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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.

Quizzo Bowl Thank Yous


It’s been a few weeks since the big day, and I’m still coming back down to earth. What a fun night, and it wouldn’t have been possible without a lot of people. If I miss anybody, I am terribly sorry. I’ll be honest: I work hard to make this thing happen, but if it wasn’t for the following people and places it would all be for naught.

The Lovely Cookie. As you can imagine, I am not a very fun person to deal with in the weeks leading up to this thing. Cookie does a terrific job of letting me pout, drive myself crazy, and scream at my computer without thinking I am out of my mind.

Chip Chantry. Every year Chip puts in a ton of time to help make this thing work, and by involving him  more in the production, I feel like the last two bowls have been two of our best ever. He helped write the opening song, he did the engagement game, he helped shoot the promo video and he graded papers. It is no secret that I think that Chip is a comic genius, and he has been instrumental in taking this from a trivia event to a full fledged show.

Fastball Bob Gutierrez and Johnny Greattimes. Needless to say, Bob doesn’t have anything else to do on a Saturday night, seeing as he has no job and no friends, but it’s still great to have him on board. And Greattimes, well he’s living my dream job…he’s a wrestling referee (seriously) as well as a tremendous sketch comedian (Bob and Greattimes are both part of Secret Pants). Both were extremely generous with their time and talents in making this thing happen.

Kristian Paradis and the Cavatina Calypso Band. Let’s not kid ourselves, these guys were worth the price of admission by themselves. They were mindblowingly awesome. Contact me if you want their info. If you ever host anything fun, you should probably hire these guys.

DJ Starr (Incredibly, that is his real name). As he has for 5 straight years now, DJ took incredible photos of the evening. If you are ever looking for a photographer for an event, this is your dude.

The World Cafe Live. Great venue, and incredibly easy to work with. I liked rotating venues, but the World Cafe is just so great to work with, and is such a great spot, that I just don’t see a reason to go anywhere else.

Brittany, Dan, and Jenn. They were our graders for the evening. The hardest work and least gratifying job of the whole evening is grading papers. The fact that they were willing to volunteer to do it just floors me. Such a huge help. I can’t thank these guys enough. I also want to thank my parents, who make the trip up each and every year to support me in this event. Normally my mom helps grade papers, but this year I was glad that she got to take a year off and just enjoy the show.

Rennie Harris RHAW, which was led by my buddy Raphael Xavier. These guys were phenomenal. I had worked with Raphael once before, and for the 2nd straight time he delivered with a tremendous troupe that were energetic and a heck of a lot of fun. If you ever need dancers for anything, please let me know and I’ll pass along Raphael’s info. He’s a pleasure to work with.

All of the celebs in the Celebrity Round. Needless to say, these are all extremely busy people. The fact they were willing to take a few minutes to do this is extremely cool. Thanks to Zoe Strauss, Elton Brand, Jenn Carrol, Hurricane Schwartz, Rhea Hughes, Todd Glass, Irish John, Keen Kweder, Larry Mendte, and Pierre Robert. I also want to thank Victor Fiorillo at Philly Mag who was instrumental in lining up several of these celebs.

All of the bars who contributed gift certificates to the event. Sidecar, Bards, POPE, Pub and Kitchen, Locust Rendezvous, City Tap House, and O’Neals.

And of course, I want to personally thank each and every person who attended. This show is a celebration of the quirky community we have built over the years, and it’s a real dream to be able to put on a show this big and this fun with such a great crowd of people in attendance. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thanks again. And what the hell? Let’s do it again next year.

Cheers, JGT

A Behind the Scenes Look at “The Engagement Heard ‘Round the Nerd World”


Koob first came up to me a couple of months ago to throw it out there that he’d be up for dropping the question at Quizzo Bowl. I thought it was a terrific idea. After all, Kristy and Koob met at quizzo, they’ve hosted some quizzes themselves, and it’s no secret that Koob is part of the famous quizzo team in the country, Sofa Kingdom (aka Steak Em Up). So I was honored to be a part of the proceedings, and I quickly had a plan in place for how we could do it. Chip and I regularly host a game called the Beeramid at our comedy shows, which is a lot like the $25,000 Pyramid, except Chip is a dips*** who gives terrible clues. So I thought we could do that and then have Koob ask the last question.

But Quizzo Bowl is a beast to prepare for, especially now that I’ve started doing the celebrity round. Between that, shooting promo videos, writing questions, preparing an opening song…as the event got closer we still hadn’t done much with the engagement. Koob called me a week before, and said, “Maybe we should just call it off. I’m scared I’m going to get nervous and not be able to speak. Maybe I should just do something mellow, just me and her.” I told him we were doing it, no questions asked, and that he would be fine.

But as we got closer to the event, we still didn’t have much of a plan. I talked to Chip about how we could get “Yes” up on the screen as an answer. He said, “Let’s do all bands.” Brilliant. On Friday, I put the rest of the round in his hands. I contacted our buddy Carl (Specific Jawns), telling him we needed a slideshow of 4 different bands on the screen. He proved tough to get ahold of…on Saturday at 2 p.m. (less than 6 hours before kickoff) I finally got word that he could do it. At that point, I could only hope that a computer could be hooked into the World Cafe system. If not, the whole thing was down the drain. By the time Carl got to Quizzo Bowl, it was too late to test it. We were going to have to just hope that it would work.

Then there was the matter of the ticket. We were supposed to do a different signup for the game where people entered their names, so it would be easy to fix. But there was a mix up about what time to arrive (you may have seen me and lovely Cookie arguing about it shortly before the show began) so by the time Cookie arrived it was too late for that. We had to steal the ticket number off of Kristy’s orange ticket to fix the final game. Cookie had Sarah take Kristy to the bathroom and then stole her ticket number. Incredibly, when I announced the first winner of a raffle that evening, it randomly was Koob, whose ticket number was directly beside Kristy (545 to 546). When he got up on stage, he said, “I think this is a good sign.”

I hoped so. Like I said, we still hadn’t tested the computer and we had no backup plan. Finally, the 5th round wrapped up. I had Carl come downstairs from his team and fire up the computer. Thank God! It worked!

I called out Kristy’s number. She came up on stage. Chip started rattling off his inane hints, and Kristy (who had seen this skit before, though with different clues and answers) played along. I asked her afterwards if she knew what we were up to. “No, I had no idea until you took off the blindfold and there was Koob. Then I knew.”

Koob grabbed the mic, didn’t lose his voice as he had feared, the crowd started going nuts, and he popped the question. I don’t remember Kristy actually saying “Yes”, just nodding her head. (In hindsight, perhaps I shouldn’t have given her the gift certificate to the Vous for winning.) Chip and I went nuts (“She’s going to the Locust Rendezvous!”), the crowd went crazy, and the confetti cannon (which was supposed to be used earlier in the show but hadn’t worked) went off, and the band played the theme to Love Boat. It’s hard to kick off a lifetime together with a bigger bang than that.

RELATED: In 2005, a couple got engaged via quizzo answers.

In 2009 another couple did the same.

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