June has been a long hot month here in Arizona, and we just managed to eke out one more Trivia contest before Mr. Sun arrived in Phoenix to do its job on us.
Unfortunately . . . at the last minute co-host Diana and I had to go to Los Angeles for a fantastic offer we couldn’t turn down…
More on that down the road.
What’s important is that we didn’t have to cancel the Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con edition of Classic Simpsons Trivia at The Coronado! Diana and I want to give a heartfelt thank you to the Coronado’s Stephen Chevalier, The Klute, and our longtime tri-host Alex Cardwell, who all agreed at the last minute to fill in so we could road-trip to
Knoxville Los Angeles!
Before we regale you with our thrilling adventure in the City of Broken Dreams though, let’s recap Sun City’s Simpsons contest: By all accounts the show was fun, everyone had a great time, and there was an AWESOME drink special…
Here’s some sample questions from the contest, for you to test yourself against (Highlight between the parentheses to discover the answers):
- Whose mother said, “We’ve tried nothing, and we’re all out of ideas!”
(Mona Flanders, Ned’s Mom)
- Adam West feels that these three actresses are the only true Catwoman.
(Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, Eartha Kitt)
- This person has a Starland Vocal Band on their upper arm. (Homer)
- This is Comic Book Guy’s car’s license plate number as seen in the episode “Viva
- Ned Flanders.” It is also the registration number of the original USS Enterprise.
- What phone number do you call if you want to hire Mr. Plow? (Klondike 5-3226)
- What movie did this robot star in:
Simpsons Trivia is now on hiatus for a Summer break! We’ll have updates on that soon, but first…Los Angeles! Diana and I love to explore new cities together, we’ve been to Brockway, Ogdenville, North Haverbrook, as well as Portland OR, Lake Havasu AZ (home of London Bridge), San Francisco, and South Korea among other fun places! We can’t help but keep an eye open for Simpsons-related fun on these trips.
LA and Hollywood are ripe with places and people who’ve been joked about on the show. We got to see the former location of the Brown Derby, Lupe Velez’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and stumbled across this along the way…
But the highlight of the trip was attending Stonecutters LA Trivia at MELTDOWN Comics, hosted by the funny folks from Nerdist! Stonecutters Trivia LA is similar to our Simpsons trivia show. It has three co-hosts, it’s free, designed for teams, has multiple rounds, and awards are given for the best team name in addition to 1st-2nd-3rd place. It’s different in that Stonecutters show cartoons between each round while the quizmasters tally the scores themselves, and it’s held in a makeshift theater instead of a restaurant.
Diana and I teamed with our good friend Erica, who moved to LA a couple years ago. We turned her onto The Simpsons, and now she’d helping us navigate Tinseltown. We arrived at Meltdown, a friendly and brightly-lit comic shop (no Comic Book Guy in sight), and I got to browse around the place where I’ll probably be spending a lot of future Wednesdays.
The hosts are very entertaining, there’s good-natured back-and-forth between them, and the crowd too. Everyone who comes is there to have fun and share in the camaraderie of our favorite TV institution. Winning is a second place concern.
In fact, we came in second place, taking home some great swag: the complete first season of MacGyver, an Iron Giant figurine, and of course the respect and admiration of our social betters. We highly recommend attending the show if you ever find yourself in Los Angeles.
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I’ve been swamped with work, and am behind on updates and posts. I’ll be working over July to get caught up though. We’ve got another Rock Bottom Profile, a new Joke Origin, and if I can finish it, the second part of my look back at Twin Peaks and the interesting ways it compares to The Simpsons. Thanks for reading and sharing what we do at Flim Springfield. ~JRC