It's safe to assume that most people don't have visions of a loud, crowded bar filled with eager 20- and 30-somethings covered in marker ink.
That's exactly what Angelenos are in for when the Underground Rebel Bingo Club returns for a series of raucous game nights on February 4, 17 and March 3 in a soon-to-be-announced location in the Hollywood area.
Fortune and his friend/co-hort James Flames (yes, their surnames are pseudonyms) started what would morph into the URBC in 2008 when the pair stumbled upon a Bingo machine in the basement of a church, hence the name "Underground" Rebel Bingo. Nearly four years later, the pair have quit their day jobs in reality TV and moved stateside (Flames handles the URBC presence in New York) to expand their reach in the U.S.
"It's just gone nuts, we didn't really know. We never had a plan for it, we're not like
businessmen or whatever," says Fortune, who now lives in Los Angeles full-time. "We don't make any money yet, but it's enough to get by. I used to have a proper job, but I am a lot happier than I was."
"What we play isn't really Bingo, its not gambling, it's not fair. So it's like a mutant form of Bingo," explains Fortune. "It's not so much about the numbers and winning stuff." For example, in the case of a tie, it might help to be closer to the stage. "If there's a tie, the first person to come up and hug me wins," explains Fortune. "It's not fair, but life's not fair, is it?"
The URBC kicks off its first dates of 2012 on Saturday, Feb. 4 and tickets are available now at the URBC website. Once tickets have been purchased you will be signed up to receive the secret location and more details on what to expect. Sign up for the mailing list to get alerts when tickets for the Feb. 17 and March 3 dates become available. Ticket prices vary from $5.00 up to $20.00 depending on when you buy, the earlier the better.