This year, 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 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 Mark at Collector's Choice Restaurant
    Jul. 14, 2024, 6:00 PM

    Ad Slogans
    Famous Bars in TV and Movies
    Pictures - Lockpicker
    Music - 90s One Hit Wonders
    and Am I Bullshitting?
    BONUS - In astronomy, what is syzygy? - 3 pts.

Upcoming Beat the Geek Trivia

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at Collector's Choice Restaurant
    Jul. 14, 2024, 6:00 PM

    Ad Slogans
    Famous Bars in TV and Movies
    Pictures - Lockpicker
    Music - 90s One Hit Wonders
    and Am I Bullshitting?
    BONUS - In astronomy, what is syzygy? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at The Buzz Inn Steakhouse - Lake Stevens
    Jul. 15, 2024, 6:30 PM

    Sports Athlete Nicknames
    Toys and Games
    Pictures - Logos
    Music - Country Songs
    and Potpourri
    BONUS - The red giant Betelgeuse is in what constellation? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Jax at Crave 80s Arcade Bar
    Jul. 15, 2024, 7:00 PM

    Smart Stuff and Dumb Stuff
    Tom Hanks Movies
    Pictures - Celeb Shots - Bad Wax Celebs
    Music - Weird Al Yankovic
    and Potpourri
    BONUS - Draw a picture of a cucumber and two walnuts - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Zazzo at Pizza Coop
    Jul. 15, 2024, 7:00 PM

    US City Nicknames
    Pixar Films
    Pictures - Rebuses
    Music - Mashups
    and Potpourri
    BONUS - What does the FAO in FAO Schwarz stand for? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Ben at The Rustic Cork - Mill Creek
    Jul. 16, 2024, 6:30 PM

    Animated TV
    Seattle Landmarks
    Pictures - Watercolor Cinema
    Music - Days of the Week Songs
    and The Oughts in Review
    BONUS - Take a picture of a picture of your answer book, and show it to your host. - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Clint at Daman's Bar
    Jul. 16, 2024, 7:00 PM

    Space Travel
    Pictures - Celeb Shots - 90s Icons
    Music - Which Beatle
    and Rhyme Time
    BONUS - How many gallons is a buttload? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Alex at Ounces Taproom
    Jul. 16, 2024, 7:00 PM

    Famous Couples on TV
    Famous Twosomes
    Pictures - International Flags
    Music - Songs of 2008
    and Plus One
    BONUS - What does ENIAC stand for? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Jax at Who's on First
    Jul. 16, 2024, 7:00 PM

    Grand Stuff
    Films Set in Seattle
    Pictures - Movie Aliens
    Music - Boy Bands
    and Crazy, Mixed-Up Guys
    BONUS - Who are (were) the 5 current members of NKOTB? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Kaitlin at Juanita Cantina
    Jul. 16, 2024, 7:30 PM

    Disney Potpourri
    Disney Princesses
    Pictures - Disney Henchmen
    Music - Disney Music
    and Disney Movie Quotes
    BONUS - It's Disney Day! Bring something Disney - Max 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Krystie at Woodin Creek Kitchen & Tap
    Jul. 16, 2024, 8:00 PM

    90s Movies Taglines
    Cat Stuff
    Pictures - Clothespin Characters
    Music - Riffs and Solos
    and Idiom Nexus
    BONUS - What year did South Park debut? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mike at Redmond's Bar and Grill
    Jul. 16, 2024, 8:30 PM

    US City Nicknames
    Pictures - Lockpicker
    Music - Blue Songs
    and Analogies
    BONUS - What is Drake's real name? - 3 pts

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Krystie at Sam's Tavern - Bellevue
    Jul. 17, 2024, 7:00 PM

    TV Characters Catchphrases
    In 1992...
    Pictures - Celeb Shots - Seattleites
    Music - Nautical Themed Songs
    and Crazy, Mixed-Up Girls
    BONUS - With 6, which state's capital city has the most vowels? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Ben at Tony's Sports Bar
    Jul. 17, 2024, 7:00 PM

    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Famous Explorers
    Pictures - Characters in Lego
    Music - City Songs
    and Potpourri
    BONUS - Ryan Gosling turned down an invitation to join what boy band? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Clint at Rooney's Food & Spirits
    Jul. 17, 2024, 7:00 PM

    Clear Stuff
    Pictures - Celeb Shots - Red Heads
    Music - Songs of 1989
    and Anagrams
    BONUS - What fruit was the subject of the Nix v. Hedden Supreme Court Case of 1893? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Kelsey at The Point Bar and Grill
    Jul. 17, 2024, 7:00 PM

    Ad Slogans
    Pictures - Logos
    Music - Country Songs
    and Anything But English
    BONUS - Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen - left-handed or right-handed? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Courtney at Thrasher's Corner Pub
    Jul. 17, 2024, 8:00 PM

    Round Stuff
    Orange Stuff
    Pictures - International Flags
    Music - Richard Cheese
    and Potpourri
    BONUS - Where was Modern Family actress Sof?a Margarita Vergara Vergara born? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at The Lucky 7
    Jul. 17, 2024, 8:00 PM

    US Geography
    Tourist Destinations
    Pictures - Pro Sports Logos
    Music - Songs of 2008
    and Anagrams
    BONUS - The Starchild, The Demon, The Spaceman, and The Catman are characters in what rock band? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Ben at DeLille Cellars
    Jul. 18, 2024, 6:00 PM

    US City Nicknames
    Doctor, Doctor
    Pictures - Watercolor Cinema
    Music - Postmodern Jukebox
    and D-List Celebrities
    BONUS - Use the name of a breakfast cereal in your team name - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at The Rustic Cork - Lake Stevens
    Jul. 18, 2024, 6:30 PM

    US City Nicknames
    Famous People with Initials for Names
    Pictures - Rebuses
    Music - 2000s One-Hit Wonders
    and Before And After
    BONUS - Where was painter Bob Ross born? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Zazzo at Beaumont Cellars Winery
    Jul. 18, 2024, 7:00 PM

    90s Three on TV
    Lions and Tigers and Bears
    Pictures - Saturday Morning Cartoon Cinema
    Music - Mashups
    and Crazy, Mixed-Up Guys
    BONUS - Who was the first person to EGOT? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Dan at Northwest Spirits
    Jul. 18, 2024, 7:00 PM

    Children's Authors
    Pictures - Rebuses
    Music - 90s Vitamin String Quartet
    and Am I Bullshitting?
    BONUS - How many ounces are in a 2 liter bottle of Coke? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Courtney at The Lime
    Jul. 18, 2024, 7:00 PM

    College Sports Team Names
    Las Vegas
    Pictures - Rebuses
    Music - Mashups
    and Am I Bullshitting?
    BONUS - Who was the 38th governor of the Great State of Minnesota? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at WIRED Online
    Jul. 19, 2024, 7:00 PM

    Sorry, no Beat The Geek Trivia tonight! See you next week!

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at Collector's Choice Restaurant
    Jul. 21, 2024, 6:00 PM

    Famous Couples in Cinema
    Stuff Only Guys Know
    Pictures - Watercolor Cinema
    Music - Postmodern Jukebox
    and Rhyme Time
    BONUS - Chris Hardwick and Jenny McCarthy co-hosted what show on MTV? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark at The Buzz Inn Steakhouse - Lake Stevens
    Jul. 22, 2024, 6:30 PM

    Current Events
    Famous Cars in TV and Movies
    Pictures - Musical Instrument Pictures
    Music - 80s New Wave
    and In Other Words - Literary Titles
    BONUS - Amar Sonar Bangla is the national anthem of what country? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Jax at Crave 80s Arcade Bar
    Jul. 22, 2024, 7:00 PM

    Current Events
    Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    Pictures - Logos
    Music - Mashups
    and In Other Words - RomComs
    BONUS - Who did Neil Patrick Harris play on his one appearance on Sesame Street? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Zazzo at Pizza Coop
    Jul. 22, 2024, 7:00 PM

    Current Events
    Toys and Games
    Pictures - Celeb Shots - Famous Cats
    Music - Blue Songs
    and Disney Before and After
    BONUS - The Starchild, The Demon, The Spaceman, and The Catman are characters in what rock band? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Ben at The Rustic Cork - Mill Creek
    Jul. 23, 2024, 6:30 PM

    Current Events
    Tom Cruise
    Pictures - Tech Logos
    Music - Mashups
    and Analogies
    BONUS - From where did J. Edgar Hoover obtain his law degree? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Clint at Daman's Bar
    Jul. 23, 2024, 7:00 PM

    Current Events
    Disney Deaths
    Pictures - Celeb Shots - Shirtless Guys
    Music - Mashups
    and Before and After
    BONUS - What university did the host of the British Whose Line Is It Anyway attend? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Alex at Ounces Taproom
    Jul. 23, 2024, 7:00 PM

    Current Events
    Famous Addresses
    Pictures - Tech Logos
    Music - Songs of 1998
    and Am I Bullshitting?
    BONUS - What European country has two elements on the Periodic Table named after it? - 3 pts.

  • Beat the Geek Trivia with Jax at Who's on First
    Jul. 23, 2024, 7:00 PM

    Current Events
    Disney Movie Quotes
    Pictures - Lockpicker
    Music - Baby Songs
    and Rhyme Time
    BONUS - What is Macklemore's real name? - 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:

  • 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

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"
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*

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


    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.

    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.

    Kaitlin Hughes
    Host, R2D2’s Personal DJ

    I have been playing Beat the Geek Trivia since its beginning. My friends and I started going to Beat the Geek Trivia back in 2009/2010 and we loved it!

    I have lived in the PNW for about 25 years. I grew up in California, but you couldn’t pay me to move back there (unless I could somehow live in Disneyland). My husband and I love to travel and go camping with our dog, Georgia. When I’m not travelling, I’m getting more tattoos! I’ve had all sorts of jobs in the past – spin instructor, barista, cake decorator, and I was a host at The Harry Potter Exhibition. I love working with and being around people.

    In my down time, you can find me baking, working on some sort of grandma-hobby craft project (knitting, cross stitching, crochet, etc.), or watching The Mummy starring Brendan Fraser with my dog. I also binge-watch Parks and Rec, New Girl, or MASH for the 97th time with my husband.

    Virginia Bacon
    Host, Chewbacca’s Speech Therapist

    Hey y’all!

    In 2016, I started playing Beat The Geek solo to kill some time while waiting on my daughter. Over the weeks, I invited my friends to play and built up a pretty successful team. We always had a great time! The kiddo is now in college, so now I’m ready to host some of that trivia fun with all of you.

    In the real world, I take care of buildings. It’s not as much fun as it sounds. I grew up in Issaquah and Bellevue with a recent, brief hiatus in LA. In my previous life (before daughter), I was a singer and actress, performing in local theaters since the age of 6. I have a degree in Hospitality Management, and love playing host in all aspects of life.

    I love to cook, to read, and I’m a certified word nerd. I have a dog and a cat and we all love bingeing Friends, The Office, and Parks and Recreation and anything Disney. My favorite movie is The Princess Bride. Let’s chat about it all!

    Alex Wyruchowski
    Host, Jabba’s Wardrobe Coordinator

    Playing Beat the Geek was my first experience with bar trivia and most of my earliest bar experiences. Once my home bar stopped overlapping steak night with trivia, I knew it was time to spread my wings. I have played bar trivia all over the greater Seattle area and still can’t ever come up with a good team name. After graduating from Central Washington University in 2019, I auditioned for Mark, was slated to start in March 2020, and due to unforeseen circumstances, I make my wondrous return in 2024!

    Between bars and Jeopardy!, trivia is my main inside hobby, and often will follow one of my many outside hobbies! Those include: snowshoeing, camping, trying to hike, climbing, ultimate frisbee, kayaking, bird watching, and throwing rocks at people who feed wild animals. When it comes to hosting, would I say that I will be the greatest, most engaging, most handsome host we have ever seen? No, I’m much too humble for that, but literally everyone else is saying it…

    Kasey Stutsman
    Host, Wamprat Wrangler

    They call me Kasey, but my real name is Belch. I live in a cave and my only friends are the slugs and worms who live in the cave with me. I collect sticks and dead leaves from the woods around my cave. Sometimes, I eat the leaves, but not the sticks – that would taste bad. I’m sorry if I smell bad.


    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.