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The Master Puppeteer of Trivia, Jim Bensin

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Adam Johnston

Give me a bottle of bourbon and half a chicken, and I’ll conquer the world! My job is to make sure that everyone else does their job, which has to be the easiest job in the world considering the brilliant, hard-working people we have in our Flock. My ultimate goal is to run a company that people are proud to work for. I’m an avid statesman, adventurer, Burner, Broadway aficionado, athlete, and I wear my Cole Haans as often as my cowboy boots. It’s a wonderful life.All Posts

We are going a bit further West with our latest Host of the Month feature. Host  Jim Bensin has the best-attended shows in Phoenix.  He’s developed that following due to his talent, humor and knack for connecting with teams.  I asked Jim my usual set of dumb questions:


RC: What’s your favorite Last Call Trivia show to host?  Feud? Trivia?

JB: I’ve only had the opportunity to do Trivia and I have had a blast doing it!


RC: What question types/categories do you love / always get right?

JB: I love music-related questions.  I am also a big fan of current events.  I wish we had more of those.


RC: What gaps are in your trivia knowledge / questions you suck at?

JB: I can’t stand history questions.  Unfortunately, as I get older the questions that fall into that category tend to be things I actually remember happening! (Those current events pay off eventually.)


RC: What’s the best *wrong* answer a team has given you? (Or even just a few funny ones, if you remember.)

JB: It was a halftime question: “Name four countries that start with the letter ‘L’ “: The team was “Team Um.”

They gave me three real answers but their last one blew my mind…. EL SALVADOR.  I guess technically it DOES begin with “L


RC: What are some of your favorite/funniest/filthiest team names?

JB: All-time favorite: The Rectal Plucking Hucking Fillbillies


RC: Do you try to tailor your setlist to the questions?  (Not exactly for clues, but even thematically?)

JB: I like to live randomly so I let my computer figure it out.


RC: Do you have favorite songs to include or theme music that you start with every week?

JB: I have the first 90 seconds of the Van Halen song “Right Now” set up in a loop.  I use it as a bed for my intro speech.


RC: What are some ways a team can get on your bad side?

JB: Taking the game too seriously or just not having fun.


RC: What is your favorite power-up in Super Mario Brothers?  Fire-flower?  Tanooki/Flying Raccoon suit? Star of invincibility?

JB: I always sucked at SMB so I never really had an opinion.


RC: Don’t you hate it when a team folds their answer sheets into something the size of an aspirin with a thousand folds in it, and it takes half a song to unfold it so you can see what their answer is?

JB: I can’t stand trivia origami!


RC: Any favorite / funny stories from hosting?  Mispronouncing a keyword in a question? Slamming down hecklers?

JB: I don’t get a lot of hecklers so I don’t really have to do much slamming. I don’t really do full contact trivia anyway – I prefer the two-hand touch variety.

I try hard not to mispronounce questions but I have struggled with a few team names.  If you look at my all-time favorite team name that I listed above you can probably guess how THAT name has been slaughtered in the past!