Written by Dusty Ramsbottom, February 4th, 2019
Valentine’s Day can either be a night to remember, or a complete pain in the kaboose. Well, I am here to tell you now, that IT CAN BE BOTH!
Ok, so for those of you reading this who do not really know what we do here, we create game’s nights that kooky entertainers like myself can download and use at parties, weekly trivia nights, or even big event productions. Some are “Team” games like Fat Bottom Trivia, or there are games that are more fun as individuals, such as Music dobOFF or Triv81.
Many of the games were written by myself personally, but some have been written by some of the other experienced hosts within our community. If you ever have suggestions for new games, or special requests, just let me know! -> firstname.lastname@example.org
All the games have been tested in front of real audiences, and I know every game can be a great tool in your repertoire as an entertainer to create fun events, that people will remember and talk about for weeks after the fact. They are pretty much all family-friendly other than the slight innuendo here and there. In-yer-end-o.. Ha!
We now have games prepared for pretty much all the big holidays, and here are my top picks for Valentine’s Day this year!
Game #1 - The Opening Act, “Girls Vs Boys” Music Bingo
Game #2 - Now Let’s Get Them On Their Feet, “Lust & Love” Game Show
Plug your computer into a big-screen, or even use Chromecast or Apple TV to mirror your screen, and you are ready for an interactive Jeopardy!-esque game show. Though these games are more interactive with extra side-games, and a final challenge. You’ll need Powerpoint or an equivalent to run the program.
(Check out Brian and Chris Jones from the Jones Zone Podcast host this game for their friends at Loom Coworking in Fort Mill, South Carolina)
Game #3 - Music Trivia Party - “Turnt Up”
If you want to take it up a notch, finish off with an all-music trivia game. Give bonus points to the teams with high energy, dancing and participation. These games are based on old-school entertaining we used to do at the bars with only 2 cd players and a wireless microphone. We’ve since cleaned up the format and added the questions and side-games on the big-screen. But a good host knows how to work a room with any tools at their disposal.
Don’t forget to follow the music playlist for this game.
Thanks for sticking through this read. If you want some more information on how to host your own kick-ass parties, here’s a secret code for a free download of the Host Handbook from the trivia store: host100
I like to give bonuses for those of us who focus and can see things through until the end. :)
Quick Tips on How to Make Your Bar and Restaurant More Revenue in 2019 and Save Money on Entertainment
Anybody who has been in the bar industry long enough knows it takes some tricks to maximizing bar tabs which will in turn maximize tips and overall revenue. Those can be easy (upselling, promoting shifts). The real trick is to maximize revenue while minimizing costs. One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that bar owners are spending WAY too much money on live entertainment. I was managing a beach bar in Southern California for years and day after day we are forking out hundreds if not thousands of dollars to bring in local bands. Add in the bands comp tabs, discounted food, is it really worth it? Is it paying off? I understand that maybe that's your shtick but for the rest of us where live music is a novelty or perhaps there just isn’t enough space in the venue, we need affordable alternatives.
There are lots of ways to cut costs around the bar but there’s no need to start seperating two ply into one ply just yet (for all you Dunder Mifflin fans out there). One of the quickest and cheapest ways of getting people in the door is trivia. It might sound simple but nowadays it's more popular than ever. Hosts are no longer that half-interested guy in the corner with a mic that sounds like an adult from Charlie Brown. People are teaming up all week long to find the best shows around, I have seen first hand the effects of a well put together trivia night and the volume of patrons it can attract. This, coupled with some drink specials and prize giveaways (you’d be surprised how many people will show up for free koozies) and you’re on your way to a full bar with an end of the night payout of less than 100 bucks.
4 Ways you can advertise and incentivise customers to come to your establishment, and be a part of your community.
(photo of Ryan Henderson, Fat City Host)
In every bar there is someone that is looking for a bit of fun & fast cash, start with offering $25 cash and a $25 bar tab for a few hours of work. That cook in the kitchen who is always singing and dancing or the barback that is overly friendly would be the perfect candidate to host. All you would have to do is buy some ready to go trivia games and a mic and start promoting. There are tons of trivia groups for you to join on FB and reddit. Look up trivia groups in the area and start pushing your “Tricky Tuesday Trivia”. Everybody loves a good band but let’s remind people of how fun it is to get drunk and play games with your friends!
This is Aly! if you have any additional tips and tricks feel free to leave them in the comments! :)
How To Utilize Music Bingo Cards Or Game Show Presentations To Entertain Guests And Draw New Customers. Plus, An Example Of A Weekly Entertainment Budget Of Less Than $150.
Hey trivia fans, music fans, fellow entrepreneurs, and entertainers!
I’ve spoken quite a bit in this blog about how to use music bingo cards and game show presentations easily by downloading and presenting in front of live audiences wherever and whenever you choose. Now I’d like to speak more about the strategy behind such and event, and some reasons why you might find that a games night might be right for your group.
Music Bingo & Game Show Trivia For Bars & Restaurant
My background is most prominently as a Restaurant Manager for a variety of different venues. One was a corporate franchise restaurant with over 70 locations across Canada. One a local’s type pool bar complete with foosball, darts, games, wing night, and the whole enchilada.
Another was a tiki-bar in Costa Rica straight out of the Tom Cruise movie “Cocktail”, with not-so-coincidental similarities. I fact, I spent 20 years in the Food & Beverage industry before I really separated and focuses mainly on the Entertainment aspects, which I have grown to love so dear.
The business strategies for each of these places were vastly different, but the one constant that travelled with me from location to location was a need for community, and a hole that could only be fed with Live Entertainment. My greatest moments at each of these venues was no doubt on nights when the ambiance was set perfectly, the kitchen staff were on their A-game, and the entertainment was running point.
These nights were the whole motivation behind creating an easy-to-use line of Music dobOFF bingo cards, and Fat Bottom Trivia download-and-present game shows.
There is more to successful entertainment than just having the right games on hand.
People like playing pool and darts. This doesn’t mean that buy purchasing and installing a dart board or pool table means you will undoubtedly become a success. You must create an flow for your customers to know about your new additions, know about it ahead of time, plan for it, and then enjoy it fully. Then you want to ensure the nest event is already planned out, so they can continue the flow right into the next night.
You don’t want to fatigue your guests either. Too many events of too much intensity will not be received as well with your loyal regulars, so spacing nights out appropriately can be important too.
Pillaring Your Week Of Entertainment And Food & Drink Specials
One of my favorite new projects when consulting a new entertainment venue is appropriately “pillaring” the week’s events. This may be a new concept for you, so if I don’t explain it well enough here, please leave a comment below, or even shoot me an email, and we can discuss it further, and use direct examples from your business. I’m always available for our readers at email@example.com.
Example 1: (Low entertainment budget)
This is a pretty basic style of entertainment pillaring with a budget that permits 3 nights of entertainment. You’ll notice that instead of going heavy on Thursday through Saturday, I have split the events up, and I’ll now explain a few of the reasons why…
First, customer fatigue. Give your regulars some time to decompress, and discuss the next event at the water cooler before shoving another event at them. Loyal customers want to be a part of all the major events, and there is no reason they would have to stay away on nights that nothing is happening in between. On the contrary, I believe you will find heightened sales on nights such as Wednesdays and Fridays between events as well, when guests come back to reminisce about past events, pick up leftover vehicles (don’t drink and drive, people), and come back for the food and drink specials they noticed when they were at your last show.
Here, I’d like to actually use fun game examples to your weekly calendar that would work in almost any bar, restaurant, or other live entertainment venue. I’ll also add up the full expenses afterwards, but I will work with the assumption you are going to host the games yourself, or have one of your staff members host the games, that are already on paid salary. This will save you up to $300 per night in paying a local trivia company to host your games instead.
Game 1: “Body Parts” ($9.99)
Game 2: “TV Theme Songs” ($9.99)
These games are both classics. They can probably be used once a month and people will still love them!
Game: Fat Bottom Trivia “Wild Wild West” ($24.99)
This is a consistently overlooked error for many up-and-coming restaurants… They think “oh it’s Friday, people want to go out anyways, so let’s make the maximum amount per customer.
Unfortunately, this is a short-lived philosophy. People will get fatigued quickly by over-paying on Fridays. My motto is: “Give the people what they want!” They will respect you for it, and become loyal on other days of the week. There is plenty of competition in town. Give your #1 on Fridays when you have maximum exposure to clients.
Game: Music Trivia Party - “Boy Bands & Divas” ($24.99)
Ok, so considering you were already running these food & drink specials, the games themselves only add up to less than $70 for the week. This gives you plenty of room to buy prizes for the top teams at 5 Below. And remember, when you buy these games, you can definitely use them more than once! Come back to them in a few months, and your entertainment budget will be even less. Of course, we’ll have some new games out by then, that we’ve tested in front of real audiences, as we do for all our games :) And I’m sure you’ll love them too.
Thanks for listening! Please reach out and let me know what’s new in your area for entertainment, and how it’s working out with Music dobOFF bingo cards, and Fat Bottom Trivia!
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How to Create a Phone Controlled LED Podium for a Game Show Host or for the Players at your Trivia Night Show
I am always looking for new ways to improve the production value at my events, and with such great and easy apps, I thought a great next step would be to have light up podiums. They turned out to be quite a bit easier to make than I had anticipated, so I wanted to share the steps below, and the links to all the items you will need on Amazon.
The total cost for each podium (minus the microphones, as I already had them) was $104.17.
Step 1: Order all the items you will require.
B) Extra connectors for the RGB strips. I had some already and didn’t buy these, but these help connect the wires together, especially if you aren’t confortable using a soldering iron.
C) Microphone Stand. Pretty straight forward. You can’t beat this price from Neewer.
D) XLR Mic cords. Again, this is something I already had, but you can never have to many of these audio cords. They snap together too, to lengthen your reach.
Step 2: Put it all together.
Build your podium using the included instructions, You’ll notice the wheels with brakes, and that it compacts nicely. These come in very handy at my shows, and I’m sure you’ll like them too.
Cut the LED strips on the cut lines with enough length to go completely around the front of your podium on the top and bottom edge. They already have 3M tape on the back, so this is pretty easy. I put extra staples at the end to give extra security (See photo). Use your connecters and extra wire to connect the top strip to the bottom strip. Leave the wifi attachment on the base somewhere where you can point the remote at it. I stapled it tucked away and fed the power cord to it.
Step 3: Download the phone app to control the lights and set-up scenes.
Here is the link to the mobile app on Google Play. Though it should come with your LED strip too, along with further instructions
Have fun playing with the features on the app. There is music control, it connects with Spotify too I believe. There is a color wheel, and you can create scenes with ease. I made some fun color strobes when people chose the hidden side-games from our Fat Bottom Trivia - Game Show Presentations. And it worked wonders. I even had the kids up at my booth playing with my phone, and coming back for more once they realized I controlled all the stage lights.
If you are new to trivia hosting or music bingo hosting, you may be wondering about the technical aspects of things. Well, Fat City is here to help! In our first video, we showed you how to print quality music bingo cards at home, and now, we want to show you how to set up all that sound equipment. It can seem a lot trickier than it is, but this video tutorial will have you looking like a pro in no time.
There is a lot of equipment that goes into making a Fat City host's toolkit, and although some of it is based on personal preference, most of the items mentioned in this video are what a host needs to run a show with good sound quality.
Here's a list of all the equipment Dustin mentions in the video:
Know an upcoming host that could use a little technical help? Share this tutorial and do your part to support live entertainment!
Trivia hosts! We got what you need...
You'll be able to party on with these 8 excellent tips for hosting a fantastic trivia night!
Trivia nights are a super popular event at bars, restaurants, and pubs all over the world. One night in the 1970s, a pub owner in the UK decided to hold a pub quiz, and the trivia scene was born! Now, anyone with a mic and a venue can host a show, but if you want to host a really spectacular show you need to figure out these 8 key ingredients.
Wherever I Hang My Hat Is Home...the Venue.
Having a good venue for the show is crucial! You want a place that is big enough to accommodate a reasonable amount of teams, but you don’t want it so big that those in the back don’t feel like part of the show. You need to have ample seating with plenty of room for teammates to huddle and confer over answers, but those venue servers still have enough space to squeeze in between tables and deliver the food and drinks.
To Theme or Not To Theme, That is the Question.
Having a themed trivia night could go either way, right? People can be a bit rabid about attending events themed for their particular fandom, but at the same time, you risk alienating those trivia players that aren’t interested in whatever theme you have chosen for the evening. You can lessen the gamble by seeing what themes have worked for people in the past, polling theme ideas on social media, pre-selling tickets on Eventbrite to gauge interest, and match a theme to a venue (a sport bar would probably do well with a sports trivia night for example.)
From The Window to the Wall...Getting People in the Door.
Your trivia night will be a total flop if no one knows it even exists. Make sure you get the word out that your event is taking place so you can have a successful show. Harness the power of social media, invite all of your friends and family, have the venue do a few shout outs, create Eventbrite events, post flyers around town etc etc etc. Try to utilize as many marketing tactics as you can think of to spread the word about your show.
Keep it Simple, Stupid! The Rules That Is.
Try to keep the rules of your game as simple and straightforward as possible. Also, make sure that you fully explain them to the teams before beginning the show. You may want to decide on your strategy for handling disputes or errors beforehand, so that you can remain cool and confident if a team challenges your decision.
This Dog Walks Into a Bar...Be Entertaining.
Know your rules, your trivia material, how to run your equipment, and how to score your teams inside and out before your show, that way you can focus on being an engaging and entertaining host while the show is on. People will likely get bored if you are constantly having technical difficulties or have extended pauses while you are tallying scores. Keep it light and funny, and your teams will be back again and again.
May the Best Team Win...Inspire a Little Friendly Competition.
Keep the teams updated on their scores throughout the games to spur the competitive side of your players. Teams will try that much harder if they know exactly how many points they are from winning. Friendly competition is a good thing, but also make sure that your lower scoring teams feel encouraged!
Swag! Prize Time!
Many venues will provide gift certificates or free promotional items to be used as prizes for your winning teams. If they do not, pick up a few odds and ends at the dollar store or Target. People like to win things, even if they are just little bits of silly nonsense. If all else fails, buy your winning team a round of beers!
Errybody in the Club Get Tipsy!
Speaking of beers, alcohol is never amiss at any event! A little liquid fortification can up the competition and participation levels of your teams. That isn’t to say that venues without alcohol can’t run a successful show...we’re just saying everyone seems funnier when their crowd has had a beer or two...
There you have it, folks! Eight tips and tricks to have you hosting a stellar trivia night in no time flat!
If you are looking for even more tips, try ourtrivia host handbook!
Do you have a fantastic trivia tip that you think we should know about? Are you an avid trivia player and have a little tidbit of advice on making a show better? Drop us a line! We are always open for suggestions!
Many bars or pubs host a trivia night, but that isn't the only venue that can rock a show.
Trivia night is a great way for bars and restaurants to bring in extra money, but running a pub isn't the only reason to host a trivia show. Think outside of the trivia box!
Hosting a trivia night is an excellent way for bars or pubs to bring in extra money on a slower night of the week. A game generally lasts around 2 hours which is 2 extra hours of having people sit around ordering drinks in an establishment, it’s a pretty safe bet that the entertainment will lead to profits.
However, bars aren’t the only places that a trivia show can be a big win. There are many venues and events that could use the fun and entertainment that a trivia show can bring! While this list isn’t exhaustive, it is a great introduction as to ways a trivia night could be used in places other than the local pub.
Raising money for school children is a noble cause to be sure, but it can be tricky to actually find a fundraiser that people are interested in supporting. The little catalogs full of overpriced junk is a hard sell, and the average bake sale doesn't bring in all that much cash. So, what is a school to do? Host a trivia night, of course! Local businesses will likely donate a few items that can be given away as prizes, and for a small cover charge, parents can have a fun game show trivia night! It is a win for everyone.
Family reunions are often large events with a lot of people that don’t always have that much in common, well, besides being related, and after all the eating is finished it can often be hard to find acceptable entertainment for all the various age groups. That is why having a trivia night makes for the perfect plan! General knowledge trivia is perfect for the mixed age groups, and playing against family members always brings out the competitive streak in people. Just remember to keep it civil or next year’s reunion could be a bit awkward.
Meetup groups are an excellent way to get out and meet new people, make new friends with similar interests. A lot of them are very topic specific, and may even be groups that belong to a specific fandom. Hosting a themed trivia night at a local restaurant or meeting hall makes for a great meetup event! People will need to form teams and collaborate on the answers which is an excellent way to socialize without the pressure of coming up with conversation topics all on your own.
Dorm or First Day of School Mixers
Starting a new year in a new class or in a new dorm can be a bit nerve-wracking. Teachers and RAs are often looking for games to break the ice or get people mingling, and an interactive trivia game is the perfect solution! Students will find themselves conversing with their peers in no time.
Corporate Team Building Events
There is no need to go on some fancy retreat and practice your trust falls when you can bring the team building to your conference room! You can build your trivia teams from the different departments or mix everyone up and get them out of their comfort zone, either way, an afternoon playing game show trivia is more fun and more cost effective.
Hosting a big holiday function but don’t know what to do for entertainment? Trivia games can be themed to the celebratory holiday to fill your entertaining void. Games can run smoothly with just two or three teams, so even if it is a fairly small party, the game can still go on!
Many assisted living facilities and senior centers run successful bingo nights, but why not try a trivia night as well? The game can be tailored to the age group of the players for a fun night!
Just like the school fundraisers, charity events can harness the power of trivia to help them raise some cash. Trivia can be for a fancy black tie event too!
Trivia doesn’t have to be just for the evening. Grab your Bloody Mary and form your team for brunch trivia! Everything goes well with a biscuit, even trivia questions.
It can be tough to find games that are age appropriate and still a lot of fun, but trivia is so east to customize, it is always a hit. Interactive games with light-up buzzers and a playlist full of popular artists will have all the kids begging for the next trivia night.
See? Hosting a trivia night is perfect for just about any occasion, and with the downloadable games in the Fat City trivia store, anyone can set up a show. Release your inner trivia host and organize your show today.
Brace yourself! A new season of Fat Bottom Trivia has arrived.
Say hello to season four!
Trivia hosts everywhere love our interactive game show style trivia seasons because they can book their shows with confidence. With four seasons of games, Fat Bottom Trivia has enough content to keep your show fresh all year long!
Fat Bottom Trivia Season 4: Episode 4.1
Fat Bottom Trivia makes being a trivia host a breeze with our downloadable trivia games! Hosts don’t have to spend hours putting a show together because we’ve done all the hard work for you.
Hosts no longer have to waste their time putting together a quality show because our trivia store is jam-packed with all the games you could possibly need, and we just launched a brand new season of Fat Bottom Trivia: Season 4!
The newest episode, 4.1, is available now! This interactive trivia game can be downloaded right to your laptop or computer immediately after purchase, and as always, it comes with enough game show fun to fill a 2-hour show. Episode 4.1 works best for a group of at least 3 teams, but can accommodate up to 150 players!
Season 4.1 contains general knowledge questions that we would rate a difficulty of 3 on a 5 point scale. It is good for general audiences, especially those that were paying attention to world events and pop culture in 2017! We have categories like “Thanks, Obama!” and “Orange People” to keep your teams thinking fast!
Each of our trivia episodes includes three hidden side games, and episode 4.1 is no exception! These side games make for some amazing crowd interaction, and they are one of the main reasons our players can’t get enough! You never know what hidden talents your trivia teams will exhibit next!
The final round in 4.1 is our classic “Dare You 2 Wager” round! Teams can put it all on the line or play it safe! Both methods can result in a total game shake-up! Our trivia hosts love the wager round because it gives even a low-scoring team a chance to take home the gold.
SUPER DUPER BONUS TIME!!!
The first eight people to purchase episode 4.1 will get the whole kit and caboodle for 88% off! Don't miss out on this fantastic deal because it won't last long...
Fat Bottom Trivia 4.1 "Pop Culture 2.0"
A fun game with edgy categories. Difficulty 3/5
Download & Present Powerpoint File (pptx)
5 Categories, 3 Hidden Side-Games, and "Dare You 2 Wager" Round.
Includes Free Copy Of The "Host Handbook: How To Start A Successful Trivia Night"
Music Playlist: Spotify
Our trivia games require Powerpoint for optimal performance. We have also created a corresponding Spotify playlist to give your teams an immersive, interactive experience!
More episodes for season four are on the way, but while you are waiting, don’t forget to check out all the other goodies the trivia store has to offer:
The first three seasons of Fat Bottom Trivia are up and available as individual shows or even in multi-show season packs...or if you really want to grab them all, get a Trivia Membership and save!
Looking for ways to up the thrill factor? Grab some light-up buzzers. We’ve found that teams really love the added effect these inexpensive props bring to a show. There are many kinds of buzzers out their available for purchase, but we do recommend getting something that is durable!
If you are ready to rock your trivia hosting side hustle, grab a copy of our handbook: How To Start A Successful Trivia Night. It is full of tips and tricks that will help you take your show to the next level.
Fat Bottom Trivia is super excited for this new season of games!
Don’t forget to check back soon for episode two!
Do you remember that music bingo membership we were talking about last week? The one where you got all the goods to run your very own music bingo show? Well, we are at it again! We just can’t get enough of helping aspiring hosts break into the game!
Let me introduce the HOST STARTER PACKS.
Yep. Start hosting your own show with our brand new trivia membership! Your membership will include 12-months worth of quality interactive trivia shows. The downloadable content includes general knowledge trivia games as well as a couple of holiday themed shows for Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, and Christmas!
You can book your trivia gigs with confidence knowing that you will have top-notch questions and interactive side-games to keep your teams entertained and begging for more. Each downloadable game episode includes the three hidden side-games and a final “Dare You to Wager” round! The games are perfect for team play, ideal for 3-10 groups of up to 100 players. The games do require PowerPoint, and work best with a laptop for the host as well as a screen for the player’s view.
Your trivia membership will also include a very special discount code that can be used for the purchase of other trivia related items in the store. Wait for it… You will receive 40% OFF for an entire 365 days in the Fat City Entertainment Trivia Store! Can you believe that deal?
What can you buy with your newly minted 40% off discount code? Let me break it down for you, so that you can see just how valuable this membership really is!
Q&A Packs: The Q&A packs contain thousands of questions and answers on excel spreadsheets that can be used as tie-breakers, bonus rounds, or can be used to create mini-games! You can search the sheets by keyword to create a theme. Your trivia games will never get stale when you have so many questions at your fingertips.
Light-Up Buzzers: Add a little flair to your show with light-up buzzers! These buzzers add that little something extra to your shows, adding colored light and sound to signal a correct answer. These fun and durable buzzers come in a set of four colors: blue, green, yellow, and red. Buy several sets to accommodate your larger crowds.
Host T-Shirt: Look the part with an official Fat Bottom Trivia host t-shirt! These colorful tees are printed with the Fat Bottom logo and are super soft.
Host Handbook: Everything you need to know to create an awesome trivia game night all wrapped up in an easy to download e-book. These tips are relevant for any type of trivia hosting format, but there are some added sections that are specific to the Fat Bottom Trivia games. The book also includes a bonus section: 7 Tips for Booking More Shows.
Additional Trivia Games: Have a gig at a sports bar? Grab a sports trivia game to really wow the fans! Need something to engage music lovers? We have music trivia and music bingo games to win over that crowd!
With your Trivia Membership and your 40% off coupon, you can build a little hosting empire right in your own hometown. Be the source of entertainment for the local bars and restaurants in your community, and who know, maybe your trivia hosting side hustle will turn into your full-time gig!
Grab your Fat Bottom Trivia Membership Today!
What makes a good trivia host? Well, that can be a bit of a subjective answer as personal tastes come in to play a bit. Now obviously, a good host is one that knows the game material, is prepared with correct pronunciations and explanations for the questions and answers, is able to enunciate clearly, and has a passion for hosting and trivia. But the thing that turns a good host into a great host is adding that touch of personality, that little bit of flair.
A great trivia or music bingo host understands how to inject his or her personality into the show to keep the crowd entertained! Sure, the Fat City Entertainment trivia store can provide hosts with all the tools and resources needed to put on a quality show, but what we can’t provide is that little something that makes the show unique. As a great host, you have to learn how to put your own twist on the material and bring the “you” factor that will create loyal players.
For example, we have an awesome monthly game show style trivia show at Bold Missy Brewery in Charlotte that is hosted by a local celebrity and drag queen Lana Cane! It is the perfect bit of flair for the Bold Missy regulars, and Lana really brings her personality to put on a quality show. Now, that doesn’t mean that you should do all your shows in drag (unless you are already an amazing drag queen, then by all means you do you!) It just means, that you gotta find your niche or your hosting personality.
Do something easy like giving yourself a stage name or wearing a signature outfit. You can easily be known as the host that wears the purple pants or that rocks a funky hat.
You could bring a bag of candies to toss out to your crowd when they get a question correctly! Celebrate their victory with a peppermint or make them feel a little better about being incorrect by tossing them a piece of chocolate. Easy bit of added flair.
Are you an amazing baker? Then be the host that bakes a tray of muffins for the winner! Can you sing like an opera diva? Serenade your trivia crowd with an aria! Be the only singing trivia host in town. Are you amazing with accents? Let your trivia players suggest an accent, then do the whole show as a southern belle or a Scottish highlander! Are you wicked funny? Inject a little stand-up routine in between your rounds.
It doesn’t really matter what your thing is. You can use whatever makes you unique to your advantage, and change your hosting gig from good to great! You will find that you build your crowd of regulars that much faster when you go from just reading the questions to actually hosting the show.
Have you always wanted to host your own game show? Did your childhood idols include Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak? Do you have aspirations to be the M.C.?
Then you are in the right place! Fat City Entertainment is ready to make your hosting dreams come true. Follow these five steps, and you will be holding the mic and entertaining the crowd in no time! Ready to get started?
Find Your Game
The first step to hosting your very own show is finding your game. What are your interests? Are you full of useless trivia or an absolute music lover? Decide what kind of show you want to helm, and equally important, what kind of show you think you can sell! While some games may be a lot of fun for you and really pique your interest, if no one else is playing, then you will just be standing in front of an empty room.
Once you figure out your genre, you could create your own game from scratch, but that definitely takes a lot of time and effort. Luckily, we have an entire trivia store full of games ready and waiting for a good host! There is general knowledge trivia, sports themed games, and even some awesome music bingo cards with premade playlists! Plus, we are constantly adding new products and seasons, so you will never run out of content!
Get Your Gear
Now that you've got your game picked out, you need to set up your equipment so that you can run your shows. If you are going with one of our Fat Bottom Trivia games, at the very least you will need a laptop that can run Powerpoint. However, to really put on a top-notch show, you are going to want a microphone, a speaker, and a secondary screen for projecting the game categories.
Not ready to get that technical? Try for something easier like Music Bingo where you can get by with just your phone, a good speaker, and a mic.
Grab Some Props
The key to a quality show is the details. There are a lot of places and companies that do trivia, bingo, or other pub games, but people will remember your show if it has that little something extra!
For example, all of our Fat Bottom Trivia shows are played with buzzers. These colorful light-up buzzers add just the right amount of flair to the show, and our audiences love to buzz in for the win. It is a simple and fairly inexpensive way to make your show more dynamic and make it stand out from the crowd.
Prizes are always a crowd-pleaser as well! If you are planning to host a public show at a bar or restaurant, see if you can work out a prize or two for the winners. It is a lot easier to motivate people to join a team or grab a bingo card if you are offering even just a small prize!
Perfect Your Delivery
Before you can host your show, you have to get familiar with your materials. Read through the trivia questions and answers, look up any words you don't know how to pronounce. Develop a few side games or some interactive material to get the crowd engaged. (hint: people like music! Each of our games comes with a corresponding Spotify playlist, but if you are creating your own game, make sure to think about the music!)
You should also think about your delivery. What kind of host do you want to be? Are you going to tell jokes, be snarky or sarcastic, or be a polished and proper presenter? Your host "personality" should fit the game, the venue, and your comfort level. Having a consistent approach will make your hosting look more professional and gain you those loyal fans.
Try to get in a few good practice rounds with friends or family. Have them give you an honest opinion on things like your articulation, the quality of the material, and whether your jokes are funny or flat. Remember that you will likely be your own worst critic, so try not to be too hard on yourself.
Pitch Your Show
Now that you've got your gear and your props, you've learned your material, and practiced on your friends, it is time to book your first gig. This is where things really get exciting, and it doesn't have to be all that difficult! Sure, you can make yourself a website and spend time and money placing ads on social media, but you can also just walk into your favorite pub or cafe and pitch your show! Trivia shows or music bingo nights are a great way for local businesses to get people in the door on slower nights of the week.
You may want to bring in a buzzer or tell a couple of your jokes, something to let the bar or restaurant know what kind of show you are offering. It is probable that your first couple shows may not make you any money, but everyone needs a little experience when they are just getting started.
We have an excellent e-guide in our Trivia Store for the aspiring trivia or game night host. This inexpensive resource has an entire section on booking gigs as well as a ton of information on putting on a quality show.
There you have it! Five easy steps to becoming a game show host! You are now armed with all you need to be hosting your very own show and living out your dreams.
Have a question about one of these steps or even something that isn't listed here? Drop us a line! We love to help aspiring hosts any way that we can.
If you are a trivia host, than you already know a lot of tricks for keeping your audience entertained and engaged. However, if you are looking for that little something extra, something to really add a dynamic aspect to your show, then let me introduce you to light-up buzzers!
At Fat Bottom Trivia shows, we like to use buzzers that both light-up and make a fun sound when pressed. It adds an extra element of fun to the show, and it keeps people excited to play week after week.
There are a lot of options when it comes to buzzers, some are even Bluetooth enabled, but we like to use a sturdy plastic set that runs on AA batteries. Durability is important because the people handling your buzzers may not be all that careful, especially after a drink or two! And you don't want to keep replacing broken buzzers!
Check out our trivia store where you can purchase a few buzzers of your own, a set of four buzzers that light up in blue, yellow, green, and red. These are the exact ones we use in our shows. The four-pack is currently on sale, don't miss out!
Need a trivia host? Book a show with Fat Bottom Trivia, and the host brings the buzzers! Our shows are perfect for your next big event, a weekly trivia night at your pub or restaurant, or even for your family reunion! Book a show today:
The life of a trivia host can be tough! Spending hours each and every week putting together all of those trivia questions to try and stump your players. It can be a tough gig!
But not anymore! Fat Bottom Trivia is here to make your life as a trivia host a piece of cake, so you can spend more time booking and hosting shows, and less time scouring the internet looking for obscure facts about the Taj Mahal or Michael Jackson’s wardrobe!
Fat Bottom Trivia has developed tons of interactive trivia games that can be downloaded straight to your laptop! Each episode comes with enough trivia goodness to fill a 2-hour show! The games are perfect for groups of 3 or more teams comprised of at least 2 players, and they can be played with groups as large as 150 players (Tip: We recommend groups over 80 have at least two trivia hosts to keep the crowd focused and on task!)
Each of the general knowledge questions come from categories that vary by episode, but include things like Country Tunes, Tequila, 90’s Movies, Slogans, European Countries, and so much more! Each episode contains 3 side games to really get your crowd out of their seats and engaged in the fun. They also contain the final wager finale where participants can bet it all for the win!
Do you host a reoccuring show? Good for you! Make sure you take a look at our full season multi-packs to save! Get all 5 episodes in the season at one low price, and each season includes at least one holiday themed episode to make sure your gamesare relevant all year round.
Fat Bottom Trivia games require Powerpoint to get the full experience, and we recommend using fun props like buzzers and our custom Spotify playlists to really up the fun factor. Follow Fat City on Spotify, and you can find a playlist that corresponds with each and every episode. Also, if you really want to win at hosting, grab a copy of our Host Handbook.
Not a trivia host, but you just love to play trivia? These games are good for you as well. They can be played in the living room at a large family gathering just as easily as they can be played down at the local pub! Your family fun time will never be the same.
We continue to release new episodes at regular intervals, and are always ready to provide you with your trivia needs! Keep a lookout for new stuff in the trivia store.
Just in time for the upcoming celebrations and festivities, Fat Bottom Trivia 3.2 - "St Patty's Day Special" has now been released.
With categories such as "It's Not Easy Being Green", "Name That Whiskey", and "Hot Potato!", this game is family friendly, but certainly more fun with a green pint in hand, and a mature audience. The difficulty is 3 out of 5 for a group of 10-100 people.
It Will Be Tempting To Turn The Extra Side-Games Into Drinking Challenges...
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It was a pleasure to be able to watch and film a full episode of Fat Bottom Trivia hosted by Brian and Chris Jones of "The Jones Zone". The brothers are realtors in Fort Mill, South Carolina, but they certainly have a knack as entertainers, as well.
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Watch a full episode of a new interactive "game show" right here!
The episode was perfect for Valentine's Day week, but with a mixed crowd of ages 6-60, the hosts did a spectacular job of playing to all audiences. One of the best features about utilizing the downloadable formatted games of Fat Bottom Trivia, if that all the hilarious cues are there. It then takes the subtle humour of a talented host to motivate the crowd to break out of their shell, and make a night to remember.
What a great venue for a trivia night event!
As members of the Loom Coworking studio in Fort Mill, the brothers have an excellent venue at their disposal. The reasonable rates of Loom, combined with the immaculate decor and productivity areas, makes for a fun venue for games nights. I highly recommend checking out this location if you are in the market for a new work area for your small business.
For more information of Loom Coworking, click here.
In anticipation of our podcast launch, we want to offer you a quick introduction to what we will be discussing on air. In addition to speaking with Fat Bottom Trivia Game Show hosts, we want to invite all trivia and game hosts to speak about tips & tricks, as well as to motivate each other. Let's promote better entertainment across the board!
New Podcast A Friendly Place For Experienced Hosts To Discuss New Techniques & Technologies
Dusty Ramsbottom interviews Dennis Curran from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His recent casino event charged $20/ head, and sets a new precedent for the scope of downloadable trivia "game shows"
Watch as they discuss the game format, working with the venue, and tips for new performers. Please comment below, or on the youtube video with further tips, and to strengthen the trivia host community.