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Chicago strip club extends offer after 'SNL' mention

December 19, 2011|By Mick Swasko, RedEye

A gift drive that offered a free lap dance in exchange for the donation of a child's toy was supposed to end this weekend at the Admiral Theater in Albany Park, but media attention and a mention on "SNL" has extended the offer.

Last week, the adult-entertainment venue offered a $10 lap dance to anyone who brought in an unused toy for charity, according to Tim Brown, who handles marketing for the 3940 W. Lawrence Ave. club. The drive was set to expire Sunday, but it will continue to accept what Jimmy Fallon referred to this weekend as "Toys for Ta Tas" through Wednesday.

This is the second year the club has offered its "Lap Dances for the Needy" drive, but the event caught significantly more attention this year. Brown said his Facebook page was flooded Monday with friends commenting on the theater being mentioned on "Weekend Update."

In the segment, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey teamed up with host Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers to exchange rapid fire quips about the unusual holiday offer: "The most popular toy so far is Tickle-Me Brenda," Poehler suggested. "So remember kids, that's not Christmas magic, that's stripper glitter," Meyers shot back.

"My mouth dropped," Brown said. "I was excited to see (cast members) making fun of our club."

Radio shows, blogs and other news organizations have picked up on the story as well, but Brown said that wasn't the intent. The drive was advertised only on the club's site and through a mass email to customers, he said. While past events like a Sarah Palin look-alike contest and a "zombie stripper" party were looking to make some headlines, the toy collection was just intended to do some good, he said.

"We're here, we're a business just like anybody else, and as an active business and a family-run organization, one of the things we like to do is give back," he said. "That's all it is, anyone else who thinks it's indecent or not in the tradition of the holidays, they can turn the other cheek and they can ignore it."

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