The inimitable host of H.Q. trivia, Scott Rogowsky, hit SXSW in Austin, to conduct a first-ever “live” version of H.Q. on Sunday, March 11th at 90 Rainey Street in Austin Texas at 4:15 p.m.
An avid player, I made certain to get in to the small bar, where we were given tickets good for 2 free drinks. I nailed down a seat right in front of a large-screen TV to watch Bohannon (of Iowa) take his final shot against Nebraska which was blocked in overtime, resulting in a 93-91 loss.
Over 2,500 of us were playing, after we entered in a special “code” that was handed out on site. (You had to be there to win).
The prize money was $10,000 for answering 12 questions in 10 seconds or less, per question. Having just attained Level 7 during the season that ended on February 28th, I was feeling pretty lucky—but, then, I’ve never won (although I won The Cash Show 7 times and then they folded and never paid me my $20!)
As always, the first three questions were the easy ones. (Q1: Where is SXSW held? A1: Austin, Texas. Q2: What song did Phoebe on “Friends sing to her cat? A2: Smelly Cat. Q3: What did the soup Nazi on “Seinfeld” yell at his customers on occasion? A3: “No soup for you!”
Then, things got interesting. And difficult.
Had I known there would be a question about which chef had not been a judge on a cooking show, I would have paid more attention when trapped in the nail shop in Chicago where that is all they ever have on TV. Or, I would have phoned a friend. And who knows what the MS in MSNBC stands for?
The rest were right up my alley. Q6: What famous actress does George have a date with on “Seinfeld?” A6: Marisa Tomei, of course.
Q7: Which Saturday Night Live performer has amassed the longest tenure?
A7: Kennan Thompson
Q8: Which one of “The Office” cast members was not in its first episode, Jan, Kevin or Andy Bernard?
A8: Andy Bernard, of course. By this time, 566 were still in the game.
Q9: In the mid 70s which one of these acts appeared on the first “Saturday Night Live”: Paul Simon, Billy Preston or the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band? I KNEW this was Billy Preston, but only 183 others did. (Most said Paul Simon, who got 328 votes and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band got 56.)
That one was declared a “savage” question and I temporarily forgot to write down what was asked next, but I can tell you that the final question, with 943 competitors in attendance, was: “Which of these shows did not appear on NBC: Today, Tomorrow or Late Show?” I was positive it would be the Late Show, and it was—although my 2 much younger seat mates were not in agreement.
Seventy-two winners split the prize (one is pictured with Scott Rogowski, the host) and took home $138.89 apiece.
Carry on, Garth.