"Putting the IQ in Risque" is Johnny Goodtimes' bald pitch for press today, as he aims to get some pub for his Third Annual Quizzo Bowl, scheduled for Feb. 3 at the World Cafe Live.
Observers of counter-programming will notice that Saturday's gig shares a weekend with Wing Bowl, the annual Taste of Fellini held at the Wachovia Center.
"This is about more than making Quizzo sexy," he writes by e-mail. "It's about making Philadelphia sexy." The 215 unsexiness, he offers, is "a stereotype perpetuated by the Neanderthal eating contest that takes place every year. Trashy has had it too good in this town for too long. On February 3rd, sexy fights back."
We have no idea what he's actually talking about - surprise is one of the hallmarks of Johnny Goodtimes' entertainment philosophy. Talent at past Quizzo Bowls have included bellydancers, Johnny Cash impersonators, breakdancers and other sideshow attractions.
He promises to be more specific once he has all his acts inked.
What we know at this point is that the winner will walk away with $500 "and the respect of every nerd in the Delaware Valley." Up to eight trivial pursuers can play on each team.
Quizzo, is a trivia game exported from Irish pubs more than a decade ago. The City Paper and Philadelphia Magazine have named Goodtimes the metropolis' best Quizzo master.
Tickets can be purchases at the World Cafe Live web site.
UPDATE: JGT announced the line-up this afternoon. Look for The Bawdy Girls, a burlesque act, which will perform at halftime. The Kenny Gates Trio will play le jazz hot.