Truth-Checking the New Hulu Drama

Hulu’s Welcome to Chippendales is unquestionably one of many largest surprises that TV has to supply this 12 months. Following Chippendales founder Steve Banerjee (Kumail Nanjiani), the present begins out as an thrilling underdog story about an Indian emigrant who goes on to create one of many world’s hottest institutions. However then, as Chippendales turns into increasingly of successful, the present metamorphoses right into a stranger-than-fiction story of arson, racketeering, and homicide – to only scratch the floor.

Is that this story truly stranger than fiction? Beneath, we examine the contents of Chippendales, episode by episode, breaking down what truly occurred, and what was fabricated — or fully made-up — for the collection. We’ll replace this put up every week as every new episode debuts.

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers up to Welcome to Chippendales Episode 7, “Paper is Paper.”]

Episode 1: “An Elegant, Unique Ambiance”

Welcome to Chippendales Fact Check

Welcome to Chippendales (Hulu)

Was “Future II” a Actual Place?

Sure. It’s true that Chippendales-founder Steve Banerjee used the cash he saved up from working at a Mobil station to open a membership of his personal referred to as Future II. As seen in Welcome to Chippendales, he initially turned the house right into a backgammon membership, which didn’t acquire traction.

Whereas it’s true that Steve later turned Future II into Chippendales, it’s not totally true that he considered the concept for the all-male strip tease all on his personal. The thought truly got here partly beneath the advisement of club promoter Paul Snider, who, in Chippendales, is portrayed by Dan Stevens as initially proof against the concept as a result of he doesn’t assume that ladies wish to see males strip.

Additionally overlooked of Chippendales is the very fact that there have been different minds behind the membership along with Banerjee, Snider, and Snider’s girlfriend, Playboy bunny Dorothy Stratten (performed within the collection by Nicola Peltz Beckham). Banerjee truly had a enterprise associate, Bruce Nahin, with whom he purchased Future II. Nahin was a big part of the inception of Chippendales, and even suggested male dancers to pour the client’s drinks and light-weight their cigarettes.

Who Created the Iconic Chippendales Look?

In Welcome to Chippendales, Playboy bunny Dorothy Stratten comes up with the enduring search for the Chippendales dancers: cuffs and collars. In keeping with the four-part A&E documentary Secrets of the Chippendales Murders, her contribution wasn’t falsified for the Hulu present.

Stratten’s time at Playboy impressed her to counsel the implementation of the equipment, and Playboy tycoon Hugh Hefner authorized the membership’s utilization of his trademark. Chippendales’ former artistic director Eric Gilbert defined that “Hefner gave the best reward to Steve Banerjee by permitting him to take that cuffs and collar trademark and make it right into a Chippendales look.”