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Apr 17 2015

Comedy & Crotchless Panties: Performance Anxiety’s 4th Anniversary

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by Kate M.

Performance Anxiety 4th Anniversary

On Tuesday, Performance Anxiety, the comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and Libby Thomas at The Pleasure Chest Los Angeles, celebrated its fourth anniversary with a sold-out show. Fans of the show packed the house, finding places to stand in the back and sit on the floor once the seats were filled. T.J. Miller and Pete Holmes, who headlined Performance Anxiety’s very first show in 2011, returned to headline the anniversary show. Special guests Joe Mande and Eddie Pepitone made appearances as well.

The anniversary audience enjoyed a better class of free booze — Blue Moon, Stella Artois, and even wine — and some lucky folks went home with giveaways, including Pleasure Chest gift cards and products. T.J. Miller also gave away Silicon Valley swag and a signed  bottle that was a prop from the film Extract.

It’s an exciting moment for comedy, particularly in L.A. Vulture recently identified this as the “second comedy boom” in an article in which Performance Anxiety is featured. We’ve been delighted to play host to the renaissance for the last four years, particularly since the renaissance gives us beer and makes us laugh.

Apr 14 2015

April in L.A. — Free Workshops

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by Kate M.

From ass play workshops to laughing your ass off, there’s plenty to do at The Pleasure Chest this month!

performance anxiety flyer April14thPerformance Anxiety Fourth Anniversary Show
Tuesday, April 14th @ 8-10pm

Join us on Tuesday, April 14th at 8pm for a special four year anniversary edition of Performance Anxiety, the comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and Libby Thomas at 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. This time, the free beer will be fancier, the special guests will be extra special, and we’ll be giving away some (sexy) prizes.

peggingBend Over Buddy with Kate & Larkin
Wednesday, April 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Is your bedroom buddy just begging for a pegging? In this workshop, we’ll teach you how to get strapped on and warmed up for some ass loving. If you don’t know how to approach the subject (or their sphincter), we’ll give you tips on communication, the pleasures of perineum and prostate play, strap-on sex, anal sex safety, and the best toys and tricks to arouse him anally. This class will focus on bending over your boyfriend, but all genders and orientations are welcome.

Opening Up Your Relationship with Dr. Erica Marchand
Sunday, April 19th @ 6-8pm – FREE!

Thinking about trying an open relationship? Dr. Erica Marchand will fill you in on essential tools, skills, and resources for making it work. She’ll take you through the necessary conversations with your partner, from broaching the subject of opening up, to terms you might use to describe your relationship (“poly”? “swinging”?), to what you should both decide before you date anyone else. You’ll learn essential emotional intelligence skills, self-care tips for coping with jealousy and insecurity, and resources for making opening up a positive and fun experience.

JimmyJane Presents Earth-Safe Sexy
Wednesday, April 22nd @ 7-10pm – FREE!

squilliciotti 025Did the Earth just move? Join us for an evening of eco-friendly tips for amazing sex, complimentary, locally-sourced, organic snacks from Wide Eyes, Open Palms and a selection of craft beer and sustainable wines, as well as a free Earth Day workshop. All evening, Jimmyjane will be on hand with an array of their versatile, powerful, and environmentally-responsible vibrators. At 8pm, our very own Sarah and Mary will be teaching Ultimate O: Expanding Your Orgasm Responsibly. We’re all making better decisions to do better by our bodies and the planet, and this class will address the same considerations, which can now be applied to our sex lives. Sex should be naughty, but in a decidedly natural way. Our sex specialists will cover our favorite tips and techniques for stronger, fuller orgasms, as well as recommending a variety of body-safe and eco-friendly products. Plus, Jimmyjane will make a donation to Tree People to plant a tree for everyone in attendance at the workshop!

i like dykesDyke Day LA Party & Fundraiser
Thursday, April 23rd @ 7-10pm – FREE!

Join us for a night of super queer fun(draising)! Get inspired by queer erotic readings, visit the spanking station, enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, enter to win exciting raffle prizes, and mingle with the folks behind the city’s only free Pride event! 15% of all sales during the fundraiser will be donated to Dyke Day LA.

Spank Someone Happy with Koko & Chris
Wednesday, April 29th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Looking to make your sex a little naughty? Let our Sex Specialists bring you into the wonderful world of erotic spanking and roleplay. We’ll show you how to combine spanking with sex in a fun and consensual way. This workshop is perfect if you’re feeling curious, need help getting started, or just want to fine-tune your technique.

Mar 31 2015

Four Year Anniversary Show!
Performance Anxiety April 14th

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by Kate M.

performance anxiety flyer April14th

Join us on Tuesday, April 14th at 8pm for a special four year anniversary edition of Performance Anxiety, the comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and Libby Thomas at our West Hollywood store. The free beer will be fancier, the special guests will be extra special, and we’ll be giving away some (and sexy) prizes.

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

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


Can’t wait? Enjoy Reggie Watts telling you whether or not you’re fucking (in song, no less).

Mar 20 2015

New Upper East Side Workshops

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by Kate M.

Join us in our gorgeous workshop space at our Upper East Side location

Butt Sex Basics with Phillip
Wednesday, March 25th @ 8-10pm FREE!

In this workshop, no topic on taking it up the ass is taboo. Learn why a warm-up is important before anal exercise, why lube is your butt’s bff, and how building comfort and trust with your partner can dispel common concerns such as pain or cleanliness. We’ll show you our favorite toys, how to use them solo or with a partner, cover the perks of having a prostate, anal g-spot stimulation, and toy and partner safety.

bondage 5Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Bondage for Beginners with Victor
Wednesday, April 1st  @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Curious about getting tied up? Let us show you the ropes of basic bondage! This interactive beginner’s bondage workshop will cover a plethora of types of restraint, from using silk ties, to whipping out the handcuffs, to practical 30-second rope bondage for sex. We can guarantee that you’ll leave with a handful of tricks to incorporate safely into your next scene.

Head of the Class: Advanced Blowjobs with Brandon B.
Wednesday, April 8th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Want to give an even better blowjob? Let our Sex Specialists show you some new tricks and techniques. Learn how to find the perfect grip and mouth movement. Discover how to use your whole body to go the distance. Find new ways to tailor your blowjob to your specific partner. This class is for anyone who feels confident in giving head, but wants to take their skills to the next level.

pleasure her perfect 6Pleasure Her Perfect with Jes
Wednesday, April 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Our Sex Specialists have the lady-loving tips and tricks to make you more pleasure proficient. Discover techniques for expanding a woman’s orgasm, out-of-this-world oral sex, G-spot stimulation, and much more! Whether solo or with a partner, this class is perfect for anyone interested in being a connoisseur of female sexuality. Although this class is geared toward people with vulvas, all genders and orientations are welcome.

The Ultimate O with Carly
Wednesday, April 22nd @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re an orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand blow jobs 4your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, our Sex Specialists’ favorite tips and toys.

Blowjobs and Beyond with Lucas
Wednesday, April 29th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blow-jobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more. All BJ enthusiasts welcome.

Mar 20 2015

Upcoming L.A. Workshops

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by Kate M.

We have some amazing educators lined up for you! Bring a partner, bring a friend, and/or just bring yourself and enjoy some free sex ed, free beer with your comedy, and 15% off.

My Sexual Awakening at 70 with Lynn Brown Rosenberglynne brown rosenberg
Sunday, March 22nd @ 6-8pm – FREE!

Lynn Brown Rosenberg, author of My Sexual Awakening at 70, joins us for a frank talk about sex, age, and her personal journey to sexual freedom. She will also be signing copies of her book. Although she focuses on sex at a later age, people of all ages have responded to Lynn’s promise that great sex can be a part of your future, if you want it.

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, March 24th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever-popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and Libby Thomas. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

suck it lick it love it 5Double Header: Oral Sex for Everyone with Kate & Larkin
Wednesday, March 25th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Bone up on your oral skills! Whether you prefer knob jobs, muff diving, or both, we’ve got the tips and tricks you need to drive your lover wild. This class will cover the principles of pleasure anatomy, safer sex basics, the best toys to take downtown with you, and of course, how to use your hands and mouth like a genital gourmand.

All About the Butt with Damon HolzumDamon Holzum 3
Wednesday, April 1st @ 8-10pm – FREE

Come learn the ins and outs of butt play at this informative workshop!  This class will encompass such fun ass-centric things as preparation, the best lubes, the best toys for any and every occasion, as well as positions, relaxation techniques, and how to take it to the next level.

Expanding Your Repertoire: Roleplay 201 with Victor
Wednesday, April 8th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Are you interested in expanding upon your roleplaying skills and thinking up some great new scenes? Are you in love with an existing character in your imagination’s arsenal? Is it time to rev up your fantasy fulfillment skills? Roleplay 201 will introduce intermediate and advanced roleplay techniques, including how to develop an ongoing roleplay, how to define the boundaries of a fantasy-based relationship, and how to incorporate power exchange into your scenes. We will also focus on improv techniques to help keep your roleplays on track. Though this is a 201 level class, beginners are welcome to attend. This is an interactive, skills-building workshop. Participants are highly encouraged to participate.

Mar 19 2015

Steak & Blowjob Day Redux:
Mary’s Top 3 BJ Tips

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by Kate M.

mary's bj tips

This last weekend, our Los Angeles store hosted a Steak & BJ Day event. Mary, one of our sex specialists, taught a blowjob workshop to a standing-room-only crowd and gave away gift cards to Marconda’s Meats at the 3rd St. Farmer’s Market. The audience was so enthusiastic that we wanted to share some of the love with folks who couldn’t attend!

Wondering how to celebrate Steak & BJ Day any day of the year? Start with one of Mary’s tips:

The Cock Ring Trick: Make a “C” shape with your hand, place your thumb on the perineum behind the balls and your fingers above the cock at the base. Clamp down slightly, and this pressure will give the same effect as a cock ring but with added perineum massage!

Tight and Shiny: Lube up and then slide your hand down the cock to the base while gently squeezing. Now use your other hand for an extra sensational handjob. Not allowing the skin to move with you adds extra tactile sensation! Very effective for BJs too.

Deep Throating: Use a Sidekick #2 Sleeve to give the sensation of deep throating without all the cock in your throat. It’s also very helpful for relieving jaw tension. If you do want to try deep throating, take it slow. Consider your positioning. Sword swallowers line their head up with their neck and so should you. Breathe out as you slowly take it back. This opens the throat and relaxes you.

Want more tips? Check out Mary’s interview with Playboy!

Mar 18 2015

Edwards, Wetterlund & More!
Performance Anxiety March 24th

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by Kate M.

performance anxiety flyer Mar24th

Join us on Tuesday, March 24th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and Libby Thomas at 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

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


Enjoy Ian Edwards on how his girlfriend stole his birthday.

Feb 06 2015

Cal State L.A. Doesn’t Want Us Teaching Sex Ed on Campus

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by Kate M.

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Here’s what happened:

Cal State L.A.’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center asked us to partner with them for an educational event called Sex Toys R Us, which would have taken place on February 11th. One of our sex educators would have given a workshop on sex-positivity, eroticizing safe practices and the sexual health and pleasure applications of sex toys. Since it would have been an adult event, the student organizer would have been checking IDs at the door. 

Unfortunately, when one eighteen-year-old student brought home a flyer for the event, her mother contacted CBS2 about it, calling it “OUTRAGEOUS.” (Yes, in all caps.) When CBS2 called Cal State with questions about the event, university administrators decided to cancel it. You can watch CBS2′s judgy news story here; it has everything but literal pearl-clutching.

Now, a group of Cal State students is organizing a Sex-Positivity Rally at the time the event would have taken place. Says the Facebook event page:

“This is not just a sexuality issue, it is an issue of gender, race, it is a class…this is a feminist issue. As people of color, as queer, trans students, it is a revolutionary act to accept our own bodies, to have safe sex, to educated ourselves, to be sex-positive…especially in a culture that tells us that people of color, queer people, trans people, and marginalized communities are not worthy of self-love/care.”

We agree. There is no reason why adult students should by denied sex education on campus, even if the occasional parent doesn’t like it. In fact, we think this person said it best:

Jan 23 2015

Miller, Pepitone & More!
Performance Anxiety January 27th

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by Kate M.

performance anxiety flyer Jan27th

Join us on Tuesday, January 27th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and Libby Thomas at 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

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


Enjoy Renee Gauthier on the discomfort of watching a sex scene with her mom.

Jan 14 2015

All-Star January Workshops in L.A.

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by Kate M.

This month, we’re sponsoring the Sexual Health Expo, and several of those fabulous educators will also be joining us for free workshops in store as well! All attendees get 15% off their purchases on the night of the class.

role play 2Role Play with Kate & Larkin
Wednesday, January 14th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Want to play doctor and patient? Or master and servant? Learn how to craft an exciting and fun role play scenario and see it through to a thrilling climax. We’ll cover the basics of safe, sane and consensual fantasy fulfillment, including negotiation, costumes, games, props and more.

charlie glickmanPegging 101 with Charlie Glickman
Thursday, January 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Pegging, or women using strap-on dildos with men, has become more and more popular, and it’s a lot more fun when you have the info to make it easy. Sex and relationship coach Charlie Glickman is here to give you all the info you need to discover the amazing pleasures in store for both of you. He’ll explain the different options for dildos and harnesses, how to pick the right lubricant, easy anal penetration, positions for prostate stimulation, ways to include hand jobs in your fun, role play, how the harness wearer can get pleasure, and much more. Charlie is one of the authors of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure, and he has lots of tips to help you make pegging your new favorite way to play!

Designing Your Open Relationship with Tristan Taorminotristan
Monday, January 19th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Are you considering an open relationship? Does your current open relationship need some tweaking? In this interactive workshop, relationship expert and author of Opening Up, Tristan Taormino gives practical advice on how to craft responsible, fulfilling nonmonogamous relationships. Tristan will explore common myths, real-life benefits and challenges, and how to decide if an open relationship is right for you. She will share some of the most common styles of open relationships and discuss how to customize them to meet your individual needs and wants. Through creative exercises, you’ll learn to articulate what you want, identify and negotiate limits and boundaries, communicate with your partner(s) in productive ways, and create relationships that work for you.

reid mihalkoMartial Arts Techniques for the Bedroom with Reid Mihalko
Tuesday, January 20th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

If you’re a lover, not a fighter, but you or your lover like it a little rough, let America’s favorite sex geek and double black belt, Reid Mihalko show you how you can (safely) be a badass in bed. From wrestling to rough sex to advanced ergonomic techniques, this humorous and informative workshop will help you unleash your inner Bruce Lee of the bedroom.  This class will involve demonstrations and will not require all attendees to participate, but for those of you who would like to help with demos, come in comfortable clothing and with an adventurous spirit.

Becoming Dominant with Sarah Sloanesarah sloane 1
Wednesday, January 21st @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Want to tap into your inner top? Curious about fulfilling your partner’s Fifty Shades fantasies or being assertive in a way that makes them weak in the knees? This class will teach you to revel in your dominance while respecting the bounds of consent. We’ll help you communicate with your partner(s) before, during, and after your scene, teach you to set the stage in a way that enhances your dominance, and share the skills you need to use your voice – and toys – to create the energy you want.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More with Koko
Monday, January 26th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Love the thought of erotic discipline? Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play at this workshop. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the hows, whys, and wheres of floggers, paddles and whips.

Bondage Basics with Mistress Mary
Wednesday, January 28th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn the essentials of bedroom bondage! Mistress Mary will show you the ropes, including how to communicate and negotiate for what you want. You’ll discover quick and easy bondage techniques, learn rope ties from hands-on demos, and find out how to pick the best kind of restraint for every situation. People of all experience levels and orientations welcome.