A writer, artist, comedian, sex worker, podcaster, and a virgo, Britt Vasicek contains multitudes. She’s a glass-half-full kind of person, and in that glass is a bubbling mimosa. Britt is an experience — a performance — but she’s not putting on an act.
While many of us perform normality or virtue every day as upright citizens, Britt performs authenticity — outward expressions of genuine vulnerability, giddiness, graciousness, righteousness. Her preferred medium is humanity, whether it be the gritty bits in the shadows or the earnestness of prolonged eye-contact.
Her polyamory podcast, Poly Wanna Podcast, spreads the gospel of ethical non-monogamy through a queer lens, exploring the ins and outs of polyamory with a heavy helping of bawdy banter. With a heart tattoo on her shoulder that reads, “Many Loves,” Britt shrugs off her status as Houston’s de facto polyamory ambassador. “I love talking about my experiences, but nobody can teach anybody else how to be polyamorous. When I focus on loudly telling my stories and hosting events where people can tell their own, I increase the number of ‘Polyam Ambassadors.’”
During her year as an Artist in Residence at Rec Room, Britt perfected her “creative baby,” Sell Your Body Show, a sex-positive variety show featuring comedy, burlesque, and performance art. Now typically held at Secret Group in EaDo, SYBS is an immersive, avant-garde spectacle advocating some of Britt’s most deeply-held tenets: “Sex work is not sex trafficking. Nudity is not consent. Performance is not exploitation. Sexuality is not shameful.” Britt’s empowerment might be threatening to those of a more puritanical persuasion if she wasn’t so tender at the same time. The power of a woman owning her sexuality is feared because she is successfully usurping and wielding a weapon that was once used against her.
In her comedy, Britt addresses the intersection of sex and identity. “I’m gay on my mom’s side,” she quips with a flick of her hair (her mom’s actually queer, too — I’d call it a family heirloom). Right at home on stage as a former theatre kid, Britt cites local performers Kathryn Way, Roxxy Haze, Stacey Daniels, and Stephanie Wittels Wachs as inspirations.
When not grabbing a cocktail at Anvil, lounging with one of her partners on the lawn at the Menil, or typing away on her laptop in bed, Britt is hosting sex magic workshops that teach consent and self-love through the medium of magic and creating nude, multimedia art on her Patreon. “It’s really scratching my itch for exploring intimacy, magic, and connection with the barrier of ‘internet’ between us and the people we want to touch.”
Our cultural climate has Britt yearning for more activism in comedy. “It’s easy to say comedy is an escape, but escapism is dangerous when our friends are at risk of dying of poverty as we speak.” She’d also like to see more friendliness and authenticity. “A risk we run as performers is compartmentalizing our wounded selves or our funny selves or our sacred selves into inaccessible places that even we cannot reach. Connection is the antidote to ego.”