This started out as an experiment between Tony Hightower and John Chaneski (of NPR’s Ask Me Another) – could we make a trivia night so bad that people couldn’t help but come and mock us? Would people like a night where questions go missing, the hosts argue all night, the answers get all mixed up, and one of us winds up falling asleep halfway through?
I mean, we’re good, but are we that good? Can we suck so badly that it would still be worth it to come out? Do we really want to become the Andy Kaufmans (Kauf-men?) of trivia? I mean, we have careers. We’re trying to get people to respect us, not throw garbage.
From that idea came this one (a better one). Give a nod to the lowbrow, the bad-on-purpose, the stuff in modern culture and throughout history that gets five stars for lousiness. There are a thousand losers for every winner. Let’s celebrate them.
Hence, One Star Trivia.
You’ll recognize this as a trivia night, and the questions are as well-curated as ever (if a little more oddball from time to time). It’s a great bar, and we can promise a great time, with a little TNYC and a little NPR (and more than a few guest stars along the way).
No cover, teams of up to 5 players allowed (more than that, & you just play as two or more teams; no big deal). Frequent drink specials, a dozen or so beers (including One Star’s own lager) on tap. Come early, as bar & table space tends to fill up.
By subway: 1/C/E/F/M/N/R/Path to 23rd Street. It’s a block and a half due west of Madison Square Park. Grab some Shake Shack and come on by.