An interview with Orlando's Baby Blue Star
Published: March 29, 2012
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.
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