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Mario Diaz Is the Club King Behind Full Frontal Disco, Bonkerz and Big Fat Dick

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Mario Diaz

Mario Diaz

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Big Fat Dick (BFD for the meek). Hot Dog. Full Frontal Disco. As these monikers might suggest, there’s nothing subtle about Mario Diaz or the parties he throws. And that’s what makes them so damn fun.

The man behind some of the city’s most playful and provocative gay clubs has a sexy, silly, sassy energy that has served him well both after dark and on the screen as a working actor (one of those character actors you see in countless commercials and instantly recognize, though you don’t necessarily know where from).

Still, the New York City transplant considers the auditioning grind secondary to his starring role as a “club king,” which also happens to be the name of a newish documentary about his life and two-decade-long career in nightlife, currently available for streaming via Vimeo.

“I’ve always considered my nightclub work my day job, and a fun way to make money while I work as an actor,” he explains. “And it’s been a great combination. I’ve been acting since I was a teenager. In New York I did mostly theater, which was great fun. We had a theater company in the village called Theater Couture. [Drag stars] Jackie Beat, Sherry Vine, Candis Cayne were some of my co-stars and we did some hilarious, smart, stylish camp, some of the best times I’ve had onstage. I moved to L.A. to get into TV and make some money acting. After numerous commercials, I’m now booking more co-star and film roles.”

With BFD dancers

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With BFD dancers

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Diaz moved to New York from Seattle just out of his teens, but when he got there things were starting to change, and not for the better in the queer community. “It was gentrifying and homogenizing quickly, mainly due to the fascist regime of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his ‘quality of life campaign,’” he recalls. “The decadence that I'd read about and the sexual freedom that was being celebrated was slipping away, and I felt cheated.

"I've always felt, as a gay person especially, that being able to accept our innate sexuality without the shame so many of us carry was an essential lesson. So I made it sort of my mission to bring back the sexy, wild NYC I moved there to be a part of.”

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Clubs and parties such as Squeezebox, Jackie 60 and Dean Johnson's Rock and Roll Fag Bar, not to mention infamous precursors such as Studio 54, served as inspiration; Diaz started promoting his own “down and dirty, dark and loud, retro porn–inspired clubs that were reminiscent of the ’70s gay scene that I dreamt of.”

“It looked like all the boys, although handsome, had a bar of soap in their pocket. Not really my cup of ‘pee.’"

He made a point of being uncensored and brash, but he also strove to inject a sense of humor and style into his events, which led to his first club hit, the legendary and lascivious boy buffet called the Cock. That gathering offered the kind of defiant debauchery that people in New York were obviously looking for. "New York was a unique breeding ground,” Diaz says, with “rough trade, club kids, glamazons and superchicks” out and about every night. “Now you can find people all over the country expressing themselves in the same amazing and surprising ways."

And that includes Los Angeles. In fact, Diaz feels that L.A. beats everywhere else right now, and not just because of his nights. “The scene has been proving to be quite a force. I see many of my co-promoters and producers putting more energy into their events, and it's great,” he says. “It's an honor to be in the company of so many interesting characters. And so many New Yorkers have relocated here, which might have something to do with it.”

His own move to L.A. was just after 9/11. “I wanted to be in the sun, get some TV roles, get a dog and buy a house. And that's what I did,” he recalls, adding that his “tranma” and bestie Beat had moved here to write for a TV show. Once here, the duo created the electro dance act Dirty Sanchez (currently on hiatus) and scored a local club hit with their single "Fucking on the Dance Floor."

With BFF and Dirty Sanchez cohort Jackie Beat

With BFF and Dirty Sanchez cohort Jackie Beat

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Diaz delved into doing clubs pretty early on and says he was surprised by his quick success. “The gay clubs were bright, clean and pretty,” he tells me. “It looked like all the boys, although handsome, had a bar of soap in their pocket. Not really my cup of ‘pee.’ So I basically turned the lights down, turned the music up, blew some smoke in the room and messed their hair up a little bit.”

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