isn't fun enough, Brooklyn's own Magnetic Field
Bar and Lounge has introduced "Dick Swizzle's
Sudden Death Gameshow". If you can picture
Jeapordy hosted by your Vegas-obsessed uncle in
his wood paneled den, you're on the right track.
This weekly event
is different than your local pub quiz, and a lot
more show than game. Dick Swizzle (otherwise known
as bar owner William Crane), along with friends
Perry Combover, Koo Koo the Mindkey and Boom Boom
McManwich (Jon Quinn, Lee Greenfield and Lynne
Rosenberg respectively), all add to the evening
with witty banter and musical interludes. In fact
the set is so intricate, complete with a big screen,
flashing lights and buzzers, all that is missing
laughter. This is where the bar patrons come into
play. With a $5 per person entrance fee and no
cost to watch, this neighborhood staple draws
huge crowds full of those who dare try their hand
at the difficult questions and others who cheer
Perry Combover, Dick Swizzle
and Boom Boom McManwich
Round one weeds
out the best of each four person batch, and those
winners are then pitted against each other in
the second round until the final champs compete
at the prize which is the grand total of the entrance
fee. This can range anywhere from $50 to $200.
I like to consider
myself a trivia whiz, but when I got up under
the bright lights, buzzer in my sweaty hand and
beer in the other, I just couldn't stop laughing.
Dick Swizzle as the MC keeps an amusing repartee
between Koo Koo and Boom Boom, and Perry Combover
underscores each question and occasional audience
shout outs with improvised music and sound effects.
Suffice to say, although I did answer two questions
correctly, I didn't make it to round two. It was
probably for the best as those who survive for
the more competitive rounds are forced to do
a shot before their return.
If you are that
person who shows up to trivia nights to win everyone
else's money and gain a sense of self worth, this
event is not necessarily the one for you. But
if you're like me, I find a little entertainment
with your drink never hurt anybody.
Sudden Death Gameshow is every Wednesday night