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. Back in New York, he is happy to continue his career 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.
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. 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. 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 "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.
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
A Tufts Alum and a NY native, Emily is an actor and a braggart. She will never turn down a dance off and is unable to drive in certain states due to possible outstanding warrants. She is a Co-Founder of The Survivalists theatre company (thesurvivalists.org) and a compulsive crossworder (best time: 5m50s). Emily’s family and friends are shocked and relieved she has channeled her Jeopardy! “problem” into a marketable skill. For the extended version and to follow her acting pursuits, go to www.emilycode.com!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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 .
Kevin "The Hoagie" Hurley
Kevin "The Hoagie" Hurley hails from a small Jersey town outside Philadelphia where coincidentally the word hoagie originates. He is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association and is a highly acclaimed Pokemon Master. Relentlessly honing his stand up skills, you can find Kevin sandwiching trivial facts in between well crafted jokes at a bar near you. Follow him on Twitter: @KevinAbridged.
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.
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!
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.
Tiffany "Money Maker" Baker
Tiffany "The Moneymaker" Baker probably recommended that new novel you're reading and can't put down. She may have knitted you that sweet sweater-vest with the leaf detailing that is so smart for fall. She definitely is hosting your trivia night with panache and alacrity. Tiffany is an actress/voice-over artist/writer/producer/singer/clown who wants you to have a happy day, regardless of weather. For more info, visit www.TiffanyMorganBaker.com.
Stephanie "The Player" Patterson
Stephanie is a native of Long Island and a classically trained oboist. You can find her playing with orchestras and bands throughout the tri-state area and constantly reminding people that her oboe is not a ‘weird clarinet.’ When she's not playing the oboe like an o-boss, she's playing your mind with weekly trivia questions as a TriviaTryst host.
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.
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April "Funny Girl" Keough
A comedic and improv performer, character actress, writer and director, April loves to laugh - especially at her own expense. When she's not hosting a TriviaTryst game, she's probably multitasking a wide variety of not-so-usual things for the company she owns called Now Thatz Funny! Entertainment, kicking someone's ass in tennis, or keeping up with her 4 hilarious sons. You can check her out at www.nowthatzfunny.com.
Laura was born in the Bronx and is a New York girl through and through. When she's not entertaining you at your local TriviaTryst event, she can be found interviewing rappers and playing good music at Siren Song Radio.
Reni "Beat dat Beat" Calister
Born in Manhattan, raised for a few years in Brooklyn, and then hauled off to New Jersey, Reni doesn't really know where she's from, and this helps with her overall mystique. When she's not hanging out in bars asking people questions, she's hosting Trivia. Otherwise, Reni can be found working on Documentary Films and watching cat videos on the internet.
Rory "No Right Turns" Scholl
Rory is an improviser, voice over actor, lottery player and taker of Lipitor for high cholesterol. He is the director of the improv touring show ARTPROV (find them on the Facebook) and lead guitarist for The Moth's improv storytelling band The BTK Band.
Mike "Crab and Prawn" Cabellon
A punk fan at heart – unless you ask him at a party, in which case yeah of course he listens to Iron & Wine – Mike was born in California but raised in Las Vegas ("Where careers go to die"). He pursued an education in Chicago followed by a young adulthood in New York; in keeping with his tradition of continuously moving east, he will probably live in Europe at some point, retire in Russia, and die peacefully on a Hawaiian island, thus bringing his life journey literally full circle. In the meantime, Mike can be found whipping up designs, videos, and web experiences by day as a creative and desperately trying to make people laugh by night on the stages of UCB as well as various dark bar basements. He's pretty proud that he worked both a semicolon and two references to death into this bio.
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Stephen "The Evil" Edwards
Stephen grew up on the hardscrabble streets of New York City. When he's not out teaching kids at the local public school, he's teaching TriviaTrysters a thing or two at your local bar. Slowly but surely he's converting fresh minds into his minions that will help him topple all governments to satiate his megalomaniacal whims, excluding Canada, which he thinks is fine as it is. Be wary, he's evil.
Gerald grew up in Houston, Texas and is a recent transplant to New York City. When he's not hosting trivia nights with TriviaTryst, you can find him doing stand up comedy at Comic Strip Live, Ha! Comedy Club, Dangerfield's and other NYC clubs.
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Mike "Tommy Gun" Thompson
Mike is a trivia enthusiast, history buff, amateur drummer, armchair revolutionary, and craft beer aficionado. He can and will make strange sounds with his body that include, but are not limited to: mouth trumpeting, armpit flatulence, butt cheek percussion, flicking of nose and ears, and actual flatulence.
Born and raised in Colorado and a proud Florida State Seminole, Arielle is publicist by day, but at night transforms in to a trivia hosting machine and also your personal cheerleader. Even if you are doing terribly, she will tell you that you are doing AWESOME! When she is not hosting trivia and making new friends, you can find her leading her kickball team to victory, spinning and watching very bad reality television. Her secret talents include doing the worm and knowing the lyrics to every Taylor Swift song, and if you really want to get on her good side, you could probably give her a puppy or something of the fluffy variety.
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Fiona is a citizen journalist and heads up Television & New Media for Martian Entertainment in New York City (NYC). She was born and raised in the UK, but left in 1998 to live in a mud hut in Bangladesh. Following that stint she moved to Lisbon, Portugal to teach English and finally landed in Houston, Texas in 2000. Ten years later and tired of the corporate slog, she quit her job to make her dreams come true and relocated in NYC. Fiona has a crazy passion for making TV content that makes the world a better place. She is currently working on a reality series, TransMilitary, which shows the contrast between U.S. transgender military personnel serving under the threat of discharge, while their U.K. counterparts serve openly as equals within their armed forces. Oh, and Fiona is really a lot of fun too.