Dirty Bingo takes place every Tuesday at 8 p.m.; Peek-A-Boo Burlesque is the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 9 p.m.; XXX Trivia happens every second Wednesday at 9 p.m. It all goes down at Stardust Lounge, 431 E. Central Blvd.,
Baby Blue Star has been titillating Orlando for more than eight years with her sexually abstract burlesque troupe VarieTease and debauched game nights like Dirty Bingo, XXX Trivia and Truth or Dare with Pepe. We sat down with Blue to talk porn, post-recession entertainment, porn and Orlando's weird obsession with trivia.
Drink: How did all this start?
Baby Blue Star: I started, obviously, in the gay scene. And then I started working for Jason and Todd at the Beacon, which is now Sonoma. I was DJ'ing there when they opened Stardust Lounge four years ago, and they said ‘You can come and DJ on Tuesday if you want.' And I was like ‘Why the hell am I going to DJ on a Tuesday in a bar? Ick.' So then we started bingo.
Describe what bingo was when you first started it.
Oh, it was so elementary at the time: I had a cage with the balls in it, and it started off with, like, 40 people, and now it's a powerhouse. We always wanted to give away prizes because when I was DJ'ing I was like ‘Look, we're not giving them a destination. We have to give them a reason to come. Me DJ'ing is not a good enough reason.'
I said ‘Let's give away prizes from Fairvilla and we'll call it Dirty Bingo.' And off it went. And now it's a monster, because it's two hours packed full. We do 15, 16, 17 rounds and it's packed. Prizes every round, four or five winners a round.
What kind of prizes are we talking about?
We give away really bad porn. We give away great porn, too. We give away a lot of MILF porn, like ‘Hey, I Fucked Your Mom #4.' And the prizes get bigger, too. They start with mags, to videos, to DVDs, and then of course dildos, vibrators, handcuffs, cock cages, anal beads, butt plugs.
What would be considered the grand prize?
The grand prize for a while was always the anal beads. ‘Save the ass for last' is what I always say. But the anal beads became so popular that they kind of wore themselves out. My new one right now is the ‘finger rammers.' The version we give now there are two pieces: one looks like a small penis and the other end is, like, an apparatus, and they have rings on the end so you can just hook your fingers in and just ram 'em in there. Retrievable handles – can't lose it!
You do other events around town, too, like the XXX Trivia.
Which is new. It was by demand, really. Because I tell jokes and emcee so much while I'm calling numbers for bingo, people were like ‘You should do trivia.' Trivia is a huge market. You know what it is? People want the excuse to go out and drink, and they want to feel smart while they're doing it. It's validation.
Orlando is nothing if not full of know-it-alls.
Smarty-pants! It is. So we did that, and of course I tell dirty jokes. We do things like Things You Should Know That You Think You Know, like ‘What's the average size of a penis?' or ‘What's the number of partners that the average American has had?' Which is 11. Strikingly low. And then of course, just anything like your dirty sanchezes, your donkey punch, just get definitions.
You have to wonder if anyone ever thinks ‘Hooray, I know that thing! Why do I know that thing?!'
Exactly. A good one was the Abe Lincoln. You're having sex, then you cut pubic hair, come on their face and then attach your pubic hair to it and then let it dry. Someone taught me about the Birmingham Booty Call, and then the Kentucky Klondike Bar, which is disgusting.
In Orlando it's difficult to not only get something off the ground, but to have it be successful and long lasting. How did you do it?
Stardust is a great venue for downtown people, for gay people, straight people – it's just this really fun place to go to. And then quality. You have to have quality no matter what you do, even if you're calling bingo, it has to be good. I'm not saying that I'm good, but what I'm saying is, people keep coming back. I noticed that when the ‘depression' started, people still were going to go drink. And you have to give people a moment away from the world. They just want to drink and have a break.
Well, as long as there's a chance they'll score some free porn in the deal.
What more could you ask for? When you walk home with a double-sided dildo, it's been a good night. Do you know how many people's bedrooms I live in right now? Life's too short to be too serious. And sex and laughter and jokes and good entertainment is really all you need. You can go to work and be serious. You won't find a double-sided dildo there.