Beat the Geek Trivia – Live, interactive, irreverent pub trivia since 2009

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Live, interactive, irreverent pub trivia since 2009

Online shows are back, starting Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30PM. Zazzo will be your host.

We’re excited to see y’all again!



We’re going to be stuck at home for a while, so Beat the Geek Trivia has invested in tools and resources that allow us to host trivia games online. We’ve been able to offer live trivia shows online using platforms like Microsoft Teams and Zoom. We’ve made significant improvements since our early attempts, and we continue to refine the process.

We will be doing more private and sponsored online events as well as free and open events for everyone!

Sorry, no Beat the Geek Trivia todayRead what other people say about Beat the Geek Trivia

” I love the trivia here!” – Nick M.

“They have trivia Tuesday nights called “Beat The Geek”… …the guy who does the quiz is really cool and the questions are good.” Stef. M

“A lot of fun!” – Kristine H.

“Trivia night is a blast.” – Brenda A.

“Beat the Geek Trivia night is always fun.” – Alison S.

“We’ve gone here mostly for trivia, which is always crowded…” – Jennifer A.

“I love the trivia nights!” – Steph C.

“I come “here” for two reasons.

1. Beat the Geek Trivia Night

2. The Food

…Mark is the owner/host of Beat the Geek Trivia. If there was an award for best trivia night host/announcer in the category of best voice, he would take the cake.” – Teaira L.

“The trivia is done professionally and is definitely a challenge… They had really cool picture round, very creative. And lastly the music round was very entertaining…” – Stefanie F.

“Trivia night is loads of fun…” – Allison S.

“I’m here every week with boyfriend & roommate for Beat the Geek trivia nights.” – Ginger N. (Hi Ginger!)

“We came here specifically for the BEAT the GEEK TRIVIA, This guy has a following and tours among different bars which I know because we just went to a trivia he was at the night before. The topics I personally was so excited for there fore I drove out further than my hometown for trivia… Super fun trivia!” – Stefanie F.

“…Mark Ricker (Beat the Geek) as always, provided a fun Trivia experience for all!” – Paige N.

“We come every week for trivia. Great vibe and lots of fun.” – Allison D.

“My friends and I come for trivia on Wednesday… This place is always packed when we go. – Erin H.

“…We’re looking forward to returning for the trivia nights on Wednesday’s…” – Sara M.

“…and the trivia game was the best, even tho we lost! We will definitely be back.” – Carol N.

“We came here for the trivia night. Trivia was super fun.” – Jenny T.

Are you interested in a private trivia party or event for your group or organization? Beat the Geek Trivia does corporate parties, team-building events, holiday parties, and more!

Beat the Geek Trivia is a great way to entertain your customers and keep them coming back week after week. If you’d like to learn more about regular Beat the Geek Trivia shows at your bar or restaurant,


Beat the Geek Trivia is a live, interactive pub trivia game. You can play by yourself or as a team. Trust us, it’s more fun with friends. If you don’t have any friends, you can probably find some on Amazon.

There are five rounds of trivia – two standard Q&A rounds, a self-paced visual round, a music round, and a final round. Your host will read each question out loud; you write your answer in your answer booklet.

Team Sizes

The maximum team size is eight players (limits may vary per venue). If you have more than the maximum number of players, you should split into smaller teams. You can play with more than the maximum number of players, but your team will be ineligible for a prize.


If you and your team score more points than all the other teams, that’s called “winning”. YAY YOU! Winners get a prize – Prizes vary per venue. Regardless, you should call your mom right away and let her know that she raised a winner!


“No Googlewebbing on your iBerry”

Don’t use your cell phone or other electronic devices to look up answers while playing Beat the Geek Trivia. I can’t stop you from updating your status or texting your friend tell them how much fun you’re having, just don’t use your phone to get the answers. If you do, you risk feeling very badly about yourself.

2. “Don’t yell out the answers!”

I already know the answers, I don’t need to hear them from you. Confer quietly with your teammates and write the answer down in your answer book.

Remember, other teams are sitting close by so keep your discussions between yourself and your teammates.

3. “I am the judge, jury, and executioner…”

I have the final say whether an answer is correct or incorrect. If an answer is questionable or “almost right”, please let me make the call.

If you have a dispute about a decision please discuss it with me at the appropriate time (like during a break or at the end of the game).

And just so you know…

Q. Where do you get your questions?

A. I write my own questions. I stare at a wall for hours until inspiration strikes. I drink a Marktini, do some research on the interwebz, and then carefully script out the questions.

Q. Can I suggest a category for your trivia game?

A. Sure, if it’s a good category and I can write 10 good questions for it. If you have an idea,

Q. Do you host for private parties and events?

A. Yup! Beat the Geek Trivia does several private parties and custom events all year long.

and we can talk about your event.

Q. What’s up with the AC/DC – Thunderstruck?

A. It’s a great song! That wicked riff and thundering drums always fires me up! I’ve tried a few times to mix things up and use a different opening song, but you guys didn’t like it.

Q. The songs you pick for the music round are… (pick one)

A. I have regular players with ages ranging from 20 to 70. I try to cater to several time periods and genres in popular music. Considering the vast amount of music there has been in the last 50 years, if you only know half of the songs I play you should feel good about yourself. If your team is struggling with the music round, my suggestion is to add a couple of team members who know more music. Or, just feel good about the fact that you are being exposed to something new and different.

Q. What are you drinking?

A. Usually too much. I like Rum & Coke, Jack & Ginger, or a Marktini.

Q. What is a Marktini?

A. This is a

The more Marktini’s you drink, the better they are!

Q. Are you looking for new places to do Beat the Geek Trivia?

A. Sure,

Q. Are you looking for more trivia hosts?

A. I’ve always got my eyes open for enthusiastic, interesting, and engaging people. Ask me for an audition. If you’re good, we’ll move forward. If you suck, I’ll let you know.

Here’s a list of some of the best team names I’ve heard in the last few years..:

“Fat kids are harder to kidnap”

“Beer, boobs, and bacon”

“One skin, two skin, three skin…”

“What would Jesus do for a Klondike bar?”

“I slept with Hermione Granger and caught Hogwarts”

“Governor Quiz Quistie”


And, of course, the Hall of Shame…

“Team Ramrod”

“My couch pulls out but I don’t”


Beat the Geek Trivia is celebrating it’s 10th year of thinking and drinking, fun and challenging trivia quizzes, silly word games, amazing music mashups, impressive fan art, and the best trivia hosts in the business. Thank you for making the last 10 years such a blast!

Beat the Geek Trivia has switched to using 100% recycled paper for all answer booklets, hand-outs, and internal use. This accounts to 94% of all paper used by Beat the Geek Trivia. Please join us by not only reducing, re-using, and recycling as much as possible, but purchasing products made from recycled materials.

Mark Ricker

Owner, Host, Jedi Master

I started Beat the Geek Trivia in 2009 when I was recently divorced, unemployed, and bored out of my mind. I had always had a head full of trivial knowledge, but just knowing things like Albert Einstein’s middle name wasn’t getting me very far. I decided to put that useless knowledge to use. Since then, Beat the Geek Trivia has grown beyond my expectations and is now a full time job for me.

Before Beat the Geek, I worked in IT, sales and business development, and mortgage lending. I shaved my head in 2001 and never looked back. I don’t have any kids or pets, but I’ve kept a houseplant alive for over 10 years (I think I might be ready for a goldfish now). I was born in New York, but I’m a Chargers fan. In my spare time, I write hate mail to Justin Bieber and negative reviews of the movie Armageddon. My favorite drinks are rum & coke, Jack & ginger, and the legendary .

Mike Faris

Host, Manager, protocol droid fluent in over 6 million forms of communication

I gave the worst performance of my life as an 18-year-old at summer camp while emceeing a talent show. After that night I may have never picked up a microphone again except that later that year my college dorm wanted me to host the school-wide lip-syncing contest. Not bad, but not all that good either. These days I’m pretty comfortable behind the microphone whether it’s as the public address announcer for high school basketball games, the master of ceremonies for more wedding receptions than I recall, or hosting trivia for years now.

Highlights in my life up to this point are riding the bike from the ET movie at Universal Studios, winning the grand prize in a radio station giveaway for a Felix Hernandez signed baseball and discovering I don’t like Waldorf salad. My geek credentials include that I’ve willingly been to a Star Trek convention, I read tech blogs every day, and that my mother-in-law says that I’m “good with the computers”. Next time you’re at trivia, fill me in on some of your geek cred.

David Zazzo

Host, Marksman Stormtrooper

Hi there, I’m David – but most people call me Zazzo.

My best friend and I stumbled across Beat the Geek Trivia in 2016 at one of our guys’ nights and have loved it ever since. After playing for several months, I thought to myself, “it would be really fun to be a trivia host.” I talked to Mark, gave it a shot and auditioned, and here we are!

By day, I work at a “local software company” doing cloud-y things. By night, though, I indulge my strong passion for technical arts and production – lighting design, audio engineering, video engineering, etc. I enjoy building systems for auditoriums, mixing live sound, and generally making things look and sound good. When I’m not geeking out on that stuff, you can find me at Sounders FC home games cheering on the boys in Rave Green.

My weaknesses are a good vanilla latte, Captain and Coke, or just a good solid beer (but not too hoppy – no bitter beer face for me).

I’m excited to be your Beat the Geek Trivia host!

Lou Torgessen

Host, Ewok Taxidermist

Howdy! I’m Imma Lou,

I recently left Portland, Oregon (my home of nearly 30 years) to move to Snohomish County for love and family. No regrets so far!

Things I’ve done for money in the past include running a wild west themed tourist attraction, picking vintage clothing for international markets, slinging booze at a music venue, and scheduling surgeries for the VA hospital.

Things I’d like to do for money in the future include building adult-sized playgrounds in every city in America, cooking food at McMurdo station in Antarctica, and writing a book about strange times I had traveling during the 1990s.

I love science, science fiction, cooking, gardening, a fine bourbon, and baby goats. (Pro tip, baby goats are NOT good companions for gardening, ok with bourbon as long as you don’t let them at it!) I hate cilantro, okra, romance novels, wearing high heels, and mornings.

Brad Lakey

Host, Death Star Garbage Chute Maintenance Technician

I was born and raised in the PNW and have been all over the world since for a myriad of reasons. I’ve always had a problem forgetting things I really need to remember (like my wife’s name) and remembering things that bear absolutely no relevance to any real-life situation (Emperor Caligula’s name translates to “little booty”). I always chalk it up to multiple TBIs but that never really fixes anything. In 2012, I started playing Beat the Geek Trivia, and I suddenly found a use for all of my useless knowledge.

I enjoy the outdoors, board games, retro video games, tasty (and not tasty) beer, marksmanship, and geeking out about whatever tv or movie franchise I’m currently indulging in. I’m a huge Huskies and Mariners fan. I also enjoy sharing what little knowledge of consequence I possess with others and learning new things (which I’ll probably quickly forget). I’m fascinated with social themes and history and how we manage to keep messing it up. The tiny bright side of such a crazy story is that we get lots of cool trivia knowledge, which I get to read at local watering holes, and you can get rewarded for knowing.

See you there!

Kylie McElrath

Host, First Assistant Dishwasher in the Death Star food court.

I was born and raised on the Eastside in the Hollywood Hills area, which is has now become the Napa Valley of Washington. While I may not revel in sci-fi lore, my inner geek comes out when talking about anything Broadway or theatre related.

During the day, I am a drama teacher. It’s perfect for me because I used to travel the country performing children’s theatre across the country.

My hobbies include playing 3-chord songs poorly, reading into everyone’s horoscopes with way too much intensity, and binge-watching Rick and Morty.

My favorite drinks are jack and sour and a good Arnold Palmer. Hope to see you at a show soon!

Nic Wuest

Host, Yoda’s ear hair trimmer

Hi, my name is Nic.

I was raised in Orange County, CA. After that, I lived in San Diego. Now I’m here in beautiful Western Washington, and I love every bit of it.

I have always enjoyed playing trivia – even if I don’t know many answers, it is still a blast to play and test my knowledge of useless facts. Sports is my life! I am NOT a Seahawks fan (I absolutely can’t stand them). The Mariners are not my favorite team either. The Sounders, however, are the one Seattle team I cheer for. I’m a HUGE country music fan. Hee haw!

By day I drive people around and sit in this wonderful Seattle traffic. By night you could find me with a cold beer or a nice whiskey and Coke. I Look forward to seeing you out at a show.

Lexi Montgomery

Host, Porg

Hi, my name is Lexi.

I was born and raised in Washington State. Oddly enough, I still love it here, and I love being part of an amazing community. Go Hawks and 12’s!!

Since I was young, I have loved possessing useless information. I could never remember what homework I did last night, but I always remembered how to get gum off any surface, what that random song on the radio was, and the total number of episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. Useless trivia just seemed to stick to me!

My hobbies include binge watching Grey’s Anatomy, reading whatever books I can get my hands on, and dancing like a fool to all kinds of music. By day I work at a commercial diving shop that provides gear for underwater welding, and I’m currently a full-time student. I spend most of my nights working feverously on homework. My favorite drink is Crown and Coke.

I’m excited to meet all of the amazing trivia teams and see if you can Beat the Geek!

Chelsea Moniz

Host, Kylo Ren’s pants

I’m Chelsea

I’m very excited to be working with Beat the Geek Trivia. I’ve always been in love with theatrics, but this is as close to being in a spotlight as I want to get. Usually I prefer to be behind the scenes, but hosting trivia is just so much that I had to break out of my shell!

Come hang and be goofy with me!

Clint Cheves

Host, C-3P0’s Psychotherapist


I’m Clint and I am one of those stupid millennials. I have a fear of change. I still live 15 minutes from where I was born, and I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. Pop culture, movies, music, technology, ancient history, and general nerdom have always been a big part of my life; just ask the people that cheated off me in high school.

While the rest of my friends were scoring touchdowns, I spent my nights reading an episode-by-episode synopsis of Scrubs. It took until the seventh grade for me to get out of my pre-pubescent cocoon and, despite my Coke machine-like physique, I started playing sports. I never forgot my first love of knowing things that probably won’t matter, though, but it now included athletics.

I love sports, technology, religion, the Lakers, and [censored]. My other loves are Jameson, a good light beer, and [censored]. I’m super stoked to be doing trivia for you guys. Let’s get drinks and talk pop culture!

Arielle Albinger

Host, Thala-Sirens Milkmaid


My friend and I stumbled upon Beat the Geek Trivia years ago. We fell in love with Mark, the host, and the trivia is the best around. We were instantly hooked! Mark would occasionally mention that he was looking for new hosts and I would always say, “pick me!” Apparently, for years he thought I was kidding until he finally invited me to try out! It’s a blast hosting for a bar full of enthusiastic trivia players and meeting new people!

By day (and weekends, often) I am a realtor. I enjoy the negotiations and the wrangling, but the best part is getting the right home for my clients. However, drinking, reading trivia questions, and hanging with my friends is far superior!

I look forward to seeing you guys!

Calvin Hubbard

Host, Maz Kanata’s Goggle Cleaner

Hi, my name is Calvin and I’m an alco…

wait…what? Oh ya! What I meant to say was Hello, my name is Calvin and I love attention! I was born in Kansas, but have spent the majority of my life calling calling The Pacific Northwest my home. I’m a father of 3 and have been a bartender in the area for almost 20 years now. I’m very recognizable as my unique beard design is what people always notice and remember about me. I have had it this way for about 16 years give or take. When asked why I do it, my response is usually because I am a tad immature and crave constant focus and attention. Plus, being so easy to pick out of a police lineup, has kept me from acting on the constant urges I get to become a lifelong criminal.

When given the opportunity to stand in front of an audience that is required to listen to me with a microphone in order to win prizes, I jumped at the chance! I’m not sure why I’m not famous yet, but I’m working on it. So if you’d like to be moderately amused and entertained, come see a show of mine and listen to my many hilarious anecdotes or just me stumbling over big words and tough to pronounce names. I think you’ll have a great time!


Jax Alspaugh

Host, Palpatine’s Cosmetician

I’ve worked in a variety of industries and positions – marketing, customer correspondent for a prostate supplement company, barista, birthday party hostess at a bowling alley, apartment complex manager, CNA, laser hair removal technician, snowboard instructor, and car saleswoman.

At my audition, I bragged about being the MC in 5th grade for my elementary school’s talent show. I love entertaining, having done both stand up comedy and performed with a band playing a mean cowbell. I also currently host karaoke on the weekends.

Besides trivia, I LOVE cheese, wine tasting, breweries, dancing, gaming, brunch, a GOOD bloody Mary, a well crafted/ironic mustache, live music, roller skating, vintage style/thrift store clothes shopping, supporting my community, and time with my family. Seeing my only son graduate from WSU in 2020 with his Bachelor’s in Social Sciences will be my proudest moment.

It should go without saying, but I’ll say it again, GO COUGS!



Beat the Geek Trivia is always looking for energetic and funny trivia hosts. If you think you sound good on a microphone, you like talking in front of a crowd, and you’re not a moron, you should audition.

if you’re interested.

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