The Philly Blunt LIVE This Sunday!

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Excited to announce that we’ll be hosting our first ever live show this Sunday at the National Liberty Museum. And since it’s right next door to his house, our choice of guest was obvious: Ben Franklin. See Philly most famous resident get the Blunt treatment on Sunday. The festival, and the museum, are pay what you wish. Hope to see ya then!

Around the House Week

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This week’s theme: around the house. If you can find it in your home, you just may find it on this quiz. From Bob Vila to Road House, we’ll be covering all household stops. Hope to see ya this week!

TUESDAY

  • O’Neals 8 pm

WEDNESDAY

  • Locust Rendezvous 6:15 pm
  • Founding Fathers 8:30 pm

THURSDAY

  • Birra 8 pm
  • Bards 9:15 pm

State of the Union

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Been a lot happening lately and a lot of questions being asked so wanted to give everybody an update all at once. First of all, there is no more quizzo at the Sidecar, at least for now. People have been asking me if I plan on picking up another Tuesday quiz, and the honest answer is: I don’t know. I’m going to think on my game plan over the 4th of July holiday and try to figure it out then. Hope to have a plan figured out by mid-July.

Speaking of which, next week’s quiz is gonna be 4th of July themed and hosted by Boots. Tuesday at O’Neals, Wednesday at Locust Rendezvous at 6:15, and at Founding Fathers at 8:30.

There are some fun things planned for summer. Stranger Things quiz was cancelled for the 9th of July, but we’ll be coming back with a Hamilton quiz in August at the World Cafe Live. As I’ve said repeatedly, these are terrific quizzes, complete with video rounds, live performances, etc. If you’re a Hamilton fan, keep an ear out. More details coming soon.

YES! I am excited to announce that I am returning to the Oval this summer. Quizzes begin on July 20th and will be every Saturday at 4 pm through August 17th. These have been a ton of fun in the past and I’m looking forward to another great summer season.

I’d love to do an invitational-type event this summer, just put together in a different way than in the past…sort of a “Summer Slam” type deal that we could do, maybe at WCL. Gonna think on this one over the 4th of July week and see what I can put together.

I’m looking for new music to play between rounds! Go to the Johnny Goodtimes Facebook page and let me know what you’re listening to these days.

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In terms of what I’ve been up to other than quizzo, the podcast is doing great. Recent interviews have been with Yards founder Tom Kehoe, NY Times bestseller Jennifer Weiner, and then a totally random but amazing interview with photographer and former cam girl Marissa. New one drops on Monday with former weatherman John Bolaris. And oh man, is it a doozy.

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In Shibe news, we opened a second store at the King of Prussia Mall! We just kicked it off on June 1st, and we’re really excited about it. We got amazing murals put on the walls by Chalk Art Philadelphia which are well worth checking out, whether you buy anything or not. The Mall has been an interesting experience…I had hardly ever spent time in malls until we started on this project, and wow, is it a different world. The KOP Mall is so massive, it really is its own ecosystem. I can’t believe this is me saying this, but it’s actually kind of awesome. Diverse crowd*, lots of young people, lots of interesting places to shop. Hope you’ll come check us out. We’re right by the clock tower.

That about does it. If anyone has any thoughts, concerns, or questions, feel free to hit me up at the Facebook page or on my twitter. Quiz is on for tonight: back in business at Birra at 8 pm and Bards at 9:15. Hope to see ya tonight!

*let’s be real: I was surprised to learn that a suburban mall was more diverse than Center City.

Question of the Week

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In what state does the Ultra Music Festival take place?

Quizzo This Week

Action starts on Tuesday night at O’Neals at 8 pm. On Wedensday, we’ll quiz at the Locust Rendezvous at 6:15 pm and Founding Fathers at 8:30. And on Thursday Birra is back at 8 pm and Bards at 9:15. Hope to see ya this week!

Quizzo Tonight

Heads up that Birra had to close early today due to some building-related issue, so no quiz there tonight. There will still be quizzo at Bards. Action starts at 9:15. See ya tonight!

Quizzo This Week

OK gang, still not sure what our next move is, but there is no more quizzo at the Sidecar, at least for the remainder of summer. Going to consider my options and come up with a game plan, and hope to have a State of the Quizzo Union for you soon, but in the meantime, here is the schedule for this week. No QOTW this week.

TUESDAY

  • O’Neals 8 pm

WEDNESDAY

  • Locust Rendezvous 6:15 pm
  • Founding Fathers 8:30 pm

THURSDAY

  • Birra 8 pm
  • Bards 9:15 pm

 

90s Week This Week!

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All questions will be about the 90s! Please note, no Sidecar quiz on Tuesday.

TUESDAY:

Comcast Center (with Carl) 5:30 pm

World Cafe Live (Seinfeld vs Friends) 7 pm

O’Neals 8 pm

WEDNESDAY

Locust Rendezvous 6:15 pm

Founding Fathers 8:30 pm

THURSDAY

Birra 8 pm

Bards 9:15 pm

 

Everything You Need to Know About Tonight’s Seinfeld/Friends Quiz

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WHO: Anyone who is a fan of Seinfeld or Friends.

WHAT: A quiz about two classic sitcoms.

WHEN: Tonight! Doors at 5:30, show starts at 7.

WHERE: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.

WHY: Because these are the very best quizzes done in Philadelphia. Seriously, this is on a whole different level than anything anyone else is doing…video rounds, live performances between rounds, an incredible venue. It’s simply a whole different level of quiz.

HOW: You can either buy tickets here or at the door. They are $10 (cheap!) and that allows me to get three of the funniest comedians in Philadelphia to perform between rounds, hire a video editor, etc. Trust me, it’s worth it. This is a great show.

WHAT SIZE ARE TEAMS? 2-8 people each.

HOW LONG WILL IT GO: It will be from 7 until around 9:15 or 9:30.

ARE THERE PRIZES? Yes, some awesome prizes, including those found below.  I have a feeling “Best team name” at this thing tonight is going to be epic.

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WHO’S PERFORMING BETWEEN ROUNDS? Three of Philly’s Funniest comedians:

Brandon Vincent Jackson

Chip Chantry

Jake Mattera

WHAT AM I WAITING FOR? I don’t know! Just come out! It’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun!

 

The Philly Blunt Crew Sits Down With Best Selling Author Jennifer Weiner

We recently sat down with New York Times best selling author Jennifer Weiner. She was a hell of a lot of fun to talk to. She’s hilarious, engaging, and certainly not scared to speak her mind. You can check out her interview here. And be sure to follow us on Facebook, twitter, and instagram.

Three of Philly’s Funniest Comedians to Perform at Seinfeld vs Friends Quiz

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Our first World Cafe Live VS. quiz was Office vs Parks and Rec, and we had a Scrantonicity cover band (get it?). Our second one was Game of Thrones vs Lord of the Rings, and we had an awesome burlesque troupe doing Game of Thrones burlesque (it was awesome). Our 3rd quiz is June 11th, and I’ve lined up three of the funniest comedians in Philadelphia: Chip Chantry (recently had the #1 comedy album on tunes), Jake Mattera (two time finalist in Philly’s Funniest), and Brandon Vincent Jackson (2016 Runner up in Philly’s Funniest). Seriously, this is an All-Star lineup, and that’s IN ADDITION to what promises to be a great quiz in an awesome venue. And all for only $10 a pop.

For those who haven’t yet attended, these quizzes are Quizzo Bowl quality, complete with video rounds, fun prizes, the works. So if you are a fan of great quizzes and terrific comedy, make sure you get a squad together next Tuesday night! You can RSVP and get tickets here.

Question of the Week

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What reality show did McKenzie Westmore host from 2011-2018?

Question of the Week

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Born on May 28th, 1910, he released his biggest hit “Stormy Monday” in 1947.

Let’s Say Goodbye to the Trocadero…With Pee Wee Herman and the Wheel of Terrific

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As you know, the Trocadero is closing. The vaunted music hall holds special memories for tens of thousands of people in the area from the ages of 3-103, myself included. I saw an incredible Public Enemy show there, I saw the Great Nippleini have a ghastly accident there, I emceed a Neil Diamond cover band show there. But for me and Chip Chantry, some of our career highlights and lowlights took place in that building over the 2+ years we hosted Movie Mondays, from 2004-2006. They had initially hired me to host a quiz there for the movies, and if I had done that, the run probably would have been more successful. But I knew about the Troc’s vaudeville history, and I wanted to be a small part of it. So each week, Chip and I would come up with games for a ridiculous game show called the Wheel of Terrific. The games would have some sort of tie in to the movie playing…so for instance for Office Space we had a game called “Die Muthafucka Die” which was little more than a contestant smashing an old printer to pieces with a golf club. Some weeks the crowd roared in approval. Other weeks, Philly hipsters stared at us with dull, vacant looks. And after a two year run, the gig was up.

But I ran into long time Troc owner Joanna Pang at her new venture, Chatayee Thai at 1227 Walnut (great food!) a couple of weeks ago. She talked about how painful it had been to close a Philadelphia institution, and how much the music game has changed in recent years. Then we started talking about the old Movie Mondays and how much fun it was.  She told me that she was still playing out the string there with a few more Movie Mondays. I said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if Chip and I did our show one last time?” and she said, “Sure, go for it. What movie would you want to do?” There was only one correct answer to that question…those of you who know me know I’m a huge Pee Wee Herman fan. So I reached out to Chip to see if he was down. He was. And so, on Monday June 3rd, we’ll meet at the Troc one last time, we’ll do a ridiculous vaudeville show , and then we’ll watch one of the funniest movies ever produced…which also happens to be the very first movie we ever did for Movie Monday. If you’re a fan of the Troc, and want to enjoy one last show there, we hope you’ll join us. Info can be found here.