During the second half of my time in university, Galway was a hotbed for quiz innovation. A thriving quiz scene produced a few unique experiences.
First up, there was an event called the Alternative Table Quiz. Run by several members of the University Ents Crew, this featured a scoreboard of QI-like irrelevance, questions about the price of calves in the marts and sufficient casual nudity to ensure that it got mentioned on RTÉ Radio’s Liveline programme the following day.
For my own part, I was part of the team that created the Performance Table Quiz. Part of the University Arts Festival of 2004, it featured Book-a-minute summaries, hit songs performed in the Club Style, intros performed live on guitar and our own filmed re-enactments of famous film scenes. The only quiz I’ve hosted in which the crowd at the end was much larger than it had been at the beginning, it’s also one of my proudest achievements in the world of quizzing.
So why am I mentioning these events now? Well, it’s because last Friday night I attended an event which remined me of those halycon days.
Friday night at the Claremorris Festive Festival featured Stand Up and Answers, the work of comedian Jarlath Regan. As the name implies (well, it did to me, anyway), it’s a mix of quizzing and comedy.
It features four rounds of questions with each gap being filled by comedy, of one form or another. Filling these gaps were Foil Arms and Hog, The Hardy Bucks‘ Eddie Durkan (aka Martin Maloney*) and Eric Lalor. All were very funny.
But I’m not a comedy reviewing blogger so I’ll move on to discuss the quizzing.
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