LEARN WHO KNOWS THE MOST TRIVIAL KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE CITY WE CALL HOME WITH THE BIG QUIZ THING
Series Premiere on Sunday, July 14 on NYC life
June 26, 2013 - NYC life’s new trivia show The Big Quiz Thing, hosted by quizmaster Noah Tarnow, is ready to test New Yorkers’ knowledge of their city. Adapting the popular bar-trivia concept for TV, every question on The Big Quiz Thing is tied to New York City – its geography, its residents, its history and even its local delicacies. The Big Quiz Thing premieres Sunday, July 14 at 9pm on NYC life (Channel 25). NYC life is the flagship station of NYC Media, the official network of the City of New York.
Each episode of The Big Quiz Thing features three teams of New Yorkers with team names like The Know Nothings, YOLO Tengo and Not Here to Make Friends as they are challenged by quizmaster Noah Tarnow to find out who is the champion of trivial knowledge. Viewers at home can find out whether they know as much as the contestants as they try to answer questions like:
- Harlem, the NYC neighborhood, is named for a town called Haarlem in what country?
- New York City is the birthplace of precisely one third of the current members of what prominent group in the federal government?
- What do the letters I, K, O, P, T, U, V, Q, X and Y have in common?
The Big Quiz Thing sidekick EdP introduces the contestants at the top of each show and adds colorful commentary to each game. Nipsey, the Big Quiz Thing band, keeps the audience rocking between categories, and the NY Neo-Futurists are also on hand to act out categories like Movies Made in NY. The series was filmed at Element Night Club in the Lower East Side in front of a live audience. Contestant bios are available at nyc.gov/media. Click here to watch the online promo.
The Big Quiz Thing premieres on Sunday, July 14 at 9pm on NYC life (Channel 25). Episodes will encore on Wednesdays at 12pm and 10:30pm as well as Saturdays at 2pm and 10:30pm. NYC life is available in the New York tri-state area on broadcast, cable and satellite channels. Visit nyc.gov/media for local cable and satellite listings. The Big Quiz Thing will also be available to watch online on the NYC Media Video on Demand player – nyc.gov/vod – and through the NYC Media app, available to download for free from iTunes.
Noah Tarnow (quizmaster)
Noah Tarnow is creator and senior quizmaster of The Big Quiz Thing, the live game show spectacular and New York City’s premier quiz event since 2002. Performed monthly at venues throughout NYC and in other major cities nationwide, in addition to custom corporate parties and special events, the BQT has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Herald and too many other publications to name. He’s been called “a geek savant” (Gawker) and “a man of intriguing professional aspirations” (not in those words) by Keith Olbermann.
A former editor for Rolling Stone and current editor for Time Out New York, he’s a writer and panelist for NPR’s quiz show Ask Me Another, has written trivia columns for Time Out, American Movie Classics, Mental Floss, and Hemispheres magazine, and competed on both Jeopardy! and the VH1 game show Name That Video.
EdP jumped head-first into New York's stand-up comedy scene soon after moving to the City in 2000. He first met quizmaster Noah Tarnow while they both worked day jobs at a magazine targeted at people who wanted to read about – reading. (The magazine has since folded, but The Big Quiz Thing has withstood the test of time).
Showing support for his co-worker, EdP found himself in the audience at The Big Quiz Thing’s very first show. Soon after, he approached Noah with the idea of adding a sidekick. (And who could turn down the opportunity of having a bald sidekick?) Along with his emceeing and onstage contributions, EdP is responsible for the musical cues and video components of show. Today, he can also be seen in TV commercials and is one of the top voice actors in the City, heard on countless national ad campaigns and television networks.