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Beat the Geek Trivia is hiring!
We’re looking at a post-pandemic world in the next few weeks. That means bars, pubs, tasting rooms, and restaurants are opening back up, and THEY WANT TRIVIA!I need smart, reliable, fun people to help me host trivia shows both live and online. Email me if you’re interested in a fun gig, one or two nights a week.

July 13, 2021

Beat the Geek Trivia returns to Who’s on First in Snohomish on Tuesday nights at 7:00PM. Mark will be your host.

Today’s Beat the Geek Trivia

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Upcoming Beat the Geek Trivia

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Zazzo at Pizza Coop
    Jul. 26, 2021, 7:00 PM

    Current Events
    Seattle Pro Sports
    Pictures -Game Consoles and Devices
    Music -Mashups with TV Themes
    And Potpourri
    BONUS - What city am I visiting if I go to “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.” – 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Clint at Daman's Bar and Grill
    Jul. 27, 2021, 7:00 PM

    Current Events
    Pictures -Pro Sports Logos
    Music -Songs About Masturbation
    And In Other Words - RomComs
    BONUS - What kind of plane was Amelia Earhart flying when she disappeared?

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Jax at Who's on First
    Jul. 27, 2021, 7:00 PM

    Current Events
    State Capitals
    Pictures -Celeb Shots - Pop Divas
    Music -Songs of 2019
    And In Other Words - Literary Titles
    BONUS - The Falkland Islands war was fought between which two countries?

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with John at Ounces Taproom and Beer Garden
    Jul. 27, 2021, 7:00 PM

    Current Events
    World Geography
    Pictures -Rebuses
    Music -Songs of 1999
    And In Other Words - Sitcoms
    BONUS - Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage takes place during what war? – 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark (who?) at Redmond's Bar and Grill
    Jul. 27, 2021, 8:30 PM

    Current Events
    Green Stuff
    Pictures - Fan Art - Disney Marvel Mashups
    Music - Musicals
    And Potpourri
    BONUS - What British Naval Commander formed the plan for Operation Goldeneye? – 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at Lucky 7
    Jul. 28, 2021, 8:00 PM

    Current Events
    Pictures - Famous Artists
    Music - Songs of 1999
    And Rhyme Time
    BONUS - Who plays McBain in the McBain movies on the Simpsons? – 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Brad at Thrasher's Corner Pub
    Jul. 28, 2021, 8:00 PM

    Current Events
    The Princess Bride
    Pictures -Celeb Shots - Bad Wax Celebs
    Music -Postmodern Jukebox - Hip-Hop and R&B
    And Am I Bullshitting?
    BONUS - Who was the leader of Marvel’s God Squad? – 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Zazzo at Rustic Cork
    Jul. 29, 2021, 6:30 PM

    Current Events
    World Geography
    Pictures -Celeb Shots - Supermodels
    Music -2000s Women Musicians
    And Rhyme Time
    BONUS - Who holds U.S. Patent #6469? – 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Arielle at The Lime
    Jul. 29, 2021, 7:00 PM

    Current Events
    Pictures -Watercolor Cinema
    Music -Jock Rock and Sports Songs
    And In Other Words - Literary Titles
    BONUS - Tom Selleck received an honorary doctorate from what university? – 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at
    Jul. 30, 2021, 8:00 PM

    Current Events
    Tourist Destinations
    Pictures -Movie Villains
    Music -Songs About Masturbation
    And Potpourri
    Player Registration - July 30

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Zazzo at Pizza Coop
    Aug. 2, 2021, 7:00 PM

    New Stuff
    Pacific Northwest Geography
    Pictures -Circles
    Music -Worst Songs of the 2000s
    And In Other Words - Best Picture Oscar Winners
    BONUS - What is Das Deutschlandlied – 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Clint at Daman's Bar and Grill
    Aug. 3, 2021, 7:00 PM

    In 2012…
    Pictures -International Flags
    Music -Hard Rock and Metal Covers of Pop Songs
    And I-O
    BONUS - How much was Rosa Parks fined for failing to give up her seat on the bus? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Jax at Who's on First
    Aug. 3, 2021, 7:00 PM

    Orange Stuff
    Doctor, Doctor
    Pictures -Pro Sports Logos
    Music -Songs of 2009
    And Potpourri
    BONUS - What airline was “Sully” working for when he landed on the Hudson River school? – 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at Ounces Taproom and Beer Garden
    Aug. 3, 2021, 7:00 PM

    TV Show Spin-Offs
    Seattle History
    Pictures -Characters in Lego
    Music -Songs of 1989
    And Potpourri
    BONUS - Starbucks got its name from a character in what book? – 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mike at Redmond's Bar and Grill
    Aug. 3, 2021, 8:30 PM

    Three on TV
    Disney Potpourri
    Pictures - Celeb Shots - Famous Birds
    Music - Mashups
    And Before and After
    BONUS - What is the combined ages of Mark Twain and Winston Churchill at the time of their death?

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at Lucky 7
    Aug. 4, 2021, 8:00 PM

    Famous Couples in Cinema
    U.S. Presidents
    Pictures -Watercolor Cinema
    Music -Songs of 1989
    And Before and After
    BONUS - What is the tallest mountain in Tasmania? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Clint at Thrasher's Corner Pub
    Aug. 4, 2021, 8:00 PM

    Las Vegas
    Iron Man (MCU)
    Pictures -Celeb Shots - Moustaches
    Music -Rain Songs
    And Idiom Nexus
    BONUS - What is the name of Rainbow Brite's horse? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at Rustic Cork
    Aug. 5, 2021, 6:30 PM

    Sports Rules
    Pictures -Celeb Shots - Mononymous Musicians
    Music -Hard Rock and Metal Covers of Pop Songs
    And In Other Words - Sitcoms
    BONUS - What test is designed to distinguish Replicants from humans based on their emotional response to questions? – 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Zazzo at Beaumont Cellars Winery
    Aug. 5, 2021, 7:00 PM

    The tasting rooms at The Junction are combining like Voltron to form one giant, outdoor trivia game!
    Beaumont Cellars, Sol Stone, Gard, Armstrong, and Five Star tasting rooms are jointly hosting this week's Beat the Geek Trivia event.

    Green Stuff
    Lions and Tigers and Bears
    Pictures -Rebuses
    Music -Mashups with TV Themes
    And Rhyme Time
    BONUS - Who Banished Ovid? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Zazzo at Beaumont Cellars Winery
    Aug. 5, 2021, 7:00 PM

    The tasting rooms at The Junction are combining like Voltron to form one giant, outdoor trivia game!
    Beaumont Cellars, Sol Stone, Gard, Armstrong, and Five Star tasting rooms are jointly hosting this week's Beat the Geek Trivia event.

    Green Stuff
    Lions and Tigers and Bears
    Pictures -Rebuses
    Music -Mashups with TV Themes
    And Rhyme Time
    BONUS - Who Banished Ovid? - 3 pts.


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 corporate parties, team-building events, holiday parties, and more! Contact Mark for details.

“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

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.

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"
Don't use your cell phone or other electronic devices to look up answers while playing Beat the Geek Trivia. I can't stop you from updating your status or texting your friend tell them how much fun you're having, just don't use your phone to get the answers. If you do, you risk feeling very badly about yourself.

2. “Don’t yell out the answers!”
I already know the answers, I don't need to hear them from you. 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…”
I have the final say whether an answer is correct or incorrect. If an answer is questionable or “almost right”, please let me make the call. If you have a dispute about a decision please discuss it with me at the appropriate time (like during a break or at the end of the game).

And just so you know…

  • Spelling typically doesn't count.
  • I usually need first and last names for famous celebrities.
  • Hosts can often be bribed with food, drinks, or boobs.

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.

Team Name Hall of Fame

Here's a list of some of the best team names I've heard in the last few years..:
  • "Fat kids are harder to kidnap"
  • "Beer, boobs, and bacon"
  • "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"
  • "ButtNut"

  • And, of course, the Hall of Shame...
  • "Team Ramrod"
  • "My couch pulls out but I don't"
  • "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 bored out of my mind. 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. I decided to put that useless knowledge to use. 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 write hate mail to Justin Bieber and negative reviews of the movie Armageddon. My favorite drinks are rum & coke, Jack & ginger, and the legendary Marktini.

    email Mark

    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.

    email Mike

    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. I enjoy building systems for auditoriums, mixing live sound, and generally making things look and sound good. 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.

    My weaknesses are a good vanilla latte, Captain and Coke, or just a good solid beer (but not too hoppy – no bitter beer face for me).

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

    email Zazzo

    Brad Lakey
    Host, Death Star Garbage Chute Maintenance Technician

    I was born and raised in the PNW and have been all over the world since for a myriad of reasons. I’ve always had a problem forgetting things I really need to remember (like my wife’s name) and remembering things that bear absolutely no relevance to any real-life situation (Emperor Caligula’s name translates to “little booty”). I always chalk it up to multiple TBIs but that never really fixes anything. In 2012, I started playing Beat the Geek Trivia, and I suddenly found a use for all of my useless knowledge.

    I enjoy the outdoors, board games, retro video games, tasty (and not tasty) beer, marksmanship, and geeking out about whatever tv or movie franchise I’m currently indulging in. I’m a huge Huskies and Mariners fan. I also enjoy sharing what little knowledge of consequence I possess with others and learning new things (which I’ll probably quickly forget). I’m fascinated with social themes and history and how we manage to keep messing it up. The tiny bright side of such a crazy story is that we get lots of cool trivia knowledge, which I get to read at local watering holes, and you can get rewarded for knowing.

    See you there!

    email Brad

    Clint Cheves
    Host, C-3P0’s Psychotherapist


    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!

    email Clint

    Arielle Albinger
    Host, Thala-Sirens Milkmaid


    My friend and I stumbled upon Beat the Geek Trivia years ago. We fell in love with Mark, the host, and the trivia is the best around. We were instantly hooked! Mark would occasionally mention that he was looking for new hosts and I would always say, “pick me!” Apparently, for years he thought I was kidding until he finally invited me to try out! It’s a blast hosting for a bar full of enthusiastic trivia players and meeting new people!

    By day (and weekends, often) I am a realtor. I enjoy the negotiations and the wrangling, but the best part is getting the right home for my clients. However, drinking, reading trivia questions, and hanging with my friends is far superior!

    I look forward to seeing you guys!

    email Arielle

    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!

    email Jax


    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.