New Philly Blunt Episode is Out!


The new Philly Blunt is up, and it’s nothing short of awesome. (You can listen here on the site, or listen here on itunes.) We spoke with Maleek Jackson, who runs a fitness gym in Northern Liberties. His story is incredible: the fifth of 13 kids who grew up on the “Smallside” at 18th and Catherine, he came up with any parental guidance. I asked him about falling in with the wrong crowd. 

MALEEK: I grew up and I kind of veered off, you know. I was never the type of kid who really paid attention or cared about school. Then when I went to high school it took off. I started doing my own thing. The streets got more of my time than anything else.

REEF: What year is this? Late 90s, early 2000s?

MALEEK: This is early 2000s. And I ain’t gonna say I fell in with the wrong crowd, because all my friends were exposed to exactly the same things that I was exposed to.

REEF: So there wasn’t a lot of opportunity.

MALEEK: Right. It was normal. We sold drugs. I fell into a life of crime. I robbed people. I robbed businesses. And it was just the norm. We knew what we were doing was wrong, but we never was in a position where someone sat us down and was like, “Yo, stop doing what you doing.”

Once in prison, he became friends with a man named Taj, who started bugging him about getting his GED.

MALEEK: He said to me, “If you go home today, what you gonna do?” And I’m like, “Aw man, I don’t know.” But the fact of being free is enough, but it isn’t. Because if they grant you your freedom and you not prepared for that, you ain’t planned for that, then you know for sure that you’re gonna return…

He got his GED, he started to box, and soon started to think about his future. So when he get out, he had decided he either wanted to be a boxer, and if that didn’t work out a personal trainer. And when he got a chance to meet former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, he jumped at the opportunity. Hopkins (who I interviewed in 2005) had also spent time in prison as a young man. 

MALEEK: I see Bernard. I’m like nah. You know me, I just walked up to him. I’m like, “Hi my name is Maleek I just came home, I did ten years, I want to be a fighter. I know you hear this all the time, you know, this that and the third.” And that conversation led to an hour long conversation…so he paid Danny Davis, who was training Bernard Hopkins at the time, he paid Danny Davis to train me. Danny was training fighters in Canada and Russian, he was being booked in Vegas…

REEF: So you like, “While you gone…”

MALEEK: So yeah, while he was gone, he would leave the torch in my hand like “Yo, you always in the gym, you might as well be my assistant. I’m going away for two weeks. I got a list of clients that need personal training. You’ve been paying attention, like you know what to do. Just do it.” And you know I just followed suit. And it just came to me naturally, it just fell right into my plan B.

Find out which celebrity that he trains punches the hardest, what one word separates him from most other people, and what advice he has for people who want to get in better shape. This is a really cool interview.

Question of the Week

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What 1954 film won the Oscar for Best Picture?

Movie Week at JGT Quizzo

JGT MOVIE WEEK!

The Oscars are coming up this weekend, so we’re celebrating by doing an all movie week at quizzo. There will probably be a few Oscars in the mix, but certainly not all. Horror films, blaxploitation, John Hughes films and softcore porn classics will all be in the mix as well. And I’ll be playing music off of famous soundtracks between rounds. Gonna be a fun week to quiz!

This Valentine’s Day…

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Birra is cancelled for tonight, but we’re on for Bards at 9:15. See you lovers tonight!

Quizzo Tonight!

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Yes, I will have scores, videos, and a recap of Quizzo Bowl coming this week. But in the meantime, we’re back in action. We kick off at Dilworth this evening at 6 pm. This is a really fun spot for a quiz and a great opportunity for a win. On to Sidecar at 8 pm and O’Neals at 8 with Boots. Great crowd at O’Neals last week. Hope we can keep it moving. After lots of stops and starts the past few weeks at Sidecar with ownership changing hands I think that this week we’re finally all systems go.

NOTE: There is no quiz at Comcast this month. We’ll start back up next month. If you were planning on playing, come on over to Dilworth, just a couple of blocks away. See ya tonight!

So You’re Attending Quizzo Bowl? Here’s What You Need to Know.

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PARKING: There is none. Well, very little. Best way to get there is definitely Uber or Lyft.

SEATING: Doors open at 7 p.m. First come first serve when it comes to tables. The good news is that there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

SHOWTIME: Show starts at 8 p.m. 

SHOW LENGTH? This isn’t your typical pub quiz: live music, videos, comedy, etc. It’s really as much of a show as it is a quiz. So sit back, relax, and enjoy. The show typically ends at around 11:15.

FOOD AND DRINK: World Cafe Live will have food and drink you can order for dinner, including Mai Tais and Blue Hawaiians.

WHAT IF WE WIN? You become a nerd immortal and walk forever in the pantheon of greatness. You also win $800 worth of prizes.

WILL IT BE ALL HAWAIIAN THEMED? No, I’d expect a Hawaiian twist to some of the questions, but it will certainly not be all questions about Hawaii.

WHO ELSE GETS PRIZES? 2nd place, 3rd place, 15th place, best dressed team, and Last Place. Oh and we’ll do a bunch of raffles too.

WHO IS THE BAND? Slowey and the Boats, a Hawaiian surf band. These dudes are legit.

SHOULD WE TAKE PHOTOS? Yes! Please take as many photos as you want…between rounds. Don’t do it while sheets are still out. And please hashtag anything you post online with #QuizzoBowl.

IS THERE AN AFTERPARTY? Yes! We’re headed to the Market Tavern at 30th and Market after the Quizzo Bowl for a nightcap.

THIS SOUNDS LIKE A FUN NIGHT. It is!

CAN I STILL GET TICKETS? Yes, you can buy them online at World Cafe Live.

SEE YA TOMORROW NIGHT! Great!

The Picture Round

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This year we’re doing a picture round drawn by Philly artist Keni Thomas (do yourself a favor and follow him on Instagram) , and believe when I tell you, it’s going to be AWESOME.

Quizzo Bowl Afterparty!

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Quizzo Bowl afterparty this year will take place at Market Tavern on 30th and Walnut (formerly known as Slainte on the corner of 30th and Market). Two blocks from WCL. They’ll hook us up with $3.25 Heinekens and $3.50 Coronas. Gonna be a great night, and we’ve still got room for a few more teams. If you wanna have a great night on Saturday night, get a squad together and get your tickets now!

Quizzo Bowl Prizes

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In addition to big prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, we’ll also have prizes for 15th place, Best dressed team, and lots of raffles throughout the night. Among the prizes we’ll be giving away (in addition to the top 3), with a value of over $500:

  • 2 gift certificates to Shibe Sports
  • Vouchers to see upcoming World Cafe Live shows of your choice.
  • Gift cert to Tiki Bar
  • Gift cert to the Vous
  • Gift cert to City Tap House 
  • Gift cert to Good Dog
  • 2 gift certs to O’Neals
  • Gift cert to Fergie’s
  • Gift cert to Belgian Cafe

And about to go shopping for our last place prize (I’m talking to YOU, Electric Mayhem!) Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that for those of you who don’t get your fix on Saturday night, there’s a brunch quizzo at Fergie’s on Sunday at noon.

Quizzo Tonight! UPDATE

Action starts at Birra at 8 pm, and moves on to Bards at 9:15 p.m. Boots and I will each have Quizzo Bowl tickets for sale, so this is your last chance to get buy them from me. After tonight, all tickets must be bought online. See ya tonight!

UPDATE: Bards quizzo is cancelled thanks to a broken pipe! Bummer. If you were hoping to get tix from me tonight, shoot me a line at johnny at johnnygoodtimes dot com and I’ll see if we can work something out.

Still Deciding on Whether or Not to Get a Team Together for Quizzo Bowl?


Perhaps this video will help.

Question of the Week

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This Hawaiian was a surfing pioneer, won gold medals in swimming at the 1912 and 1920 Olympics, and was the sheriff of Honolul for 29 years. Who was he?

 

And Now, For a Special Message From Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez

The Home Stretch

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We are headed down the home stretch before Quizzo Bowl XV, and as it stands I have 150 tickets sold and about 110 left. I will have tickets for sale on me at quizzo this week if you want to buy them from me, or you can buy them online here. They are $25 a pop for the rest of the week, $30 at the door. I will be selling them at the following locations this week (note that Sidecar is closed tonight for staff training):

TUESDAY

  • Dilworth Plaza 6 pm
  • O’Neals 8 pm

WEDNESDAY

  • Locust Rendezvous 6:15 pm
  • Founding Fathers 8:30 pm

THURSDAY 

  • Birra 8 pm
  • Bards 9:15 pm

So this is it: if you want to play my best quiz of the year, listen to a great band, win your share of tons of giveaways, and have one of the best Saturday nights of your year, get your squad together and get your tickets this week!