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Giovoni takes his job with a grain of salt: "It really is funny," he says. "I'm just a regular guy."

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You'll find him in the lower level of Silk Nightclub every Saturday starting at midnight.

Interview with a male stripper

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OMC: Has that ever happened?

Giovoni: I'm not going to say that's never happened. Girls get drunk and a little bit wild and grab. You've got to keep it under control right away, because obviously you're there to put on a show, not to have some girl feel up all on you.

OMC: Do you dance at clubs or private parties or bachelorette parties, or all of the above?

Giovoni: We actually do it all. I've danced anywhere from a strip club to a house to a hotel to a bank. Retail stores, you name it, I've done it.

OMC: Where do you make the most money?

Giovoni: Realistically, it's not where, it's all about the crowd. If they're into it, you're going to make a lot of money. If they're not, you're not. That's all about you. It's not just going up there and wearing the skimpy outfits and just taking it off. With the guys, we spend time on our acts. They're choreographed routines. It's a show.

OMC: Do you have a background in dancing?

Giovoni: When I was younger, I would just go to the clubs and dance. After a while, when you do your act, you could literally do it in your sleep. You know exactly what you're going to do next. It becomes second nature. Girls will ask you if you have to get drunk when you do this? I'm like, no, I can do this sober if I want to. The majority of the time I'm actually on stage, I am sober. I don't start doing any drinking until after I do my act, anyway.

OMC: On a good night, how much money can you make stripping?

Giovoni: I do it just on the weekends, and when the busy season starts -- bachelorette party season is all the way through October -- I can easily do two to three shows and make $1,000.

OMC: How does that compare to female strippers?

Giovoni: It's not apples to apples. When the girls (strip), they make tips. When we show up, we get paid to show up. I make money before I even put my bag down. Females will pay house fees and DJ fees. They have to pay for the lap dance rooms and stuff like that. We don't have to do that. I don't have to pay a house fee. Obviously, we tip the DJ. Women are there for five hours. Our shows are like two and half or three hours. I'm only on stage for 15 or 20 minutes. Then I'm out in the crowd, making money out there.

OMC: You're straight, right?

Giovoni: Yes.

OMC: Do only women show up at these events, or do you ever have to dance for guys?

Giovoni: I did a show about two weeks ago, and it was a show for females, but one girl ended up bringing two guys. I purposely didn't dance for them. Someone else did -- I'm not giving out any names. Again, it's all about entertainment. The girls know it's all an act. You'll get two questions that come up right away. Number one, "Are you gay?" And number two, "Do you have a girlfriend?" You can almost see the questions forming as it comes out of their mouths. "Can I ask you a question?" "No, I'm not gay." You hear it so many times, it's sort of comical.

OMC: I always hear that men are way more physically motivated when it comes to strip clubs, that girls aren't interested in seeing men naked. Is that true?

Giovoni: No, it's not true at all. I've seen the side of women, every weekend, that guys dream about. They don't even know it exists. Imagine how you would act if you wanted to hit on girls. Now imagine if you were allowed to touch them while you're doing that. You should see the girls. I've seen fights happen before. There's alcohol involved, and nothing but women in the whole club. You literally see a side of women that nobody sees.

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gmwrobel | March 13, 2009 at 1:31 p.m. (report)

i believe it, women spend more money and easier than men. and i'm pretty sure that most guys would take their clothes off for money and a room full of women that wanted to see it but i bet they aren't all gay.

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alba | March 12, 2009 at 1:03 p.m. (report)

I call bull on $1,000 for three hours work and on him being straight.

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