Sooner or later every pub quiz will have one of the standard rounds you expect in a quiz like General Knowledge or Geography or like I have gone for here, History. I chose a wide range of historical questions and ending with a local question for the audience for those who might feel left out by some of the earlier questions.
Question 1: In Roman mythology Mars was the God of what? War
Question 2: The Costa Concordia cruise ship sank in 2012 off the coast of which country? Italy
Question 3: The M1 Motorway officially opened in which decade? 1950’s (Nov 2nd 1959)
Question 4: In 2012 the world went mad for Gangnam Style, which set record viewing figures on Youtube at the time, but which artist sang the song Gangnam Style? PSY (Park Jae-sang)
Question 5: Question 5. According to the “Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect” by Rev. Parish of Selmestone published in 1875, what is a Twitten? TWITTEN, w. A narrow path between two walls or hedges.
I didn’t make any notes for the sources on this round, but if you want to dive into a rabbit hole for a few hours then take a look at the excellent Archive.org where they have an archived version of the “Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect”. It is a fascinating read, see how many words for mud you can find. buried in its pages. Where it is a well known fact that the Eskimo languages have a multitude of words for snow, the Sussex dialect has a similarly large number of words for mud.
This is the second quiz round I wrote for the Alehouse quiz I came up with. For this round I decided to go for a quote round which can go well, but also bomb depending on your audience. For this one I tried to get some pop culture and a range of things people would know about, it is a slightly more difficult quiz for the average audience I take it to. I would say if you can manage a 3 out of 5 for this round then that would be a good score.
Question 1: In 1994 in this long running TV show’s 6th series, who came out with the immortal phrase “Me fail English? That’s unpossible.”? Ralph Wiggum (The Simpsons)
Question 2: Who interrupted Taylor Swift at the 2009 Video Music Awards with the following “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!” Kanye West
Question 3: In a 2016 TV interview, this person was faced with an interviewer who questioned their ability to be humble, so they replied with “I think I am actually humble. I think I’m much more humble than you would understand.” Donald Trump (60 Minutes TV Interview)
Question 4: On the panel show Mock the Week who said “Nobody thought Mel Gibson could play a Scot but look at him now! An Alcoholic racist!” Frankie Boyle
Question 5: In 2006 which country failed to win the Eurovision Song Contest with a song which almost entirely comprised of the lyrics “We are the winners of Eurovision” Lithuania – (LT United, We are the Winners)
As an early quiz, I haven’t got any sources for this round. But your search engine of choice should find one for you. I have to say that for question 3 I would be tempted to change the quote, but at the time I wrote this round that quote was considered a bit mad. How things move on…
This quiz is an early quiz I wrote as a trial pub quiz so it isn’t as polished but is still entertaining none the less. This first round was called The World’s Largest, so it was simply a case of finding five entertaining or memorable big things to make a round from. It is a quick and easy round but gives a bit of debate in the teams I tried it out on. See how you do!
Question 1: Which is the largest salt water lake in the world? The Caspian Sea (371,000 km2)
Question 2: The World’s tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, how tall is it? 828 meters / 2,717 ft
Question 3: Where would you find the world’s largest beer can? The Grand Hotel in Cobar, New South Wales, Australia
Question 4: What is the world’s longest underwater tunnel? Chanel Tunnel
Question 5: According to the Guinness World Records, who had the highest ever attended concert with an estimated audience of 3.5 million people on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro? Rod Stewart
We always used to end quiz nights with a snowball round, it’s a simple premise. Everyone pays £1 to enter and enters individually rather than as a team. The quiz consists of 6 questions which get progressively harder as we go along. As soon as you get an answer wrong, you’re out. Whoever is left at the end wins the whole pot. That doesn’t happen often and the pot rolls over from week to week, hence the name.
As it takes place at the end of the evening, some of us need a little help so traditionally the first answer is always D, the second answer is almost always D. Good Luck!
Question 1: According to Wikipedia, how many islands are there in the River Thames between Oxford and the North Sea inclusive?
Answer: D, 122
Question 2: The Isle of Wight hosts many events, but none are as well known as Cowes Week, which is one of the longest running regular regattas in the world, but in which year did it start?
Answer: D, 1826
Question 3: Which poet wrote in 1624 that “no man is an island, entire of itself”?
Answer: B, John Donne
Question 4: The Island Games are an international mini Olympics for island communities, where were the XVIII Island Games held in 2019?
Answer: D, Gibraltar
Question 5: Love Island is a British dating reality series broadcast on ITV2, contestants are locked in a villa where they have to ‘Couple Up’ and anyone left single is eliminated. The location of the villa is located on which island?
Zakynthos Aka Zante, Greece
Answer: C, Mallorca, Spain
Question 6: Bergerac is a British television series set on the island of Jersey, it stars John Nettles as the title character Jim Bergerac. Many well known actors had minor roles in Bergerac before rising to fame, but which of the following did not appear in Bergerac?
This was the last round of my British Comedy Quiz, a classic round of any pub quiz, a picture round! In tradition in my local pub we hand the picture round out at the begining of the evening to give the teams as long as possible to think of all the answers. In this round I went and found 10 photos of British Comedy Characters, some well known, others not quite as well known.
1. Arnold Judas Rimmer (Red Dwarf)
2. Manuel (Fawlty Towers)
3. Captain George Mainwaring (Dad’s Army)
4. Father Jack Hackett (Father Ted)
5. Mr. Wilberforce Clayborne Humphries (Are You Being Served)
6. Captain Edmund Blackadder (Blackadder Goes Forth)
7. Alan Gordon Partridge (I’m Alan Partridge)
8. Maurice Moss (The IT Crowd)
9. The Fat Sweaty Coppers (The Fast Show)
10. Bernard Black (Black Books)
This is the penultimate round of my British Comedy Quiz, I chose a different and in my opinion underappreciated medium for the focus on this round, radio. This round focuses on the multitude of radio comedy shows which have come from the BBC over the years. The BBC put out a fantastic array of radio comedy shows and I think many are overlooked or only get attention when they are picked up and the format converted for TV. As this was a bit more of a challenging round for some of the clientele of the pub, I went for a slightly easier round. See how you do on this.
Question 1: Which Radio Show is famous for having a round with rules which are made up and change every single week depending on location where the aim is to end up at Mornington Crescent Tube Station. I’m Sorry I haven’t a clue
Question 2: Everyone knows Dad’s Army as a TV show, but it was also a radio show with the same plots and stories, but which came first? Radio show or TV Show? TV Show (July 1968 was the first TV Broadcast and January 1974 was the first Radio Broadcast)
Question 3: Which comedian who hosted his own Radio show and podcast is famous for his one liners and puns and is the brother of a Radio 2 DJ? Tim Vine (Brother of Jeremy Vine)
Question 4: The Radio show “The Unbelievable Truth” Where contestants must write a lecture to smuggle truths past a panel in a lecture without the truths being spotted is hosted by which half of a double act? David Mitchell (Mitchell and Webb)
Question 5: Question 5. Which Left wing comedian is known for their Radio programme where they travel to small towns in the UK and take the piss out of the locals. Mark Steel’s in Town
No sources listed I’m afraid, but feel free to take a look at the BBC’s array of radio shows and you might find something you’ll enjoy, I can wholeheartedly recommend The Unbelievable Truth currently broadcasting it’s 25th series!
This next round of my British Comedy Quiz focused on TV Shows, of course there have been many TV shows from every decade of TV to choose from, but knowing the audience in the pub I went for TV shows I had heard discussed in the pub and which I knew were popular. One of the key things about this round is that there is a trick question in there somewhere, all of the quizzes which the regular quiz master would write would open with the line.
In tonight’s quiz there may be one more or fewer trick questions, you don’t get any extra points for spotting it, but you don’t loose a point if you get it right.
Often there were no trick questions at all and it was just chucked in to put you off your stride and make you second guess everything. So as the regular quiz master was taking part in the quiz this week, I thought I would give him a chance to have a go at my trick question. I can’t remember any more if he fell for it, but many people did!
Question 1: Which BAFTA award winning Comedienne created and wrote the TV Show Dinnerladies? (1998-2000) Victoria Wood
Question 2: In Blackadder the Third, Blackadder (played by Rowan Atkinson) tries to convince his mad Scottish cousin MacAdder to take his place in a Duel with the Duke of Wellington (played by Stephen Fry) but who played the Mad Scotsman MacAdder? Rowan Atkinson. Yes, this was the trick question!
Question 3: The cast of which show took part in University Challenge as Scumbag College? In an episode which involved racing to catch a train accompanied by The Ace of Spades by Motorhead. The Young Ones
Question 4: In the famous Two Ronnies sketch, Ronnie Corbett keeps handing over candles but what was Ronnie Barker trying to buy? Fork Handles
Question 5: What is the proper name for the piece of music used for Monty Python’s Flying circus as the theme tune? The Liberty Bell (a March by John Philip Souza)
For this round I decided to go for a slightly different round to see how it went. I plumped for a fill in the blanks round to let people’s imagination run wild. In my experience whenever a team has no idea what the answer is, not even a vague one, they will put the most ridiculous answer down just to entertain themselves. So I decided to use this to see what the most ridiculous answers were I could get out of the teams, I was pleasantly surprised with the varieties in the answers! As I said this round was fill in the blanks, but I went for a particular theme. Prince Philip. I thought that his quotes would fit very well in a British Comedy quiz, and I was validated when it got a lot of laughs!
Question 1: On finding out that Cate Blanchett was in the film Industry, what did Prince Philip ask her to fix in 2008? His DVD Player
Question 2: At A Dinner Party in 2004 he opened the meal with this phrase; “Bugger the table plan, give me *Blank*!” *My Dinner*
Question 3: In 2000 he said “People think there’s a rigid class system here, but dukes have even been known to marry chorus girls. Some have even married *Blank*!” *Americans*, It was only when I was reading out the answers when I realised that one of our Locals had brought his American wife along to the quiz that night. Fortunately she saw the funny side!
Question 4: At a visit to Salford in 2001, 13 year old Andrew Adams told Prince Philip he wanted to go to space. Prince Philip’s reply was “You’re too *Blank* to be an Astronaut.” *Fat*
Question 5: In 1998 he met a British Backpacker who had trekked through Papua New Guinea and said “You managed not to get *Blank* then?” Eaten
Sorry, I didn’t make a note of my sources for this. A quick search shows that lots, and lots of newspapers reported on these quotes though!
This is the second round of my British Comedy quiz focusing on Panel Shows. British comedy has a multitude of panel shows to choose from, but for simplicity I kept it relatively simple and stuck to the most popular ones. (Or at least the most popular ones from the clientele of the pub) See how well you do. Just like last time, hover over the blanked out bits for the answers.
Question 1: QI was originally hosted by Stephen Fry, before being replaced by Sandi Toksvig in 2016, but what does QI stand for Quite Interesting
Question 2: Which Panel Show first broadcast in 2005 has a name taken from a well known advertising tagline? 8 Out of 10 Cats (Whiskas cat food claim that 8 of out 10 cats prefer Whiskas)
Question 3: Which Panel Show is hosted by Jimmy Carr and is usualy broadcast in the last week of the year or the first week of the new year? The Big Fat Quiz of the Year
Question 4: Who was the original host of the radio comedy show where contestants must speak on a given subject for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition, or deviation? Nicholas Parsons (Just a Minute)
Question 5: Frank Skinner hosts a show where guests can banish their top peeve, annoyance, irritation or worst nightmare, but who wrote the novel the show took its name from? George Orwell (Nineteen Eighty-Four is the book referenced by the show) (Room 101 is the name of the show)
Sorry, again no sources for this round. But I’m sure Google can help you out!
This is one of first quizzes I wrote for my old local many moons ago. While they were uncommon back then, themed quizzes have definitely become more popular since then, back then I decided to go for a themed quiz just because I could. The theme I chose was British Comedy, I included rounds on Stand Up comedy, Panel shows, Price Phillip, TV and Radio shows, and a picture round where you had to guess the characters name. Thankfully it was a big hit and I’ve not looked back since. Without further ado, here is the first round, to see the answers just hover over the hidden answer and it should appear.
Question 1: Question 1. Which British Stand up Comedian got into hot water in 2008 by describing British Olympic Swimmer Rebecca Adlington as “someone who’s looking at themselves in the back of a spoon”? Frankie Boyle
Question 2: Question 2. Which two comedians caused a massive row also in 2008 after leaving messages on Andrew Sach’s voicemail live on air during a radio show? Russell Brand, Jonathon Ross
Question 3: Question 3. Who turned to comedy after a divorce in 2004, using material from their failed marriage as part of their act. They went on to win the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Best Newcomer award in 2008? Sarah Millican
Question 4: Question 4. Which popular stand up comedian has gone on to become an established actor with roles in Hollywood films such as “The Fifth Element” (1997), “Mouse Hunt” (1997) and “There’s something about Mary” (1998) among others? Lee Evans
Question 5: Question 5. Which comedian is best known for creating Channel 4’s “Bo’ Selecta!” and for his character Keith Lemon? Leigh Francis
Unfortunately on this quiz I didn’t include any sources, but I’m sure if you do a bit of searching you will find the same ones.