As I told everyone at the show tonight, I'm headed out west tomorrow to spread the gospel of BQT goodness to a private event in the Golden State, so I will make this brief: For some bizarre reason, a fake holiday depressed turnout at our latest Oberon Big Quiz Thing, which meant there was more fun to go around for ye hearties who did attend. (Still 17 teams, more than enough to have some good rockin' tonight.)
Also, you were an excellent audience: The percentage of laughs per Smart-Ass Point attempt was refreshingly high. Though none reached the heights of the evening's two top SAPs: As part of the "Who the Heck Were They?" video puzzle, we learned that the early-Hollywood star known as "America's Sweetheart," despite being Canadian, was Ted Cruz; and one of the entries in the "Did We Stutter?" audio round was "The soundtrack of The King's Speech." Sorry, didn't mean to offend. Also, I want to give honorary mention to the team that thought what many people mistakenly believed was happening in Grovers Mills, NJ, on October 30, 1938, was "a Footloose-style dance explosion."
Special thanks to the ace staff at Oberon, always enthusiastic about fielding their own team for the BQT (sixth place this time, not too bad), and this time seen onscreen mixing up cocktails for the video four-parter "The Mixology Mindbender." Our other four-parter, "The Year in Music—All at Once," got some excellent feedback, despite almost driving several players insane (we even have a private-party client who's insisting we reprise it for their event).
Also, huge thank-you to my guest sidekick-comedian for the evening, the great Steve Macone. (Yes, really, he writes for The Onion.) Wes Hazard will return next month, but Steve's a good fellow to have in the back of the BQT's pocket. Learn more about him at—but of course—SteveMacone.com.
The finale: Well, returning champs the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Ents, this time known as A Sad, Fat Dragon with No Friends (even after googling it I don't know what it means) couldn't make it beyond fourth place. Leaving the upper echelons to our other Boston big guns: Scott Carpenter Kicks Ass!!, the Monstrous Humanoids, and the often competitive but rarely winning name-changers, tonight called Harry Potter and the Conservation of Momentum. But lo, anyone who stands in the Humanoids' way: two straight questions, and victory was theirs.
1. The Monstrous Humanoids
2. Scott Carpenter Kicks Ass!!
3. Harry Potter and the Conservation of Momentum
4. A Sad, Fat Dragon with No Friends
5. Cute. Like a Baby. Like a Giant Baby.
6. Show Us Your Tips/Blinking Makes You Human (tie)
8. Demonic Stolen Cakes/The Lesser Ivies (tie)
10. Gurero Street/Half a Boehner (tie)
NEXT: Our next Oberon date is in a mere three weeks: November 4. Then we're back December 16 for our special Christmahanukkwanzaayear spectacular. Keep up on the Facespace and the Twittups. The action just never stops, does it?