June 11, 2014

The Big Quiz Thing blog has moved

Looking for the latest about the world's greatest live trivia show? Our blog has moved: Read it all at info.bigquizthing.com/blog. Onward!

May 7, 2014

NYC quiz recap: Tuesday, May 6

And that is how it's done: Our return to the fine, fine SubCulture (first time since February) was a spectacular night of quiz fun, as the Big Quiz Thing continues to offer the absolute best deluxe trivia experience in all of the City of New York. Dozens of teams gathered for five rounds of multimedia quiz action, as longtime dominators the Fantastic Fournicators attempted to stage a twopeat and hang on to the coveted BQT trophy—negative 10,000 points if that crew, of all people, had been unable to identify this "Recently Resting in Peace" famous person

We also featured a new video puzzle concept, "Movies of the World Unite!," testing your ability to identify both movie clips, and the countries in which those films take place (the torture porn of Hostel was the toughest—it was Slovakia, not Slovenia, and no, the Slovakian tourist board was none too happy about that film). That round gave us the best Smart-Ass Point of the night (earning the quippers a big bag of Twizzlers): The movie set in France was not this, but rather Coneheads. (They come from France, after all.)

But perhaps the biggest joke of the night involved an odd coincidence. I asked the rather figureoutable question…

A team attempted a Smart-Ass Point with "One Direction." It was booed down, partly by a Fournicator revealing his particular knowledge set by shouting, "But One Direction has five guys in it!" 1D thus became the evening's running joke, until we got to Question No. 1 of the Lightning Round…

The odds are astronomical, my friends. What midnight memories we made!

Big, big prize night, as always when we're at SubCulture: $200 cash jackpot split among first, second, third, and tenth places, tix from The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 50 Shades! The Musical, Pogo Events, SubCulture itself, The New York City Fire Museum, and Drunk Shakespeare, and various other goodies. The team that got their hands on the David Cross bobblehead was particularly happy (send us a photo!).

As for the finale, I was hoping to see some new faces up there, since a few fresh teams were strong contenders halfway through, but the "Fuuuuuuck!!!" audio round thinned the herd, and we were left with three of our old favorites: champs the Fournicators, Incontinental Congress, and Cash Cab for Cutie. With a little luck and a little more knowledge of a sitcom he claims to hate, Fournicator Steve whipped out a twopeating victory by IDing the TV show set at the Shulman & Associates OB/GYN practice. Victory was theirs…

The standings:
1. The Fantastic Fournicators: But will they tripeat?
2. Cash Cab for Cutie
3. Incontinental Congress
4. Hulk Hogan's Heroes/Sugah Titz (tie)
6. Oh Noah Springtime Edition
7. Strippers for Stephen Hawking
8. Biden Force
9. The Effed Train
10. 50 Shades of Cray

MORE! We're on the regular at SubCulture, once a month through the summer; Tuesday, June 17; Monday, July 14; Monday, August 18. Tickets at SubCultureNewYork.com. Plus, stay tuned for a very special evening of trivia coming up in June in Brooklyn, a huge event for the fall also in BK, and more in the works. Keep up on Facebook and Twitter, and inquire about booking your own corporate or private event, why don't you

Boston quiz recap: Monday, May 5

Yet another quiztacular night of trivia fun at Oberon in Harvard Square on Monday, as the Big Quiz Thing made its long-awaited (three months) return to our Boston-area home. Thanks to the massive and enthusiastic crowd that came out for "Movies of the World Unite," "Recently Resting in Peace," "You Really Call That a Sport?," and my last-minute audio-round idea, "Fuuuuuuck!!!!"

First, another plug for my ace sidekick, comedian Wes Hazard, who killed with his opening set, in preparation for his forthcoming appearance at the (seriously) Women in Comedy Festival. Two team names pledged their allegiance to the man: Hazard Is Our Middle Name and the Wes Hazard Fan Club. Comedy! Speaking of which, big, big night for Smart-Ass Points (credit for wrong but funny answers). Some of the best…

Q: Of the eight teams left in the NHL playoffs, name one of the three named for an animal—besides the Bruins. A: The Canucks

Q: Which recently dead celebrity is this an obscured picture/audio clip of? A: Miley Cyrus's career

Q: What "fuck"-heavy song clip is this? A: Beethoven's 9th Symphony by Mozart

But the winner for best of the night…

Q: With his Oscar victory in March, 39-year-old songwriter Robert Lopez became the 12th person, and the youngest ever, to earn a what? A: Living as an artist

And extra props to last-place team D&M—not only did they earn candy, they scooped up a huge round of applause for not even writing down a single entry in the audio round…yet still correctly guessing the total number of "fucks" heard in the round. Stunning.

Tight competition, as a lot of teams scored impressively well, but the finale came down to three teams: returning champs La Brea Mosh Pit (f.k.a. Maxwell's Silver Hummer), sometime contenders 12 Years a Clipper (classy), and spankin'-new team International Endearing Pornographers. Alas, it didn't take LBMP long to twopeat. And thus, victory remains theirs.

The standings:
1. La Brea Mosh Pit: Should be fun making the returning-champs graphic for them
2. International Endearing Photographers
3. 12 Years a Clipper
4. The Monstrous Humanoids: Featuring Jason, who recently won—damn!—$100k on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?!
5. Gabriel Garcia Marquez Kicks Ass!!
6. Ice Cream Antisocial
7. Demonic Stolen Cakes
8. Does Boko Haram Accept Oberon Gift Cards?
9 Potent Portables
10. Jack Bauer's Bathroom Break

Thanks to Oberon, plus regular sponsors On Location Tours. The prizes don't stop!

NEXT: First Monday of every month through the summer: June 2, July 7, August 4. The party continues. In the meantime, we're booking private and corporate events for the summer (fronted by me and/or Mr. Hazard). Read more and register for a personal consultation today, appreciators of quality entertainment.

May 6, 2014

NEW YORK: Supreme trivia fun TONIGHT

This evening, friends: The BQT returns to the East Village's palatial SubCulture, for another night of NYC's only deluxe trivia game show that you get to play (and win). A panoply of multimedia quiz excitement—featuring "Movies of the World Unite," "Recently Resting in Peace," "You Really Call That Sport?," and much more—with the best trivia prizes anywhere: the $200 cash jackpot (split among four teams), tickets to The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 50 Shades! The Musical, Pogo Events, SubCulture itself, The New York City Fire Museum, and Drunk Shakespeare, books, DVDs, you name it. Hosted by the city's No. 1 quizmaster, if I do say so myself.

And because we love you that much more, here's a little something extra: The Not-So-Secret Secret Clue. Use it when I give the word to bank that extra point. And it is…

Dr. Freakin' Seuss!

Theodor Geisel, as his mama called him (or perhaps in this case, "Theodor Freakin' Geisel"). Ah, but what about him? Don't you wish you knew? You will know, tonight, 7:30pm at SubCulture. Don't dawdle, friends.

May 5, 2014

BOSTON: Live trivia action TONIGHT!

Fina-freakin'-ly, we return to Oberon in Harvard Square, the monthliness of our residency there having been seriously put lie to by various unfortunate forces. But now it's for real: Tonight (and every first Monday, at least through the summer), we bring Boston's absolutely finest live trivia experience to this glorious and capacious showroom at 2 Arrow Street. Big-time multimedia quiz fun, big-time prizes—$200 jackpot (split among four teams), DVDs and books, tickets to Oberon's own The Donkey Show and passes from our regular sponsor On Location Tours—and mystically free admission.

And fear not the competition. Why? Because it's all in good fun. Besides, you're reading this, so you're going to receive our Not-So-Secret Secret Clue. Use the hint below when the word is given, and it'll make a tricky question not-so-tricky. And it is…

There's lots of rain

Hopefully not pouring from the sky, of course. 8pm, 2 Arrow Street in Harvard Square, come on in. See you there.

May 1, 2014

Prize sponsor spotlight: Drunk Shakespeare

Attention, New York City: Yet another prize partner has signed on for Tuesday’s tremendous quiz show spectacular at SubCulture—in addition to The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 50 Shades! The Musical, Pogo Events, SubCulture itself, The New York City Fire Museum, and Bowery Electric (whew!). Get this: Booze and the Bard join forces at…

“Good wine is a good familiar creature if it well be used,” wrote William Shakespeare, and it’s hard to argue with that philosophy even when sober. We’ve got another one of those this-is-why-you-live-in-NYC prizes: Nearly every night at Quinn’s Bar (West 44th Street at Ninth Avenue), an actor from the Drunk Shakespeare Society—"a drinking club with a Shakespeare problem"—imbibes some liquid courage (under the belief that that is precisely how Will wrote his work) and regales the audience with verse and sonnets from the canon of the greatest author the English language has ever known, making for a raucous night of wine and poetry. Want the maximum experience? Every night, one VIP ticket holder who pays for the privilege is declared King or Queen, sits upon the royal throne, and becomes the centerpieces of the evening’s merriment. Check out the performance calendar here, and learn more at DrunkShakespeare.com…or come on down to the BQT Tuesday night and win free passes. Huzzah!

April 30, 2014

Play trivia online: Google-Proof style

No question that one of the greatest benefits the Internet has given to humanity is making it easier to play trivia online. (I mean, what else could it be?) And we here at the Big Quiz Thing ply a novel form of the pastime: In addition to custom corporate game shows, public quiz spectaculars, and our own TV quiz show, the BQT maintains a hoppin’ Twitter feed (@BigQuizThing). Follow us for factoids, nifty links, and the centerpiece: our every-weekday Google-Proof Question.

That'll show 'em!

Each weekday, at 1pm, we post an expert trivia question. But unlike most Twitter trivia, we cunningly craft the question so that it simply cannot be answered by feeding it into the ol’ Google machine (well, at least not without considerable effort). Some past examples…

What ‘90s horror movie title is statement in which the first person declares their knowledge of the second person’s actions? 

Name the artist: Associated with the Southwest, though first name is associated with the Southeast.

What’s the common description: A cold-weather sport, and a method of hairstyling?

Which recent Presidential candidate’s full first name is also a brand of cookie?

The name of what major pro sports team—not the Cardinals—is something found on the body of a cardinal?

Oh yes, we like to have fun, we do. There's a new Google-Proof Question every weekday at 1pm EST precisely: Stretch your lateral-thinking muscles, and if you’re the first person to tweet at us with the correct Google-Proof answer, you win. Best of all, ten victories earns you free admission to one our public live trivia spectaculars (the best trivia events NYC, Boston, and Philadelphia have to offer, and that's sans sarcasm), or, if you prefer, a Big Quiz Thing T-shirt. See you tomorrow (or Monday, depending when you read this), 1pm.