When Alisa isn't screwing around in Maui, she is a musician by night and highly qualified personal injury paralegal by day. She graduated toward the top of her class at Oregon State and moved to Chicago to pursue a theater career. After attending Columbia College in pursuit of a Masters degree, she found that drinking beer, smoking cigarettes and being broke was a lot more fun than taking classes. For seven years she worked in professional theater before moving back to the Pacific Northwest, where she started a band and released her first album, Little Things Unseen, in 2000. She toured the west coast and hopped the pond to the UK, where she had her first glimpse of pub quizzes in between gigs. Upon moving to Seattle in 2002, she started attending pub quizzes every Thursday with an English bloke by the name of Paul. Although they did pretty well, Alisa got tres' frustrated when the same team would win every week.
Paul eventually moved back to England and Alisa eventually moved back to Oregon. Upon her arrival, she couldn't find a pub quiz to save her life. Most people would look at her funny when she asked, "Do you know where a pub quiz is?" (most responses were "What's a pub quiz?"), so she decided to start one, in her own style, making sure to put mechanisms in so that the same team really couldn't win every week.
Alisa passed all the Mensa tests & could be a member of the elite group, but she'd much rather write quizzes, hang out in pubs, drink beer and give money & pitchers of beer away. Besides, Mensa meetings have got to be boring.
Of mostly Swedish descent, and telling everyone who will listen that he is "at least 1/16th Northwest Native American", Jeremy has been happily Quizmastering going on four years now.
Jeremy is a former graphic designer, PSU and & UofO student, and loves the simple things in life. Like beer. Quizzes featuring Jeremy will always be in good fun, down to earth, and have a vibe of friends & family running throughout. Always honest, Jeremy is an incorruptible symbol of the Pub Quiz world. Just like Batman.
Marcus first competed in the glorious bloodsport of pub quizzing at the Horse & Hound in Hood River- the theme of the night was Pirates vs. Vampires, and knowing the importance of bonus points Marcus wore an eyepatch [pictured]. His team 'At least we're not in last place' was defeated in the final round by a sinister question regarding books penned by Bram Stoker. Besides Dracula, which Marcus has directed a one-act play of, he couldn't remember anything else by the author. But sometimes the loss is just as important as the win.
'At least we're not in last place' found victory July 13th when the theme concerned food and drink, and finally Marcus's encyclopedic knowledge of cocktails came of some use.
With at least one win under his belt, Marcus could be considered a 'Quiz Master'; and will soon be acting as thus on his home turf, deliberating quizzes with justice and impunity, leaving his short-lived days of competing with a fond farewell.
When he's not quizzing himself or others, Marcus takes film classes, watches movies, and plays video games.
Jimmy cruised into town on I-84, along the Columbia River, in May, fulfilling his long-held desire to become a Portlander. Born and rasied in Upstate New York, he completed a cross country trek, with a four year stop off in Illinois, with his new wife for a new life in the Pacific Northwest. Drawn in by the laid back atmosphere, cool climate and delciciously hoppy beers, Jimmy is even more proud to now call himself a Quizmaster.
A communications pro by school and trade, Jimmy's true calling lies in the obscure random facts that no sain person should really know. Whether he's reciting lines from Ferris Bueller's Day Off or firing off the starting lineup from the 1996 Yankees, trivia is always on his mind. And to think his wife used to question his knack for the random factoids; that is until he found a way to make money with it. A firm believer that bald is beautiful, Jimmy loves to bring fun and knowledge to Billy's Bar every week.
James Luster is truly a man of extravagance. A performer, muscianist, and writerer, he spends most of his precious time, watching television. Before losing himself to HD TV, he was a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater Company in New York, and obtained his BFA in theater from Cornish College of the Arts. A lover of all things nostalgic, he is a man who feels as comfortable on the dance floor as he does at the bar. He is a tiki enthusiast, a celebrity chef impersonator, a shagger and rug cutter and he hopes to one day have something worthwhile to author in his biography.
A native of the Portland, Jon remembers when this whole town smelled of Henry Weinhard's yeast explosion. Maybe it's his obnoxiousness, or curiosity, but Jon loves to host a good pub quiz. Here's Ten Things Jon has learned about hosting trivia:
1. Louder doesn't make you smarter.
Whitney Streed is a comedian, because if she was not, her incessant punning would have no artistic or monetary value whatsoever. A native of the altiudinous city of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Whitney also lived in rural western Pennsylvania and not-so-rural Washington, DC before traveling to Portland in an Oregon-Trail-style caravan with 5 friends, 2 cars, 2 cats, 2 dogs, and a severed head. She's been doing stand-up comedy in town for the past four years and leaps at any chance to use a microphone in a bar. She has also stage managed plays, written online textbooks, and taken children's portraits, and is confident that the combination of those skills will make her a deft and enjoyable quizmaster. If she looks vaguely familiar to you, it might be because you saw her in Season 1 of IFC's Portlandia staring dumbly at Heather Graham. She likes glitter.
Kaitie was born on a corn farm in Iowa and raised in the Ozark Hills of Missouri, but she never felt at home with the hillbillies. That's what brought her from the No Coast to the West Coast, relocating to Seattle after graduating from a small women's college with a BFA in Theatre Arts. As far as her history with trivia goes, well, lets just say she was the star of her middle school state champion quiz bowl team in 2002, so you could call her something of an expert. She mostly decided to host trivia as a stepping stone in her ultimate goal of being the World's Winningest Jeopardy Champion (perhaps part of the move to Seattle was subliminal Ken Jennings worship). While not rockin' the mic at Big Time Brewing Company, hosting Wednesday night's Pubquiz, she can be seen about town rockin' karaoke mics at chinese restaurants and doing a lot of grocery shopping.
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