Good luck to you, Todd.
I'm working on a similar project for an undergraduate senior thesis that (partially) involves the portrayal of the Imperial Family in the media. In fact, I just spent yesterday at the Hoover Library (Stanford) gently pawing through some satirical journals from 1905-1907. I know this is little out of range date-wide for Rasputin, but it was my first stab at their collection.
That said I understand that Hoover has quite a bit more satirical works in their collection, but Iíll have to go back and do some serious investigation to uncover later press coverage of the Imperial Family. I lucked out with the 1905-07 collection since theyíre all housed in one box! If I find anything interesting Iíll pass the info on to you. There is one file in particular that might be useful, but out of common courtesy Iíd like first dibs. Iím going to look at this file on Wednesday (11/3) or Friday (11/5), but I should be done with it after these dates. If it seems relevant to your topic, Iíll pass on the file number. I donít know how much time you have to work on your project, but perhaps you could order it through Inter-Library loan?
Hereís a link for Stanfordís library database. (Assuming that youíre not familiar with the collection, limit your search to libraries: Hoover Institution Archives and Hoover Institution Library.)http://library.stanford.edu/webcat
Another useful source, although itís probably considered to be a secondary source at your level of study is a book edited by James von Geldern and Louise McReynolds:
von Geldern, James and Louise McReynolds, eds. Entertaining Tsarist Russia: Tales, Songs, Plays, Movies, Jokes, Ads and Images from Russian Urban Life 1779-1917.
Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. 1998.
The entry I think might be helpful to you is ďRasputinís Nighttime Orgies (the Tsarist Miracle-Worker) A Tale in One Act." Author: V.V. Ramazanov (1917)
From the intro to the piece (385-386):
ďOne of the first signs that the February Revolution of 1917 had demolished censorship was the proliferation of cabaret theaters. Cabarets could react quickly to current events and changing regulations, responding with a flood of political burlesque and semi-pornographic titillation. The Bolsheviks were a favorite target of satire, but the two tastes were best satisfied by the now-mythic figure of Grigory Rasputin, who had mesmerized and supposedly seduced the traitorous German Tsaritsa, and led Russia to catastrophe. The subject had been taboo throughout the war, even after his murder in December 1916. This piece, which opened May 11 in the Nevsky Farce Theater, was just one of many on the subject. Using broad humor, it combines sexual myths of Rasputin and the Decline of the Romanovs with the ethnic and class politics of the time.Ē