July 25, 2009

August 31: The BQT's 200th Episode Spectacular

As hyped at last Monday's quiz, we have big plans afoot…

One month away, give or take, on Monday, August 31, for one night only, the Big Quiz Thing will be at (Le) Poisson Rouge in the Village for The Big Quiz Thing's 200th Episode Spectacular. (The number isn't exact, but the trivia certainly is.) Plans are still taking shape, but we're aiming for a mondo night of the usual BQT shenanigans, including out most popular video round, The Bipolar Movie Challenge, and more audio fun with Sloooow Songs.

Plus, perhaps best of all, supersized prizes: First place will get $300, second will receive $100, and we're looking to score especially cool swag for other players. And this venue is ridiculously beautiful.

Text of the press release is pasted below. Two important details to note: The show will start at 7pm, and admission is $10, still a steal. You will be there…


“It might save us from the hell that is karaoke,” declared MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. He was talking about The Big Quiz Thing, New York’s No. 1 live trivia event, packing in hipster-nerd acolytes twice a month since 2002. And now, to celebrate their 200th "episode," the stars of the BQT bring the game to the lovely (Le) Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village for a super-sized live trivia blowout, with $400 in cash prizes at stake.

Quizmaster Noah Tarnow, joined by sidekick EDP and DJ GB, plus The B-Cuties, presents the ultimate high-tech, video-based test of meaningless information, for the glory of knowing that you possess more useless knowledge than your peers. For this special show, the BQT will be rolling out some of its most beloved signature games: The Bipolar Movie Challenge (video from one film juxtaposed with audio from a different one; name both films), Sloooow Songs (ID the pop songs at half speed), the famed Lightning Round, the big Four-Part Questions, clever banter and semantic arguments. Plus, a mega-sized slate of prizes, including $400 in cash (usually it's $250, but we're feeling generous). And even when players can’t hazard a guess, there’s hope: If a wrong answer makes the crowd laugh, it’s counted as correct and earns a Smart-Ass Point. Everyone gets to play, everyone gets to laugh.

Over the years, the Big Quiz Thing has established itself as New York's premier source of trivia entertainment. It's entertained in special events and corporate retreats throughout the country, and Quizmaster Noah has hosted stand-up comedy, variety, and burlesque shows in all five boroughs and along the East Coast.

Trivial times call for trivial trivia, and in a culture ruled by bite-size information and prepackaged wisdom, nothing is nobler than a live quiz show. Come see The Village Voice’s pick for “The Best Place to Show Off Your Inner Nerd.”

The Big Quiz Thing's 200th Episode Spectacular is at (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St at Thompson Street, Monday, August 31 at 7pm. Admission is only $10, and there is $400 in cash prizes. For more info, visit bigquizthing.com, or contact quizmaster Noah Tarnow at noah@bigquizthing.com.

Quiz me this…
Q: What product has 20 answers: ten affirmative, five negative, and five noncommittal?
Q: Who’s the only past People’s Sexiest Man Alive who is no longer alive?
Q: Though unavailable in stores, what's the third bestselling cookie brand in the U.S.?
Q: Who were the two U.S. vice presidents who shot a man during their terms?



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