The Shmooze

Naked Cowgirl Can Keep Her Name, Free of Charge

By Michael Kaminer

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Sandra Brodsky can stay naked.

Brodsky — better known as ex-stripper Sandy Kane — has won the right to continue calling herself The Naked Cowgirl after a failed lawsuit by Robert Burck, better known as the guitar-toting Naked Cowboy.

The battle of the Clotheless Cowpeople was bared yesterday by Metro, which obtained terms of a February settlement between the pair, both of whom ply their trade in Times Square.

In February, Kane won a legal battle “to keep her skivvies, pasties and guitar strapped on in Times Square, without giving Burck a dime,” Metro reported. According to the settlement agreement, “Kane, an aging ex-stripper, can use the name ‘Naked Cowgirl’ alongside her name without dishing out cash. Last year, Burck demanded $5,000 and subsequent loyalty payments from Kane to use the ‘Naked’ name, Kane’s lawyer, Nick Barnhorst, told Metro.”

Burck’s Manhattan federal court suit had also “accused his foul-mouthed counterpart of damaging his brand with a raunchy act that included making ‘obscene gestures’ while being photographed by tourists at the Crossroads of the World,” the New York Post reported.

Kane — who gained notoriety as a stripper by “lighting her breasts on fire” to close her act, according to the Village Voice — also built a substantial cult with the decade-long run of her “Blew Comedy Hour” public-access TV show . A performer’s bio posted by the Donau Festival, a yearly pop-culture extravaganza in Krems, Austria, raves that “Whether innocent teen hits from the 60s or uptempo Italo dance floor fillers from the grand era of disco — the hardcore interpretations of this Jewish-American DIY artist rank among the most outrageous sex & grime fantasies anyone could find online.” The festival, incidentally, was curated by another boundary-pushing Jewish female, the Berlin-based, Toronto-born electro performer Peaches, aka Merrill Nisker.


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