From the 309, John Mark founded Twin City Trivia in 2014 when he noticed Bloomington/Normal needed a Trivia nightlife.
He grew up on Seinfeld, 80's pop, and the Cubs. He loves running the business and particularly working in his basement. When he's not working, he enjoys going on adventures out of town whenever possible.
He has a 14 year old son who loves baseball like his father, a Beagle mix puppy named Emmy, and his roommate, Alexa, lives in an Amazon Echo on his desk.
Ask him to get beers and tacos sometime. They're delicious.
Hugs and kisses.
Monday: DR. McKay's- Music Bingo (Bloomington)
Wednesday: Lincoln Lounge (Decatur)
Thursday: Firehouse (Normal)
Hailing from Rantoul comes a superhero you didn't know you needed.
His kryptonite is tacos, but they seem to only make him stronger so the joke is on you.
He's a connoisseur of fine movies and also hosts the ancient tradition known as Karaoke. Do you like beer? So does Buddha. Enjoy, my friends.
Wednesday: Lake Road Inn (Hudson)
Thursday: Hy-Vee (Bloomington)
The rich man's Andrew W. K.
Born in the water under the black sunshine, a catfish slips through your fingers (but not before smiling and putting a coin in the jukebox). The kid likes breakfast but would prefer to sleep through it. They said you couldn't find better locks outside of a prison, but I'll never tell. Hot as the tropics and just as wet, keep both hands on the wheel 'cuz this pony'll rustle you back.
Listen, buddy- hug your friends, start a band, call your mother, and finish your beer. A new moon rises and the coyotes laugh all night, but that's love, baby - keep up.
Tuesday: Kegler's (Bloomington)
Wednesday: The Outpost (Eureka)
Thursday: Haynes on Main (Mackinaw)
Karen and Sandra
You might know Karen and Sandra from Sparkle Motion. While they have been active in the Twin City Trivia scene for a few years, their trivia lifestyle goes way back. In their youth, they were selected to try out for VH1's World Series of Pop Culture. They didn't make it on, but that didn't discourage their love of learning all the random facts about pop culture and beyond.
Come play with them at Dr. McKay's on Thursdays where you can expect lots of laughing, maybe some dancing, and good trivia fun!
Hosts at DR McKay's on Thursdays (Bloomington)
World renowned for his boyish good looks, insatiable appetite, and scrumtrulescent beard, local stallion Mike Leary knows how to get your motor running: with some hot, unbridled Trivia!
Raised by a VCR and a Super Nintendo, Mike's knowledge of facts runs the gamut from trivial to superficial to wildly unimportant. And he can't wait to share that wealth of useless knowledge with you!
Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husband, too, because Mike is killing it at hosting Trivia out here!
Tuesday: The Vault (Danvers)
Wednesday: Windjammer's (Bloomington)
Thursday: Shooter's (Bloomington)
Dan is the younger, more presentable brother of Twin City Trivia host Mike L. A Bloomington-Normal native, he sought comfort in the warm embrace of video games, movies and music growing up since he was too uncoordinated to be successful at team sports. An assemblage of trivial and often niche knowledge, he began playing Twin City Trivia at Firehouse a few years ago.
Dan works as a teaching assistant at a local junior high school and also works part time at his uncle's meat shop. When he is not hosting or writing trivia, Dan enjoys playing PC games, absorbing mass amounts of minutia from the internet, hanging out with his dog and sometimes he actually goes outside to play disc golf.
Wednesday: Colfax Bar and Grill (Colfax)
Friday: Kegler's - Music Bingo (Bloomignton)
Born and raised in Kewanee, IL, Curt moved to Blo/No in 1999 to attend ISU and never left. After earning a degree in the biological sciences, he followed the career path of so many before him in the field by promptly taking a job in social services working with kids.
Even after forcing John Mark to read a litany of raunchy and offensive team names while playing weekly trivia at Firehouse for years, he still offered Curt the opportunity to host a night.
When not playing or hosting trivia, Curt can be found drinking whiskey, throwing darts, and playing tunes at local open mic nights and gigs around Blo/No.
Hosts at BraiZe on Tuesdays (Bloomington)
When she's not working during the day, Breanna can usually be found with her girls Aria (4) and Ellie (2). She started subbing as a host in 2017 and now hosts regularly every Wednesday night.
She enjoys boating every weekend when the weather is nice with her husband and kids and spending time with her family and friends.
She also loves shopping, eating, manicures, pedicures, reading and catching up on her favorite shows.
Breanna hosts at Raelyn's Pub & Eatery in Geneseo on Wednesdays.
Mike was born and raised in Jacksonville (Illinois, not Florida) but has been living in BloNo since just before Y2K (feel free to google that one, kids). He spends most of his time working tirelessly and seemingly endlessly as a computer nerd and cat herding "Good Neighbor" but spends his precious little time away experiencing the good things in life and dresses for the job he wants... beach bum.
When he's not at work or at the beach you can usually see him toodling around town in his mid-life crisis convertible.
He is also a brewer and drinker of craft beer so living in BloNo suits him quite well.
Mike loves to be a know it all and when he's not playing trivia (which isn't as often as he'd like), he tries to fill in for the regular hosts so they can have a life too. Hosting trivia provides him with the ability to truly "know it all" and lord the knowledge he's not earned over the trivia goers just as his idol, Alex Trebek does. He's fairly confident that if there were a pop culture Jeopardy show he would be the Ken Jennings of that version.
Question Writer/Spreadsheet Wizard/Host
Software developer by day, Russ has been writing and hosting trivia events since 2001, and got into the pub quiz business in 2012.
When he's not writing trivia or hosting, he enjoys competing in trivia competitions around the US and hanging out with his wife Tammy, kids Emma and Jack, and dog Mabel. He's impossibly boring.
Trivia specialties include 80's Pop Culture, Art, and the Oscars.
You can find him sleeping in on Saturdays.
Monday: Hy-Vee (Springfield)
Wednesday: Anvil & Forge (Springfield)
Thursday: Public House 29 (Springfield)
Adam was born and raised in BloNo. He has lived a somewhat nomadic lifestyle, venturing twice to Chicagoland and even a brief stint in L.A. and the Pacific Northwest. However, for reasons unknown to even him, he continues to be drawn back like a moth to the flame.
He is part of the last generation that didn't grow up with internet in their homes, so most of his childhood was spent with his good friends TV, a large, albeit terrible, vinyl record/cassette/CD collection belonging to his parents, and stacks of trivia books he bought at every Scholastic Book Fair. Adam's brain is 100% useless knowledge, other than the parts that control motor skills and breathing and such...
Adam doesn't sleep on planes, for fear of being incepted...
Tuesday: Shooters- Music Bingo (Bloomington)
Lindsey was there for the birth of Trivia in Bloomington 4 years ago and because of her extensive useless, random knowledge, claimed victory the first two weeks! This led her to invite her friends to check out trivia and from there, it's history.
In her free time, she plays golf, sand volleyball, and softball. She volunteers for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, The Baby Fold, and is a member of Sunrise Rotary Club. She loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, and catch as much live music/comedy as possible.
She grew up on a farm outside of Astoria, IL and graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and works as a Marketing Communications Manager at Growmark, Inc.
You can catch her eclectic taste in music and her constant mispronunciation of words at Trivia!
Hosts at Fat Jack's on Tuesdays (Bloomington)
*Mom, Wife, HQ winner of $1.18
After earning her wings on the Chicago bar trivia circuit, Alissa moved home to Bloomington around the time that Twin City Trivia expanded across Central Illinois. She gathered a fairly formidable team and started playing trivia here, taking awkward winner photos, and heckling the hosts. Then one day, she volunteered to start hosting. Here we are 2 years later and she's still going strong. If she's not hosting or Flinging pizza at her other part time job, chances are, she's brought her baby to the bar so she can demonstrate her knowledge of random movie quotes, baseball history, and very random bands.
Jenny and Laura
When they aren't off visiting their second home at the Happiest Place on Earth, Jenny and Laura love to play, and now host, trivia. Often mistaken for twins, they both love Disney, traveling, WERQin' and the Patriots.
Natives of Bloomington/Normal, Laura went to U of I and Jenny attended ISU. Laura has worked in the radio business for several years but is transitioning to a new position with the Chamber. Jenny has worked at the Girl Scouts since graduating in 2013 planning fundraisers and other special events.
Join them at Gameday on Thursdays and hear Jenny mispronounce at least one word per round and check out the delicious food they can't get enough of!
Hosts at Gameday Grille on Thursdays (Downs)
Marty "McFly" Ryan was born and raised in Lincoln, IL. After spending 6 years in Milwaukee, and another 7 in the Chicago suburbs, he has not-so-triumphantly returned to his roots. While growing up, if he and his friends weren't riding bikes or playing sports, they were quoting lines from TV and movies. Marty loves live music and is a huge Grateful Dead fan. His daughter, Dylan, is almost 6 and she is the love of his life.
The Big Lebowski, The Royal Tennenbaums, Goodfellas, and The Burbs.
Top TV shows:
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Eastbound & Down, and Arrest Development.
Hosts at Spirited Republic on Wednesdays (Lincoln)
Jason (aka Rockey)
Having mastered the art of the high-angle MySpace selfie, Jason decided to give trivia a try.
He is an avid supporter of the Twin City Trivia format who spent a few years as a player before stepping up to host.
Having peaked too early by being nominated valedictorian of his junior high school, Jason claims to have pretty much petered out from there.
Formerly an Arby's General Manager, he now works in social media and no longer "has the meats".
Jason is a fan of nerd stuff like Marvel Comics, Pro Wrestling, and The Simpsons. He has an exhaustive collection of Funko POPs, which is now something he realizes he maybe shouldn't admit to on a public forum.
Jason grew up in the Peoria area and still lives there with his wife Jen and his large adult son, Groot.
Mondays: Hy-Vee Market Grille (Peoria- Sheridan Road)
Spencer, Quahog's native son, self-described Huguenot (don't know what that means), and community activist came to BloNo to learn how to be a teacher at ISU in '06. Once he realized what teaching really was, he realized he had made a horrible mistake and went to work for State Farm instead. It was one of the best decisions he ever made.
When he's not analyzing business or hosting trivia, Spencer enjoys fishing, golfing, weightlifting, traveling, spending time with his soon-to-be wife Sarah, the Chicago Blackhawks, hockey in general, being active in his church, collecting sports memorabilia, Packers football, being outdoors, and fantasy sports.
After years of playing trivia and skating by on the coattails of his teammates, Spencer realized he could be making money and drinking for free while also not contributing to his team in any meaningful way by serving as a trivia host.
Spencer hosts at Destihl Brewery on Mondays (Normal)
A Southern Illinois native, Serena has migrated all the way from her little hometown Newton, IL moving her way north via EIU to her big-city office job here at State Farm.
Trivia runs in her blood. She shares her wealth of random knowledge, love of Jeopardy! and on-this-day facts with her dad. She was a band nerd, scholastic bowl team captain and trivia champion back before it was cool (just tell her it's not cool now, either, and her awesome regular trivia team almost never uses the same name twice. They've been subjecting John Mark to reading wacky team names since the early Twin City Trivia days at Eleven (RIP).
Outside of work and trivia, Serena listens to an eclectic (i.e. embarrassing) mix of music and true crime podcast, plays Skyrim and Fallout excessively, hangs out with her friends and craft-beer-genius boyfriend (who has better, longer hair), and is owned by 4 cats. Her dream is eventually to open a cat cafe/brewery here in town... once they win the lotto.
Since Doug was a little boy, he dreamed of becoming a trivia host. Just kidding. Doug can’t dream because he’s too tough for sleep. But on the rare occasions that he does dream, it’s unrelentingly about the Starship Enterprise.
Doug will eat leftover food from the refrigerator that has no discernible date of production- without first instituting the smell test. He never misses an opportunity to use the finger guns. He had a favorite stuffed raccoon named Coonie when he was a lad. His basement bar is rated a top 30 Bloomington/Normal attraction on Trip Advisor. Doug’s insatiable appetite for hot wings is only eclipsed by his infatuation with breakfast cereal.
A nerd in his own right (but the cool kind of nerd, not the kind that makes you rich), Doug has a diversity of useless knowledge and a jocular personality that can only assure that trivia nights with him will be fun and unforgettable. Every. Single. Time.
Wednesday: Minier Tap (Minier)
Pete and Meghan
These two trivia-obsessed lovebirds started as OG Twin City Trivia players- and quickly became hosts- now running the only all-movie trivia night on Mondays at The Ovation 10.
Pete is a former manager of the historic Normal Theater and spends as much time tweaking his film-inspired, music-night playlist as he does finding Richard Dreyfuss minutia. Meghan uses her Normal Public Library info science superpowers to make sure questions strike the right balance of being entertaining, informative, and grammatically correct.
Having a case of the Mondays has never been more treatable, thanks to movie trivia night at The Ovation!
Hosts at Ovation on Mondays (Bloomington)
Dan was born a poor black child... wait, wrong bio. Dan was born and raised in Blo/No and now resides in Danvers where he discovered Trivia at The Vault and formed a super team of useless knowledge retention. He caught the bug and decided to join the host side of things while still maintaining dominance at his home location.
When he's not busy studying (watching all 84 episodes of Shameless in 6 days), he's an avid sports nut and a die hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, but also loves the Cubs, Blackhawks, and hometown ISU Redbirds. He's also a major gamer spending most of his time playing shooters and sports games on the XBox. If he's not working or sleeping, he's probably drinking something with vodka in it.
Hosts at Jac's Doghouse on Thursdays (Pekin)
Born and raised in the Capital city of the great State of Illinois, Sam began his trivia career as a frequent guinea pig, occasional judge, and emergency backup teammate for FFLC trivia nights in Springfield.
After taking his talents to Champaign for four years, and picking up a degree in Biology from U of I along the way, Sam has returned home, the heir apparent to the trivia writing and hosting throne of Springfield.
A medical scribe by day and trivia host and bartender by night, Sam's remaining free time is split between ridding his DVR of Jeopardy! episodes, starting but not finishing trivia categories, and supporting his competing downtown establishments.
Tuesday: Barrel Head (Springfield)
Wednesday: Burger Bar (Springfield)
Bridgette was a small town farm girl from Towanda, IL until she moved into the big, beautiful Twin Cities. Early on she had dreams of being an astronaut and fashion designer, but after changing her mind several times she chose to study theatre in college to become a secretary and trivia host.
Always a lover of trivia, she got sucked into Twin City Trivia a couple of years ago playing with her teammates on Optimistic Prime and never looked back. Some of her skills include dancing, fluent sarcasm, and the ability to name the title & artist of a song in just a few notes.
Bridgette has a soft spot for most things 80s and 90s, but loves music from all eras, and is obsessed with 50s/60s fashion. She will also tell you that Sisqo's Thong Song is the low point in music history. As a girl who has no shame, she often bursts into song, dance, and occasionally a British accent. She once took a Buzzfeed quiz that told her she was an introverted extrovert. The quiz was probably wrong; this girl is a constant outgoing ray of sunshine.
4 out of 5 doctors agree that you need more Bridgette in your life. (The 5th doctor hates trivia, rainbows, and happiness in general so what does he know?)
Hosts at Joe's Pub on Wednesdays (Bloomington)
Amy "Illini Amy" Reynolds" was born and raised in the mecca of Carlinville, Illinois. She was proud to be a Cavalier.
She continued on to Chambana, where she had the time of her life as a member of the best band in the land, the Marching Illini (and the Illini basketball band). In addition to home football games, she was blessed to march at 3 football bowl games, 3 opposing Big Ten universities, and 3 parades in Ireland. The thrills she experienced were infinitely increased due to Chief Illiniwek being part of the band at that time.
Fellow Marching Illini member Brock became Amy's husband in 1994 and they later added son Preston and daughter Shaling to their family. They live a split marriage as Brock is a true blue Cubs fan and Amy bleeds Cardinal red. Baseball trivia is one of her fortes.
She currently lies her head down each night in Springfield, IL. She runs several charity trivia events each year, enjoys serving on the Rochester school board, computer programs for her day job, and loves watching her kids in various events.
Davies moved to the Twin Cities in the Fall of 2018 to join Susan Saunders as a part of the WBNQ morning show. He was born and raised in the greater Cincinnati area, originally born in Northern Kentucky.
In his spare time Davies finds time for live music, his love for Chelsea FB club, the English Three Lions, and the never ending quest to find the world's greatest Margarita. With his love of all things Bonnaroo music festival, you'll find some "interesting" music selections at his trivia nights.
Thursdays: Keg Grove Brewing Co. (Bloomington)
Born and raised in rural Menard County, Nick has been a life long resident of "217". Ironically, Nick is quite possibly the worst trivia player in Illinois. He has determined he can read the questions as a host significantly better than his efforts to provide the answers as part of a trivia team.
When not busy looking up word pronunciations, he enjoys traveling, spending time with his family and friends, spending money on academic classes he is not required to take, and is constantly on the lookout for his next adventure. He takes pride in having completed his 2017 adventure goal: to ride 100 different roller coasters within a year. As him for coaster recommendations.
By day, Nick works diligently to improve public health in Illinois. He has a passion for addressing psychological trauma, connecting individuals living with HIV into care, and lending his expertise in strategic planning to health initiatives.
If his name sounds familiar, it may be because you have seen him working at his family's pizzeria in Petersburg (Leo's Pizza). Best pizza this side of the Sangamon River!
Nick hosts at Hand of Fate Brewery on Wednesdays. (Petersburg)
Nate grew up in Bloomington, IL and now resides in Urbana. He is a middle school teacher by day, so you know he can handle all the stress and heckling associated with being a trivia host.
When he is not hosting trivia, which is often since he only hosts once per month, he likes watching college football, going to concerts, annoying his friends with Seinfeld quotes, collecting coins, and drinking a beer or two with his buddies.
Nate hosts at Attie's Bar and Grill in Urbana once a month on Wednesdays!