12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64113
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Just like riding a quizcycle!
Tonight Charlie Hooper's saw my triumphantish return as your Quizmaster with Geeks Who Drink! Any worry that there would be rust to shake off was immediately alleviated by the warm reception C Hoops had for me. And it was a great quiz to be back for. Big thanks to Dave for letting me fill in while he's recovering from that awful farming equipment accident.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the once and future kings of Charlie Hooper's; Would. Fittingly, the champions/villains of my tenure at C Hoops brought home the V tonight. You know how you have a squeeky stair in your house, and you always mean to fix it, but one day you just move and years later you look back and that squeeky stair is something you miss? WOuld is my squeeky stair. Miss you guys.
Big thanks to my new bestie Tyler of Lack of Arica Support for bailing me out when my camera didn't want to work. Because of Tyler (he insists his name is Kyle, but we all know that's some sort of street/gang name), you lucky people are able to view our wonderful photos. And hopefully he'll use my email to start up a fancy "You've Got Mail" type relationship. I'm waiting "Kyle"....
I was very proud at our teams' showing on our round on Harold Raimis. It was a round that both honored the man as the genius he was, while also reminding us that even a talent the calibre of Mr. Raimis could make a stinker or two. ANd if the man behind "Groundhog Day" could flub, that means a lot less pressure for the rest of us. RIP Egon.
Thanks so much to all our teams, Charlie Hooper's and Dave for letting me pop in again. Dave, I hope you emerge victorious in your bloodsport tournament. Remember to sweep the leg. Until next time we meet, I'll never be far. And by that I mean I'm usually out back, rummaging through dumpsters for leftovers.
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64113
Wednesdays: 7:30 PM
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There's no question that last night was one of the funniest quizzes we've ever had. And that's always appreciated. Our Hump Day was made even better by the fact that we all got to legitimately laugh.
And this time, it wasn't just at your QuizMaster.
So where to start? The Duh! round wasn't nearly as duh as many Duh! rounds have been. Round 1 is typically the easiest round, and Duh! round are designed to have "obvious" answers, but damn this one was rough. Some teams overthought the last word of The Raven, many seem to not know Dr. Seuss' real name, or that Legos come from Denmark, or even what a Murphy bed is. Only 1 pefect score, Lack of Institutional Support.
But oh, the music round. My goodness, you're just not going to have more fun than hearing ApologetiX turn mainstream songs into Christian songs. And we've done this round before, but tonight's just seemed to be extra awesome. Back in November when we last did this round at Hooper's I turned a bunch of songs with the word "baby" into them into Christian songs by making them about Jesus. And I specifically mentioned Ice Ice Baby, but stopped short saying there is a limit.
There is no limit.
I just...I don't have the words. Should have sent a poet. I URGE YOU to go check out their entire collection. YouTube has tons of them. It's amazing. They're amazing.
Janie's Got a Gun by Aerosmith became Mary's Got a Son
Wild Thing by Tone Loc became Child King
Harry Chapin's Cat's in the Cradle became Christ in the Stable
Foo Figthers' Walk became Lock
Foreigner's Urgent became Virgin
Murray Head's One Night in Bangkok became One Night in Bethlehem
Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze was changed to People Hate...but more importantly the lyric was change to Excuse Me, Pal, It's Christmastime!
And of course, Vanilla Ice's Ice Ice Baby became Nice Iced Pavement
There's too much awesome here. And I'm not good enough to make it any better than it already is. We can't wait to do more of these rounds. Lack of Institutional Support led the way with 15 points + Joker.
Our Sooner or Later round about Best Picture Oscar Winning Movies also proved to be a bit tougher than I thought. Only 5 teams tried to go for double points, and one of them should definitely have waited (another got 8, so good decision, and two got 10 with Beware the Bandersnatch leading the way with 12). But the one that just KILLED most people was turning Ben-Hur into Passion of the Christ. Guys, seriously, Jesus of Nazareth has been in more than one movie. The final clue of "Judah...something" should have been what you need. Judah Ben-Hur, dammit! NOT JUDAS! JUDAS IS A VERY DIFFERENT PERSON!
Round 4, What's In the Box, was also absolutely brutal. One team scored more than 6, and that was Beware the Bandersnatch with 7. Most teams have 5 or less. Very few teams knew the Tasmanian Devil emerged from a broken shipping crate in "Bill of Hare". Less knew that Knox was the name of the character at the beginning of the Dr. Seuss book about a Fox in Socks. Nermal, Hope, Carlos Mencia...all things that escaped our knowledge tonight.
The visual round had you identifying famous mustaches. For the most part, well done. 7/10 teams got 7, but no perfect rounds. We all knew Ron Jeremy, for some reason *cough* porn *cough*
We came out of the break with a special song to introduce round 6: Bitches, Hoes, and Tricks. But the Dr. Dre song really did have nothing to do with this round about dogs, garden tools and magic. Very good round here, with the lowest score being 5 but still no perfect rounds. Spuds Mackenzie's real name is WAY better: Honey Tree Evil Eye.
Then we got to the other awesomeness of audio for the night, Dumb Dubs. You had to name the movie by hearing the hilarious TV edit. Seriously, TV movie people, just use bleeps. You will lose less overall meaning by hearing "Get that through your head you jew mother*bleep*er, you!" instead of "Get that through your head you jew money-lover, you!" Because in this case, you've replaced an offensive word with an offensive statement. I really don't think this is an improvement. I don't think that's better for sensitive ears to hear.
Because seriously, if you're going to bother showing a movie like Kill Bill on a channel that can't have cursing, you're already cutting a lot of the potential audience. Is a parent's objection to Kill Bill really the language? It's okay for little Johnny to see all of the merciless killing and overt sexual references, but God forbid we here that Buck is here to "fuck" instead of "party". It's stupid on so many levels.
But it made us laugh. "My name is Buck, and I'm here to party." The Scarface ones...again, seriously, why even bother showing Scarface on network TV? With everything you have to edit out, you could condense that to a 22-minute sitcom window. "Monkey-fighting snakes" on a "Monday to Friday plane" just sounds terrifying. http://donjobson.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/monkeyfightingsnakes.jpg "See what happens when you find a stranger in the alps?" What, were you expecting to ONLY find people you know while you were vacationing in the Alps? Because apparently when you find a stranger there, a bunch of crazy shit happens. Well it's none of my rooty-toot-tooting business. Yippe Kai Yeah, Mr. Falcon.
Awful. I didn't realize how truly against this practice I was until I started typing this. Fuck you, censors.
Round 8 was pretty evenly matched. Nobody got less than 10, nobody got more than 12. So the only movement we saw in the standings was the people who had been holding on to their jokers finally used them. The lack of teams made up of people with kids showed as very few knew what Dinosaur Train was, and not many people seemed to remember Edward Scissorhands. Did you know Joan Rivers is 80? And also still alive? But collectively you all did great knowing characters from Book of Mormon or Game of Thrones. Amazingly similarly-styled names, but didn't fool many.
So on this night of hilarity, it really came down to two teams leading from start to finish. Two very stalwart teams in Bill Cosby's Meat Sweaters and Would (winners of the previous 2 weeks) had great nights with 77 and 76 points respectively, but finished in a fairly distant 3rd and 4th. Lez Beyonce, winners of best handwriting of the night for sure, had an also impressive 73 but that was middle of the pack tonight! Team, Name got the best score of all, 69, while M as in Mancy was missing about half their team and just couldn't get in a groove in the middle rounds. Too Fast? Too Furious? Too Soon? was surprised when other teams passed them at the end due to Jokers, and Fuster Cluck rounded it out with 61 points. 61 points in 9th place is crazy. This was a hard quiz tonight, and 61 is typically what I'd expect to see in the middle of the table. Not 9th. My old friends who don't come around NEARLY enough anymore were back tonight as Backstreet's Back (ALRIGHT!), but left before round 8 and never used their joker. Sad face. I miss you guys.
But the night belonged to the teams that started strong and never looked back. Lack of Institutional Support broke through the barrier to finish in 2nd tonight with 83 points, and they were great in every single round but it was round 3 that killed them. They lost to Beware the Bandersnatch's impressive 86 points by just 3, and Bandersnatch had 6 more points in round 3 than LoIS had. You never know where you're going to win or lose this thing, and tonight it was round 3.
Thanks again, everyone! Had a great time with all of you, can't wait to do it again. See you next time! Until then, I've been Dave and you've been great!
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64113
Wednesdays: 7:30 PM
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As Han Solo would say, "I call it luck." I'm not talking about any of the teams last night. Nothing was lucky about last night, other than in the existential view that we were all definitely lucky to together once again for another magnificent night of Charlie Hooper's quizzing.
No this is just a quick little story about how close we were to having last night be a bit of a letdown, and instead it was just another kick ass night that won't necessarily stand out against the backdrop of the rest of our kick ass nights.
I host at two venues, which most of you know. Conrad's in Liberty on Tuesdays, and here at the Hoop's on Wednesdays. Love it. Extremely lucky to be involved with Geeks Who Drink, can't believe they pay me for this. But I've become tired of having two different boxes of stuff at home, one for Conrad's and one for Hooper's. So last week, a week ago today actually, I ordered a crate with wheels to put all of my Geeks supplies in so I can just take that box to both venues each week and not have to worry about transferring certain things back and forth, potentially forgetting something.
So last night I get to Hoopers, get all the quiz stuff handed out to the multitude of teams that show up at least 30 minutes prior to the start time because we all know that seating is at a premium in this place. Everything is going great. I hook up all the audio stuff, everything's looking fine. I keep greeting the teams and making the rounds, everything is going according to plan.
So it's about 7:10 now, time to get my music on and do a mic check, etc. Hmm...there's no longer any lights on the audio mixer. Everything is plugged in, but it's not getting power. Checked the connections to the wall, checked the connections to the box itself, all good. Verified my laptop is getting power, it's plugged into the same wall, so it's not the outlet. Oh crap.
But as luck would have it, for the first time ever, I have both sets of everything for my hosting duties with me. I pull out the other power adapter, hook it up, everything's on. We're good. Nobody even knows how close we were to not having a music round, or an audible round 7, and having to listen to me literally shout questions for a couple of hours.
Last night honestly would have sucked a little bit, if not for pure luck. Instead, we get another night of kickassery. Obi-Wan would say in his experience there's no such thing as luck. Maybe we are just blessed to be the best quiz venue in the city.
And this quiz did nothing to dissuade my belief that Charlie Hooper's is the best quiz venue in the city. It was a battle from start to finish with multiple teams having a shot at winning througout the night. It ended with ridiculously high scores and our favorite tie-breaker.
And we had to start somewhere, so we started with a round called You've Gotta Start Somewhere. And while this was a strong round overall, NO PERFECT SCORES! Lots of people didn't know the "Friends" fountain was, like everything else, on the set at Warner Bros. Lots of people guessed Inspector Gadget instead of Get Smart, the show that inspired Inspector Gadget. And one team got boned by missing the title of the Nic Cage movie Lord Of War by answering God of War. Oh that one point wouldn't have made a difference to Beware the Bandersnatch later on, would it?
The music round was a first-timer for this crowd, where we challenged you with First Word Problems. You got SEVEN clips where you had to do the typical song/artist thing, and then use the first word of the song titles to form a lyric, and that lyric would be from the song that becomes your answer #8 (along with the artist for that song). Four teams got 15 out of 16 points (three of those teams used their joker, the other team wishes they had). Incredible round. Bill Cosby's Meat Sweaters, Beware the Bandersnatch and M as in Mancy each took in 30 points in this round while Lack Of Institutional Support had their lightbulb moment on the way to turn in their sheet, adding 3 correct answers last-minute and didn't think to joker.
We then moved on to Round 3, a 50/50 round on geography called Where You At? Not a terrible showing, but again no perfect scores. Humpday Crew brought in the top score with 7 points, and I got to initially mispronounce Uruguay and have a moment of panic with "how in the hell do I pronounce Abu Dhabi?" It's simple, I know, but for a fraction of a second my brain said "a-BOO duh-BEE". Sometimes I'm not a smart man.
Round 4, Bonnie and Clyde and Ben and Jerry, brought us our first perfect round(s) of the night, as both Bill Cosby's Meat Sweaters and Beware the Bandersnatch turned in perfect score cards. Nobody got worse than 5, so this was a great round. Yet another team misnamed a movie by a similar but distinctly different word, renaming the movie "Stuck on You" to "Stuck on Me". M as in Mancy, will you need that point later?
The visual round was again not challenging to basically anybody, as all but 2 teams got perfect scores and the other two teams simply reversed 2 of the choices to end at 6 points. Apparently we were all big fans of Pop-Up Video.
The Sids and Caesars round coming out of our break was rough on basically everyone. Top score in the round was a mere 5 by a few teams including Whiskeypedia. Nobody knew how old Julius Caesar was when he got shanked, many people didn't even know who Cyd Sharisse was let alone whether she was dead or alive, and NOBODY knows how to spell Cesar Millan. Two L's for the dog wheesperer. He's dominant.
And...ok, so round 7 was pretty easy. Name the TV show that became a movie, and a lot of them were just overly obvious. 9 teams got 7 or more, nobody worse than 6. But all we really remember is clip #7, where someone's entire family got murdered while she apparently got raped. "Cheery", I believe, was the word I used to describe it. Does anyone believe for a fucking minute that the clip heard in #7 became THIS MOVIE? What the actual fuck?
Heading into Round 8, we had a 1 point game at the top of the scoreboard with Meat Sweaters leading Bandersnatch 72-71. M as in Mancy was still in play with 66, and Lack of Institutional Support was lurking as well with 51 but they still had their joker. As you can guess, it was dramatic. M as in Mancy only missed 1 question, the first one, not knowing Kenny Rogers vs Willie Nelson. Meat Sweaters sailed smoothly with 13 to secure their win. Institutional Support hit 13 and a joker, a monster round, but fell short and landed on the outside looking in. The Suction Didn't Work also had 13 + joker, so I would be remiss if I didn't laud them for that. And Bandersnatch, unfortunately, just couldn't get their answers lined up and stumbled with a mere 10.
So while we had a clear winner with 85 HUGE points from Bill Cosby's Meat Sweaters, we had a tie at 81 from Beware the Bandersnatch and M as in Mancy. For those that don't know, we settle 2nd place with a skill challenge unlike any other. Check it out at our Facebook page Kansas City Geeks Who Drink. In the end, EVENTUALLY, M as in Mancy was able to whistle and 2nd place is theirs. A fine effort from Bandersnatch, but they are now unfortunately 0-3 in this particular tie-breaker.
But who do you think had more fun than us last night? Nobody. Everyone who misses out on the Charlie Hooper's quiz really is a sucker. We've got this Wednesday thing figure out.
I sincerely appreciate all of you who make my Wednesdays so awesome. It's a pleasure to host this crowd, and I feel like I have more fun than you all every single week. I don't know if it's true, but it sure feels that way. As always, I can't wait to do it again next week.
Don't forget about the Community quiz tonight at Green Room! And make sure you're following us on Facebook as well as Geeks Who Drink to stay up-to-date on all of our latest news! We've got some REALLY exciting themed quizzes coming up this year that I know you'll all want to be aware of!
Until next time, I've been Dave and you've been great!