This month, Beat the Geek Trivia is celebrating 15 years of fun, irreverent, and challenging pop-culture trivia and games in the Pacific Northwest and around the world on Beat the Geek Trivia WIRED.

Thank you to all our players and patrons for supporting us since 2009. We look forward to serving you for many more years to come.


Beat the Geek Trivia is Hiring!

If your 2024 New Year's Resolution included spending more time in bars and pubs sassing at strangers about random trivial facts, then I have good news for you... Beat the Geek Trivia is hiring!

As a Beat the Geek Trivia host, you get:

  • All the necessary equipment, trivia content, and materials necessary for your show.
  • A set schedule at a regular location.
  • Time off when you need, and the opportunity to do more shows and private parties.
  • And MONEY!

  • Contact us to learn more. Tell us a little about yourself, why you want to be a Beat the Geek Trivia host, and be sure to include a resume with any applicable work experience (experience is not required, but sometimes helpful).

    Beat the Geek Trivia is STILL looking for web developers! 

    Beat the Geek Trivia would like to partner with local web developers who possess the following competencies:

    • React UI framework.
    • Microsoft Power Platform (Power Apps, Dataverse)
    • WordPress

    Contact Mark if you would like to work with us on some fun projects.

    Today’s Beat the Geek Trivia

    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Ben at Rustic Cork - Mill Creek
      Feb. 20, 2024, 6:30 PM

      Good Stuff
      Serial Killers
      Pictures - Restaurant Logos
      Music - Mashups
      and One of These Things is not like the Others
      BONUS - What lake is sometimes considered to be the 6th Great Lake? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Clint at Daman's Bar
      Feb. 20, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Mean Girls
      7th Grade Biology
      Pictures - Two-State Outlines
      Music - Country Music
      and Forget About It
      BONUS - In what movie does Tom Cruise play an American Civil War veteran named Nathan? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Ryan at Ounces Taproom
      Feb. 20, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Famous Ricks
      Alcohol
      Pictures - Food Brand Logos
      Music - Hard Rock and Metal Covers of Pop Songs
      and Crazy, Mixed-Up Girls
      BONUS - What is Sporty Spice's real name? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Jax at Who's on First
      Feb. 20, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Ad Slogans
      Am I Bullshitting? - The Food Edition
      Pictures - Rebuses
      Music - Mashups
      and Portmanteaus
      BONUS - Of the Seven Wonders of the World, which is the only one that is still standing today? - 3 Pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Krystie at Woodin Creek
      Feb. 20, 2024, 8:00 PM

      U.S. Government
      Sci-Fi and Fantasy
      Pictures - Rebuses
      Music - Mashups
      and Disney Potpourri
      BONUS - If you want to be with me, baby there's a price to pay. What am I, and what do you gotta do? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mike at Redmond's Bar and Grill
      Feb. 20, 2024, 8:30 PM

      Good Stuff
      Tourist Destinations
      Pictures - Lockpicker
      Music - Disney Music Covers
      and Potpourri
      BONUS - Amar Sonar Bangla is the national anthem of what country? - 3 pts.


    Upcoming Beat the Geek Trivia

    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Ryan at Sam's Tavern - Bellevue
      Feb. 21, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Where There's a Will...
      World Geography
      Pictures - Celebs With Animal Names
      Music - Musicals
      and Before And After
      BONUS - What was the title of the Seinfeld episode that featured the first Miss Hawaiian Tropic from the USA?


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Clint at Rooney's Food & Spirits
      Feb. 21, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Blue Stuff
      Sports!
      Pictures - Famous Art and Artists
      Music - Mashups
      and Go On Without Me
      BONUS - Caryn Elaine Johnson is better known as... - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Kelsey at Point Bar and Grill, The
      Feb. 21, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Ad Slogans
      Stuff Only Girls Know
      Pictures - Famous Art and Artists
      Music - Classic Rock
      and Potpourri
      BONUS - Where is the Bonnaroo Music Festival held? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Courtney at Thrasher's Corner Pub
      Feb. 21, 2024, 8:00 PM

      Three on TV - Sitcoms
      Math and Science
      Pictures - Tech Logos
      Music - TV Tunes
      and Rhyme Time
      BONUS - Jingle your car keys at your host when he/she collects your team name - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Ben at Tony's Sports Bar
      Feb. 21, 2024, 8:00 PM

      TV Show Spin-Offs
      Seattle Landmarks
      Pictures - If NFL Teams were British
      Music - Number Songs
      and Before And After
      BONUS - Ben Affleck is banned from playing blackjack at what Las Vegas hotel and casino? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at Lucky 7
      Feb. 21, 2024, 8:00 PM

      Good Stuff
      Math and Science
      Pictures - International Flags
      Music - Country Music
      and Potpourri
      BONUS - What two teams played in the Super Bowl for which Prince played the halftime show? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at Rustic Cork - Lake Stevens
      Feb. 22, 2024, 6:30 PM

      Famous Foursomes
      Sports!
      Pictures - Lockpicker
      Music - Musicals
      and 90s Movies Taglines
      BONUS - Where did Bing Crosby attend college? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Zazzo at Beaumont Cellars Winery
      Feb. 22, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Where There's a Will...
      Good Stuff
      Pictures - International Flags
      Music - Mashups
      and Potpourri
      BONUS - What is the official motto of Spain? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Dan at Northwest Spirits
      Feb. 22, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Brown Stuff
      7th Grade Literature
      Pictures - Watercolor Cinema
      Music - Songs of 1974
      and 90s Movies Taglines
      BONUS - Who are (were) the three members of The Sugarhill gang? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Ryan at Sam's Tavern - Bellevue
      Feb. 22, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Where There's a Will...
      World Geography
      Pictures - Celebs With Animal Names
      Music - Musicals
      and Before And After
      BONUS - What was the title of the Seinfeld episode that featured the first Miss Hawaiian Tropic from the USA?


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Courtney at The Lime
      Feb. 22, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Video Games
      Sports Movies
      Pictures - Logos
      Music - 2000s Women Musicians
      and Potpourri
      BONUS - An Ohio Law says (with some exceptions) that no person shall be arrested on what holiday? - 3 pts.


    • Untitled Event at Private Party or Event
      Feb. 23, 2024,

      BONUS - Private Party or Event


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at Buzz Inn Steakhouse - Lake Stevens
      Feb. 26, 2024, 6:30 PM

      Good Stuff
      Breakfast Cereals
      Pictures - Canadian Province Flags
      Music - Musicals
      and Family Matters - Movie Titles
      BONUS - What is Clinomania? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Jax at Crave 80s Arcade Bar
      Feb. 26, 2024, 7:00 PM

      The Princess Bride
      Sports!
      Pictures - Logos
      Music - Mashups
      and Potpourri
      BONUS - What does ENIAC stand for? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Zazzo at Pizza Coop
      Feb. 26, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Orange Stuff
      Friends
      Pictures - Movie Posters
      Music - Postmodern Jukebox
      and Am I Bullshitting?
      BONUS - Which one of Bart's prank calls backfires when a person with the silly name he requests is actually at Moe's Tavern? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Ben at Rustic Cork - Mill Creek
      Feb. 27, 2024, 6:30 PM

      Ad Slogans
      Geography - Mountain Ranges
      Pictures - Love & Hate Characters
      Music - Disney Music Covers
      and In Other Words - Literary Titles
      BONUS - Where did Meryl Streep get her Master's Degree? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Clint at Daman's Bar
      Feb. 27, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Famous Threesomes
      U.S. Civil War
      Pictures - Video Game Characters
      Music - TV Tunes - Animated TV Shows
      and Potpourri
      BONUS - What is the official sport of the State of Maryland? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Ryan at Ounces Taproom
      Feb. 27, 2024, 7:00 PM

      TV Show Spin-Offs
      20th Century Literature
      Pictures - Celeb Shots - Bad Wax Celebs
      Music - Baby Songs
      and Potpourri
      BONUS - What was Brett Favre's jersey number when he played QB for the Atlanta Falcons? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Jax at Who's on First
      Feb. 27, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Pixar Films
      World Geography
      Pictures - Watercolor Cinema
      Music - Richard Cheese
      and Before and After
      BONUS - What color is Dora the Explorer's talking backpack?


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Krystie at Woodin Creek
      Feb. 27, 2024, 8:00 PM

      Green Stuff
      Who's My Daddy
      Pictures - International Flags
      Music - Boy Bands
      and Go On Without Me
      BONUS - Neil Patrick Harris's first movie role was alongside what Oscar-winning actress? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mike at Redmond's Bar and Grill
      Feb. 27, 2024, 8:30 PM

      Green Stuff
      Famous Ricks
      Pictures - Two-State Outlines
      Music - Weather Songs
      and In Other Words - Proverbs
      BONUS - What explorer, who is the namesake of a bay in northern Canada and a river running through New York,was marooned by the crew of the Discovery? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Ryan at Sam's Tavern - Bellevue
      Feb. 28, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Ad Slogans
      Hollywood Walk of Fame
      Pictures - Car Logos
      Music - Disney Music Covers
      and Palindromes
      BONUS - Who played Pat Winslow in the 2011 Smurfs movie? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Clint at Rooney's Food & Spirits
      Feb. 28, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Color Movies
      Science
      Pictures - Lockpicker
      Music - 2000s One Hit Wonders
      and 2010s Movie Quotes
      BONUS - Name the three colors on the Columbian flag...IN SPANISH! - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Kelsey at Point Bar and Grill, The
      Feb. 28, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Three on TV
      Sports Movies
      Pictures - 90s Toys and Games
      Music - Boy Bands
      and Am I Bullshitting?
      BONUS - Where would you find Hillary's Chimney? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Courtney at Thrasher's Corner Pub
      Feb. 28, 2024, 8:00 PM

      Directors
      Tom, Dick, and Harry
      Pictures - Celeb Shots - Nicks, Nickis, and Nicoles
      Music - Postmodern Jukebox
      and Before And After
      BONUS - If your team were a band of bank-robbing Wild West outlaws, what would your team be called? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Ben at Tony's Sports Bar
      Feb. 28, 2024, 8:00 PM

      Smart Stuff and Dumb Stuff
      The Bill Clinton Presidency
      Pictures - Disney Fan Art
      Music - Mashups
      and Rhyme Time
      BONUS - What is Oklahoma's State vegetable? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at Lucky 7
      Feb. 28, 2024, 8:00 PM

      Famous Ricks
      Black Stuff
      Pictures - Lockpicker
      Music - Riffs and Solos
      and Before and After
      BONUS - What is the name of Prince's mother? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at Rustic Cork - Lake Stevens
      Feb. 29, 2024, 6:30 PM

      Good Stuff
      Titanic
      Pictures - International Flags
      Music - 80s Pop and Rock
      and Potpourri
      BONUS - Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda is now known as what, today? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Zazzo at Beaumont Cellars Winery
      Feb. 29, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Silver Stuff
      Peanuts
      Pictures - Lockpicker
      Music - Baby Songs
      and Idiom Nexus
      BONUS - Who was the Second Dr. Who? - 3 pts.


    • Beat the Geek Trivia with Dan at Northwest Spirits
      Feb. 29, 2024, 7:00 PM

      Tom, Dick, and Harry
      Sports
      Pictures - Celeb Shots - Mononymous Musicians
      Music - Songs of 1964
      and Palindromes
      BONUS - Where did Julianne Moore get her BFA? - 3 pts.


    Reviews

    Read what other people say about Beat the Geek Trivia

    " I love the trivia here!" - Nick M.

    "They have trivia Tuesday nights called "Beat The Geek"... ...the guy who does the quiz is really cool and the questions are good." Stef. M

    "A lot of fun!" - Kristine H.

    "Trivia night is a blast." - Brenda A.

    "Beat the Geek Trivia night is always fun." - Alison S.

    "We've gone here mostly for trivia, which is always crowded..." - Jennifer A.

    "I love the trivia nights!" - Steph C.

    "I come "here" for two reasons. 1. Beat the Geek Trivia Night 2. The Food ...Mark is the owner/host of Beat the Geek Trivia. If there was an award for best trivia night host/announcer in the category of best voice, he would take the cake." - Teaira L.

    "The trivia is done professionally and is definitely a challenge... They had really cool picture round, very creative. And lastly the music round was very entertaining..." - Stefanie F.

    "Trivia night is loads of fun..." - Allison S.

    "I'm here every week with boyfriend & roommate for Beat the Geek trivia nights." - Ginger N. (Hi Ginger!)

    "We came here specifically for the BEAT the GEEK TRIVIA, This guy has a following and tours among different bars which I know because we just went to a trivia he was at the night before. The topics I personally was so excited for there fore I drove out further than my hometown for trivia... Super fun trivia!" - Stefanie F.

    "...Mark Ricker (Beat the Geek) as always, provided a fun Trivia experience for all!" - Paige N.

    "We come every week for trivia. Great vibe and lots of fun." - Allison D.

    "My friends and I come for trivia on Wednesday... This place is always packed when we go. - Erin H.

    "...We're looking forward to returning for the trivia nights on Wednesday's..." - Sara M.

    "...and the trivia game was the best, even tho we lost! We will definitely be back." - Carol N.

    "We came here for the trivia night. Trivia was super fun." - Jenny T.

    Private Parties, Holiday Parties, and Custom Events

    Are you interested in a private trivia party or event for your group or organization? Beat the Geek Trivia does:

    • Live, on-site trivia shows in almost any venue
    • Virtual, online trivia shows using our custom-built online platform
    • Corporate parties and team-building events
    • Holiday parties
    • Birthday parties

    and more!

    Click here for more information.

    “I want Beat the Geek Trivia at MY bar!”

    Beat the Geek Trivia is a great way to entertain your customers and keep them coming back week after week. If you’d like to learn more about regular Beat the Geek Trivia shows at your bar or restaurant, Contact Mark for details.

    The Game

    Gameplay
    Beat the Geek Trivia is a live, interactive pub trivia game. You can play by yourself or as a team. Trust us, it’s more fun with friends. If you don’t have any friends, you can probably find some on Amazon.

    There are five rounds of trivia – two standard Q&A rounds, a self-paced visual round, a music round, and a final round. Your host will read each question out loud; you write your answer in your answer booklet.

    Team Sizes
    The maximum team size is eight players (limits may vary per venue). If you have more than the maximum number of players, you should split into smaller teams. You can play with more than the maximum number of players, but your team will be ineligible for a prize.

    Prizes
    If you and your team score more points than all the other teams, that’s called “winning”. YAY YOU! Winners get a prize – Prizes vary per venue. Regardless, you should call your mom right away and let her know that she raised a winner!

     

    The Rules

    1. "No Googlewebbing on your iBerry"
    Do not use your cell phones or other electronic devices to look up answers while playing Beat the Geek Trivia. To avoid the appearance of cheating, put your phones away during the questions segments. It's good trivia etiquette.

    Besides, you've looked at your phone enough already today, so why not engage with the people in front of you instead.

    2. “Don’t yell out the answers!”
    Confer quietly with your teammates and write the answer down in your answer book. Remember, other teams are sitting close by so keep your discussions between yourself and your teammates.

    3. “I am the judge, jury, and executioner…”
    The trivia host has the final say as to whether an answer is correct or incorrect. We use multiple sources when researching and verifying our facts, so our answers are correct 99.999% of the time. If there is a question or dispute, please consult with your trivia host at an appropriate time (i.e. between rounds or during a break).

    And just so you know…

    • Spelling typically doesn't count.
    • We typically need first AND last names of famous people.
    • We ALWAYS need you to specify movie sequels and prequels.
    • Beat the Geek Trivia hosts don't get paid very well so we're open to bribes. *wink*
    • and NO HALF POINTS!

    The FAQs

    Q. Where do you get your questions?
    A. I write my own questions. I stare at a wall for hours until inspiration strikes. I drink a Marktini, do some research on the interwebz, and then carefully script out the questions.

    Q. Can I suggest a category for your trivia game?
    A. Sure, if it’s a good category and I can write 10 good questions for it. If you have an idea, let me know.

    Q. Do you host for private parties and events?
    A. Yup! Beat the Geek Trivia does several private parties and custom events all year long. Contact me and we can talk about your event.

    Q. What’s up with the AC/DC - Thunderstruck?
    A. It’s a great song! That wicked riff and thundering drums always fires me up! I've tried a few times to mix things up and use a different opening song, but you guys didn't like it.

    Q. The songs you pick for the music round are... (pick one)

    • Too old
    • Too young
    • Too obscure
    • Not my favorite kind of music
    • All of the above
    A. I have regular players with ages ranging from 20 to 70. I try to cater to several time periods and genres in popular music. Considering the vast amount of music there has been in the last 50 years, if you only know half of the songs I play you should feel good about yourself. If your team is struggling with the music round, my suggestion is to add a couple of team members who know more music. Or, just feel good about the fact that you are being exposed to something new and different.

    Q. What are you drinking?
    A. Usually too much. I like Rum & Coke, Jack & Ginger, or a Marktini.

    Q. What is a Marktini?
    A. This is a Marktini. The more Marktini's you drink, the better they are!

    Q. Are you looking for new places to do Beat the Geek Trivia?
    A. Sure, contact me.

    Q. Are you looking for more trivia hosts?
    A. I've always got my eyes open for enthusiastic, interesting, and engaging people. Ask me for an audition. If you're good, we'll move forward. If you suck, I'll let you know. Email me.

    Beat the Geek Trivia's background music playlist is now available on Spotify®.

    Team Name Hall of Fame

    Here's a list of some of the best team names of the last few years..:
  • "Alexa, Play Air Supply"
  • "In Dog Beers, I've had One!"
  • "Fat kids are harder to kidnap"
  • "Multiple Scoregasms"
  • "Donner, Party of 5"
  • "One skin, two skin, three skin..."
  • "What would Jesus do for a Klondike bar?"
  • "I slept with Hermione Granger and caught Hogwarts"
  • "Governor Quiz Quistie"
  • "Tony Danza's Tapdancing Extravaganza"
  • "Our Drinking Team has a Trivia Problem"

  • And, of course, the Hall of Shame...
  • "Team Ramrod"
  • "My couch pulls out but I don't"
  • "Dunder-Mifflin A-Team"
  • "Better Late Than Pregnant"
  • "Winners"
  • Recycled Paper

    Beat the Geek Trivia has switched to using 100% recycled paper for all answer booklets, hand-outs, and internal use. This accounts to 94% of all paper used by Beat the Geek Trivia. Please join us by not only reducing, re-using, and recycling as much as possible, but purchasing products made from recycled materials.

    The Hosts

    Mark Ricker
    Owner, Host, Jedi Master

    I started Beat the Geek Trivia in 2009 when I was recently divorced, unemployed, and a little drunk. I had always had a head full of trivial knowledge, but just knowing things like Albert Einstein’s middle name wasn’t getting me very far in life. So I put that useless knowledge to use and started a pub trivia show. Since then, Beat the Geek Trivia has grown beyond my expectations and is now a full time job for me.

    Before Beat the Geek, I worked in IT, sales and business development, and mortgage lending. I shaved my head in 2001 and never looked back. I don’t have any kids or pets, but I’ve kept a houseplant alive for over 10 years (I think I might be ready for a goldfish now). I was born in New York, but I’m a Chargers fan. In my spare time, I invent new ways to insult Ariana Grande and trash the movie Armageddon. My go-to drink is the legendary Marktini.


    Mike Faris
    Host, Manager, protocol droid fluent in over 6 million forms of communication

    I gave the worst performance of my life as an 18-year-old at summer camp while emceeing a talent show. After that night I may have never picked up a microphone again except that later that year my college dorm wanted me to host the school-wide lip-syncing contest. Not bad, but not all that good either. These days I’m pretty comfortable behind the microphone whether it’s as the public address announcer for high school basketball games, the master of ceremonies for more wedding receptions than I recall, or hosting trivia for years now.

    Highlights in my life up to this point are riding the bike from the ET movie at Universal Studios, winning the grand prize in a radio station giveaway for a Felix Hernandez signed baseball and discovering I don’t like Waldorf salad. My geek credentials include that I’ve willingly been to a Star Trek convention, I read tech blogs every day, and that my mother-in-law says that I’m “good with the computers”. Next time you’re at trivia, fill me in on some of your geek cred.


    David Zazzo
    Host, Marksman Stormtrooper

    Hi there, I’m David – but most people call me Zazzo.

    My best friend and I stumbled across Beat the Geek Trivia in 2016 at one of our guys’ nights and have loved it ever since. After playing for several months, I thought to myself, “it would be really fun to be a trivia host.” I talked to Mark, gave it a shot and auditioned, and here we are!

    By day, I work at a local software company doing cloud-y things. By night, though, I indulge my strong passion for technical arts and production – lighting design, audio engineering, video engineering, etc. When I’m not geeking out on that stuff, you can find me at Sounders FC home games cheering on the boys in Rave Green.

    I’m excited to be your Beat the Geek Trivia host!


    Clint Cheves
    Host, C-3P0’s Psychotherapist

    Hey!

    I’m Clint and I am one of those stupid millennials. I have a fear of change. I still live 15 minutes from where I was born, and I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. Pop culture, movies, music, technology, ancient history, and general nerdom have always been a big part of my life; just ask the people that cheated off me in high school.

    While the rest of my friends were scoring touchdowns, I spent my nights reading an episode-by-episode synopsis of Scrubs. It took until the seventh grade for me to get out of my pre-pubescent cocoon and, despite my Coke machine-like physique, I started playing sports. I never forgot my first love of knowing things that probably won’t matter, though, but it now included athletics.

    I love sports, technology, religion, the Lakers, and [censored]. My other loves are Jameson, a good light beer, and [censored]. I’m super stoked to be doing trivia for you guys. Let’s get drinks and talk pop culture!


    Jax Alspaugh
    Host, Palpatine’s Cosmetician

    I’ve worked in a variety of industries and positions – marketing, customer correspondent for a prostate supplement company, barista, birthday party hostess at a bowling alley, apartment complex manager, CNA, laser hair removal technician, snowboard instructor, and car saleswoman.

    At my audition, I bragged about being the MC in 5th grade for my elementary school’s talent show. I love entertaining, having done both stand up comedy and performed with a band playing a mean cowbell. I also currently host karaoke on the weekends.

    Besides trivia, I LOVE cheese, wine tasting, breweries, dancing, gaming, brunch, a GOOD bloody Mary, a well crafted/ironic mustache, live music, roller skating, vintage style/thrift store clothes shopping, supporting my community, and time with my family. Seeing my only son graduate from WSU in 2020 with his Bachelor’s in Social Sciences will be my proudest moment.

    It should go without saying, but I’ll say it again, GO COUGS!


    Courtney Parham
    Host, Darth Vader’s CPAP Technician

    I’m Princess Courtney, Chairperson of the Galactic Prom Committee and supreme ruler of Planet Sucralose. At age 13, I was designated as the Protector of Galactic Freedom and Designer Fashion by King Zeus. He gave me three magical tools: The Fairy Wings of Gollum, the Emerald Wand of Horcrux, and a gorgeous Louis Vuitton studded black leather handbag with faux fur trim and a pocket for my iPhone.

    I promise to protect the freedom of every sentient being in the galaxy and to gently but firmly advise on haute couture, as is my charge, as is my oath.


    Ryan Zwirner
    Host, Tatooine Sand Appraiser

    Hey there!

    About me: I’m 6’3”, because apparently that matters. I’m from Southern California (don’t judge) -I moved up to Washington 7 years ago and love it so far.

    In my free time you’ll usually find me kayaking, telling dad jokes, brewing beer, pretending I like hiking, or being lazy and copy/pasting my Tinder bio when people ask me for “a blurb for the website”.

    Lets grab a drink!

    PS. Must love dogs.


    Ben Brockman
    Host, Ordained Ewok Funeral Officiant

    I am proud to be known as the first ever inductee to the “Beat the Geek Trivia Host Hall Of Fame,” an honor I bestowed upon myself without the knowledge or approval of anyone else.

    When not memorizing release dates and chart/sales performance of every popular movie and album released since the 1970’s, I can be found crashing neighborhood parties throughout the Puget Sound region, where I serenade confused attendees with “Wonderwall,” the most under-performed guy-with-a-guitar song of all time. I avoid being depressed during the wet and dreary months by cheering on our local sports teams live and in person as they inevitably fail in the biggest moments.

    I can also beat the original Super Mario Bros on NES in 8 minutes and 30 seconds; it’s not a record time or anything, but I think it’s a pretty decent effort.


    Krystie Ritchey
    Host, Bassist for Figrin Dan and the Modal Nodes

    I’m Krystie Ritchey, and I approve this message.

    I’m originally from Detroit, but grew up all over the world while my dad served in the military, and I just can’t help myself but continue moving every so often as an adult. I’ve loved performing ever since I embarrassed my parents in a cafeteria, belting out Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All”, when I was 3 years old. I’ve continued being an absolute ham on stage/behind a microphone ever since, including a stint in community theater, playing bass guitar and singing in a few bands, and now hosting trivia. I was a regular Beat the Geek player–and frequent winner–until I decided to take a Ken Jennings turn and apply to host. Previously, I’ve worked in retail, mortgage sales, customer service, and teaching English as a Second Language.

    I’ve always loved music, and my superpower is being able to identify songs and artists within seconds of hearing them. I’m a language geek and I’ve got a linguistics degree to prove it; I’ve studied 6 languages (English, German, Spanish, Latin, Swedish, Icelandic) to lend me additional geek street cred. Also, I’m obsessed with Iceland, and I can tell you anything about RuPaul’s Drag Race, both the US and all international versions. My go-to drinks are vodka pineapple, amaretto sour, and non-IPA beers. Cheers!


    Dan Filowitz
    Host, Jedi Academy Day Care Center Administrator

    Residing in the suburbs of Seattle by way of Chicago and New Jersey with brief stops in Indiana, California, Toronto, and Vancouver. (Scent of a Woman Al Pacino voice) I’ve been around, you know.

    Once, when I didn’t have kids, I spent a lot of time on stage, in Chicago, writing and performing. Improv, sketch comedy, theater, that sort of thing. Then I had kids and moved and don’t do all that anymore. So, I’m very excited to be back at it again hosting Beat the Geek Trivia (nothing happened to the kids other than getting older, in case you were worried.)

    As mentioned, I have kids. Two. And pets. Four. I work in marketing strategy during the day, which is enjoyable but not particularly funny. I also spend time rooting for the New York Knicks and the New York Jets, which most of the time is neither enjoyable nor funny (to me, it does tend to make other people laugh. At me.) Hosting trivia is enjoyable and generally funny, so I’ve got that going for me now, which is nice.


    Kelsey Yost
    Host, Rancor Veterinarian

    When I started playing Beat The Geek Trivia in early 2021, I thought to myself “I could do that!”, and look at me now! While my trivia team never had much success, we always had a blast and I knew I wanted to be a part of the world of trivia hosts.

    When I’m not hosting Beat the Geek Trivia shows, I’m a school psychologist wrangling middle school students. Dealing with rowdy children and endless questions is something I’m very used to, so ask me anything! I have two dogs and a cat whom I will happily show you too many pictures of if you ask (or don’t ask, I show them to everyone).

    My nerdom knows no bounds, but I’m particularly fond of anything in book form. I’m always looking for recommendations, so let me know what you’ve recently read that I should add to my ever-growing TBR.


    You?
    Host

    Beat the Geek Trivia is always looking for energetic and funny trivia hosts. If you think you sound good on a microphone, you like talking in front of a crowd, and you’re not a moron, you should audition.

    email Mark if you’re interested.



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