On Thursday evening, March 7, the contestants battling for prize money at the bar trivia night hosted by Portland mainstay trivia-host Shanrock at her Triviology challenge at La Merde, the bar in the back of long-running Le Bistro Montagerestaurant, faced an unexpected challenge.
Daily Show "resident expert"/Bored To Death regular/PC embodiment John Hodgmanwandered into Le Bistro Montage lounge halfway through. Wearing a dark
windbreaker with thick glasses and thicker mustache, Hodgman sipped a
martini and spoke with a few friends as trivia jockey and Shanrock
founder Shannon Donaldson introduced the sixth round of the
Under the somewhat eccentric format of Donaldson's Triviology—a
fanciful elaboration of traditional pub quizzes created by Donaldson
eight years ago and currently hosted at a dozen local bars—one of the trivia rounds offers successively more obvious nuggets of information about a singular person, place, or thing. As Hodgman wandered into the bar after appearing at the Bagdad Theater, the theme was "I Am
Turns out Hodgman's know-it-all persona isn't just for show.
It's one of Canada's three maritime
provinces, host Donaldson said. It was initially inhabited by the Mi’kmaq people, she said. It was once considered
the 14th colony.
Hodgman was the first to raise his hand, and he correctly identified
During the final round, a Name That Tune-styled test of
musical references, Hodgman aided nearby team "Linda Is A Whore" by correctly identifying the
theme music for the Claire Daines Showtime series Homeland.
"Hodgman, you're killing me!" shouted a
member of (eventual champions) Blood Fart. The author responded
with a broad smirk.
"I didn't recognize him," said host Donaldson after the event, "but
people came up afterwards and said he was famous. 'The guy with the
"I was impressed, though. When people walk into the bar
midway through a game, they usually blurt out answers as soon as they
hear the question. Hodgman stayed quiet, and he didn't even know the
If the Mac-pitchman ever needs the skrilla, it turns out he'd have a solid chance of winning arch-conservative flack Ben Stein's money, after all.