Steve from 'Blue's Clues' tells the fantastic story of his horrible date with a Playmate

steve-blues-cluesImage Credit: NickelodeonI’ve been obsessed with The Moth podcast for a while now, and, in the last few months, have forced my friends to listen various episodes because I’m convinced if I can get everyone hooked on the storytelling series, the world will be a marginally better place. (It can’t hurt, right?) I thought nothing could top Tony Hendra’s story about satire and spirituality, but then I heard last week’s episode. Steve Burns, better known as Steve from Blues Clues, told a story about being “fame-ish,” and it’s fantastic. Listen to it here, or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here.

All Moth stories are true, and told live without notes, so they have this combination of authenticity, earnestness, and a jittery stage fright, even from seasoned performers. Burns’ story is about a horrible date he went on with a Playboy model — whom he met when she sent him her photo. The best part of the awful night, though, came when they passed a kid’s Blue’s Clues birthday party, and Burns threw on his trademark striped rugby shirt and surprised everyone. How great is that?

Burns’ story explores the weird ways we play characters, the ideas we have about who we are and who we were supposed to be, and, you know, maaaaaiiiil tiiiime. Although after listening to it, I’m not sure I can ever really think of that song the same way again.

Do you love The Moth as much as I do, PopWatchers? And have you missed Steve?

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  • Laurie

    I used to have the BIGGEST crush on Steve. I was a 13-year-old watching Blue’s Clues purely for the man in the striped shirt. I was sad when Steve left.

    • mary q contrary

      I made the mistake of telling my dad that Steve was leaving in front of my four-year-old brother, whose eyes welled up, and I really thought he was going to strangle me or something. I now have a two-year-old obsessed with his sibling’s old Blues Clues videos, and I can completely understand his reaction. Haha. Joe sucks. Steve FTW.



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  • Chris

    Best kids show ever!

  • Aaron

    I listened to this last night and laughed/cried in my car all the way home. Love The Moth. Best podcast out there.

  • Cris

    One of the few shows my kids watched that I actually enjoyed.

  • Margie

    Great show. Slow paced as kids shows should be to prevent ADHD but very sweet and educational. My two year old lives it!

  • Just Saying…

    My 2 year old LOVES Blue Clues to a point where I am wathing at least 2-3 episodes a day. As any parent knows…this can be very DAUNTING!!! HOwever, this podcast was HILARIOUS, and will certainly make watching the next episodes a bit more enjoyable:)

  • Art

    I LOVE THE MOTH! Just heard this one this morning on the way to work. It was really great. Loved that he went on the date for all of the nerds in the animation department.

  • LizP

    Was just talking with my kids the other day about Steve. I totally teared up when he went off to college (I know, I’m a dork). Loved the show, loved him. (and they should never have made Blue a puppet or let her talk!)

    • Kelly

      Liz I totally agree! Blue the Puppet freaked me out!!!!!

    • mary q contrary

      Blue’s Room, or really anything else post-Steve, was such a mistake. They ruined that show. I’m convinced they would still be making new episodes if Steve had decided to stay stupid.

      • MelindaB

        Darn you, Steve, and your thirst for knowledge via higher education! I didn’t mind Joe–he had his own charms–but I’m so glad that my daughter had outgrown the show by the time Blue’s Room came along. Talking Puppet Blue is freaky and wrong.

  • Andre

    Awesome story in the podcast!
    Thanks for pointing me to The Moth. :)

  • Kelly

    We watch Blue’s Clues on Nick Jr. and my daughter is obsessed with it. It’s the one show I can watch with her that I truly enjoy. she actually picks whether she wants to watch Steve or Joe, though I tend to lead her towards Steve more often than not.

  • Nikki

    OK, I just want to say that was a funny story. My kids & I loved Steve on Blue’s Clues. Missed him when he “went off to college” and his “brother” took over on BC. I wonder what he looks like now.

  • MelindaB

    My daughter loved Blue’s Clues, and we still occasionally sing The Mail Song and quote the show. She was 4 when Steve made the decision to leave; my SIL and niece just HAD to tell her that Steve was leaving the show (because a 4-year-old needs to know this why?) and she burst into tears. By the time the torch was passed from Steve to Joe she was old enough to be fine with it, but a little part of me still resents that her aunt and cousin felt that they had to break her heart that way.

  • BCA

    Has anyone ever seen the British Blue’s Clues host, Kevin? I always thought he was so much better than Steve or Joe.

  • EJ

    My niece and nephew loved this when they were younger and now my 3 year old nephew loves it. We were all disappointed when Steve left, and the show was never as good afterward. I remember when they had a special episode and Steve surprised everyone and came back for the day and they were so excited.

  • jmm

    When my daughter started watching Blues Clues, Joe was already on (though he may have just taken over and I didn’t know it). So that’s who I was more used to, but as I saw more episodes with Steve once Noggin (now Nick Jr) came along, I found Steve’s shows to be more interesting because they seemed aimed at a little older age range (3-4 yo vs. 2yo). I totally agree about Blue’s Room, didn’t like Blue the Puppet at all!

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