Alma Mater: Syracuse University (Music)
Hometown: Boston, MA
Favorite trivia category: SPORTS!
Favorite part of hosting trivia: the players
Go-to Karaoke jam: "Rocket Man" by Elton John
Hidden superpower: I have the reflexes of a puma
Favorite Joke: Q: What do you call 4 bulls in quicksand? A: Quatro, sinko.
I absolutely LOVE hosting with Whaddayaknow? Free Pub Trivia! I host mostly trivia bingo, and I host trivia every once in a while when I'm needed. Bars where I've hosted include Lark, Ina Mae Tavern, Theory, The Rambler, and Innjoy to name a few. I got brought on as a host after I saw a Facebook job posting asking for trivia hosts when I first moved to Chicago. I talked to Dan, and shortly after he had me shadowing different hosts during training. I then got my first gig, and the rest is history! My favorite part of hosting is getting to meet all different kinds of bar-goers from various walks of life, and chatting with the players between questions or when I'm checking bingo cards. I love shouting SPORTS! when it comes time to announce that category during the 1st half round of trivia. Strangely enough, I also love doling out "punishment" shots of Malört when a player calls a false bingo!! When I'm not hosting, I work as an office manager as my full-time job, and I do improv at Second City. I sing karaoke with friends weekly as well!
Buy me a $20 bucket at Jefferson Tap sometime!
Dan enjoys the beat of his own drummer and is a man of many interests, so the whole trivia field is right up his alley. He is a proud Masshole, and a graduate of Boston College. After a move to Chicago in 2008, trivia began as a side project, but after a wonderful response from the city, it quickly became a full time operation. Dan runs the business, and writes all of the material for Whaddayaknow, taking great pride in the time and effort that goes into the content and product as a whole. Despite the vast new challenges of the current times, he still very much enjoys it and is embracing the possibilities of the new realm we're in. Hit him up any time at firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback (or just to say hi); he appreciates the hell out of it!
Alma Mater - University of South Carolina
Hometown: Barrington, IL
When John could not get enough playing trivia, he decided to start hosting (RIP Team #Train). When John isn't hosting he's out performing with his sketch comedy group The Citizens of Townsville. John is an avid sports fan, and holds the Chicago Cubs dear to his heart. There isn't a movie John doesn't know or can't quote.
Alma Mater: Northern Illinois University
Hometown: Rolling Meadows
Favorite trivia category: Movies or Name the Year
Favorite part of hosting trivia: Selecting the right song for each question
Pets: No pets, but lover of all dogs and dogs with fantastic names
Favorite karaoke jam: "Walking in Memphis" or "She's So High" by Tal Bachman
Hidden talent/superpower: Can consume abhorrent volumes of diet coke in a single day OR super positivity
Favorite food/drink/bar special Coors Banquet in the fun bottle just like the great Johnny Lawrence, Alley Time Pale Ale paired w/ a nice shot of Malort at the Green Lady
Favorite joke: What does a nosy pepper do? Gets jalapeño business!
My name is Casey Valentine, I’m a lifelong Chicago southsider and an elementary teacher by day. Long time trivia enthusiast, new-ish trivia host. I went to Notre Dame (go Irish!) and in my free time, I like to run, try out new recipes, and in the summer, walk down the street to watch the White Sox play.
Danny is a beer loving they/them cryptid who moonlights as a trivia/bingo host. They can often be seen making art, riding roller coasters, or watching trashy reality TV. They have a black cat named Midna, whom they serve loyaly. Danny went to Knox College, where the majored in art and proudly never took math classes, so forgive them if they need a few tries to add up your trivia score correctly. Always down to party, they are a karaoke fiend and are ready to bring the house down at any point with their renditions of Under Pressure, Take On Me, or Let It Go.
College attended: Iowa
Hometown: Aurora, IL
Favorite trivia category: Star Wars
Favorite part of hosting trivia: Random facts to throw around to seem like I know what I’m talking about for numerous conversations
Favorite emoji:?? My way of saying Roll Tide
Favorite karaoke jam: "Barbara Ann" by the Beach Boys
Hidden talent/superpower: None, I let people know how good I am
Favorite food/drink/bar special: Beer, nachos or wings, I’m in.
Favorite joke: Norm Macdonald was on Conan O’Brien’s Late Night show, and the 2nd guest was Courtney Thorne-Smith talking "Melrose Place" and working with Carrot Top on "Chairman of the Board." And Norm was interjecting constantly, and towards the end Conan, after finding out the name of the film, challenges Norm to “Do something with that ya freak.” To which Norm almost immediately says “I bet board is spelled B-O-R-E-D.”
Have you ever met a celebrity? Were they nice?: Vinnie Paul, drummer from Pantera. Saw him outside the arena in Vegas after a Golden Knights vs Blackhawks game. Just kinda shocked to see him and his signature cowboy hat and goatee/striped beard, so most interaction was “you’re awesome, we love you” type talk. He just thanked us, threw up the horns \m/ and said "Go Knights.” So sent him the “Go Hawks” and went our separate ways.
Alma Mater University of Wisconsin - La Crosee (BA) and Ball State University (MA)
Hometown: Kaukauna, WI
Favorite trivia category: Alcohol or Beer
Favorite part of hosting trivia: Controlling the music
Favorite karaoke jam: "Friends in Low Place" - Garth Brooks
Favorite food/drink/bar special: Food - chicken tenders, drink - beer (IPAs) or old fashioneds
Favorite joke: What's a pirate's favorite letter? (Immediately after the person responds "rrrrrr") - (In a pirate's voice) You think it'd be rrr but it's really the sea!
Favorite thing about trivia? Telling Dan to make DBZ the TV show.
Least favorite thing about trivia? Dan never makes DBZ the TV show.
#1 thing on your bucket list? Eating a platter of beef jerky and Cheez-Its(again).
If you could have a super power, what would it be? Recall from memory any and all lines from The Might Ducks franchise, and speak it in that characters' voice.
If you could be anywhere right now - where would you be? A cold soundproof basement with no natural light. Not for nefarious purposes, just so I don't have to constantly worry about changing the volume level when watching a movie. Seriously, why is the sound mixing so bad in movies?
Alma Mater - Western Illinois University (Marketing)
Hometown - Byron, IL
Favorite Trivia Category - Entertainment! (Movies/TV Shows/Music)
Favorite Part of Hosting - Meeting new people
Pets - 2 dogs in the family, Roxy & Bear
Favorite Emoji - ðŸ˜Ž
Go-To Karaoke Jam - "All The Small Things" by Blink-182
Hidden Talent - can do the dance routine from Napoleon Dynamite (learned it for the 8th grade talent show)
Buy me a Chicago Handshake sometime!
Alma Mater - University of Iowa (Anthropology & Public Health)
Hometown: London, England
Favorite trivia category: Words
Favorite part of hosting: entertaining the people!
Pets: One cat - Sir Kenneth Tobias Wellington “Wellie” von Meowington III, Esq
Go-to Karaoke jam: "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler
Favorite joke: What’s the difference between a dirty bus stop and lobster with breast implants?
Ones a crusty bus station and the other is a busty crustacean
Hello! I'm Bryson, a nerdy twunk who hasn't been able to tan since moving away from Florida. By night, I party with the arrogance of an undergraduate. By day, I cry while consuming Cheez-It crackers and C-SPAN, never quite internalizing the fact that hangovers get worse as one ages. I host trivia because I need people to pay attention to me, and having an entire room of people on edge for what I'm about to say next has done wonders for my ego. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I am super approachable with a zealous, puppy-dog-like energy. In the rare case that my resting moody face is showing, though, just mention Kylie Minogue, and we'll be instant friends. Can't wait to see you at the bar soon! Oh, and, please tell your dad to relax, I'll text him back when I get around to it.
Mike played regularly at 3 Corners in Lemont back in the day (it was a Wednesday btw), and upon returning to U of I for graduate school, he decided to start up a Whaddayaknow? game at a local favorite bar. Mike enjoys being debatably good at recreational ultimate frisbee and sand volleyball, but not enough to play in super competitive leagues.
Graduate of Northwestern University (English Major, History Minor)
Hometown: Oak Park (born in Chicago proper)
Favorite trivia category: SAME NAME! ("You know it, I love it, it's SAME NAME")
Favorite part of hosting: making dumb joks on the mic
Go-to karaoke jam: "Inside Out" by Eve 6
Hidden talent: I can "radio voice" on demand
Favorite food/drink/bar special: I miss the $3 beer special from when I hosted at Durkins
I have a husky/cattle dog mix named JD (full name - Jean-Dog Van Barkke)
Favorite joke: How many Vietnam war vets does it take to screw in a light bulb? YOU DON'T KNOW! YOU WEREN'T THERE!!!!
Alma Mater - Northwestern (Theatre major focusing on theatre education and history minor)
Hometown: New York, NY! City girl through and through
Favorite trivia category: There was once a picture round of zoomed in children's book covers and I definitely did not need the answer sheet to score that round
Favorite part of hosting trivia: Getting to know the regular teams! And doling out the snark.
Pets: Lily (the sweetest best tiger pup there is!) and Josie (a sassy cat in the body of a dog)
Favorite emoji: or
Favorite karaoke jam: "I Want You to Want Me" by Cheap Trick (but embodying the Letters to Cleo version from 10 Things I Hate About You)
Favorite joke: Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 ate 9. Why did 7 eat 9? It was told to eat 3 squared meals a day!
Buy me a cider or whiskey ginger sometime!
Ryan "Fun Bunz" Bundy is king of the cool men. He likes to ride on some bikes. Also, books.
Favorite thing about trivia - Best part-time job in the history of ever
Least favorite thing about trivia - Feeling dumb by not knowing any answers.
TV show character I resemble - "Hyde" from "That 70's Show"
What actor would play me in a movie - Morgan Freeman
Alma Mater Central Michigan University (Theatre/English)
Hometown: Jackson, MI
Favorite trivia category: Name the movie based on the bad title translation
Favorite part of hosting trivia: Getting to see teams that wagered everything win first place!
Pets: A pitbull named Gretchen
Favorite emoji: ðŸ€
Favorite karaoke jam: You pick "Imagine" by John Lennon but then sing "All Star" by Smash Mouth over it. It works and is a really fun time!
Hidden talent/superpower: I can remember birthdays really well
Favorite joke: What's brown and sticky? A stick
Buy me a Margarita sometime!
College Major: Religion & Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
Favorite trivia category: Name the Year!!
Favorite part of hosting trivia: Seeing and hanging with my regulars!
Pets: I foster kittens (up to 18 currently!)
Favorite emoji: this guy
Favorite karaoke jam: "BELIEVE" BY CHER!!!!
Hidden talent/superpower: I am semi Psychic. It's true. Think That's So Raven
Favorite food/drink/bar special: Anything with a 50 cent oyster.
Favorite joke: I hate when people asks me for jokes...
Hello! I am Shao Guo and I'm from Chicago (actually Wimette, IL). I started hosting W? Trivia in 2018 at D'Agostino's in Wrigleyville. I was previously a member of Princess Avocado attending W? Trivia at Merkles since 2016 where Daniel Burns and Lee were the trivia hosts and welcomed me to the W? family. My favorite part of hosting are the mental stimulation that is derived from the questions. My dream W? Trivia hosting would be 1989-1993 WWF or 1999-2000 Portland Trail Blazers trivia. I like to teach math, stretch my back, and coach competitive sports. My favorite food at D'Agostinos is the Mushroom and Pepperoni thin-crust pizza with a Bacardi Coke.
Alma Mater: UC-Berkeley (Math)
Favorite trivia category: Oscars
Favorite part of hosting trivia: the community
Favorite emoji: ðŸ˜¬
Favorite karaoke jam: "How Do I Live" - Leann Rimes version
Q: What does a Chicago Cubs fan do when his team has won the World Series?
A: He turns off the PlayStation 4.