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):
Dilworth Plaza 6 pm
O’Neals 8 pm
Locust Rendezvous 6:15 pm
Founding Fathers 8:30 pm
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!
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? Youcan 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.
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
Hey folks, been working on a project lately that I’m really excited about: the Philly Blunt is a new podcast hosted by yours truly, Reef the Lost Cause, and longtime O’Neals quizzo regular Violations Greg. The goal is to do interesting interviews with Philly’s most fascinating people, and we’re off to a good start: our first few guests have all been terrific. Below are the links to each of our first three guests:
Author and activist Feminista Jones talks about what she means by “I’m not interested in white allies, what I want are co-conspirators.”
Documentary filmmaker Tigre Hill talks about corruption at City Hall and the blowback he faced from his Mumia film.
Controversial Philly Mag scribe Victor Fiorillo talks about the Swiss Cheese pervert, the article that resulted in the most hate mail, and his brief time running a swingers club.
If you could do me a HUGE solid and subscribe to the podcast and rate it on itunes, that would be TRE-MEN-DOUS. And if you want more exclusive content (exclusive, folks! These are things I will NEVER reveal to you at quizzo!) please be sure to follow us on the following:
A raucous night, some great country tunes, and some heated competition at World Cafe Live, and when all was said and done, it was the Cracked Pact taking home their 2nd title in three years. The Magnificent Seven, the defending champs, fell just short at 129. And a spectacular finish by North Star alums Careless Fister put them in third place, and Beast of Bourbon and five time champs Sofa Kingdom finished tied for 5th. For more photos and analysis, check out the JGT Quizzo Page on facebook.
Cracked Pact 133
The Magnificent Seven 129
Careless Fister 124
Beast of Bourbon 123
Sofa Kingdom 123
Jawny Goodtimes 119
Duane’s World 119
But My Mom Says I’m Cool 117
Synchronized Trampoline 117
Alien vs Predator vs Brown vs Board of Education 115
WHO: Anybody who wants to play. Teams of up to 8 players.
WHAT: Quizzo Bowl XIV, the longest running quizzo event of it’s kind in the Universe. It is a celebration of nerd awesomeness, great music, and a vaudeville spirit. In the past we’ve had breakdancers, glam rock bands, Motown bands, human pretzels, Black Elvis, dancing, singing, Fastball Bob, Chip Chantry, Jeopardy champions, and Johnny Flamethrower. This year we’ll be welcoming the Wallace Brothers, an outlaw country band that you guys will love, and Financial Guru Gregg Gethard.
WHEN: Saturday, January 27th, 2018. Doors open at 7 p.m. Event starts at 8.
WHERE: World Cafe Live. 3025 Walnut Street.
WHY: Why not?
PRIZES: Yes, there will be $1400 worth of prizes for the winning teams (and new this year: a 14th place prize!). There will also be raffles and prizes given away throughout the evening. In the past we’ve given away raffle tickets…this year, inspired by our shithead trash President, we will charge a nominal fee for the tickets, with 100% of money raised being sent to a charity called Hope for Haiti.
IS THERE A THEME? Of course there is. The theme is “Outlaw Country? Best dressed “Cowboy” team wins a gift certificate.
IS THIS THING GOING TO BE ON A BOAT AGAIN THIS YEAR? No, this year’s event will not be on a boat. It will be at the World Cafe Live.
GOOD, BECAUSE WE DON’T DO BOATS. I am well aware.
WHERE DO I SIGN UP? You can currently purchase tickets online here. I also have them at my quizzes. Tickets are $25 a pop (plus fees). If you haven’t been before, trust me, it will be well worth it. But do not wait until the last minute. This has sold out in 12 of the previous 13 years.
THE BOAT DIDN’T SELL OUT. No it did not.
NOT EVEN CLOSE. Stop it.
WILL THERE BE AN AFTERPARTY? Yes, it will be held at 24 Cafe, the Garces restaurant just a couple of blocks down Walnut from the World Cafe Live.
WHERE CAN I GET UPDATES AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE EVENT?The Quizzo Bowl Facebook page is live. It will be filled with previous Quizzo Bowl performances, ticket info, old questions, and all sorts of tomfoolery. So be sure to sign up there, and that’ll keep you informed.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY TEAM WINS? You win $800, but that’s not the best part. The best part is that you’ll join the ranks of the immortals. Is your team good enough to become the 7th different winner in our 14th year? There’s only one way to find out.
Some big news on the Quizzo Bowl front…our first band had to back out due to some unforseen circumstances, but don’t worry, we’re keepin’ it outlaw with my favorite country band in Philadelphia, the Wallace Brothers Band. These guys are truly terrific. I’ve been trying to get them in an event for awhile now and I’m excited that we were able to make this happen.
As far as tickets, we’re at 50 sold, which is fairly typical for having two weeks to go. I will have tickets on sale on me next week at quizzo. If you’d like to attend, get your crew together…once again it’s $200 for a table of 8 or $30 per person. I’ll have both varieties of tickets on me next week, payable in cash. If you can’t get them at quizzo, fear not, they are available online (with a $6 surcharge).
In response to this trash president making us as Americans look like stupid assholes, we’re also going to change the game a little bit on raffle tickets this year…instead of free raffle tickets, we’ll have a minimal charge for each one, with 100% of the proceeds going to Hope for Haiti.
Be sure to follow the Bowl on Facebook, and be sure to use the hashtag #Quizzobowl on twitter and facebook.
First of all, I want to thank everyone who donated to our annual toy drive. We were able to get gifts for EVERY child on the list, which was just awesome. In fact, Cheri said they actually added a few kids to the list because we got such an awesome response! To everyone who contributed: I can’t thank you guys enough. It really is awesome to be surrounded by so many giving people.
Plenty of other things to talk about as well:
Date is set for Quizzo Bowl XIV. It will be on January 27th at the World Cafe Live. I will have more info next week and tickets will go on sale next week as well. Be sure to check back then.
In addition to Quizzo Bowl on the 27th, Geek Bowl will be in Boston this year, so it would be awesome to have several of our Philly teams there. It’s an incredible event, with over 1000 people playing quizzo. Hit me up if you want more details. We’re going to have at least two teams from Philly attending, but the more the merrier.
Thursday was our last quiz at Industry. Sad to say, they are closing their doors on December 31st. It’s a shame, truly one of my favorite bars in the city. Dave and Lisa are not only great bar owners, they’re great people, and it’s been awesome working with them for over 10 years between Good Dog and Industry. I do not have any solid leads at this point for where I’ll do a new quiz, but I’ll start looking right after Christmas. We’ll be somewhere new in either January or February.
As for next week, here is how our schedule is looking. Note that Birra will start half an hour earlier than usual:
The last time we hosted We Have Fun, we had Philly hip hop legend Reef the Lost Cauze rapping over yacht rock songs. This time we’ll have the hilarious Mary Radzinski (who recorded her first comedy album Wednesday at Helium), the insane Financial Guru Gregg Gethard (author of Cash Dad Trash Dad), and musician Dan Bruskewiecz from TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb. If you wanna see a late night talk show that focuses on Philly’s best comedians and musicians, then I heartily encourage you to come on out on Monday. You can buy tickets here or at the door. For a mere $5, I am guaranteeing a lot of fun. Action starts at 9 p.m. To learn more, go here.
Here ya go, the latest JGTAI scores. The Invitational will take place on November 19th, so still plenty of time to make a move but I would certainly get your team out next week. You can also score points on the JGT Facebook page. So lots of time to make things happen. As far as places to get a win, City Tap House, Fishtown Brewpub, Industry, and Birra are by far your best bets. None has a dominant team. So get your crew together and make the magic happen. See ya next week!