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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Stormy Daniels made it rain at the New Orleans Penthouse Club tonight

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2018 at 11:33 PM

click to enlarge Stormy Daniels at the Penthouse Club tonight. - PHOTO BY JULES BENTLEY
  • PHOTO BY JULES BENTLEY
  • Stormy Daniels at the Penthouse Club tonight.

Politics and sex scandals are a duo as old as grillades and grits, and the current nexus of politics and sex in America is personified in the Baton Rouge-born porn star and director Stormy Daniels (nee Stephanie Clifford). Daniels, of course, has alleged an affair with President Donald Trump — who denies the affair but seems to have paid her to be quiet — and she filed a defamation suit against the president last month. On Saturday, Daniels ticked another box in the modern measure of fame — a cameo on Saturday Night Live — and tonight she greeted fans at the Penthouse Club in the French Quarter to promote her photos and interview in the new issue of Penthouse.

That venue is just blocks away from the old Sho-Bar on Bourbon Street, where Blaze Starr — famous paramour to Gov. Earl Long — used to dance, as well as the now-defunct Gennifer Flowers' Kelsto Club, where President Bill Clinton's (alleged) mistress sang torch songs on weekends and sold "Gennifer's Kiss" shots (Southern Comfort in a lip-shaped shot glass).

The club opened at 6 p.m. for Daniels' performance, which wouldn't go on until 9:30 (a second show was added at 11:30 p.m.) By 8:30 p.m., though, there was plenty of media outside, and by 9 p.m. a crowd had grown to see the woman Penthouse had dubbed the "Penthouse Pet of the Century" (and it's only 2018). Across the street, amused tourists lined up outside Acme Oyster House smiled at the spectacle.

click to enlarge The Penthouse Club. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • The Penthouse Club.

Outside the Penthouse Club, a man in a New Orleans Boxing Club T-shirt and Mardi Gras beads worked the crowd between hits on a pineapple Big Shot. "Where y'at, Stormy?" he demanded. "Where y'at?" (A representative for the club confirmed Daniels was running late.) A guy with a macaw on his shoulder chatted with passersby. Several women milled around wearing "Stormy 2020" T-shirts. "I had to represent!" one of them explained to Gambit. "I want her to bring that motherfucker down."

Musician James Andrews was among the crowd waiting to get into the club. "You know me," he told Gambit. "I like anything that's hot!" Also there was Ginette Bone, director of the Boyd Satellite Gallery on Julia Street, who carried a folder with an image of former Sen. David Vitter (Daniels had threatened to run for Congress against Vitter nearly a decade ago). Bone said she was making a documentary called Louisiana Cereal and creating a book about 100 Louisiana heroes and wanted Daniels in both. "If a Louisiana girl can nail down this guy, great!" she declared.

Then: Commotion. A flap. Minor chaos on Iberville Street. Stormy had arrived.

click to enlarge Ginette Bone, director of the Boyd Satellite Gallery on Julia Street, who carried a folder with an image of former Sen. David Vitter to greet Stormy Daniels tonight. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • Ginette Bone, director of the Boyd Satellite Gallery on Julia Street, who carried a folder with an image of former Sen. David Vitter to greet Stormy Daniels tonight.

Those hoping for a red carpet and a Hollywood-style entrance were disappointed; Daniels disembarked from a car and was quickly hustled into the club by bodyguards. Inside, the first 100 attendees received complimentary copies of Daniels' Penthouse magazine, which featured a drawing of Daniels as a dominatrix, leading Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer, around on a leash. (In the internet age, holding a physical copy of a nudie magazine feels oddly archaic, like handling a floppy disk. And the cover price is a modern $11.99.) Stormy T-shirts were for sale near the door (a relative bargain at $15), and everyone arriving got a thorough electronic frisking and a stern "No photos!" lecture.

Women were dancing on several stages in the club, lit with pink and purple lights, creating a mid-1980s music video effect. At the main stage (where Daniels would dance), two preppy fellows in "Make America Great Again" hats made it rain for the dancers who would appear before Daniels.

Daniels eventually took the stage, escorted by three grim-faced bodyguards and wearing a corseted red, white and blue long gown to the strains of Lenny Kravitz's "American Woman." By the end of the song, she was down to a blue spangled thong, and by the second song ("Stick to Your Guns" by Sick Puppies) she was topless as a crowd cheered and threw bills at the stage.

As the third song began (Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," adding to the overall 1980s vibe of the club and the centerfold), one man expressed his disappointment that Daniels wasn't executing the impressive pole maneuvers that earlier dancers had done. "Oh, well, she's old," he said magnanimously. (Daniels is 39, according to Wikipedia.) It was during this number Daniels produced a squeeze bottle of what appeared to be white lotion and squirted it over herself suggestively as the crowd went crazy.

Her last number was "American Girl" by Tom Petty, which she performed while assistants raked hundreds of bills off the stage and, rather unglamorously, into a black plastic garbage bag. A smile, a bow and a wave, and Daniels was off the stage, back to sign autographs in a VIP area before a planned late show.

click to enlarge Stormy Daniels greeting a fan after her performance (and, yes, we got permission from the other person in this picture to post it, so relax). - PHOTO BY JULES BENTLEY
  • PHOTO BY JULES BENTLEY
  • Stormy Daniels greeting a fan after her performance (and, yes, we got permission from the other person in this picture to post it, so relax).
Out on the sidewalk, people were thumbing up Uber and Lyft rides, grinning at each other sheepishly.

"Well," one man said to another, "that was worth it." 

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