Who We Are: The Quizmasters
The finest in trivia entertainment demands the finest trivia hosts: Every Big Quiz Thing event is led by a member of our professional quizmaster team, including award-winning storytellers, television comedians, and communication experts. With thousands of corporate events under our belt, we understand the nuances essential for an unparalleled trivia experience, which has made us the company of choice for the entertainment industry’s own live quiz events. Click on each photo below to learn more.
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NOAH TARNOW is creator, writer, and senior quizmaster of the Big Quiz Thing, the live trivia spectacular and America’s premier providers of custom corporate and private trivia events. A recognized national trivia authority, he’s designed and hosted thousands of live game shows for clients from coast to coast, in addition to having starred in and written the BQT’s television adaptation (the world’s first bar-trivia TV show) and having designed the company’s pioneering digital trivia answer system. He also cohosts the podcast I Don’t Get It: The Pop Culture Get-Off-My-Lawn-Cast; is a former editor for Rolling Stone and Time Out New York; has written trivia columns for Time Out, American Movie Classics, Mental Floss, Better Homes and Gardens, and Hemispheres; has written for and appeared on NPR’s Ask Me Another quiz show; and competed on both Jeopardy! and the VH1 game show Name That Video. In 2017 he raised thousands of dollars for the ACLU by singing 400 karaoke songs in one year. He lives in San Francisco with his cat and his reference materials.
EdP (Eric de Picciotto)
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.
JEN CONNOR is a singer, actor, comedian, and voiceover artist based in Chicago. A classically trained soprano, she became interested in improv after being mercilessly heckled by drunk audiences around New Jersey when she played Janet in “The Rocky Horror Show.” She’s performed improv on the high seas with The Second City aboard the Norwegian Gem, has improvised musicals at the Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals with Baby Wants Candy, and has reimagined your favorite karaoke tracks Off Broadway with Happy Karaoke Fun Time. Learn more at JenConnor.com.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
RORY SCHOLL is an improviser and storyteller in NYC. He produces NYCs longest-running storytelling show, The Liar Show; is a Moth Story Slam winner; and tours with the improv troupe Happy Karaoke Fun Time (with fellow BQT Quizmaster Jen Connor) making up musicals. He is an actor in the immersive theater show Accomplice; teaches and performs at the Peoples Improv Theater; and produces the annual New York TwoProv Festival, a competition of the city’s finest comedy duos. Sometimes he is on the cruise ship MSC Seaside, preforming with Beerprov. His new original stories and book can be found on Amazon as part of the Amazons Original storyteller series: amazon.com/ThisCantBeHappening
J Keith van Straaten
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.
The BQT’s Miami quizmaster, FRANK VOMERO, is a South Florida native. He trained and performed as a professional dancer/actor in New York City, where he also found his passion for fitness, health, and wellness, combining his theater career with one in the fitness studio. You can find Frank teaching disciplines ranging from cycling to barre all over Palm Beach County, and he was last seen onstage as the Ring Leader/Maestro in Cirque du Soleil’s Cirque Dreams HOLIDAZE national tour. In New York he shared the Symphony Space stage with Rachelle Rak and Melba Moore in the LUIGI Tribute Concert, and he’s been seen in several regional production on the wonderful stages of South Florida.
Other Genius People
Born in the sunny state of California, VANESSA RUELAS made her way to the east coast to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After returning to the San Francisco Bay Area she built a diverse career in administration/operations, human resources, marketing, event planning and copy-writing. In the summer of 2018, she joined the Big Quiz Thing as the Associate Director. She is a creative guru who loves to be a “jack of all trades,” getting involved wherever she is needed. Outside of work she is a singer-songwriter, craft-er, adventurer and her favorite pastime is doing everything and nothing with her husband and two crazy kids. When life allows, she breaks away for a night on the town with friends (a.k.a. playing board games in someone’s living room)!
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 Angeles, 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.