Tito Bonito, also known as the Cuban Missile Crisis of Burlesque, 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 to study theatre. where he fell in love with it and the resurgence of burlesque as an empowering art form & body positive movement. Bonito performed for the first time in 2010.
In 2012, Bonito made enough waves to launch a two-month nation-wide tour aptly named The Cuban Missile Crisis: US Tour. Allowing him to travel across the country and ending with a relocation to Los Angeles, California; fulfilling a life-long dream.
Within the next few months, Tito created a web series on YouTube called Cuban Missile Series; which was an un-official spin off of The 8th Degree, a show he had co-created with the #1 Top Burlesque Industry Figure Jeez Loueez. He quickly built an audience in Southern California.
Recognized amongst the LA community in the following years, Tito has 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. He 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 The Globe Theatre in DTLA, Townhouse in Venice Beach, and El Tucán in Miami, Florida.
Tito has 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) 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 more of his talents; from modeling and dancing in music videos to acting in several short films and pilots. Tito has been interviewed and featured on burlesque segments for NBC, Naked News, Playboy, and most recently in EPIX's docuseries Sex Life.
Currently, Tito is the resident host for several shows including Muse Burlesque at The Copper Door in Santa Ana and Donna Hood's Tease, If You Please (at the Palace Theatre in Downtown LA). He also produces his own shows including an LGBTQIA+ variety showcase The Pansy Craze Peepshow at Redline in DTLA since 2019. During 2020, Tito took his art and shows online, as well as starting a weekly talk show called The Tito Bonito Show. He hosts the weekly burlesque show at Bathtub Gin in Hollywood, California.
Bonito has also been listed in 21st Century Burlesque's Most Influential Industry Figures in the World consecutively since 2018, charting his highest in 2020, at #7.