May 31, 2011

Boston recap: The streak is over in the magical land



Thanks to everyone for spending their Memorial Day with us, especially if you came upon the fine, fine recommendation of The Boston Herald. Cambridge, Massachusetts—the poets sing songs of it, how it is such a magical, magical place full of gumdrops and lemonade fountains, where fantastical club/theaters realize how truly awesome the BQT is, and enable us to do the show for free and still give away a $200 grand prize, and they even help promote it! Oh, the Boston metro area, if only every city could be as wondrously mystical as you!

Now then. Keeping this brief, since it's been a whirlwind trip back to the N to the Y to the C: Those of you who closely follow the ups and downs and sidewayses of the Boston edition of the Big Quiz Thing know that last night represented the end of the era. The “Quips” Team (last night competing under possibly their best name yet, 99 Problems but a Quip Ain’t One) was finally defeated, after something like a six-game winning streak. They made it to the Three-Way Finale, yes, alongside perpetual rivals the Recently Dead Person Kicks Ass (this time, the erstwhile Kenickie) and the Monstrous Humanoids.

More on that below. It was a good night for Smart-Ass Points, but a little odd. “Love the One You’re With” was by Bill Clinton…what is this, 1998? And the video round, “A Quick Tour Through Game Show History,” definitely brought out the funny in you. Indeed, Bowling for Dollars should have been titled The Reason for Drug Culture; American Gladiators is otherwise known as Lesbian Porn; and Don’t Forget the Lyrics could have been called Surprisingly Sober Karaoke. Ha.

It all led up to the finale: The usual gang of trivia nerds one on one on one. And it was close: Jason the Humanoid knew (as reported on the BQT’s Twitter feed) that Osama bin Laden was killed on the 66th anniversary of the reporting of this guy’s death, and the Michael the Quipper, after a few moments' thought, was able to identify the last U.S. state capital, alphabetically. No one could correctly name one of the two non-hit singles on Thriller, or the common American food named for Germany’s second-most-populous city (well, the audience could). Finally, climactically, Jason the Humanoid won, answering one of my all-time favorite movie questions. (Which come to think of it, I mentioned on this blog not so long ago. See, being a fan pays off.)

The standings:
1. The Monstrous Humanoid: EDP and I called an MH victory as soon as we saw them enter the theater at the very first Boston BQT. Only took a year and a half, but we were right.
2. 99 Problems but a Quip Ain't One: Still the team to beat.
3. Jeff Conaway Kicks Ass: Still the other team to beat.
4. The Wrong Demographic: Yes, my parents were on this team. No, I didn't give them answers.
5. Pony No Bueno: These lovely people.
6. The Ambivalent Pineapples
7. Going to the Gym Won't Fix Your Face
8. Team Tonka Backyard Warriors
9. Just the Tips (the staff!)/Redline Refugees (tie)

NEXT: As announced last night, the BQT is on a steady one-Monday-a-month schedule through the summer: June 27, July 25, and August 22. Always free in this magical land. And for more free fun, check us out on Twitter and fall down a trivia spiral with us. Boom.

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