Madison Shake-ups

In the world of pub trivia, the recent matches at Glass Nickel Pizza have been some of the best the world has ever seen. There have been shake ups, old standards, stalwarts reclaiming the throne, and the rise of new threats. I assume this is just like Games of Thrones, but what do I know, I only watch Young Sheldon and the episodes of Kevin Can Wait since they killed the mother. I know a lot of people are busting on Kevin Can Wait, but I have a bit of sitcom intuition and I’m saying, “Stick with this one”. I’m really looking forward to the second half of the season, when the storyline takes a dark turn and we start seeing Kevin Can Wait’s flashbacks–his face sweaty and red from holding his breath, but luckily for him he’ll get to breathe again. His fictional wife, Donna Can Wait, doesn’t have that luxury as her life is being choked out of her by her husband’s bare hands.

There is this rumor in Hollywood, that Kevin Can Wait star, Kevin Canwaite, actually killed the actress on the set and they used her already dead body to film the flashback scenes. Just like when they pulled a Weekend-at-Bernies with the decaying body of Brandon Lee for the films The Crow: City of Angels, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, The Crow: Salvation and The Crow: Wicked Prayer.

Anyway let’s get back to trivia and look at last week’s show. T.W.A.T. heard rumors that another team was moving in on their custom made caboose and decided to show up, showing all you other MFers what it really looks like to score 52 points and get last place. Kwoosty and the Fwowns, the team formerly known as Team Drink Tickets, are missing Kirstie and Kyle who offer the double threat of intelligence and commitment to drink ticket acquisition. They ended the evening with 72 points. Crouching Woman Hidden Cucumber, the new name of Neal of Fortune, sent in a proxy who put up 80 points. I assume that was some sort of gang initiation tactic, because Alex did come check on him at the end. Always contenders Clever Girl and Mooney, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs tied at 82 points.

In the top three it was Good Enough, newcomers who have some serious heat behind them. They dropped 12 drink tickets, boosting their score to 96 points and claiming third place. Ahead of them it was Fish Ladies, another new team who pulled together 107 points, lost 15 for an extra team member, played 14 drink tickets and ended the night with 106. But in first place, it was Spoony Bardday, Amanda. Apparently for Amanda’s Birthday she wanted a team without Becky, without Rob, just streamlined and ready to strike. Which they did, playing six drink tickets and ending up with 109 points.

If you want to get in on this mix-up all you have to do is be at Glass Nickel Pizza on Atwood tonight. Jake will be there slinging drinks. Simon will probably be on pizza patrol and calzone control. I’ll be asking questions. What more could you want from a Thursday evening?  As always, the show is in the basement and starts at 7pm.

See you there.  

Week 42. Get it? Forty-two.

OOOOO what a week this has already been for Trivia. We started off at Company Brewing on Monday where those ice cold sonsofbitches on Butthole in One Night Standing Rock Lobster Rolling Rocky Horror Picture Show Me Your Tits & Giggles took home the win with 82 points forcing me to type their increasingly long and exponentially increasingly horrible name another time. Behind them, it was the Tunnel Snakes with 76 points and The Best The 100 Ever who scored 69 (up top, my brother!).

Beauty and the Beast of Bray Road only scored 62, but they certainly won my heart with that name. Hey Beauty and the Beast of Bray Road, you into trivia hosts? At 50 points, it was Emcee Clap Yo Hands featuring Juice Box and Frosty Da Snowman. And Iggles von Humperdinck closed it out with healthy 29 points.

Then last night, we slid the show over to Up & Under where Who Pooped in the Pool cut their losses and ended their game after 5 points. Oye, With The Poodles Already (which I keep reading and re-reading in the voice of Susie Essman’s character in Curb Your Enthusiasm) scraped together 40 points, while Wet Dreamcast and the Goatwhores plopped down 51 and 64 repectively.

Shiva Kamini slid into third place with 73 points. And it all got real tight up top. Trivia Newton John cobbled together a healthy 88 points, only to watch 3 Guys on a Fact Hunt pull out 89 points and take first place. That is some Milton Berle, only-pulling-out-enough-to-win swagger right there. I’m pretty sure that Milton Berle story was about his trivia prowess, right?

Anyway, time stops for no one. The week rolls on and tomorrow night it will be Madison’s chance to shine. If you want to get in the mix, all you have to do is get to Glass Nickel Pizza Thursday night at 7pm.

Letting the Smoke Clear

And just like that another week creeps up on all of us Trivia aficionados. And much like those aficionados over at Cigar Aficionado magazine, I can only assume we’re sitting around with smug-as-fuck looks on our faces, puffing on our favorite Cuban robusto, the Hoyo de Monterrey No. 2, and pronouncing Havana with a real hard B.

So once the smoke clears, it’s going to be time for another thrilling round of Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia at Company Brewing. We’ll see how the show goes this week. I suspect the 62 points Nervous and In a Rush put up last week would be a lot more valuable this time around. The same goes for The Halloweiners who had 78 points and Skeletori Amos who put up 84 AND instantly rocketed themselves into the top ten trivia names of all time. Best Loss Ever seemed a little cocky with their 88 points, I mean, it wasn’t even really a loss. It wasn’t even a bad score. Reclusive Wankers put up 96 points for third place. While Butthole in One Night Standing Rock Lobster Rolling Rocky Horror Picture Show nabbed second place with 100. Then, it was Das Tunnelsnakes who took home the win with 103.

Though I think their win is disputable as last Sunday, Katy held a knife to my throat and demanded answers or promised to paint the sand red. Additional information: We were at a sand volleyball court. Extra Additional Information: I gave her fake answers. Added Extra Additional Information: The joke was on her as I had already cut my wrists and was bleeding out anyway.

Well, whatever. Das Tunnelsnakes will certainly be on hand to defend their top spot tonight. Nick will be there. The Company Brewing staff will be there. Food and drinks will be readily available. And 50 brutal questions will be dropped on you. There will be questions about Disney Princesses. We’ll fill the October Spooooooky Slot with a category about Cryptids. And to fill the Old White Man slot, we’ll be asking questions about David Fincher. To show off your intellect all you have to do is be there at 7pm. See you then.

COMPROMISED!

What a night at Company Brewing last night. I’m unsure what exactly went down, but I received a frantic message from Nick this morning telling me not to put up a trivia post yet and that the score sheet has been compromised. I repeat THE SCORE SHEET HAS BEEN COMPROMISED.

I don’t know WTF that actually means. What I do know is that Neanderthals walked out early after only scoring 13 points in 4 rounds. That is to be expected. I’ve seen fully evolved homo sapiens score fewer points. Stalin Oats put up 51 points and came with a name fitting the Dictators category. Nervous and In A Rush put up 54 points and tied with Best Heartbreaker Ever, the team which I would have deemed the losers in a tie-breaker based solely on their name.  

Butthole in One Night Standing Rock Lobster Rolling Rock seems to have sputtered out on this naming convention sooner than I anticipated. They put up 73 points and took home third place.

This is where it gets dicey. I don’t know what happened between the Reclusive Wankers and Tunnelsnakes but the scores are just a .gif of a teenaged Nick, with his green mohawk, doing what he claims is the #LiteracyPlusTrapSauceDanceChallenge. Someone is going to need to fill me in on this one.

Anyway, tonight we move on to Up & Under, where celebrity guest host Andy Berg and Lewis, a man who claims he’s up for the #LiteracyPlusTrapSauceDanceChallenge, will be dropping questions on all you fools. If you want to get in on it and show the world what you know, you’re going to want to be at Up & Under on Brady Street by 7pm.

See you there.

It’s Getting Spooky Around Here

Welcome to the spookiest time of year at Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia. That’s right, all through the month of October we’re going to be focused on scarier elements in the natural and supernatural world.

You might be thinking that means tonight, at Company Brewing, Nick is going to have an entire section about ghosts or hauntings or maybe the Chicago Mothman. It doesn’t. I actually just thought up this month-long category residency concept minutes ago, but we’re sticking with it. To ease us into it. Nick might make a few spooky sounds tonight. Or perhaps he’ll find some way to frighten everyone with such chilling categories as The 2017 Milwaukee Brewers, Dictators and Sculptures and Sculptors.

Come to think of it, those categories could be truly horrifying. Not very spooky, but certainly horrifying.

Anyway, the show tonight is at Company Brewing. There will be food. There will be drinks. There will be Nick. What more could you want from a trivia night? Probably very little, but don’t worry, there will also be 50 questions and some sweet CoBrew prizes.

All you have to do is get your team together and get to Company Brewing by 7pm.

See you there

WHT vs GBP 2017

Tonight we test the commitment of the Madison teams. Will they be flexing their brains at Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia? Or, will they be ripping through a few twelvers with some friends and watching this Packers battle the Bears, like a bunch of chumps?

Well, if these teams care about their standings in the league, they’ll be playing trivia. Or maybe they’ll come to play trivia to get away from the ridiculousness of sports and jersey wearing and poorly made guacamole and shotgunned beers.

I don’t blame you you. No one blames you. Life is too short for trash guac. That said, I would sit through an chopped version of Transparent that was just the Sarah storyline if the guac is good enough. 

Whatever your reason for playing trivia tonight, Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia welcomes you to the basement of Glass Nickel Pizza tonight and every Thursday night. There is no guac, but the pizzas are pretty good, there are are plenty of drinks and I’m sure jake can keep you posted on the football game scores.

All you have to do is grab a few friends and get to Glass Nickel Pizza, and grab a table.The show starts at 7pm.

See you there.  

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When we look back at the world over the last two days, what is it that you’re going to remember? Twitter claiming they might double the max tweet length to 280 characters? Will it be that Young Dolph, the rapper who released the album Bulletproof, was shot in Los Angeles? Or will it be the phenomenal play of the Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia teams in Milwaukee?

I mean, look at Company Brewing, we had teams like Best Ladies Night Ever and Tunnelsnakes putting down 39 and 47 points, respectively. Butthole in One Night Standing Rock Lobster Roll scored 49 points while simultaneously stressing me out over what the future holds for their name. Nervous and In a Rush slowed down just long enough to rack up 51 points and take third place. The Reclusive Wankers nabbed second with 72 points and it was Chinchillin’ Like a Villain who walked away with the top spot and 78 points.

Then, the next night we jumped to the Up & Under on Brady Street, where scores ranged from the “not-so-bad” to the “primeau!” Who Pooped in the Pool somehow scraped up enough knowledge for seven points. Then you had teams like De Facts and Fly Bitches putting up 38 and 40 point totals. The Whispering Goat Whores stalled out at 57 last night. 3 Guys on a Fact Hunt ended up with 83 and watched Wet Dreamcast grabbed the bonus point and and third place, ending the night with 84. I suspect 3 Guys is not happy about this at all. Second place belonged to Trivia Newton John and  their 99 points. The top spot went to Shiva Kamini, I guess rightfully so, after they knocked down 111 points.

Truly memorable indeed. Let’s see what Madison can do on Thursday night at Glass Nickel.

A Salute to the Company Brewing Special Forces

Attention Company Brewheads! Is that what we’re calling the fans of Company Brewing? CB hypes? CoBrew creepers? Zagora Major’s army?

Whatever you want to call yourself, you should know there is going to a rousing round of trivia happening tonight. Typically, you get your team together, show up at the joint and stare longingly at at Nick while he reads questions in his ASMR voice. BUT NOT TONIGHT. You’ve got at the helm for week two of your Autumn League.

I’m not sure how you’re going to feel about his voice, but I’m sure you’ll find comfort in the uncomfortable as he burns through such rounds as Chinchillas, Pokemon GO! and Royal Rumble Winners. Typically I would say these are barely categories, but these are all suggested categories and who am I to critique anything.

We are in this together, and much like the allegedly changing climate, we are all responsible, so let’s get through it together as well. All you have to do is show up at Company Brewing tonight. Come hungry. Come thirsty. And be there by 7pm.

See you then.

Let the Fall Leagues Begin

Whew. What a weekend. I’m over here trying to get my questions ready for trivia tonight and I’m still just thinking about what happened at Glass Nickel last Thursday night. I would tell you I’m going to ease into the vulgarities of the night, but there is no way to do so.

It was the Classy Cunts +J who showed up and shook the place every time I had to announce their scores. But I was okay with it. I assumed this crew knew of my history as a very important fashion writer, and their use of “+J” was actually a hat tip to the initial collaboration between Jil Sander and Uniqlo, which started in 2009. I think I still have one of the Overcoats from that F/W collection hanging in the hall closet. So, I think it’s safe to say this team is full of Classy Cunts indeed. They had 22 points.

Ahead of them at 42 points it was Clever Girl, who started out hot and then chilled. I like that move, that’s an intimidation tactic by all the best trivia teams. At 47 points it was Multiple Scorgasms, who didn’t finish first. Contrary to their name, they never finish first. Besting them by 1 point, and ending the night with 48, it was Team Drank Tickets.

Neal of Fortune found themselves finishing in an uncommon fourth place. But that’s what scoring zero points on your double and ending the night with 51 points will get you. At 66 points it was Homeward Bard: An Incredibly Spoony. That was good enough for third place. Second place went the newcomers Rollie Fingers’ Mustache they put 72 and brought an infant with them. Bold moves from a new team. Even bolder when you consider that the winners on the evening Mooney, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs only got to their 1st place spot after dropping 9 drink tickets and bumping themselves up to 78. It’s a bummer to see a new team go down like that, but that’s trivia justice in action.

Now, we roll onto this week’s shows where Nick is kicking it off at Company Brewing tonight. Legend has it, it’s the start of his Autumnal League. So everyone better starting heating some apple cider, think about maybe raking the leaves into a pile, I mean if you even have trees in Milwaukee, put on a vest and and get down to Company Brewing to answer some questions about Costa Rica, The Las Vegas Strip and The Donner Party.

The show starts at 7pm. See you there.

The Adamah Option

Alright Madison. Let’s do this. Let’s get our teams together, let’s go over the subjects we discussed earlier in the week and let’s find ourselves in the basement of Glass Nickel by the time 7pm rolls around.

In case you missed it, the hot subjects this week are US National Parks, invasive species of Wisconsin and the Manhattan Project. Now those are some good time, party topics!

Of course, you could always go hit up the trivia at Adamah cafe on Langdon. But are they going to drop knowledge like Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia? Maybe. Are they going to have a sweet, Ale Asylum sponsorship? Probably not. Are they going to have Jake and Egan running pizzas and beers and whatever else you can find on the menu? No way.

Also, I’m pretty sure their trivia starts at 6pm and parking is such a hassle in that neighborhood. So skip the Adamah trivia, and get yourself to down to Glass Nickel tonight for a few prizes and a good time.

The show starts at 7pm.

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