Also known as the Cuban Missile Crisis of Burlesque, Tito Bonito is an international and award-winning performer, host, instructor, producer, graphic designer and editor. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Tito moved to Chicago, in 2005, where he fell in love with theatre and the resurgence of burlesque as an empowering, body-positive movement. Bonito performed for the first time in 2010.
Two years later, Bonito made enough waves to launch a two-month nation-wide tour (The Cuban Missile Crisis: US Tour). It allowed him to relocate to Los Angeles, California, where he had dreamt of living his entire life.
In 2013, Tito created a YouTube channel called Cuban Missile Series; which was an un-official spin off of The 8th Degree, a web series he had co-created with Top 3 Burlesque Industry Figure Jeez Loueez. The show featured episodes on gigs in Canada, Mexico, and across the United States.
Recognized amongst the LA community in the following years, Tito won awards such as "Most Comedic" at the 1st Annual Burlypicks in 2013 and "Best Duo" at the 2015 Hollywood Burlesque Festival with Nikita Bitch Project. Bonito has also received media accolades including being named one of Time Out's Top Burlesque Performers in LA as well as one of LA Weekly's People of 2016. Since then, he has hosted and performed in countless shows and parties with regular residencies at venues such as The Globe Theatre in DTLA, Townhouse in Venice Beach, and El Tucán in Miami, Florida. In 2018 & 2019, Tito was ranked in 21st Century Burlesque's Top 50 Most Influential Industry Figures of the Year.
Tito has also been a fixture at the Burlesque Hall of Fame since 2017, when he won "Most Comedic" for his infamous boy scout routine. In 2018, he performed twice in the categories for "Best Boylesque" and "Best Small Group" (with Nikita Bitch Project) and the following year, he returned to co-host the Thursday night Movers, Shakers, & Innovators showcase with Blanche DeBris and Betsy Bottom Dollar.
On top of it all, Bonito has appeared on the small screen showcasing many of his talents; from modeling and dancing in music videos for Big Dipper and Tony Pops, to acting in several short films and pilots. Tito has also been interviewed and featured on burlesque segments for NBC, Naked News, Playboy, and most recently in Epix's docuseries Sex Life. He can be seen regularly in Downtown LA hosting Donna Hood's monthly extravaganza Tease, If You Please at Exchange (and at the Palace Theatre) as well as producing several live shows including Tribe Tease, Boylesque, and The Pansy Craze Peepshow.
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