be cold, but it's hot and heavy here at OnMilwaukee.com as we celebrate our first-ever Sex Week. We're taking a mature look at local video and sex toy shops, area strip clubs, sexy Milwaukee events -- and even some connections between Brew City and Playboy magazine. It's serious, responsible, adult-themed content -- but don't worry, parents, we'll keep it PG-13 in case junior stumbles upon these stories as OnMilwaukee.com turns a pale shade of blue for seven days.

"Giovoni" is a 28-year-old single dad who works a respectable job during the week. On weekends, though, Giovoni (not his real name) works as a male stripper, delighting the ladies at Milwaukee clubs, bachelorette parties and even banks.

Giovoni is a member of the Midwest Heartbreakers, a traveling troupe of strippers that will take it off anywhere you pay them to. And the ladies pay handsomely. On an average night, Giovoni will pull in $1,000 for three hours' work, hanging out with wild and crazy women who are drooling over his every g-string wearing, gyrating move.

Still, despite all the money, the adoration of rooms full of rabid women and the professional necessity of staying in great shape, Giovoni takes it all stride: "I'm just a regular guy," he says. "For some reason, women just pay me to take my clothes off."

If you're into these sorts of things, you can catch Giovoni every Saturday night downstairs at Silk, 11400 W. Silver Spring Rd. Just make sure to tell Giovoni that OnMilwaukee.com sent you.

We caught up with Giovoni recently for a phoner. In honor of Sex Week on OnMilwaukee.com, we present to you this most unusual Milwaukee Talks.

OnMilwaukee.com: I'll be honest with you. I don't know a whole lot about the world of male strippers. What's your job like?

Giovoni: It's totally different than female stripping. Imagine about you and about five of your friends going out to a club. That club is filled with nothing but girls who are there to see you, and they want to pay you money. In a way, you're kind of like a rock star a little bit.

OMC: Do you have the best job in the world?

Giovoni: That's the thing. I wouldn't call it a job. You can't view this as a job. That's the difference between male dancers and female dancers. I would say 90 percent of male dancers have real careers, and this is something that we do on the side.

OMC: Yeah, tell me about that. What does Midwest Heartbreakers do?

Giovoni: We're the No. 1-rated male group in the whole country. We were given five out five stars by the "Women's Guild." We were rated higher than Chippendale's. Our show is up and close and personal. We don't just have the girls sitting there. You can actually get involved in the show and get up on the stage with the guys. That's something the ladies like.

OMC: Well, that's pretty different than what you see in a traditional strip club, right?

Giovoni: Exactly. When you go to our shows, there's not a bouncer there; that's sort of us.

OMC: I'd imagine your group could defend itself if need be.

Giovoni: Exactly.

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gmwrobel | March 13, 2009 at 1:31 p.m. (report)

i believe it, women spend more money and easier than men. and i'm pretty sure that most guys would take their clothes off for money and a room full of women that wanted to see it but i bet they aren't all gay.

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alba | March 12, 2009 at 1:03 p.m. (report)

I call bull on $1,000 for three hours work and on him being straight.

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