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A Few Summer Highlights

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Hope everyone had a bitchin’ summer. As we return to reality, wanted to pass along a few things I enjoyed the hell out of this summer.

1. The Four Seasons Bar. Holy shit this spot is amazing. Pro tip: go on a Sunday.

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2. Free Meek on Amazon Prime. Fascinating look at an incoherent probation system that is built in many ways to destroy black males. The doc is a bit one sided (extremely pro-Meek), but terrific nonetheless. I remember thinking that the whole Free Meek thing was kind of bizarre when it was at its apex, but now it all makes sense.

3. The powdered, cream filled doughnuts at Corner Bakery in Onancock. Ok, ok, so you’ll have to drive 4 hours for this one, but it’s worth it. These are the best doughnuts I’ve ever had in my life. If you’re traveling down Route 13 at any point, do yourself a favor, drive about a mile off the highway, and hook it up.

04. I’ll Be Loving You Forever. Fun write up about a woman who grew up a huge NKOTB fan, and who went to see them in concert recently.

5. Taking a run to wherever Parks on Tap is, then grabbing a couple of beers. A great way to knock off some calories and then put them immediately back on. PoT “runs” through the end of September, so still a chance to attack your knees and then attack your liver.

6. Recording the Philly Blunt. We had a great summer lineup, from Ben Franklin to John Bolaris to total stranger Marissa who randomly walked in the podcast and proceeded to tell us one of the most amazing stories we’ve ever heard from her days as a webcam girl.

7. Roadside America. This one is particularly great if you have a 5 year old. Located in the incredibly named Shartlesville, PA, this massive miniature village and train set was initially built by Laurence Gieringer in 1935. The display includes waterfalls, mountains, and over 2000 feet of railroad track. Every half an hour, the lights go down, the little lights in the miniature houses come on, and God Bless America by Kate Smith plays. Everything in the display is handmade. It is truly awe inspiring work.

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8. The Wachapreague Carnival. Another one you’ll have to travel for, but it’s a great piece of small town Americana every year around the 4th of July.

0-89. Fireworks at the Ballpark. Would have liked to see the bats produce more fireworks this season, but the actual fireworks show they put on is terrific. Wife and I also saw Avett Brothers at the ballpark. We saw them last year at Red Rocks, and so this didn’t quite live up to that standard, but still a really cool experience. 

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10. Karaoke Quizzo. The latest quiz at the World Cafe Live was the most fun one I did this summer. It was for Hamilton, and we did karaoke between rounds….It was awesome. Next quiz is September 18th, and we’ll be doing karaoke again. More details coming soon.

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Hamilton Quizzo and Karaoke on Tuesday!

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Hey gang, gonna be hosting a Hamilton quizzo at World Cafe Live on Tuesday! And not only will I be asking questions about the musical (and the man) but YOU’LL have an opportunity to perform Hamilton songs. You can find more info on the event FB page, or you can purchase tickets here online ($10 apiece, with a portion of proceeds going to Art_Reach).

State of the Union

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Been a lot happening lately and a lot of questions being asked so wanted to give everybody an update all at once. First of all, there is no more quizzo at the Sidecar, at least for now. People have been asking me if I plan on picking up another Tuesday quiz, and the honest answer is: I don’t know. I’m going to think on my game plan over the 4th of July holiday and try to figure it out then. Hope to have a plan figured out by mid-July.

Speaking of which, next week’s quiz is gonna be 4th of July themed and hosted by Boots. Tuesday at O’Neals, Wednesday at Locust Rendezvous at 6:15, and at Founding Fathers at 8:30.

There are some fun things planned for summer. Stranger Things quiz was cancelled for the 9th of July, but we’ll be coming back with a Hamilton quiz in August at the World Cafe Live. As I’ve said repeatedly, these are terrific quizzes, complete with video rounds, live performances, etc. If you’re a Hamilton fan, keep an ear out. More details coming soon.

YES! I am excited to announce that I am returning to the Oval this summer. Quizzes begin on July 20th and will be every Saturday at 4 pm through August 17th. These have been a ton of fun in the past and I’m looking forward to another great summer season.

I’d love to do an invitational-type event this summer, just put together in a different way than in the past…sort of a “Summer Slam” type deal that we could do, maybe at WCL. Gonna think on this one over the 4th of July week and see what I can put together.

I’m looking for new music to play between rounds! Go to the Johnny Goodtimes Facebook page and let me know what you’re listening to these days.

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In terms of what I’ve been up to other than quizzo, the podcast is doing great. Recent interviews have been with Yards founder Tom Kehoe, NY Times bestseller Jennifer Weiner, and then a totally random but amazing interview with photographer and former cam girl Marissa. New one drops on Monday with former weatherman John Bolaris. And oh man, is it a doozy.

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In Shibe news, we opened a second store at the King of Prussia Mall! We just kicked it off on June 1st, and we’re really excited about it. We got amazing murals put on the walls by Chalk Art Philadelphia which are well worth checking out, whether you buy anything or not. The Mall has been an interesting experience…I had hardly ever spent time in malls until we started on this project, and wow, is it a different world. The KOP Mall is so massive, it really is its own ecosystem. I can’t believe this is me saying this, but it’s actually kind of awesome. Diverse crowd*, lots of young people, lots of interesting places to shop. Hope you’ll come check us out. We’re right by the clock tower.

That about does it. If anyone has any thoughts, concerns, or questions, feel free to hit me up at the Facebook page or on my twitter. Quiz is on for tonight: back in business at Birra at 8 pm and Bards at 9:15. Hope to see ya tonight!

*let’s be real: I was surprised to learn that a suburban mall was more diverse than Center City.

Three of Philly’s Funniest Comedians to Perform at Seinfeld vs Friends Quiz

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Our first World Cafe Live VS. quiz was Office vs Parks and Rec, and we had a Scrantonicity cover band (get it?). Our second one was Game of Thrones vs Lord of the Rings, and we had an awesome burlesque troupe doing Game of Thrones burlesque (it was awesome). Our 3rd quiz is June 11th, and I’ve lined up three of the funniest comedians in Philadelphia: Chip Chantry (recently had the #1 comedy album on tunes), Jake Mattera (two time finalist in Philly’s Funniest), and Brandon Vincent Jackson (2016 Runner up in Philly’s Funniest). Seriously, this is an All-Star lineup, and that’s IN ADDITION to what promises to be a great quiz in an awesome venue. And all for only $10 a pop.

For those who haven’t yet attended, these quizzes are Quizzo Bowl quality, complete with video rounds, fun prizes, the works. So if you are a fan of great quizzes and terrific comedy, make sure you get a squad together next Tuesday night! You can RSVP and get tickets here.

Tons of Prizes at Happy Hour Quiz at the Bourse on Friday!

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It’s Ultimate Quiz week this week (more details on that soon) and one of those quizzes will be on Friday at the Bourse Food Hall. Action starts at 6. Tons of specials and some big prizes for the winners. Among our specials are:

  • $5 beers from Grubhouse
  • $8 draft wines, $10 Chocolate martinis at Chocodiem
  • 2 for 1 Flying Fish Abbey Doubles at TAPS.

Prizes for winners include:

All new quiz, totally different from the weekly quiz. Hope to see you Friday!

The Bracket-Tacular Is Back

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Our 15th edition of the Bracket-tacular is this year! And we’ve got some more great prizes; $150 in gift certs to Shibe, a bottle of whiskey from our friends at Manatawney Stillworks, and a $50 gift cert from O’Neals. To sign up, go here, enter your email, and get a 30% off discount code to Shibe Sports! Good luck!

Office vs Parks and Rec Quiz Next Month

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Going to start hosting some themed quizzes at the World Cafe Live next month, and the first one is gonna be big. Parks and Rec vs The Office quiz goes down on April 23rd, and it’s gonna be wild. We’ve already sold over 50 tickets and haven’t even started promoting it yet. There’s gonna be live music, video rounds, basically a Quizzo Bowl style event about two of everyone’s favorite shows. For updates moving forward, be sure to go to the Facebook events page.

So hurry up and get a team together, the tickets are selling fast. How fast? To give you a reference point, somewhere between a snake and a mongoose. And a panther.

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!

Everything You Need to Know About Quizzo Bowl

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WHO: Anybody who wants to get their posse together and have one of the most fun Saturday nights of their year.

WHAT: Quizzo Bowl XV, the longest running quizzo event of its kind in America.

WHEN: February 9th. Doors at 7, Event at 8.

WHERE: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street

WHY: Because you want to have an awesome night out with your friends dressing up and listening to Hawaiian music and playing trivia and winning prizes and engaging in downright tomfoolery.

HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS: $25, same as they’ve been for the past 10 years. ($30 if you wait until the day of).

WHERE CAN I BUY THEM: You can buy them online here. I will also have a few more left on me next week at my weekly quizzes.

WILL ALL THE QUESTIONS BE ABOUT HAWAII? No, Hawaii is the theme but this will be a general knowledge quiz: I’d expect a few Hawaii questions but not a ton.

HOW IS IT DIFFERENT THAN A REGULAR QUIZZO? In every way. We’ll have comedy, we’ll have live music, we’ll have vaudeville, we’ll have video rounds, music rounds, and even a round being drawn by one of my favorite local artists, we’ll have prizes to multiple bars in the area. And who knows what else? Past Quizzo Bowls have War Pigs on steel drums, 250 people singing Here I Go Again On My Own in unison, and even a freaking wedding engagement.  

HOW MANY PLAYERS CAN I HAVE ON MY TEAM? You can have up to 8 players on a team. If you have fewer than 6, shoot me a line and I’ll see if I can team you up with another squad.

WHAT IF IT’S JUST ME AND A COUPLE OF FRIENDS? No problem, we’ll team you up with a larger team. Just shoot me a line at johnny at johnnygoodtimes dot com and I’ll see what I can do.

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO STAY UPDATED? Make sure you join us over on the Quizzo Bowl facebook page.

SO SHOULD WE GO? Yeah, you’re damn right you should go. What are you waiting for? Get the crew together, get your tickets, and let’s party on Saturday!

Quizzo Bowl XV: Hawaiian Style

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PHILADELPHIA – Slowey and the Boats will provide the Aloha, and Johnny Goodtimes will supply the trivia, at the longest running trivia event of it’s kind in America. It’s the 15th edition of Quizzo Bowl, and the fifth straight one at the World Cafe Live.

The event is open to the public, and teams will be competing in teams of up to eight players for over $1200 worth of prizes. Taking home the title won’t be easy, however. Among the teams expected to compete are five time winners Sofa Kingdom, as well as the defending champs the Cracked Eggheads. There will be an extra $100 bonus prize to any team that can win their first title this year, knocking off all previous champions.

For JGT, the quiz will be a homecoming of sorts: he lived in Hawaii from 1998-2000, where he trained dolphins. For insurance reasons, there will be no dolphins at this event.

There will,however, be tons of prize giveaways, great live music, Hawaiian drink specials, Philly comedians, and plenty of surprises. In past years we’ve seen breakdancers, human pretzels, and even an engagement.

Tickets are on sale online now, and Goodtimes will also have them for sale at his weekly quizzes. To learn more about this unique Philly event and how you can participate, GO HERE. And for updates, be sure to follow our event FB page here. 

JGT Holiday Spectacular on Friday!

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The First Annual JGT Holiday Spectacular will take place on Friday the 21st at the Bourse! In addition to a Holiday themed quiz, we’ll have Christmas music between rounds performed by the Chain Gang (including the INCREDIBLE Bob T on guitar), food and drink specials, and an Ugliest Sweater Contest. It’s free to play and it’s gonna be a ton of fun. Action starts at 6 pm and you can RSVP here. If you have not checked out the new Bourse yet, you are in for a treat. We went today to see the Grinch and grab some lunch and it is awesome in there.

Our Annual Christmas Toy Drive Is Now Underway!

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Hey gang, we’re getting a late start and we’ve got more kids than ever on the list, so please do me a favor and help spread the word on this! Here’s our situation:  For kids who have a gift next to their name, please put your name and email address on the sheet  and send that gift if possible (shoes seem to be a popular gift). For kids that do not have a gift listed, please either send me $25-$50 via Paypal (johnny@johnnygoodtimes.com) and let me know which name to check off the list or send a Visa gift card in their name and Cheri (head of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign) and I will go shopping for them right before Christmas. As for you, in addition to doing something awesome for your city, you’ll get a 30% off code to shop at Shibe Sports

The good news is that we’ve got a bit more room for storage this year, as we opened a pop-up store at Gloucester Premium Outlets, and you can mail your gifts there. Please have gifts/gift cards mailed to:

SHIBE SPORTS
GLOUCESTER PREMIUM OUTLETS
100 PREMIUM OUTLETS DRIVE
SUITE 240
BLACKWOOD, NJ 08012
 

If you’d prefer to just drop your gifts off, please feel free to do so at Shibe Sports in Center City, at 137 South 13th Street. Thanks in advance for your incredible generosity, and hopefully we can get every name knocked off this list!

Everything You Need to Know About the Big Lebowski Event on Sunday

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WHO: Fans of one of the greatest films ever committed to celluloid.

WHAT: The first annual Big Lebowski quizzo fundraiser.

WHEN: Sunday, November 4th, 2018.

WHERE: Lucky Strike Bowling, 1336 Chestnut Street.

WHY: Why not? The Eagles have a bye week, so you’ll be looking for something fun to do on a Sunday…this is it.

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SO WHAT’S THE SCOOP? We’re going to start with a quiz on the Big Lebowski at 5:30 pm, drink some White Russians, try some brand new beer from Cape May Brewing Company, and see how much you know about the Big Lebowski. Then we’re gonna put on some bowling shoes and hit the lanes WHILE we watch the Big Lebowski on the projector screens.

HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS? Tickets are $25 a pop, and that includes quizzo, bowling, AND $10 donated to The Dude Hates Cancer.

WHERE DO I GET TICKETS? You can get tickets here. I would advise getting them before the night of. If you purchase them online, you can a) pay w/ credit card and b) guarantee yourself first dibs on a lane. Online charge is only $1.87 per ticket.

WILL THERE BE PRIZES? Yes, there will be prizes for best Lebowski costume, rattiest bathrobe, the winning quizzo team, and best bowling score.

IS THERE A SPONSOR? Yes, wanna send a shoutout to Love Your Block, which is not only run by quizzo regulars but who are helping to put the event together.

IS THERE AN EVENT PAGE? Yep, be sure to get updates on our Facebook event page. 

Big Lebowski Quiz/Bowling on November 4th!

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Really, really excited about this one: we’re doing a Big Lebowski quiz, followed by bowling as we watch the Big Lebowski. We’ll have prizes for Best Dressed, rattiest bathrobe, best bowling score, and much more. Furthermore, $10 of every ticket sold goes towards The Dude Hates Cancer. So get your team together (up to 8 players) and buy your tickets here. They include the quizzo, bowling shoes, and all you can bowl. There will be a lotta ins, a lotta outs, and a lotta what have yous. For more info, check out the facebook event page. And also wanna send a shoutout to our sponsors, Love Your Block (who are quizzo regulars). Fuck it, dude. Let’s go bowling.