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Final Scores from Quizzo Bowl XII


First of all congratulations to Cracked Pact, who defeated the Sofa Kingdom in overtime at Quizzo Bowl XII. I’ll have a full write up once we get our photos and video in. In the meantime, here’s how everyone finished:

  1. Cracked Pact 133
  2. Sofa Kingdom 133
  3. 50 Shades of Cray 126
  4. #1 Government Team Competitor 124
  5. Imaginary Pablo and the Goat 122
  6. Tempura House, a Shelter for Lightly Battered Women 120
  7. The CGA 120
  8. Invincible Ignorance 117
  9. Dr. Teeth and Electric Mayhem 116
  10. Honeybadgers 113
  11. Duane’s World 111
  12. Popesack 110
  13. Make QUizzo great Again 107
  14. Everybody’s Working for J-Weekend 106
  15. The Frederalists 106
  16. But My Mom Says I’m Cool 103
  17. Lambda Lambda Lambda 103
  18. Premature INquizilation 102
  19. Synchronized Trampoline 102
  20. In the Lead 101
  21. Island of Misfit Toys 100
  22. Jack’s Back 100
  23. Satan’s Minions 100
  24. At Least We Get to See Kweder 99
  25. Quizzes and Quills 99
  26. Trumpleforeskin 98
  27. Jitney Spears 95
  28. Show Me Your Caucus 88
  29. Hammered Dulcimers 87
  30. One if BY Pink, Two if by Stink 84
  31. Quizzo Bowl 13: A Subsidiary of Geek Bowl 11 84
  32. Cuts Dat Flo 82
  33. Mysterious Mr. Mapother 82
  34. Incontinental Congress 81
  35. Intoxication w/o Representation 81
  36. Slow Talkers of America 80
  37. A Jerk and a Squirt 79
  38. I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Reach My Beer 77
  39. A Structured Settlement Rules Everything Around Us 67
  40. Ardmore Assassins 53
  41. Vote for Pedro 47
  42. King Jake Jelly Jam 45




Quizzo Bowl Update

Ok, gang, so we’re 10 days away and things are starting to fall into place. Sort of. I’ve got our music round figured out, have almost locked in our wild card round (and it’s plenty wild) and am still trying to figure out what the hell we’re going to do with our video round. (We were supposed to shoot this past weekend but needless to say with the blizzard, that didn’t happen.)

Above is the promo video I put together for the event. And a quick reminder…in an effort to be as weird as possible this year, I am encouraging everyone to dress in 1970s gear. Best dressed team wins a $100 gift cert.

As far as tickets, they are moving fast. Do NOT assume I am holding some for you, even if you’re a regular. I will, however, have tickets for sale on me at quizzo tonight and tomorrow. So if you want to assure yourself a table, either come see me at quizzo or you can buy them here.

Most importantly, I really need a team to knock off Sofa Kingdom this year. Please. Make it happen. To get real time Quizzo Bowl Updates, please be sure to join the Quizzo Bowl Facebook page, which I will be updating almost daily between now and the big event.

Everything You Need to Know About Quizzo Bowl


WHO: Anybody who wants to play. Teams of up to 8 players.

WHAT: Quizzo Bowl XII, 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, . And this year we are bringing a true Philadelphia legend to the stage to rock. Kenn Kweder and the Hipster Mind Tricks are going to be taking you back to the 1970s (more on that later).

WHEN: Saturday, February 6th, 2016. 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 $1500 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. And Electric Mayhem will be gunning for their 4th straight last place prize.

IS THERE A THEME? Of course there is. The theme is “The Spirit of ’76″. We’re bringing the bicentennial to life at the World Cafe. Expect 1970s tunes, 1970s outfits, and a bicentennial twist on some of the questions, whatever the hell that means. Furthermore, the best dressed team will win a $100 gift card to a local establishment. So wear either 1776 gear or 1976 gear, and you’ve got a good shot of going home with a sweet prize.

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. There will be no more boat events.


WHERE DO I SIGN UP? You can currently purchase tickets online here. I will also be selling a few on consignment at my quizzes starting next week. Tickets are $25 a pop. If you haven’t been before, trust me, it will be well worth it. And do not wait until the last minute. This has sold out in 10 of the previous 11 years.

THE BOAT DIDN’T SELL OUT. No it did not.

NOT EVEN CLOSE. Will you knock it off?

WILL THERE BE AN AFTERPARTY? Yes, working on details now. Will let you know soon.

WHERE CAN I GET UPDATES AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE EVENT? The Quizzo Bowl Facebook page just went live. It will be filled with previous Quizzo Bowl performances, Kweder performances, practical ticket info, and all sorts of tomfoolery. So be sure to sign up there, and that’ll keep you informed.

ANYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD KNOW? Just have fun. That’s the biggest thing about Quizzo Bowl. Kweder does a lot of back and forth with his crowds (which is why his live shows are legendary). This is gonna be an interactive event, from the trivia to the music. So be ready to be part of the show. Let’s do it to it!


Kenn Kweder to Perform at Quizzo Bowl XII!

You always remember the first time you hear something that sounds unlike anything you have ever heard before. I still remember as a 7-year old in 1982, listening in amazement at the Little League field as a couple of guys played Grandmaster Flash on their boombox. I had never heard anything like it, and it kicked off a love of hip-hop that persists to this day.

Fast forward about 25 or so years, when tuned in WXPN one day and heard a song unlike anything I had ever heard before. It was Heroin, a song that broke the longstanding rule in our society that art about dark topics needs to carry with it an appropriate gravitas. This song broke that rule, being an upbeat and peppy song about a relationship made stronger through heroin. It was ironic, weird, and really catchy. By the end of the song, I found myself singing along enthusiastically. I heard the DJ say that it was Kenn Kweder. When I got home, I rushed to the computer to see what the deal was with this guy, and ran into not only a great artist, but an amazing story. (I also contacted Chip, who said incredulously: “You’ve never heard of Kweder? Duuuuuuude!) I had stumbled onto a local icon, a Philly guy who had travelled the world playing rock music, who had had a chance to make it big but refused to sell out, and who was still rock ‘n’ rolling into his 60s, somehow maintaining rock n roll not as a hobby but as a profession. Who does that? (If you haven’t already, PLEASE read this interview with Kweder that I did a couple of years ago. Really fascinating.)

Kweder became the subject of a documentary that was recently released to rave reviews at a Tampa Film Festival and will be released in Philly at some point this year (see trailer above), so I thought it would be a really cool time to get Kweder on board for Quizzo Bowl. He’ll be bringing a full band along, and is prepared to rock the house down. Our last few music acts have been truly incredible, and this promises to be no different. And I’m expecting you guys, the nerd elite who will be attending, to get into the spirit too. A lot of Kweders stuff is sing-songy, back and forth with the crowd, so be ready to get involved. He and his group (the Hipster Mind Tricks) will also be playing a lot of sweet jams from the mid 70s, as our theme is “The Spirit of ’76″ (more on that later.) We have the last of the true rock stars performing at Quizzo Bowl XII, so get excited. The Bowl takes place on February 6th at World Cafe Live. Tickets can be purchased now online. I’ll have some on me at quizzo starting next week. Let’s get it!

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.


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


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.







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.



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


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.