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Charlie Hooper's
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO
64113
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
[Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm]
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A Royal Evening at Hooper's
Ben

What first looked like a light night turned into a full house with the just-in-time arrival of a few excited teams at Charlie Hooper’s. The optimism in the air was apparent to me as soon as I saw a team named Perfect Score (who sadly scored right in the middle - clearly a case of self-jinxing.)It was a rather emotional roller coaster as teams duked it out while watching the Royal’s heartbreaking struggle with the Orioles, a team so lame that not only did they named
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Ben is a professional actor, improvisor, and all-around freelancer living in Kansas City, MO. You can catch him most weekends making funnies at the Kick Comedy Theater in Westport, where he performs with the KC Improv Company.


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Charlie Hooper's
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO
64113
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
[Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm]
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Fresh Meat at Charlie Hooper's
Ben

Hi. How are you? How are things? How’s your dad? Yeah? That’s crazy.Oh, I’m sorry, I haven’t introduced myself yet. My name is Ben and as of last night I took over for GWD veteran and guy who is better at the internet than I am, Dave Chescher. He will be missed, but he’s in a better place now. By which I mean at home, or seeing a movie, or patronizing a gentlemen’s club, I don’t know what Dave gets up to in his free time and I’m not here to judge. I’m here to QUIZ.
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Ben is a professional actor, improvisor, and all-around freelancer living in Kansas City, MO. You can catch him most weekends making funnies at the Kick Comedy Theater in Westport, where he performs with the KC Improv Company.


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Charlie Hooper's
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO
64113
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
[Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm]
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1200 Reasons Charlie Hooper's is the Best
The Dave

I couldn't have scripted a better final quiz. It's a good thing I'm retiring, because I couldn't top this night. Once again, Charlie Hooper's and its crowd prove to be beyond compare in awesomeness. Together, we raised almost $1200 for KC Pet Project at last night's Quiz For a Cause. $1200. That's simply amazing. We've been thrilled with the past big turnouts that netted $400 or so, and this tripled that. I'm overwhelmed. I'm thrilled. And I'm out. For the past 2 years, I've spent my Wednesdays at Charlie Hooper's with some of the best people I've ever met. You guys are what made this job so fun. A large number of you have told me that I was the reason you kept coming
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When I'm not solving network/email problems in my real life, I'm likely spending time absorbing random facts from movies, TV shows, video games, songs, and sports.  Love all things KC, be it Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, Boulevard Beer, BBQ, whatever.

Mostly I love trivia, especially random trivia, which is what led me here.  As fun as it is to be a player, I find it even more fun to run the Quiz.  I'm like a younger, American, half-wit version of Alex Trebek that drinks and curses on the job.  And that's a really fun job!


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Charlie Hooper's
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO
64113
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
[Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm]
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Neither Nazis Nor Dentists in Rain Man
The Dave

It would be an interesting cross-over, The Marathon Man and Rain Man, but the fact is the movies don't have anything in common. You shouldn't confuse the two. Also, Buster Douglas never fought Muhammad Ali, and was never in the best fight of a decade let alone the right of a century. Yes, Douglas beat Mike Tyson. But Tyson was heavily drugged at that point. I can't prove that, mind you, but that doesn't make it untrue. Folks, last night was harder on me than it showed and I think it showed to be pretty hard on me. I really don't want to have to say goodbye to you wonderful people, but my time has come. We've spent about 100 Wednesdays together, and every one of them has been
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When I'm not solving network/email problems in my real life, I'm likely spending time absorbing random facts from movies, TV shows, video games, songs, and sports.  Love all things KC, be it Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, Boulevard Beer, BBQ, whatever.

Mostly I love trivia, especially random trivia, which is what led me here.  As fun as it is to be a player, I find it even more fun to run the Quiz.  I'm like a younger, American, half-wit version of Alex Trebek that drinks and curses on the job.  And that's a really fun job!


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Charlie Hooper's
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO
64113
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
[Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm]
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Answering Machine Quality
The Dave

On Tuesday, the music round focused on songs that mention outdated technology. The song "Spiderwebs" has the chorus telling you to leave a message for Gwen Stefani on her answering machine. Answering machines almost don't exist anymore, and most of the ones that do are digital. On Wednesday, we gave you embarassing messages that had been left on answering machines by celebreties. Well, some were on answering machines. The others were just answering-machine quality recordings. It's like before someone can release the recording of Donald Sterling being a racist dick they have to put the player inside of bubble wrap, but the bubble wrap under water, and put that water inside a box. Then,
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When I'm not solving network/email problems in my real life, I'm likely spending time absorbing random facts from movies, TV shows, video games, songs, and sports.  Love all things KC, be it Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, Boulevard Beer, BBQ, whatever.

Mostly I love trivia, especially random trivia, which is what led me here.  As fun as it is to be a player, I find it even more fun to run the Quiz.  I'm like a younger, American, half-wit version of Alex Trebek that drinks and curses on the job.  And that's a really fun job!


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Charlie Hooper's
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO
64113
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
[Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm]
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The Aftermath
The Dave

One week off of our HUGE week with 24 teams coming out for one of the most fun themed quizzes ever, Archer, we returnned to a bit of normalcy. A regular night of a mostly-full red room felt somehow small, because what can compete with 24 teams? And yet it wasn't at all small, and what felt like a runaway ended up needing every single point before it was decided.   The Feathered Merkins started out hot, hitting the biggest number in round 2 with 13 plus their joker, and getting sevens in rounds 1 and 3. Then they didn't miss a single point in rounds 4-6. That is the anatomy of a runaway beating.   But newly-formed super team Jesus
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When I'm not solving network/email problems in my real life, I'm likely spending time absorbing random facts from movies, TV shows, video games, songs, and sports.  Love all things KC, be it Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, Boulevard Beer, BBQ, whatever.

Mostly I love trivia, especially random trivia, which is what led me here.  As fun as it is to be a player, I find it even more fun to run the Quiz.  I'm like a younger, American, half-wit version of Alex Trebek that drinks and curses on the job.  And that's a really fun job!


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Charlie Hooper's
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO
64113
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
[Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm]
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Hunch-hunch...WHAT WHAT!
The Dave

Holy shit-snacks, that was a lot of teams! I clearly underestimated multiple things:   1 - How awesome Kansas City is.2 - How insanely popular Archer is.3 - How many of you heard about this.4 - How much you all actually know about this show!   This was my first time hosting a themed quiz, and I couldn't have loved it more. Not if it had been a bottle of Glengoolie Blue. Not if it had been a couple of bearclaws. Not if it had been my own actual whore island.   First off, big thanks to those of you that came out in costume. We had a Cyril and Pam on the same team, and I saw Pam in the parking lot when I was arriving
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When I'm not solving network/email problems in my real life, I'm likely spending time absorbing random facts from movies, TV shows, video games, songs, and sports.  Love all things KC, be it Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, Boulevard Beer, BBQ, whatever.

Mostly I love trivia, especially random trivia, which is what led me here.  As fun as it is to be a player, I find it even more fun to run the Quiz.  I'm like a younger, American, half-wit version of Alex Trebek that drinks and curses on the job.  And that's a really fun job!


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Charlie Hooper's
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO
64113
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
[Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm]
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Get Well Soon, Alex
The Dave

Make no mistake, it was an awesome night at Hooper's. Kind of an All-Star night. We had Lack of Institutional Support, M as in Mancy, Herman's Hermits, a spectacularly named team called Bill Cosby's Sleeping Beauties, some Newbies, and of course 2 more of the big dogs of the room, Beware the Bandersnatch and Would.   And through a great, balanced quiz, there was nothing separating them. 79 to 79, forcing OT. Would won it 4-3 in OT for their 32nd win, 2nd in 3 weeks. Bravo, well done, etc.   I definitely don't want
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When I'm not solving network/email problems in my real life, I'm likely spending time absorbing random facts from movies, TV shows, video games, songs, and sports.  Love all things KC, be it Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, Boulevard Beer, BBQ, whatever.

Mostly I love trivia, especially random trivia, which is what led me here.  As fun as it is to be a player, I find it even more fun to run the Quiz.  I'm like a younger, American, half-wit version of Alex Trebek that drinks and curses on the job.  And that's a really fun job!


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Charlie Hooper's
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO
64113
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
[Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm]
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Two Years
The Dave

This week's quiz was, essentially, my two year quiziversary. I hosted my first ever quiz at Charlie Hooper's on 7/3/13, but the important fact there is that it was the Wednesday before the 4th of July that year.   That was last night. I've been doing this for 2 years.   That means I'm closing in on 100 quizzes with you fine people. There've been a few weeks where we haven't had quiz in a particular week, there've been a few quizzes where I couldn't make it and had a sub, but for the most part over the past 104 weeks I've been here every week. That's a lot of damn Hooper's.   And I've loved every damn week.   A
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When I'm not solving network/email problems in my real life, I'm likely spending time absorbing random facts from movies, TV shows, video games, songs, and sports.  Love all things KC, be it Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, Boulevard Beer, BBQ, whatever.

Mostly I love trivia, especially random trivia, which is what led me here.  As fun as it is to be a player, I find it even more fun to run the Quiz.  I'm like a younger, American, half-wit version of Alex Trebek that drinks and curses on the job.  And that's a really fun job!


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Charlie Hooper's
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO
64113
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
[Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm]
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Taco Bout It
The Dave

Ok, so that is an awful title. I'm at a complete loss for what this blog should be about, and it's already 2 hours late so I'm doing my best to not just mail it in but at the same time get the damn thing posted! SHAME!   And since our first round was all about tacos, it's what you get. I'll do better next time. But how perfect was Would team member John's shirt, that said TACO on it? Wasn't planned, but absolutely could have been. And it was kind of a food-themed night with round 4 being about chicken.   We also covered songs about SUV's and 4-wheel drive, because America. We cover S or M, but not and. We put a beating on yet another sports rounds
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When I'm not solving network/email problems in my real life, I'm likely spending time absorbing random facts from movies, TV shows, video games, songs, and sports.  Love all things KC, be it Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, Boulevard Beer, BBQ, whatever.

Mostly I love trivia, especially random trivia, which is what led me here.  As fun as it is to be a player, I find it even more fun to run the Quiz.  I'm like a younger, American, half-wit version of Alex Trebek that drinks and curses on the job.  And that's a really fun job!


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Charlie Hooper's
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO
64113
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
[Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm]
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Goodbye, Friend!
The Dave

For the last year we've been graced, at nearly every single quiz, by a shining and bubbling personality wrapped inside a truly good and decent person. She's leaving soon to pursue great and new opportunities in Baltimore, and Baltimore will be better for it. Amanda, safe travels and best of luck to you in the future. I hope it is not long again before we see you at Charlie Hooper's.   But at least now I can go back to enforcing the rule of allowing people to throw underwear.   In other news, good NIGHT what a high-scoring quiz! I legitimately feel bad that 91 wasn't good for either 1st OR 2nd! Yes, we had an extra 8-points available
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When I'm not solving network/email problems in my real life, I'm likely spending time absorbing random facts from movies, TV shows, video games, songs, and sports.  Love all things KC, be it Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, Boulevard Beer, BBQ, whatever.

Mostly I love trivia, especially random trivia, which is what led me here.  As fun as it is to be a player, I find it even more fun to run the Quiz.  I'm like a younger, American, half-wit version of Alex Trebek that drinks and curses on the job.  And that's a really fun job!


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Charlie Hooper's
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO
64113
Saturday, June 13, 2015
[Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm]
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Valar Quizghulis
Ptera Dactyl

Yesterday was so rad! Second year in a row hosting the Game of Thrones quiz, got to see some familiar faces and everything. So Awesome that some of you guys showed up having read The World of Ice and Fire too. I only WISH that it would’ve come in more handy. Who would’ve known there was such a thing as overstudying? It was, however, really hard at times, even for a super nerd like me. They got real obscure with some of those questions. Definitely harder than last year! Proud of all of you that scored so well. All you guys with
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Then the son, Kronos, from his ambush stretched forth his left hand and in his right took the great long sickle with jagged teeth, and swiftly lopped off his own father's members and cast them away to fall behind him...and a white foam spread around them from the immortal flesh...and came forth an awful and lovely goddess, and grass grew up about her beneath her shapely feet. Her gods and men call Ptera Dactyl 


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Charlie Hooper's
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO
64113
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
[Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm]
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On This Day in Quiztory
The Dave

I gotta tell ya, I'm having overwhelming writer's block here. I mean, I've got nothing. Over 150 quizzes, each with its own blog, and I'm 45 minutes from my deadline and I've got nothing.   It must be age catcing up with me. I do, after all, have saggy old balls according to our winners from last night. We're not going to get into the details of how they know that, it's not important. The important thing is, I'm old, my friends are jerks, and I've got nothing.   And I had to listen to Mambo #5. God DAMMIT that song is terrible.   We covered words that have SAD in them, songs with no solos, countries on the Mediterranean Coast,
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When I'm not solving network/email problems in my real life, I'm likely spending time absorbing random facts from movies, TV shows, video games, songs, and sports.  Love all things KC, be it Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, Boulevard Beer, BBQ, whatever.

Mostly I love trivia, especially random trivia, which is what led me here.  As fun as it is to be a player, I find it even more fun to run the Quiz.  I'm like a younger, American, half-wit version of Alex Trebek that drinks and curses on the job.  And that's a really fun job!


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Charlie Hooper's
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO
64113
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
[Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm]
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Never Said Anything About the TVs
The Dave

Never Said Anything About the TVs   As those of you who come to Hooper's most every week, and most of you are very regular quizzers, you know the rules about cheating. No cheating of any kind which includes, but is not limited to, cell phones, tablet, laptops, satellites, complicated systems of mirrors, smoke signals or encyclopedias.   But I never said anything about looking directly above me at the TV that is currently showing the Stanley Cup Finals. So when we have a question about "name either of the two teams playing for the Stanley Cup", under these circumstances nobody should miss that.   And nobody did. Good for you. It's
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When I'm not solving network/email problems in my real life, I'm likely spending time absorbing random facts from movies, TV shows, video games, songs, and sports.  Love all things KC, be it Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, Boulevard Beer, BBQ, whatever.

Mostly I love trivia, especially random trivia, which is what led me here.  As fun as it is to be a player, I find it even more fun to run the Quiz.  I'm like a younger, American, half-wit version of Alex Trebek that drinks and curses on the job.  And that's a really fun job!


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Charlie Hooper's
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO
64113
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
[Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm]
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It's All Ben Done
The Dave

So we had a trainee, Ben, on Wednesday at Charlie Hooper's. We've had our fair share of noobs join us at Hooper's with varying levels of success, but I think I can safely say this was the best trainee we've seen here since some lovable scamp named Dave trained here in June of 2013.   Does that mean Ben is like 3 weeks away from becoming the new, full-time QM at Hooper's?   FUCK NO   This is my venue, damnit! Don't you forget it! Find your own venue to kick ass at!   In other news, I've never posted a blog this late before for a quiz. But to say it's been a rough week is an understatement.
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When I'm not solving network/email problems in my real life, I'm likely spending time absorbing random facts from movies, TV shows, video games, songs, and sports.  Love all things KC, be it Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, Boulevard Beer, BBQ, whatever.

Mostly I love trivia, especially random trivia, which is what led me here.  As fun as it is to be a player, I find it even more fun to run the Quiz.  I'm like a younger, American, half-wit version of Alex Trebek that drinks and curses on the job.  And that's a really fun job!


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Charlie Hooper's
12 West 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO
64113
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
[Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm]
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It's the NAME of your TEAM!
The Dave

I will of course preface this by saying I'm not trying to make fun of them (too hard) because I love this guys.  The team formerly known as Hispanic at the Disco, now calling themselves Straight Outta Kauffman, are among the favorite teams at Charlie Hooper's.  They're here every damn week, they're good, they're nice, and Amanda and John are my wedding day twins :-)   But for crying out loud, the song "Straight Outta Compton" was in the music round AND YOU MISSED IT!   I just...I don't know what else to say.   Your winners this week were the rejuvinated and
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When I'm not solving network/email problems in my real life, I'm likely spending time absorbing random facts from movies, TV shows, video games, songs, and sports.  Love all things KC, be it Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC, Boulevard Beer, BBQ, whatever.

Mostly I love trivia, especially random trivia, which is what led me here.  As fun as it is to be a player, I find it even more fun to run the Quiz.  I'm like a younger, American, half-wit version of Alex Trebek that drinks and curses on the job.  And that's a really fun job!