After a successful career in politics (which means he was never responsible for a major scandal) and many evenings spent at trivia nights saying “and an interesting thing about that is…”, Bill realised that the trivia nights he enjoyed so much didn’t just host themselves. This led to him starting up iQ Trivia where he currently serves roles ranging from Managing Director, Chief Executive Know-It-All, receptionist, tea boy, janitor, and marketing consultant (whatever that means. It sounds like an impressive but made up job title.)
When not hosting or writing trivia, he plays rugby, and takes on whatever bizarre or unusual physical challenges that come his way (like running Tough Mudder whilst wearing firefighting gear or becoming the Canadian National Wife Carrying Champion.)
Originally from California, Joe slept through high school, and later served in the Marines to get a University degree. But after years of guarding embassies all around the world, he thought he would rather live in a country where the wildlife is constantly trying to kill you, and settled in Canberra, even going so far as marrying a local.
Now he hosts iQ Trivia while planning his next career move as a TIE Fighter Pilot for the Galactic Empire.
Ilya hails from the Soviet Union, is not Irish (people regularly ask him if he is), identifies as a “geek”, and really likes cider. He insists he is not a Soviet spy, and spends his spare time reading science fiction and fantasy novels so thick they could be used as blunt weapons. He also cannot confirm whether or not he is in the witness protection program, which concerns us ever so slightly.
His life goal is to memorise the lyrics to the song ‘Yakko’s World’ from the animated cartoon series ‘The Animaniacs’.
Ally started off playing iQ Trivia, before deciding she was sufficiently sarcastic to be able to come on as a host.
She comes to us from Sydney’s inner west – but insists she doesn’t eat her smashed avocado on toast at any “trendy” cafes.
Cheeky, with a side of geek (or that may be geek, with a side of cheeky…) her skills include poker playing, Uno, and staying undetected in her work as a spy.
You can find Alison hosting on Tuesdays at The Horse in Surry Hills.
Be a Host
Do you want to host iQ Trivia. Good for you! That means you’re interesting, clever, and probably better looking than most people.
We’re always on the lookout for good hosts that sincerely enjoy trivia, and can bring some personality to their hosting duties. Anyone can read questions off a script. We want hosts who will engage with patrons and make the night much more interesting and enjoyable.
If you would like to host for iQ Trivia, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us a bit about yourself and giving an example of what you think is an interesting question.