It’s the end of an era at the Black Sheep, as the quizzo there this Wednesday (March 4th) will be my last one there. We’ll be moving South, to Founding Fathers (1612 South Street), where quizzo will take place at 8:30 on Wednesdays, starting on March 11th. Sad to say goodbye to our friends at the Black Sheep, but excited to start at a new venue. I think we’re gonna have a lot of fun at Founding Fathers, which is a large room and will give us some room to grow. We’ll have some beer and food specials for quizzo night, which I’ll let you know about over the next week. And yes, tomorrow night at Black Sheep, I’ll probably have a drink or two to celebrate the last quiz and say goodbye to some old friends. Hope to see ya there. If so, get there early. As usual over the past ten years, I expect it to be packed.
We kick it off at O’Neals at 8 p.m. If we can get 30 people in the building, any team that scores 110 points or more and wins gets a $100 gift certificate. On to City Tap House at 10:15, where we’ll have a return of free money faceoff. Plus winners walk with a $75 gift cert. And tonight’s questions are particularly millenial friendly. Yeah, I know you’ve got midterms, but college is all a big ponzi scheme anyway and no employer is ever going to give a shit about how you did on your midterms so blow them off and come play quizzo. See ya tonight!
We kick it off tonight at Industry, where word is out: the food, drink, and service are all terrific, and the result has been packed houses the past few weeks. Let’s keep it going tonight. Action starts at 6:30. On to Bards at 9:15, where we’ve been rocking and rolling for some time now. An interesting quiz this week. See ya tonight!
We kick it off at O’Neals at 8 p.m. Great opportunity to get a win, and if you can score 110 points on top of that (and we get 30 people there) you get a $100 gift cert. On to the Tap House at 10:15. Big prizes and a return of Free Money Face-Off. See ya tonight!
Who knew anything good could come from the Philly.com comment section? Well here ya go, from the comments beneath a story about the reopening of Triangle Tavern in South Philly. I certainly hope they put “Pennies from Heaven” on their jukebox:
When I was a teenager, I used to work as a kitchen hand in a small, but very popular corner bar/restaurant in South Philly called the Triangle Tavern. They had a reputation for having the best mussels in town. I remember people saying they were the best because they were the cleanest. Fact is, there was an old homeless coot who used to live and work in the basement during those days, and his job was to clean the mussels for each night using an old 40′s era cylinder washing machine. His name was “Casanova Brown”. Well, it’s the name we all knew him by. Who knows what his real name was.
Anyway, every Friday and Saturday, they had music at the Triangle. The highlight of the night would be when Casanova came in wearing an old brown suit, opened his umbrella and set it down upside down in front of the band, grabbed a microphone and started singing Pennies From Heaven as the band backed him up. Everyone in the entire dining area would start digging through their pockets and purses and soon, the air was filled with pennies and coinage of all denominations raining into Casanova’s umbrella. Ever since, I’ve never been able to hear that song without those memories coming back to me of Casanova Brown from 30 years ago. Good times.
A homeless guy used to wash mussels in the basement of the bar, then come up each weekend to sing “Pennies From Heaven” with the house band? That’s incredible. And to make it even better: the house band there was led by a local legend named Dusty Gale. Dusty was the grandfather of Sofa Kingdom member Koob. You can read more about Dusty in this 1992 Inky article.
No rest for the wicked: We are back in business tonight. We start at the North Star at 7 p.m., where we will take a break from our quizzing when Philadelphia legend Anthony Riley performs on the Voice. Riley, who actually performed at one of our invitationals at City Tap a few years ago, is about to go big time. Really excited about this. He’s worked his ass off, performing soul songs on the streets of Philly for years. Nobody deserves this opportunity more than him.
On to the Sidecar at 9:30 p.m. One of my favorite places to quiz. Always a great time and a great vibe. Hope to see ya tonight!
Gonna wait for photos to arrive before doing wrap-up, but in the meantime, here are our scores from Saturday night.
1. Sofa Kingdom 143 2. The Four Bottoms 130 3. But My Mom Says I’m Cool 126 T-4. Bill Cosby’s Dirty Picture Pages 124 T-4. If Stevie Wonder Could See Us Now 124 6. The A$$holes in the Corner 123 7. Cracked Pact 121 8. The Specific Jawns 120 9. Duane’s World 118 10. Lambda, Lambda, Lambda 117 11. Deacon Blues 115 T-12. In Dependents, Haulin’ Oats 110 T-12. No. 1 Government Team Competitor 110 T-12. Popesack 110 T-12. Side Cartel 110 T-16. A Pregnant Cat Always Lands on Her Fetus 109 T-16. Invincible Ignorance 109 18. Team Aphasia 108 T-19. Imaginary Robin and his Merry Goats 107 T-19. The Best 3 to 5 Inches I’ve Ever Had 107 21. Waverly Street 105 22. Punky Brewster Michael Douglas Projects 104 23. Black Jack Jetty 100 24. My Pen Is Mightier Than Your Pen Is 99 25. L. Ron Hubbard’s Diabetics 97 26. Denim Chicken 96 27. February Madness 92 28. Inkspot 90 29. Irish Wristwatch 89 T-30. 5 1/2 Nerds 84 T-30. Jitney Spears 84 32. Whattya Mean Johnny is Starting on Time? 80 33. American Swiper 70 34. Funky Philly Eight 68 35. Dr. Teeth and Electric Mayhem 64
Hey guys, it looks like we might get a few inches of snow tonight. I spoke with the WCL, and they only cancel if a State of Emergency is declared. Not looking like we’ll get one of those. I know most of you are in the city, but if you are in the suburbs or out of town and are very concerned about traveling into the city in the snow, please contact me (johnny @ johnnygoodtimes.com) before noon and we’ll see what we can do (no guarantees, but I’ll speak with WCL and see what we can do…another option to keep in mind if you’re in the burbs: regional rail runs quite near the World Cafe). Otherwise, all ticket sales are final and the show will go on, barring a drastic change in the forecast. That said, I urge everyone to please be extremely cautiousand leave yourself extra time to get to the event. We are gonna try to start right at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7. But I don’t want anyone in a rush to get there. Take your time and leave early! For up to the minute updates on the event, join the event page on facebook.
Oh-ho-ho my goodness. Looks like you've reached the home of Philadelphia's only true man of leisure, Johnny Goodtimes. On this site you'll find the results of my weekly quizzoes, I'll show you some of the strangest and most interesting spots on the web, and you can read my rants and praise for this city, the people in it, and the sports teams that play here