George Bengalsky--The MC at the Variety Theater. Bengalsky's name has several associations--it means "Bengal," as in Bengal tiger. Sologub's novel Petty Demon has an actor Bengalsky who plays an important part in the chaotic carnivalesque conclusion of the novel (a masked ball ends in a fire). "Bengalskie ogni" [Bengal fire] is the name given by Russians to the fireworks we call sparklers. And his first name is pronounced "Zhorzh" as in French, putting on airs for the stage. Bulgakov's Bengalsky seems to be the type of Soviet political educator Bulgakov disliked.