By Merle Exit
Anyone with a brain crammed with useless information covering a plethora of topics can stop annoying just their friends while watching “Jeopardy!” and bring their encyclopedic knowledge to a much larger audience.
On the first Tuesday of each month, Q.E.D. in Astoria presents The Big Quiz Thing, a trivia night hosted by emcee Noah Tarnow.
“I have been running this quiz event since 2002 and travel the country bringing this brand of entertainment to thousands nationwide,” Tarnow said. “I am happy to have Q.E.D. as a venue. A regularly scheduled show builds up momentum.”
Although he remains the head quiz master, Tarnow has turned over the regular emcee duties to comedian Rory Scholl.
Each quiz night consists of six rounds.
Round 1 is traditional trivia, including questions about history, pop culture, politics and sports. Round 2 uses clips from movies, TV shows and music videos to pose the questions. Then it is back to traditional trivia in Round 3.
Audio clips make their appearance in Round 4, where questions relate to sound bites that are played. That is followed by the Lightening Round, where Tarnow fires off rapid questions and contestants have only one minute to write down all their answers and turn them in to the emcee.
Then the top three scoring teams play in the Buzzertastic Finale where harder trivia questions are posed to find the winner.
Of course, some of those points can be earned through incorrect guesses.
“Smart-Ass Points” are given to wrong answers which make the audience laugh.
Tarnow also has a category of questions he calls “figureoutable,” which do not rely on general knowledge and may seem impossible to solve at first. But Tarnow includes plenty of clues in these questions to make the answer figure-out-able.
“Anyone in the audience is welcome to participate in this interactive performance,” Tarnow said.
If you Go
The Big Quiz Thing
When: Nov. 3 and Dec. 1, at 7:30 pm
Where: Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria
Cost: $8/advance, $10/at door