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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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QUIZZO BOWL VIII

QUIZZO BOWL VII

QUIZZO BOWL VI

QUIZZO BOWL V

QUIZZO BOWL IV

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!

Quizzo Bowl 8 Round One Questions

After 12 months of pleading from Steve-O, I am finally going to release some of last year’s Quizzo Bowl questions. Here is round one.

1. What did French refugees arriving from the ongoing Haitian Revolution bring with them in the summer of 1793, killing over 4000 people?

2. Two members of N’Sync were on the Mickey Mouse Club. One was Justin Timberlake. Who was the other one?

3. On February 18th, 1861, who was inaugurated as President of the Confederacy?

4. The DEA training academy and the FBI Academy are both found in a VA town with a population of 561 that is surrounded by an enormous Marine Corps Base. What is it?

5. The only NFL player to win 3 straight super bowls was the son of a boxer who broke Muhammad Ali’s jaw. Who was he?

6. This artist was born in 1898, died at age 98, and was known for her extreme closeups of flowers.

7. Perhaps the biggest teen film star of the mid-1980s, she now stars on an ABC Family show called The Secret Life of an American Teenager.

8. When a rapper talks about how expensive his whip is, what is he referring to?

9. (Double) Whose gravestone in Maui reads, “If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea…” Hint: he died in 1974.

10. At what temperature do Celsius and Fahrenheit converge?

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Everything You Need to Know About Quizzo Bowl IX

WHO? You, me, and nerds from not only the Philadelphia area, but from as far away as Seattle.

WHAT: Quizzo Bowl IX, the longest running and most prestigious event of its kind in America the world.

WHEN? Saturday, February 23rd at 8:30 p.m.

WHERE? World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street. Downstairs.

WHY? Here’s the thing that people who have never been to a Quizzo Bowl don’t quite get, and understandably so…”Why would I (quoting Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez here) pay $25 to answer questions in a trivia setting”?  It’s because quizzo at the bar on a lazy Tuesday and Quizzo Bowl are as related as intramural flag football and the Super Bowl. Yes, they are both still fun, yes they are both great activities, but the pageantry, the insanity, the hilarity is amped up to the Nth degree. There will be an awesome hair metal band, Welcome to My Face!, playing between rounds and performing our music round. There will be Philly’s best sketch troupe, Secret Pants, performing a round live on stage. There will be a video round on the enormous film screen, tons of prizes to give away, and of course, the most lovable co-host in America, Fastball Pitcher Bob Gutierrez.

OK, ENOUGH WITH THE PEP TALKS. I NEED MORE DETAILS. HOW MANY ON A TEAM? Each team can have up to 8 players. If you have a team of 5 or less, there is a decent chance you will be teamed up with another squad, so we can maximize our space (These are always sell-outs, so I want to make sure we can get as many people in as possible).

CAN I JUST COME AND WATCH? No. If you want to come, play, and not have your score recorded, you are welcome to. But this is an interactive event, and it’s important that everyone in the room be part of that energy.

I WANT TO COME, BUT I DONT’ HAVE ANY TEAMMATES. CAN I STILL PLAY? Of course. Just let me know if you have a team of 4 or less (all the way down to 1) and I will team you up with another smaller team. You can see me at quizzo or send me an email at johnny @ johnnygoodtimes.com.

WILL THERE BE FOOD AND ADULT BEVERAGES TO PURCHASE? Yes, there will be table service at the event.

REMEMBER HOW PISSED OFF I GOT AT QUIZZO BOWL VI WHEN I COULDN’T GO OUTSIDE TO SMOKE, JOHNNY? I BETTER BE ABLE TO GO OUTSIDE TO SMOKE HERE. Yes, you are welcome to go outside to smoke between rounds during the event.

JOHNNY, I HATE STEAK EM UP/SOFA KINGDOM AND I DON’T WANT THEM TO WIN. WOULD YOU MIND IF I TOOK A TIRE IRON TO ONE OF THEIR KNEES RIGHT BEFORE THE EVENT? I certainly cannot condone such actions in a public forum. But if you shoot me this question to my email address I’ll tell you what I really think about this suggestion, and where you can get a quality tire iron for a reasonable price.

WHERE CAN I GET TICKETS? You can buy tickets from me at quizzo this week or you can purchase them online here.

CAN I JUST BUY TICKETS AT THE DOOR? You possibly could, but this event almost always sells out before the night of the event, and the tickets are more expensive at the door. Buy them beforehand to be safe.

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT QUIZZO BOWL. Shoot me an email or post them on my quizzo facebook page.

Secret Pants Added to Quizzo Bowl Lineup

For the past few years, Fastball Bob has graced us with his presence at Quizzo Bowl. Well, this year, he’s bringing the whole gang along. Renowned local sketch group Secret Pants, the group Fastball Bob is a member of,  is going to be performing one of this year’s rounds…and yes, Fastball Bob will have a starring role. It’s going to be our first ever acted out round in Quizzo Bowl history. Tickets are now on sale to Quizzo Bowl IX, which will be held February 23rd at World Cafe Live and feature between-round performances from hair metal legends Welcome to My Face.