Who We Are: The Quizmasters
The finest in trivia entertainment demands the finest trivia hosts: Never accept less than a seasoned quizmaster for your corporate trivia event. Every Big Quiz Thing show is led by the one of the best hosts in the business, an experienced corporate-event professional intimate with the rhythms and demands of unique interactive entertainment, a true master of the quiz.
NOAH TARNOW is creator, writer, and senior quizmaster of the Big Quiz Thing, the live game show spectacular and New York City’s premier quiz event since 2002. Performed 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. He’s also the star and head writer of the BQT’s TV adaptation, produced with NYC Media and featured on the NYC Life network. A former editor for Rolling Stone and 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. Find out more at NoahTarnow.com.
Host, sidekick, and tech and design guru EDP (Eric de Picciotto) has been with the BQT for over twelve years. Shortly after being in the audience at the very first Big Quiz Thing, he approached Quizmaster Noah about helping make the Big Quiz Thing a top-notch multimedia production–creating a theme song, graphics package, and audio stings for its signature games and show elements. EdP has hosted private and corporate Big Quiz Thing parties nationwide, and starred alongside Quizmaster Noah on the BQT TV show. In addition, EdP is one of the top voiceover artists in the country, lending his voice to campaigns for national brands and promoting TV networks all over the dial. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two kids.
CHRIS BEIER is an actor/comedian who enjoys making funny videos and putting them on the Internet. He’s produced digital content for companies like Reddit, Founders Brewing Co., and Mashable, and is currently developing a show with Lionsgate. Chris is a Scorpio and likes long walks on the beach. He wrote his own bio himself. In the third person.
Boston quizmaster WES HAZARD is a stand-up comic and writer. A trivia fan from way back, he decided to devote himself to knowing every useless fact possible after a crushing tie-breaker defeat in an eighth-grade geography bee—and was recently redeemed by coming out victorious on three episodes of Jeopardy! He’s performed in the Boston Comedy Festival and the Women in Comedy Festival (yes), and he was named one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by The Boston Globe.
ANDY PEEKE is an actor seen on dozens of TV shows and movies, including Million Dollar Listing, The Daily Show, and The Talk. He’s hosted Discovery Science’s “All-American Makers, Z Living Network’s The Juice, and WE tv’s 3 Men and a Chick Flick. Andy is also a regular on NYC’s stand-up comedy circuit, emcees live events nationally, and is on the executive team for the Take Two Film Festival. He is the father of two children (possibly more, but not confirmed).
RORY SCHOLL is an NYC-based comedian, Moth Story Slam winner, and producer of ARTPROV, a touring improv show that combines art and comedy. He is a spokesperson for Cornell University and performs regularly at the Peoples Improv Theater with the musical house team Royals. He eats almonds to lower his cholesterol.
KIM KRUPSKI was likely a game-show host in a former life, as her enthusiasm for competitive group activities has flourished into full-time career as an event host and facilitator in the Bay Area and beyond. When she’s not testing your knowledge at BQT events, Kim enjoys supporting local nonprofit organizations, or impromptu wine over board games with close friends.
J. KEITH VAN STRAATEN is the host and co-creator of “Go Fact Yourself,” a celebrity game show podcast on the Maximum Fun network. He created and hosted the live matchmaking show “The Fix-Up Show,” as well as hosting “What’s My Line? – Live On Stage” and Comedy Central’s “Beat The Geeks.” J. Keith creates puzzles and games as a senior writer on NPR’s “Ask Me Another,” is a content producer on the syndicated TV game show “Funny You Should Ask,” and wrote many of the games on GSN’s “Chain Reaction.” His cat Cookie is the best cat in the world.
KEVIN MAHER is an Emmy-nominated comedy writer whose work has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, SyFy and Nickelodeon. He’s created several Web series including AMC’s The Sci-Fi Department (short-listed for a Webby) and Andrew 12- Sided Dice Clay. Kevin hosts the long running variety series “Kevin Geeks Out,” each installment taking an obsessive look at pop-culture, with topics like Shark Cinema, Robots, Wrestling, and Zombies. On a dare, he once wrote 100 haiku about Batman.
As an Engagement Expert for over a decade, DIANA SAEED moves people to action regardless of medium; from the mike to the dance floor to the next greater stage of living. She’s worked all sides of the business from master of ceremonies/host/interactive talent to business strategist and leadership coach. Heartwarming experiences are her magic, as she’s personally produced events creating intimacy even for thousands. People still stop her on the street every now and then, having attended one of her events; they distinctly remember how they felt from the experience. Denon & Doyle Entertainment, Radio Disney, The Go Game and Match.com are among some of the companies she’s represented. Brace yourself, she’s a hugger who shamelessly infects others with smiles and giggles.
Other Genius People
SECOND BOLT is a full-service production, management, and consulting company born and raised in New York City. It has been proud to be a part of all things the Big Quiz Thing since 2012. Other clients include Euphoria Music Festival in Austin, The Cityfox Experience/The Brooklyn Mirage, Electric Zoo Music Festival, World Connect, Pilobolus Dance Theater, and V-Day: A Global Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls. Learn more at secondbolt.com.
JAMIE GRADY has over 20 years experience as staff, consultant, and board member in the nonprofit arts sector, including positions with Spoleto Festival USA, Actor’s Express, Hangar Theatre, New Jersey Ballet and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to name just a few. As a conference speaker Jamie has participated in numerous events including the PA Presenters Conference in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the ArtsReach National Arts Marketing Conference in Toronto, Los Angles, and New York City, as well as the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Annual General Meeting in Auckland, New Zealand. Jamie is the author of “A Simple Statement, A Guide to Nonprofit Arts Management and Leadership” and “Actor, Inc., How to Get the Next Gig – and Still Pay the Rent”.
Webmaster HANK YAGHOOTI at a young age discovered he had a knack for drawing. He went to college and found out it was much harder than he thought to be a fine artist so he decided to major in graphic arts. While getting his degree, he rocked out as a drummer for some small local acts in New Jersey. After college, he still rocked out for bands, and got into web development to help with promoting his bands. Today, he’s still in the web development business working for a global electronics company hellbent on taking over the world with OLED TVs. Oh and he still finds the time to work on his art. Visit his website at mhyaghooti.com.
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