Apart from four household-name-superheroes, edited out of their first-appearance comic books as part of a Four-Part Video Question, here are some of the people who were missing at last night's Big Quiz Thing:
—The winningest team in Big Quiz Thing history, the Fantastic Fournicators. What's the deal, Steve? Jeremy? The other guys whose names I can't remember, I'm sorry?
—Jefferson Davis Starship. The team's linchpin, your fabulous usual door person Sherry, is currently kicking it on the Left Coast.
—The couple of regular teams who just aren't cottoning to last night's venue, Drom.
—Various members of various other regular teams, necessitating two supergroup hybrid squads, the Incontinental Depardouche and Enola Gay Agenda + Sugah Titz = Rush Limbaugh, with appropriate smart-ass names.
—New people. More than a handful, at least.
We had 52 people players, the most paltry number in quite some time. And that last point above is key: the awesomest of awesome regulars keep coming out in full force, but we've been having a lot of trouble with the usual one-third-newbies contingent in recent months. Any thoughts? Currently accepting feedback. (And don't tell me more cowbell.)
What we did have at last night's Big Quiz Thing was the usual panoply of world-beating trivia. (And, oh yes, our ass-kicking-and-taking-names sidekick, Bex Schwartz.) "Name That Newscaster," featuring a cavalcade of classic TV-news clips, was quite the interesting project to put together: trying to tell David Brinkley from Chet Huntley:
…and marveling at the ineffable hotness of a young Jane Pauley:
I also had my absolute heart set on including a classic clip from MTV, which was harder than you'd think: It's easy to forget how 90% of the topics ever covered on MTV News were completely forgettable bullshit, and since I was asking players for both the name of the newscaster and the year of the newscast, most of the videos online were useless. (Do you remember what year schlocky hair metal conquered Communism?) But I finally stumbled upon this clip (sorry, not embeddable), of this gal:
Tabitha Soren. Bonus factoid: She was NYU buddies with Rick Rubin and appears in this massively nostalgia-stimulating video:
Fun. But the biggest laugh, of course, was for this eternal gem:
Also present and accounted for last night: the "Traveling Letter" audio round (track 1: s is the first letter of the song title; track 2: s is the second letter; etc.), sponsors the New-York Historical Society (which may be hosting a very special BQT event this fall), and a big, big Three-Way Finale Plus Runoff (which saw the first Finale appearance of the Romping Trollops). In a great ending to a quality-not-quantity show, Matt of super-hybrid Incontinental Depardouche took it by knowing all about the opening theme to The Cosby Show. I could embed the real thing, but this is a lot funnier:
Wow, wicked red eye!
The standings—this is interesting, since there were only ten teams! So this is everyone!
1. Incontinental Depardouche
2. Enola Gay Agenda + Sugah Titz = Rush Limbaugh
3. Cash Cab for Cutie
4. Romping Trollops
5. Strippers for Stephen Hawking
6. Oh Noah You Didn't
7. The Budos/Jews Against Jesus (tie)
9. The Real Housewives of bin Laden
10. Squeaky Wheels Get the Grease
And we carry on: We're back at Drom in two weeks, May 23. After that…it's a little up in the air. We might return to M1-5, we're also talking to an exciting new venue in a very convenient neighborhood, and we're hoping to be back at Le Poisson Rouge soon. Stay sharp.