Mood Lighting

Fresh off a long weekend for Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia, we’re ready to toss out a steaming stack of 50 tonight at the Up & Under.

This short break couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I just installed Hue lights at mi casa and honestly, I didn’t know life could be this good. I’ve already stacked system through IfTTT so lights turn off when I leave the wifi network. They come back on, but only to 35%, when I return. I can be in my bed and yell “Siri, show me your god” and all the lights go out. It’s perfect.  

I also learned over the weekend that the girl I went to prom with when we were in high school has a brain tumor and the outlook is not good. I was about to call, then opted to text, but at the last minute decided instead to set the lights to Arctic Aurora, a blue-heavy preset, ordered chinese food and listened to Bell Witch’s Mirror Reaper like six times.

Right about now, some of you are probably yelling at your screens. “Greggers, you’re colorblind, WTF do you know about Hue lights?” But let me tell you, man, you clearly don’t get it. You need to set it to Savannah Sunset and just relax for a while. Plus, that setting makes your entire life look vaguely Breaking Bad-esque.

If you don’t have presets on your light bulbs to brighten your day, you can count on a trivia show at the Up & Under to deliver some enjoyment. Lewis, the human Prozac, will take you on a 50-question journey to change your whole mindset with categories like Sports Facilities, Alice in Wonderland and an all new Wheel of Horse Breeds. Who doesn’t want to get down with those selections on a Tuesday night?

The show starts at 7pm. See you there.    


Last Call for Crowd Sourced!

Madison, this, right here, is your last call to get your crowd-sourced categories in for tonight’s show.

I hear it all the time from players, “This trivia is too hard”, “I could write better trivia than this”, or “I swear to god this trivia is written and hosted by a donkey wearing a human suit. It’s not even a very good human suit. It’s like someone put a bunch of Play-doh in some musty clothes and conditioned to it only talk about podcasts.”

Well this is your chance to show everyone how it’s done. You pick the categories and write questions. I’ll put them in slides and coast for the evening. I’m got a couple of categories ready to go from Dern, Drink Tickets and Spoony Bards. But where is the TV Dogs category? or Neal of Fortune? What about Clever Girl and Good Enough?

Time is running out. Get me those categories ASAP and I’ll get them in the show. Then, get your team down to Glass Nickel Pizza on Atwood. The trivia show happens in the basement, and as always it starts at 7pm. See you there.


Indigenous Peoples’ Day

It seems we have just enough time to slide in a few trivia shows before the NLCS starts. That means, Company Brewing players, I’m going to need you to halt your planning of a trivia-themed tailgate and focus on this week’s show.

I am honored and thrilled you’re planning really fantastic treats like a sampling of Breads of The World, and the What’s Missing challenge, in which people have to guess what ingredient is missing from a batch of cookies (It’s salt. It’s always salt). Plus, the TPIODITMOSL Shark Bites candy dish is cool. I applaud whoever made the Pomegranate flavored pastries topped with just a bit of honey, that when you bite into each, some Tiger beer, the official beer of Singapore, is squirted on a suddenly, and inexplicably, present naked woman. Then there is the Oeuvre of Angelina Jolie condiment station, which again is just Salt. And how could I forget about Kate P’s Famous Bamboo Harvester of Sorrow kebabs. It’s horse meat on a bamboo skewer. After you’ve housed three or four she leans over and whispers, “That was the horse that saved your father’s life”. You see, that’s when the sorrow really kicks in.

Anyway, I’m sure all of these treats are delicious and totally not vegan, so enjoy them you monsters. But don’t forget about tonight’s trivia show. Nick’s warmed up and ready to throw out 50 hot ones on topics like Christopher Columbus and the Discovery of the Americas, the New Testament and Portlandia. If these seem right up your alley, mildly interesting or even not-more-than-slightly annoying, I suggest you get your team together and get to Company Brewing in Riverwest tonight.

The show starts at 7pm. See you there.


The Longest Confidence

As Spoony Bardy David put it after last weekend, the long con has come up.

For over a year, Team Drink Tickets (or whatever their serial killer flavor of the week is) has been tanking scores. Sure, every so often they would get third or second, sometimes even a first place finish, but they’re much more of a bottom-feeding kind of team. Just really, really bad.

But as anyone who attended Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia’s Weekend in the Woods can tell you, it was all part of the plan. Kirsti and Kyle won every game played. The 3-hour Bocce marathon? They won. Night Bocce? They won again. Poke the MethTent? Winner Winner Chicken Dinner. And they took all of everyone’s singles playing dice. They slow played it, let everyone keep tossing in dollars then these MFers sliced like a fucking hammer and took it all.

If that isn’t enough, they also made off with a couple blue plates. Honestly, they are just ruthless.

Since we’re talking about plates, there is a chance we are still down one blue plate that belongs to Good Enough. I also have a lantern someone left at the campsite. I mean, I’ll keep it if you don’t want it, but I’ll bring it along tonight just in case you want it back.

I’m happy to share more stories from last weekend, but I’ve also got a trivia show to run. If you’re interested in either, get yourself to Glass Nickel Pizza on Atwood tonight. We’ll be ones in the basement, and as always, the show starts at 7pm. See you then.


Autumnal Blanduer

Autumn is upon us. The days are shorter. The leaves are falling. The trivia scores are going down.

If you don’t believe me check the CoBrew scores from last night. Team Names are Hard scored only 22 points on the night and are now to be known as Team Name and Correct Answers are Hard. Worst Televised Job Interview Ever racked up 38 and TEEB NABE scratched together 42 points.

Chtululemon laid the foundation of the middle ground with 54 points. Tunnelsnakes held the middle with 57 and Seppuku Hand Luke just missed the podium with 63

Scrambled Eggs took third place with 74 and S&M&Ms and took second with 75 points. Then, way out in front, The Evil League of Evil put up 77. That brings their league total up to a dominating 40 points.

Now we’re going to float this old trivia barge down to Brady Street. The Up & Under plays home to Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia tonight with Lewis, a man who once purposely provided a wrong answer to a friend on who wants to be a millionaire simply so he could call that friend a broke-ass chump, in the hosting seat. The show starts at 7pm. See you there.  

Autumn Leaves (2009 Underwater Slub Knit House Mix Version)

I gotta get this message out before the entire city of Milwaukee destroys itself after the play-off game today.

So Milwaukee hear me out, sometime around the 4th inning, when you’re feeling good about the Brewers and you’re on your 17th celebratory Jack & Coke say to yourself, “Nick is waiting for me. My team is waiting for me. Company Brewing and Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia are waiting for me.” Make it a mantra. Write it on your hand. Do whatever you need to do to remember there is trivia tonight and we’re in the middle of a league.

And then, as you’re making your way through the celebratory/frustration riot-destroyed streets of Riverwest, consider what you know about e-sports. This is not to be confused with Esprit, the global fashion giant, which has a strong footing in the European and Asian markets, but hasn’t really been successful in the Americas in a while. I find this baffling as it was started by the same dude who founded The North Face, which has seen overwhelming success in North America. And that Esprit wordmark is mega. Just those three floating bars as a jump off. C’mon man. Consider it when you think about e-sports, because I know nothing of that subject.

Of course we’ll also be discussing topics like Short Story Collections and the evergreen crowd favorite What Car is That?

As I said earlier, try to keep your wits about you and hopefully the Brewers can crush it today. Once everyone else has gone home for the day, because as the Sklar Brothers have taught us, 6:45pm is the 3:00am of day drinking, you can head down to Company Brewing enjoy a fine craft beer, a tasty bite to eat and the sound of Nick delivering 50 hot ones. The show starts at 7pm. See you there.

It’s Weekend In The Woods Time

Weekend in the Woods in finally upon us. I’m super excited. For those of you making the trek out, you might be wondering what to bring. WHT is trying to make this as easy as possible on people so hopefully you don’t have too much to carry. That said here’s a pretty good packing guide for the weekend:

  • Things to make yourself more comfortable Tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, camp chair and anything else you deem crucial.
  • Plates, cups, flatware We have some disposable stuff but if you have reusable gear, please bring that. You know, don’t be an Earth-jerk.  


  • A Flashlight Because your night eyes aren’t really that good.


  • Some singles Stacks and stacks of them if you’re betting person like me. I suspect there will be some bocce wagers and games of dice played. Of course, you can always buy a few off Nick’s stack. I heard he sells them eight-for-$10
  • Bonus Items Anything else you want to bring is fine, preferably nothing like guns or explosives to get us tossed out of the park. But if you want to back some cookies, bring them out, I’m not going to stop you. If you only drink a particular gin, you’re welcome to bring that as well. If you want to smoke, smoke away. Just use your better judgement. We’re adults.


Apart from that, just remember when you get to Astico County Park we’ll be in sites BB, CC and DD. You’ll basically turn into the park and drive until you run out of road. It’s going to be a good time. See you soon.

Shutting Down September

It’s Thursday night and there is pizza in the air. That means you must be in Madison, and if you’re ready to push yourself to the known limits of trivia knowledge, you’re in the right city.

Tonight, like every Thursday night, Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia takes over the basement of Glass Nickel Pizza on Atwood. Any one person or any team is welcome to go head to head with the greatest trivia teams in Madison. Sure, there are some filler teams, The Spoony Bards for example, that are just there to get beat, but every other team is really good. I’ll be there, sometimes in costume, other times in my everyday, early-to-mid-century french train conductor uniform. It’s always a good time and always open to everyone.

I suspect right now some players are screaming, SCREAMING, “Hey train-man-looking-trivia-man, WTF’s up with the Weekend in the Woods?”

Well, aggressive stranger, it is on. We’ve got Friday nighters. We’ve got Saturday nighters. We’ve full weekenders. And let me tell you this, we’ve got a month’s worth of beer and meats. I’ll be out there Friday afternoon getting a fire started and my very flashy tent pitched. Everyone is welcome at pretty much any time, but I’m told the pentathlon–beer darts, high point, mumbletypeg, pinfinger and a 50-meter dash–won’t start until about 9pm.

I’ll have a packing guide on the site tomorrow.

Until then, get yourselves to trivia tonight at Glass Nickel. Jake will be there and ready to pour you some of Lagunitas Brewing Co’s finest brews. I’ll be there to ask questions, and as always it’s starts at 7pm. See you there.

The CoBrew League Rolls On

Dang, these league scores at Company Brewing are stacking up like accusations against a supreme court nominee, but instead we’ve got Nick up there, denying nothing. “Yeah I asked everyone those questions. Sometimes I whispered the questions in their ear and then prompted them to look down at my clipboard, where the answer was written. And if I thought a time was really into it, I would give them a prize. I would make them feel like my special team for a few days. I’d do it all over again. To all of them.”  

This trivia is slimy as hell.

Any team that wants to be Nick’s special winners this week would do well to do some research on topics like Invasive Species in The Great State of Wisconsin, Music that features a featuring act, and the work of Darren Aronofsky. Sounds like another bruiser right out of the gate.

One more thing teams are going want to do before the end of this week’s show is to let Me or Nick or Lewis know if you’re coming to Weekend in the Woods with Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia this weekend. We need confirmation if you’re coming, how long you are staying, and if you have any dietary needs/wants.  Honestly, it’s either this or everyone is eating veggie burgers, and using fancy beers to chase pint glasses full of tequila with me, Rob and Becky.

So get your night lined up, then get your weekend plans squared away, and finally get your tuchus down to Company Brewing in Riverwest for the greatest trivia in the great land. The show starts at 7pm. See you there.

Wedding Wave Crashers

Madison, I suggest you spend a little time covering the basics tonight, because word on the street is this week’s show is brutal. We saw a Company Brewing team win with 63 points, then at Up & Under a solo winner emerged with even fewer points. Anyone who comes anywhere near triple digits is instantly going earn legend status tonight.

Since we’re discussing scores, I tossed out some wild speculation about who might win it all last week. I thought for sure it would be TV Doggos, but I completely forgot about Laura Dern and the High-Waisted Mom Jeans. TV Mutts didn’t even show and then Dern crushed the place with intellect. 100% madness. 


Now, you can throw all that history right out the window because this week Neal of Fortune is back and riding that wedding wave. But that wave has to break sometime and if you think you and your crew are the ones to do it, I suggest getting yourself to Glass Nickel Pizza tonight. As it does every week, the show starts at 7pm. We’ll be in the basement. See you there.

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