host bios: get to know us
Our professional hosts are some of the most entertaining, energetic personalities in the business! ...or should we say "quizness?"
Bryce "Game Over" Galen
Growing up in Oak Ridge, TN, Bryce started his trivia career at a young age, as captain of the Oak Ridge High School Science Bowl team that won a state championship in 2001. In his naive younger days, he tried to make the world a better place, once receiving an environmentalism award from President Bush and organizing an eating contest for charity which pitted the offensive line of the UVA football team against celebrity eater Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas. Today, however, Bryce has been occupied with corrupting the minds of trivia fans in NYC, DC and beyond as the Founder and President of TriviaTryst.
Carol "Power Plant" Padiernos
A rising star on the NYC comedy circuit, this Rutgers engineering grad once supervised mechanics at a power plant, and if you don't laugh at her jokes she will throw a monkey wrench at you. Luckily, she is one of the funniest hosts on the TriviaTryst team and her electrifying style will have you coming back week after week. Carol is also Vice President of Operations for TriviaTryst.
Rachel "Rabies-Free Since 83" Arbeit
Originally from Westchester, Rachel graduated from Northeastern in Boston before moving to NYC to surround herself with sports fans she could tolerate. Like Carol, Rachel makes her rounds on the NYC comedy circuit. She writes for National Lampoon and, of course, herself. Visit Rachel's personal website, creatively named rachelarbeit.com.
Michael "Lawless" Caputo
From an early age, Michael's Mom knew that he belonged on the stage when she would videotape him dancing to Paula Abdul in the driveway of their Long Island home. She immediately entered him into dance school. Although that didn't work out, Michael continued to perform in various theater schools and was even President of both his High School Drama AND Musical Club. He then went on to graduate from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama, and continued his acting career in Los Angeles where he landed several commercials, music videos and TV show gigs. Now back in New York and sane again, he is happy to continue his career on the 'right' coast and host for TriviaTryst! He also has his own band which can be heard at www.soundcloud.com/miclawless. For more information about Michael, visit www.lacasting.com/michaelcaputo or see him back at his dance roots on YouTube - Brooklyn Dance Off Vol. 1.
Mark "In the Mix Since 86" Weiss
When this Cincinnati-native and Ohio State alum is not hosting epic TriviaTryst games, you can find him fielding complaints in many languages from tourists at the NBC Studio tour desk. In addition, he willingly hands the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater his paychecks from said tour desk position in hopes of one day performing what Del Close considers improvisational comedy. If asked a trivia question outside his category wheelhouse of sports, movies, or music he will just stare and nod at you. He considers himself in the top 37th percentile of all human beings based on immune system alone. And his friends will say he is limber, local and ready to listen... to your problems.
Chelsea "The Circumstance" Galen
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chelsea's original nickname was "Sweet Pea." Chelsea made some changes when she moved to NYC last summer to become a producer-in-training for a leading visual effects production studio, and started trying to cultivate a harder image. Her nickname refers to the fact that her TriviaTryst events are so popular they are "The Circumstance" which determines whether or not a given bar or restaurant is on or off the map.
John "The Mouth" Fazio
From the halls of Bethel Middle School to the grounds at Westconn, John, a Connecticut native, was always told by his teachers to shut his mouth. In the ultimate form of revenge, not only did he get a job working in radio with duties ranging from on-air to promotions & marketing, but he sings in a local band and hosts TriviaTryst. There's no shutting him up now! When John isn't behind a mic he's probably behind a camera working on short films or riding his ripstick in the driveway.
Noah "Hang 'em High" Waterman
When the planet Funkatron 5 was destroyed, a tiny vessel escaped carrying the last remaining survivor through space before it crash landed into the Oakland backyard of Mr. and Mrs. Waterman. Inside the vessel they discovered a tiny baby boy. Raising him as their own they named him Noah (because apparently the idea of someone named "Noah Waterman" was too good to pass up). Noah had spent many of his adult years going back and forth between both coasts before he eventually landed on the island of Manhattan. A former actor and comedian, Noah is now sowing his seeds to become the Clown Prince of New Media, producing music videos and web series including the upcoming show The Upstarts (which, once aired, will be found at www.theupstartsonline.com). When not producing or hosting trivia, Noah can often be found admiring his collection of Tiki mugs & Luchador masks, concocting strange yet delicious specialty cocktails and performing Lou Bega's "Mambo #5" at Karaoke.
John "Hey Ya" Hayoz
Before John joined the team of TriviaTryst Hosts, he spent his formative years as 1/3 of the infamous hip hop team known as Outkast*. Although it didn't work out due to disagreements with John's outlandish clothing choices, he still holds the experience dear to his heart. Whenever he hears "Hey Ya", he knows they're calling out to him. Come listen to him spit out lyrics at a TriviaTryst event near you. While you're at it, check out his latest fashion endeavors - they're so fresh and so clean clean. (*Not true)
Emily "Crack da" Code
Prior to age seven, Emily could not pronounce the letter "C" and therefore called herself Emily Toad until second grade. A Tufts Drama Grad and native New Yorker, Emily has studied Alpine Botany in France and is unable to drive in certain states due to possible outstanding warrants. She keeps a jar of Nutella in her desk at 59E59 Theaters' Box Office and will never turn down a dance off. Emily’s family and friends are shocked and relieved she has channeled her Jeopardy! “problem” into a marketable skill. Learn about her burgeoning acting career at www.emilycode.com!
Ryan "Business Time" Barker
A UMich alum who hails from Brooklyn & currently resides in Yonkers, Ryan is a talented actor and martial arts master. When he's not kicking ass on stage or in the streets though, Ryan hosts some of the meanest trivia games around. At Ryan's events, when the mic goes on and the beats fire up, you'll quickly realize that it's "Business Time". Check out his website at theryanbarker.com.
Regine "Queen Bee" Mont-Louis
Regine “Queen Bee” Mont-Louis was born to Haitian parents in Texas (yee-haw!) After high school, she packed her bags and moved across the pond to London for university but like most delusional dreamers, she wanted to act. Regine secured an agent in the UK but decided that going Stateside would be her best bet. She’s appeared on the A&E network, on stage at the Roy Arias Theater and in a hilarious commercial for panties. In her spare time, she likes languages, traveling, all things sweet and making fun of people. Check out www.madameregine.weebly.com if you want more!
Sarah "Pixie" Wilson
A native Virginian and proud Northwestern alum, Sarah is a professional actress with many hidden talents. She once scored 594 points in a Scrabble game and has been known to play Rock Band by herself. When not hosting TriviaTryst, she is most likely acting in something, making organic ice cream, or dominating a crossword puzzle. Or telling her dog how little he is.
Kevin "Like a Storybook" Character
Kevin’s charismatic attitude and fascination with other people and their stories makes him nothing short of his name. This University of Georgia alum started his hosting career in Florida as a TV news anchor, bringing his professionally sarcastic attitude and weird knowledge about Italian ice cream to the mic. Perhaps more interesting than his last name is the fact that some people still have difficulty spelling it. "Like a Storybook" is Kevin’s quirky explanation. Character, now a grad student and Central Park employee, spends each day fighting off raccoons and trying to explain to non-English speakers the best route to Times Square. There’s always something absolutely tweet-worthy happening. Visit one of Kevin’s TriviaTryst games to hear more of his crazy stories!
Alex "Your Future Ex-Boyfriend" Maggard
Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Alex moved to Manhattan in late 2011 after an unfortunate cow-tipping incident. A self-described connoisseur of fine scotch and buffalo wings, Alex is a perfect example of earnest Midwestern charm and bad $20 haircuts. Awkwardly standing at 6'4", Alex suffers from "Too Tall to Comfortably Fit on the Island of Manhattan-itis." When not hosting TriviaTryst games, you can find Alex alone in his Hell's Kitchen apartment, reenacting scenes from last week's episode of Mad Men.
Alex "Guinness" Innes
President Barack Obama has called him, “the best trivia host since George Bush,” and Alex Trebek has asked him to be on standby for Jeopardy, but Alex “Guinness” Innes has taken his talents to the wild streets of Washington D.C. where he has been giving the city with the most alcoholics nationwide a reason to come to the bar on a weeknight. Follow Alex on Twitter @alexanderdinnes to see where he's hosting next and what he does when he's not behind the mic.
Woodrow "Pack" Landfair
Crashing into show business in 2006, Pack began by pawning all of his possessions, buying a motorcycle, and traveling across all fifty states while working odd jobs, performing original oral stories and sleeping on the sofas (and in the backyards) of many strangers. His albums of stories sell on iTunes and he is in the process of publishing his first and second novels. Pack's career in ‘showbiz’ took a major step forward in 2011 when he was hired as a full-time corporate speaker, Master of Ceremonies, and TriviaTryst Host. In a previous life, Pack won an NCAA National Championship as a member of the Texas Longhorn baseball team where he became friends with over a dozen Major League Baseball players.
Allison "What The Wruk Is Cooking" Wruk
When Allison is not having a blast quizzing bar folks with trivia, you can find her glued to a blog, volunteering with animals, making ridiculous greeting cards for her friends, terrorizing children at her day job or performing stand up. She was named “least intimidating person you will ever meet” by Muscle and Fitness magazine an impressive 5 years in a row and was used as the primary research subject in the forming of Murphy’s Law. As a result, she developed an irrational love of mid 1990’s televised wrestling and now runs into every room saying “What The Wruk Is Cooking!". Be forewarned TriviaTryst players, this one is an animal.
Joshua "Primetime" Goldman
A man of many talents yet a master of none, Josh "Primetime" Goldman brings an unrelenting enthusiasm and that extra touch of class to TriviaTryst events. By day you can find Josh figuratively and literally hugging trees as an environmental attorney but at night, Josh transforms, much like a pupa, into DC's hottest, and most unknown, DJ. You can find him playing 90s hip hop and thumpin dance music way too loud at house parties throughout the DC area. When not out on the town, Josh is a devoted family man and lounging enthusiast. Come check Josh out at the next great DC TriviaTryst event!
Kevin "Phil" Collins
Kevin hails from the mean streets of Arlington, VA, and is a connoisseur of random knowledge. His love of trivia began at JMU, and followed him to TCD in Ireland where he defeated the entire country in a massive nation-wide game that totally did happen. He is back in the U S of A, and ready to charm your socks off with his best Irish accent if you ask him nicely enough. When Kevin is not enthralling you with super useful trivia that you use every day all the time, he can be found doing theatre-y things around the DC area. He tries to live each day as Abraham Lincoln and once said, "Hello, my name is Abraham Lincoln."
Nicholas "Cool Hand" Pope
Nicholas "Cool Hand" Pope is 8 feet tall. When polar bears can't find food, they call Nick for help. If he coughs, he needs to shave again, and most of all, he loves trivia, but of course doesn't need the answer sheet. Soon, Cool Hand will be in your living room, on your walls and erupting from your stereo.
Juwon "The Real G" Park
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Juwon spent her formative years in the Seattle area. She graduated from a college in Texas that isn't UT where she studied public relations. She has been a wedding planner, paralegal, worked for the Korean Department of Commerce, slapped makeup on women's faces, and delivered calves. Now all she wants to do is watch Law & Order: SVU marathons in overpriced yoga pants. She refuses to meet you at the NE/NW/SE/SW corner of any intersection and will always demand a landmark as a meeting spot. Her favorite rap lyric is: "Real G's move in silence like lasagna."
Mike "G-Man" Grossman
Mike isn't just your average well-dressed viking. A 1998 alumnus of The School of Hard Knocks (accreditation pending), Mike traveled eight of the seven seas (it's a Bermuda Triangle thing...) in search of the perfect bar trivia night. Although there was a hard-to-find spot in Djibouti that was a solid contender for a time, he knew he had found the promised land when he alit, battered, torn and drenched in what can only be described as the East River, on the shores of Manhattan. The lead engineer at TriviaTryst said, "Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. I've got some Febreze in my car." Thus spawned the Eight Dollar, Ninety-Five Cent TriviaTryst Host.
Matt "Meowro" Mero
As an infant Matt was abandoned and subsequently raised by a group of stray cats. He learned English from an old edition of Children's Trivial Pursuit and People magazine. This set him on a path destined for greatness in the world of trivia. In the early 90's Matt started a small trivia game with his adopted feline family, hosted monthly in the basement of an abandoned warehouse in central Indiana. As interest grew, more and more cats (and even a few dogs) began showing up to get their trivia on. Within six months he was renting out a room in the back of a local pet store and running a weekly game. The popularity of his trivia game landed him as the topic of an article in a national publication where he caught the attention of TriviaTryst. After being signed with TT, he quickly rose to the top of the trivia game. He can now be seen all over the DC-Metro area bringing his unique style of hosting to the top venues around the nation's capitol. Some have described his "game show announcer-like" voice as "purrfect."
Andrew "Hats On, Hats Off" Quilpa
A native of Hampton Roads, Andrew has worn many hats; at his graduation from the University of Virginia, he managed to wear nearly all of them. Currently, Andrew is a computer instructor at Byte Back,a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving economic opportunities of DC residents. Secretly, he is a time traveler trying to prevent the robot uprising of 2123. Andrew is now proud to don the thinking cap of TriviaTryst trivia host. Andrew's favorite hat is the Panama hat; his greatest superpower is self-delusion.
Bryan "Baby Face" Benson
Bryan was born in New York. At the age of 7, his life took an interesting turn when he was kidnapped and held for ransom by a group of radicals from the small island nation of Scoobeedoo. There he was forced by his captors to host a weekly trivia night in a small hut for the country's president until his parents paid the ransom. His parents were poor so he stayed on the island of Scoobeedoo for 3 years until one night when he told the president, Fahuka Shamuka, that he must work with a lonely peasant during the Tryst round. This was forbidden according to Scoobeedoo law and Bryan was banished from the island. He lead a somewhat normal life performing comedy in places like New York City and Berlin, Germany, but he always though of his time on that island. In 2012 he decided to finally face his fear of making another mistake while hosting a trivia night and joined the Trivia Tryst team.
Tara "Sweet T" Davis
Tara hails from a far off land in Virginia where they drive their tractors to school and hunter’s education is mandatory in the seventh grade. She left the farm to attend the University of Virginia and now lives in the nation’s capital, where she feels they could really use just one more cupcake shop and food truck. Skilled in the area of people and their twisted minds, she works in the field of psychology and plans to use her training to analyze each of her patrons. Her lack of actual trivia knowledge is made up for by the fact that she is walking evidence that women actually can be funny. Her dimples may make her look innocent, but watch out, her biting wit and sarcasm often hit below the belt. Tara’s volunteer work with high schoolers and passion for hockey have prepared her to be heckled, so bring it!
Revetta "The Editta" Dixon
Revetta was raised in a town so small she had both her parents as teachers, her mom not once, but twice. Instead of using the music of Radiohead or Nirvana to deal with her considerable teen angst, Revetta drowned her sorrows in the genius of Daryl Hall and John Oates. Eventually, she made it to the big suburbs and earned degrees in journalism and law, but left the practice of law to follow Hall & Oates as they toured around the country. When she's not hosting trivia, you can find her hunched over her laptop in her other gig as a freelance legal editor.
Gina "The Diva" Iracki
Gina is currently studying to become a professional opera singer at the Manhattan School of Music. When she's not charming you with her rendition of Habanera, she's using her vocal chords to make even science and history questions sound like music to your ears. Get your fill of her angelic voice at the nearest TriviaTryst event before her performances become $1,000 for a listen!
Jillian "The Chameleon" Liebman
When you first meet Jillian you may have to look down given her short stature, but soon you'll figure out she still makes herself known. Spicy, feisty, spunky and sassy are all words others have used to describe her, and putting a mic in her hand just adds fuel to the fire. Grand master of trivia and awful jokes, she makes her trivia sessions memorable. In her spare time she's reading avidly, writing a science-fiction novel, and acting in local productions when she can.
Meg "A-Million" Maley
A true Jersey girl at heart, Meg graduated from Baldwin Wallace Music Conservatory and moved to big bad city. After years of singing, dancing and all that jazz, Meg is now in the world of television hosting….and waiting tables. She loves being an aunt, spending time in the sunshine, her bike, and the most dramatic reality-TV. Besides hosting Trivia Tryst, her favorite kind of nights usually include wine and take-out! Check it out: www.megmaley.com .
Louie "The Legend" Rousso
Louie is a living legend in Westchester, NY. At a young age he was told that the sun shines out of where the sun don't normally shine. From that point on, he always knew he was destined for the spotlight. When he's not killing it at Tequila Sunrise on Trivia Thursdays, you can find him as the host of The Mann Up Show on Zeldaza.net. He spends his free time being devilishly handsome, eating PB&J's and quoting movie lines by himself. For more on Louie follow him on Twitter @TweetsFromLouie.
Nicholas "Nikki Gunz" Cummins
Born in Bel-Air (Maryland, that is), Nicholas promptly moved to Philly as a young man when he wasn't getting into enough fights on the playground. When he isn’t making you and your friends squirt cocktails out your noses, he can be found in Brooklyn engaging in political organizing, running marketing campaigns, spitting hip-hop, and hustling in every other imaginable way.
Morgan "The Songbird" Beckford
Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Morgan was born with a voice to be heard. After living a childhood full of talking to, over, around, and about anyone and anything she could focus on, she is SO HAPPY that she has finally found a job that encourages her boundless, tireless chatter. Many have asked: "Doesn't that voice of yours get tired?" Never! Singing Mozart and Puccini by day, she studied voice both at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Maryland, College Park. She enjoys cheesy jokes and puns, board games, steamy historical fiction, going to the opera, bowling, miniature golf, painting, movies with big explosions, and acquiring useless knowledge.
James "I Was Told There’d Be Free Food" Frankie
You could say that James was destined to host trivia. Since he was a wee child his parents held a strict ritual that dinner was to be eaten at 7pm every night so that they could play Jeopardy. The children of the house were expected to remain silent while their mother and father quiz battled it out for intellectual supremacy. When it’s either embrace the trivial knowledge being spewed forth from Alex Trebec’s moustache (R.I.P. mustache) in silence, or risk stern punishment for asking someone to pass the salt during a Daily Double, you learn to value the game of trivia for all its worth. James is a New York native and has been hosting and playing trivia in New York City for years. What started as a gig to supplement his income while he worked on writing science fiction and fantasy stories became a near full time job while he put himself through law school. Now a doctor of jurisprudence, and also a wine rep with extensive knowledge of fine wines and spirits, James continues to fuel his painfully ingrained love of the trivia competition as a host with TriviaTryst. He will also help you with your divorce papers, recommend a moderately priced Nebiollo, and write you a short story about dragons and robots… if you are extra nice to him…
Luz "Cannon" Aquino
Luz joins the TriviaTryst team from the sunny country of the Dominican Republic. Accountant by trade, when she's not punching numbers, she's punching up TriviaTryst events with her style and wit. Be warned though - she may be sweet one minute and spicy the next, that's why there's no denying that she's Luz "Cannon" Aquino.
Yves "Le Loup" Albaret
NO words can contain the essence of Yves. You'll just have to experience his trivia wizardry first hand. Quiz boys/girls respect him, cheaters fear him and businesses depend on his game show prowess. When not rocking the mic, Yves spends his free time trotting the globe in search of ultimate knowledge and the answer to the very first question posed by man: "Huh?" If one so dares as to witness Yves in action be sure to bring an extra pair of clothing as the music played will leave those within earshot moist and wanting. "Damn, those beats were fresh!" - Barrack Obama
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