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Quizzo Bowl 2015: The Year We Turned It Up to XI

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I had narrowed it down to a couple of bands for Quizzo Bowl XI, but wasn’t sure that either was the perfect fit. After taking a bath on the boat, I needed QBXI to be a success or it was going to be the end of the road for the Bowl as we know it. So I needed a sure shot for the band. When I saw that the musical Motown was coming to Philly, it clicked. I asked around about Motown bands, and was quickly pointed in the direction of the York Street Hustle.

The weather was snowy and nasty, and getting to to the World Cafe proved to be a major challenge. The snow and ice combo had me worried that whole teams were going to drop out, but only a few people couldn’t make it.

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There were some shenanigans, such as the opener “Quizzo Bowl Man”, which was going great until I totally flubbed the lines in the second verse, which is something I’ll never forgive myself for. A more successful performance was put on by my mom, who sang backup on a Supremes number.  The quiz itself was rather enjoyable, from the back and forth between Fastball Bob and Bing Supernova that formed Round Two to the debut of Johnny Flamethrower in Round Three. In terms of trivia, it was Round Four that took the cake, as the music round, a collection of Detroit musicians that ran the gamut from Del Shannon to Kid Rock, was a huge success. But it was the between round performances that truly made the night. The York Street Hustle simply channelled the spirit and energy of Motown, and by the end, the crowd was less interested in the scores than they were in the band.

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With good reason. The Sofa Kingdom won their 5th Quizzo Bowl, but even their repeat title couldn’t put a damper on the night. The team of Jeopardy champs finished 2nd, but the heroes of the night were But My Mom Says I’m Cool, who took a narrow lead into the final round and finished an impressive third. (You can check all of the scores here.)

All in all, Quizzo Bowl XI was a resounding success, with numerous people saying it was the greatest one of all time. It certainly ranked right up there with some of the classics, such as QBIV (at the Blue Horizon), QBVIII (steel drums and Koob and Kristy’s on-stage engagement), and QBIX (Welcome to My Face). Regardless, it’s going to be a damn tough act to follow for whomever gets the music gig next year. Be sure to check out Emelie Rejician’s incredible photos from Quizzo Bowl XI. 

Johnny Flamethrower is In the Buildin’!


Here’s our video round from Saturday night, hosted by that lovable scamp Johnny Flamethrower. Answers are after the jump:

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Final Quizzo Bowl Scores

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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

DJ Starr to Take Photos for the 7th Straight Quizzo Bowl

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I am excited to announce that the incredibly talented DJ Starr, who has documented every Quizzo Bowl since Quizzo Bowl IV in pictures, will be taking photographs again this year on board the boat. Someday, thanks to the great work by DJ, our kids are going to look at these insane photos us and wonder what the hell was wrong with us. Here are his photos from each previous Quizzo Bowl. If you’ve never  been, these will give you a pretty good idea of what kind of insanity you’re in for. If you have been, you’ll probably find yourself in one of these pics.

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Dress for the High Seas at Quizzo Bowl X

5782789572_c5564afa5f_zWe are definitely going with a nautical theme at Quizzo Bowl X, and I highly encourage teams to dress with a nautical theme. Whether that means pirate, mermaid, captain, or pompous jackass preparing to sail with a popped collar and a sweater around his shoulders, that’s up to you.  Best dressed team will be rewarded with quite a bounty. TICKETS TO QUIZZO BOWL X CAN BE PURCHASED HERE. 

RELATED: Everything you need to know about Quizzo Bowl.

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Quizzo Bowl Afterparty

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The Afterparty is more important than ever this year, as Quizzo Bowl is gonna be a full day affair. And I’ve hooked us up with the perfect space: The Lodge at Winterfest, a pop-up bar by the guys who do Morgan’s Pier. An awesome space (gets a perfect 5 on Yelp), with lots of room for our crowd, great beers on tap, cheap but good food, fire pits and s’mores. And it’s walking distance from the ship! The band will keep rockin’ and rolling into the night, we’ll have tons of great giveaways, and a few surprises along the way. And yes, you’re ticket gets you into the afterparty free of charge. Gonna be a great day of nerd camaraderie. Get your tickets today!

The Best Commerical on Super Bowl Sunday Won’t Be on TV

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It will be on the Johnny Goodtimes Quizzo Page. It will be the best commercial of the Super Bowl. I guarantee that, 100%.

Your New Favorite Band, TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb, Will Be Playing at Quizzo Bowl X


If there’s one thing to be said about Quizzo Bowl, it’s that I take the appointment of what band to pick pretty damn seriously. They have to set the tone for my biggest night of the year, they have to be creative, they have to be fun, and they have to be insanely talented. From Nate Wiley and the Crowd Pleasers to Welcome to My Face, one of the things I’ve been proud of over these past ten years is that the music on the show has always been absolute Grade A. And seeing how this is the 10th Quizzo Bowl, the grandest of them all, it was imperative that I pick a band that could live up to my (and your) outsized expectations. I have done so. Those of you who have seen TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb will vouch for me here: this will be one of the most ass-kickin’, honkey tonkin’, jive-talkin’, tightrope walkin’ bands you will ever see in your life. I have already told the insurance company to be prepared because they may very well tear the roof off of the sucker. For those of you who will be seeing them for the first time, I’m just going to tell you this in advance: you’re welcome.

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Team of Jeopardy Champs Wins Quizzo Bowl IX

It had not long since ended before the talk began…was this the greatest Quizzo Bowl ever? It had some pretty good competition: Quizzo Bowl IV, at the Blue Horizon, was a classic, as was Quizzo Bowl at the Golden Palace. And last year’s steel drum band pretty much blew everyone’s mind with, among other brilliant covers, a mind-blowing rendition of War Pigs.

But there was no question about one thing: this was the weirdest Quizzo Bowl ever, helped in large part by a hair metal band that certainly didn’t just play glam metal…they lived it. Whether it was Welcome to My Face lead singer Casey pleading with the World Cafe staff for more beers in the back (“At employee discount prices, if possible”) or trying to make the moves on my mom. (“How Do I Get You Alone?“), this one had a bit of it all. It also featured a “Live Round”, in which Fastball Bob acted out famous movie scenes and Earle and Brenda Goodtimes made an appearance, and a little WHAM in the opening number (“Wake Me Up Before You Quizzo“).

Quizzo Bowl IX also had a crew of ringers, brought together by our enemies at Geeks Who Drink. Furious that a Philly team had come in and taken their crown the year before, they decided to field a Dream Team. It included 6 former Tournament of Champions contestants, one of whom was Roger Craig, who caused quite a stir when he “beat the game” on Jeopardy a little over a year ago, winning $77,000 in a single episode (a Jeopardy record). Those 6 contestants had won a combined $1.2 million during their time on Jeopardy. This was a Murderer’s Row.

Of course, the Geeks Who Drink crowd had talked a big game before and finished way back in the pack, so I didn’t take them too seriously. Furthermore, I had my sites set on a local squad: Sofa Kingdom (below), who I desperately wanted to lose. The bottom line is this: we needed new blood. We had only had two winners in the past 6 Quizzo Bowls (Lambda and SK) and I really wanted both of them to lose. And so there was not a lot of history and geography (which they have mastered) and there was a fair amount of opera and cocktails (which they struggle at). That said, the quiz wasn’t entirely aimed at stopping them…I knew they would ace the Oscars round and did it anyway, because I liked the idea of doing a live round and the Oscars were the next night.

The 3rd Round (the music round) turned out to be a doozy, with 5 musicals included in it instead of our normal rock music audio rounds. Things got even tougher in the 4th round, the video round, in which no team got more than 7 questions correct.

At the end of 4 rounds, the Sofa Kingdom was still in the hunt, and the Super Team (Who won best Team Name of the Night with “I Used to F*** Guys Like You in Prison”…which won them a Road House poster I just happened to bring as a prize) was in 2nd. In first? The Sidecardigans. The Sidecar staff had teamed up with a few free agents to form a very well rounded team, and they led going into Round Five, which turned out to be easier than the Video Round. The Jeopardy ringers scored a perfect 55, the Sidecardigans scored 50, and the …Guys in Prison held on for a 146-142 victory. Sofa Kingdom finished 4th, behind the Yahoo Serious Fun Club. Smell the Glove finished 5th, and the Specific Jawns finished an impressive 6th. In 8th was Lambda. (You can see all of the Final scores here.)

But the action on the field was not as wild as the action off it, as the event ended with an impromptu jam of “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake (No, it was not planned or practiced. Casey essentially demanded that we all come up on stage and that’s pretty much the only hair metal song I know all the words to). That grand denouement included 300 nerds from across the country waving candles in the air and singing along, and ended with my dad telling everyone to love each other. And led to the inevitable question: how in the hell are we gonna top this at Quizzo Bowl X?

RELATED: If you haven’t seen the Quizzo Bowl pictures yet, be sure to check them out. They’re pretty terrific.

 

Quizzo Bowl Photos Are Now Posted!

DJ Starr’s excellent Quizzo Bowl photos have now been posted. Some great ones in there. Really brings the incredible night back to life.

Here I Go Again on My Own (NSFW)


Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it on Saturday. All we did was answer a few trivia questions and then go home.

Quizzo Bowl Final Scores…And Casey Serenading My Mom to “Alone” by Heart


Here they are, the final scores to Quizzo Bowl IX. Scores are out of a possible 159. In looking at the scores, it seems like for most teams Round 4 was actually tougher than the Impossible Round.

Did Quizzo Bowl IX Really Happen, Or Was That Just a Really Strange Dream?

Where to even begin? Possibly the most surreal event of my life, and keep in mind I used to bring people into a lagoon with freaking dolphins. In the end it was a team of ringers from various parts of the country (including 5 Jeopardy champions whose career winnings equalled 1.2 Million) called “I Used to F*** Guys Like You in Prison” who won both best team name and the Quizzo Bowl itself, edging local favorites Sidecardigans 146-142. Welcome to My Face tore the roof off the building. My dad told everyone to love each other. Fastball Bob sang Wham! It was insane! I will have tons of photos, videos, scores,  Goodtimes vs. Garbo, etc. posted in the next few days. But I plan on spending my entire day today drinking Bloody Mary’s and listening to Whitesnake. Thanks for coming out last night, everybody! I hope you had as much fun as I did.

Best 1980s Outfit Will Win a Bitchin’ Prize at Quizzo Bowl


People have been asking me if Quizzo Bowl has a theme this year. The answer is “Yeah! And it’s, like, totally rad!” With Welcome to My Face, Philadelphia’s premiere Hair Metal Band performing between rounds, we’re going with a 1980′s theme. NO, THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT ALL, OR EVEN MOST, QUESTIONS WILL BE FROM THE 80S. I want to make that very clear. It will be a totally general trivia night, with questions from numerous various topics throughout time. But yes, we will be rocking out to 80s tunes and I will be giving away a totally bitchin’ prize for team that has the best 80s outfits. So get those acid washed jeans, shoulder pads, and leg warmers ready!