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Aug 10 2012

Mailbag: A Letter from Kenneth Snipps

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This week, The Pleasure Chest was honored to receive the above letter from the enigmatic Kenneth Snipps. When we first read this rare piece of snail mail, we were a bit puzzled. Then we Googled our new friend. Turns out Mr. Snipps is quite the prolific letter writer, and might just be a prankster with a vivid imagination. He may even be connected to this delightfully weird gossip blog about the residents of Forestville, Connecticut.

To be honest, we prefer to believe that Mr. Snipps and his friends Betty Potter, Barbara Deavers and Norbert Pendleton are all real.

So, Kenneth, if you’re reading this, we’d be delighted to give you a special discount on your Christmas purchases. Please send us an email (or another delightful letter) and we’ll help you make Norbert’s holiday a very happy one.

Your friends,

The Pleasure Chest

 

 

Aug 09 2012

Andy Kindler, TJ Miller, Mo Mandel & MorePerformance Anxiety- August 14th

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Join us on Tuesday, August 14th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night, hosted by Eli Olsberg & TJ Miller right here in our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by Andy Kindler, Mo Mandel, Jonah Ray, Ali Wong & John Vargas.

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Please enjoy TJ Miller on a heckler yelling “Suck a dick!”

Jul 23 2012

YouTube Censored Our Nina Hartley Interview

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Today we logged in to our YouTube account only to be greeted by the warning screen above. Our 2010 interview with adult film legend Nina Hartley had apparently been flagged for violating YouTube’s community guidelines. Upon review, someone at YouTube removed the video and issued us a warning that our account could be suspended or even terminated if we continued to violate this vague policy.

We’ve watched and re-watched our brief interview with Ms. Hartley and we don’t see how it violates the rules against “nudity, pornography or sexually provocative content.” We think it should be covered under YouTube’s exception for “documentary” content, since Ms. Hartley is discussing the popularity of “MILF porn” in a historical and sociological context, not describing sex acts or promoting any specific porn movie.

Readers of our blog may be aware of our past troubles with censorship, particularly on Facebook where a workshop on cunnilingus was flagged for removal and where the words “bondage” and “anal” have been  blocked in event titles. In October of 2010, we also learned that our company’s name was part of a distinguished group of words, phrases and names placed on the Google Instant blacklist, a mysterious list which, among other head-scratchers, continues to block suggestions for “bisexual.”

We know that Google owns YouTube and we appreciate they they want to prevent the popular video sharing site from becoming a porn free-for-all. But we must sincerely ask if our Nina Hartley video is really a violation of YouTube’s Community Guidelines. Judge for yourself. We’ve posted the banned clip on Vimeo. You can watch it above.

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Jul 18 2012

Adam Devine, Fortune Feimster & MorePerformance Anxiety- July 24th

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Join us on Tuesday, July 24th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night, hosted by Eli Olsberg & TJ Miller right here in our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by Adam Devine, Fortune Feimster, Bret Ernst, Finesse Mitchell, Kate Berlant, Sandy Danto, Grant Pardee and Alice Wetterlund.

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Please enjoy Adam Devine talking about “Dudes Night Out.”

Jul 04 2012

Erin Foley, Paul Scheer, Ian Edwards & MorePerformance Anxiety- July 10th

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Join us on Tuesday, June 26th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night, hosted by Eli Olsberg & TJ Miller right here in our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by Erin Foley, Paul Scheer, Ian Edwards, Melissa Villasenor, Kyle Kinane, Robert Buscemi, Lynn Shawcroft and Whitmer Thomas.

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Please enjoy Erin Foley on Conan.

Jun 29 2012

Sinclair Sexsmith, Performance Anxiety & MoreJuly in Chicago

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Heat got you down? Let us lift your spirits, with our packed summer schedule of free workshops and events. In July, we’ll learn about sex toys and self pleasure with Antoinette and host the return of our new Performance Anxiety comedy night. We’ll finish out the month with a double header of classes by Sinclair Sexsmith, discussing how to write erotica, and develop “cock confidence.” Hot!

Sex Toys 101 with Antoinette
Wednesday, July 11th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Join our Sex Specialists as we talk about the pleasures of erotic playthings. Topics include: vibrators for beginners or pros, couples’ toys, toy cleaning, and toy safety, and more. Did you know that using lube can enhance and prolong your sex? Want to hear about the best condoms for sensational safe sex? We have all the hot tips and tricks for the sex nerd or erotic explorer in you!

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, July 16th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and Rhea Butcher and featuring live performances by some of the best comics working today. As a bonus, all audience members get 15% off their purchases on the night of the show. Comics for this show include Candy Lawrence, Stephanie Hasz, Matteo Lane, Bill Cruz, Ever Mainard and Adam Burke.

Self Pleasure Workshop for Women with Antoinette
Wednesday, July 18th @ 8-10pm FREE!

The orgasms you experience with your lover start with you. Our Sex Specialists will cover anatomy, techniques for self-touch, and, of course, our favorite toys, lubes, and erotic accessories. The more you know about your own response patterns, the better your sex life will be, whether partnered or solo! This workshop will be a safe space for female-identified people only.

Steamy: How to Write About Sex with Sinclair Sexsmith
Tuesday, July 24th @ 8-10pm FREE!

To write about sex well, you need both the boldness to describe the dirty and delicious acts we humans explore, and the basic technical skills of plot, setting, and character. In this pen-to-paper writing workshop, we’ll look at some examples of successful and unsuccessful erotica, discuss how to write steamy love letters for your sweetheart, and discover how to take your blogging to the next level. We’ll also explore where to submit your erotica for publication, and some quick basics for editing your work.

Cock Confidence with Sinclair Sexsmith
Wednesday, July 25th @ 8-10pm FREE!

If you’re a butch, a stud, or anywhere on the masculine side of center, come learn the nuts and bolts of strapping it on and fucking. Writer and sex educator Sinclair Sexsmith will reveal the best cocks for packing, which options exist for pack-and-play and the ins and out of selecting a harness. You’ll learn about positions, how different products work, what “cock confidence” means, and the psychology behind strapping on and playing with a cock with a partner, or with oneself.

Coming up…

8/1 Butt Sex Basics with Sarah Sloane

8/8 Bend Over Buddy with Antoinette

8/15 Spank Someone Happy with Antoinette

8/20 Performance Anxiety-Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

8/22 Advanced Anal Play with Sarah Sloane

9/5 Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Antoinette

9/12 G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Sarah Sloane

9/26 Suck it, Lick it, Love It with Antoinette

 

Jun 25 2012

Air-Humping World ChampionshipTomorrow Night at Polestock!

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We are proud to announce the Pleasure Chest Air-Humping World Championship at the Viper Room tomorrow night!

This outrageous competition is part of Polestock, the world’s first and only pole dancing and karaoke competition. They’ve also just added a “Best Ass” contest! Contestants will be competing for cash and prizes, including some fabulous booty donated by The Pleasure Chest.

Celebrity judges for Polestock include porn legend and AVN nominee Shyla Stylez, Skid Row Drummer and Vivid Entertainment’s Phil Varone and underground rap sensation Too Short!

Polestock is expected to sell out, so advance tickets are highly recommended. See you tomorrow night!

 

 

Jun 20 2012

Eric Andre, Baron Vaughn & a Secret GuestPerfomance Anxiety- June 26th

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Join us on Tuesday, June 26th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night, hosted by Eli Olsberg & TJ Miller right here in our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by Eric Andre, Baron Vaughn, Matt Kirshen, Emily Heller, Julia Bensfield, Jen D’Angelo and Brenton Biddlecombe. We’ll also have a very special, surprise guest! 

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Please enjoy Eric Andre’s lethal sexts.

Jun 19 2012

Picking a Vibrator with Bethenny

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Remember last week when Bethenny Frankel visited our Los Angeles store to talk about Fifty Shades of Grey? Well, she loved us so much, she came back for another visit. This time, she talked to our very own Kristen Tribby about the wide world of vibrators. In this clip, they discuss the original Vibratex Rabbit Habit, the rechargeable Fifi, the Red Mini, the Form 3, the Fun Factory Smartballs and the Sqweel.

Kristen also visited Bethenny in studio to talk briefly about the history of the vibrator and to demonstrate some of the more unusual vibes on the market. Need help picking out a vibrator of your very own? Come pay us a visit.

Jun 06 2012

Dan Levy, Michael Palascak & MorePerformance Anxiety- June 13th

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Join us on Tuesday, June 12th at 8pm for another night of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night, hosted by Eli Olsberg & TJ Miller right here in our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances Dan LevyMichael PalascakIan HarvieMarianne SierkSean Green, Rob Babcock, Lenny Shelton and a very special surprise guest!

Please enjoy Ian Harvie on passing as a gay man.