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John Chaneski is a native New Yorker, born in Hoboken, who co-hosts TriviaNYC’s (and NYC’s) only Saturday evening trivia at One Star Bar in Chelsea. He has parlayed his BFA in Drama from NYU into a varied career in games, puzzles, and trivia, initially by hanging out at the offices of GAMES Magazine in the 1980s. A series of interesting gigs followed: puzzle consultant and hand stand-in for Tim Robbins in the 1994 movie “IQ”; writer of questions (and answers) for ABC’s “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire”; senior researcher for NBC’s “The Million Second Quiz”; emcee of The Poetry Brothel; Puzzle guy on the public radio show “A Way With Words.” In 2010 he was part of the team that created NPR’s newest game show “Ask Me Another.” He was, and continues to be, its first-ever Puzzle Guru. He lives in Brooklyn with his amazing philosopher-poet wife, Jennifer Michael Hecht, their two talented kids, Max and Jessie, and a black mutt named Goldie.
Stella has sung in choirs for most of her life, including the Oratorio Society of New York, a choir that performs regularly at Carnegie Hall. As a result, she is deeply convinced that there needs to be more classical-music trivia in the world. But don’t worry — she promises, as the gal who puts together the TriviaNYC questions, to make all that highbrow stuff fun and accessible. She is a brainy *meathead*, after all!
When he is not hosting trivia, Jarrod can be seen teaching things to Elementary School children, quoting ‘The Simpsons,’ getting tattooed, having his heart broken by the New York Rangers, and spreading his generally snarky attitude and negative opinion on most topics.
Regina Robbins is a writer, director, and native New Yorker. She has worked with a number of theatre companies around the city and is currently an Artistic Associate and Company Manager with Everyday Inferno Theatre. Her short films have been screened across the US, winning awards in New York City, Cleveland, San Diego, and Asheville, NC. Perhaps most importantly, Regina won four games on Jeopardy! in 2010 and subsequently competed in that year’s Tournament of Champions.
Guess what? She has a website: reginarobbins.com.
She graduated to host-dom after being a regular player at the Drunken Smartass Olympics at Dempsey’s Pub (alongside teammate and future TriviaNYC host Jon Keller). Her areas of expertise are history/politics, geography, film, and pop culture (at least through 2005, at which point she stopped paying as much attention). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with future-husband-and-current-TriviaNYC-host Michael Webster, watching detective shows, running, and sampling craft beer safely and responsibly.
When not hosting trivia for Trivia NYC, Michael can be found writing music for big band & orchestra, performing in venues around NYC, practicing his horn, and teaching music for the New York Jazz Academy. Other interests include watching hockey with his lovely fiancée (fellow trivia host and honorary Canadian) Jessica Wagner, and training for masochistic uphill bicycle races, such as Lake Placid’s Whiteface Race 2015 (8 miles at 8%!).
For more information please visit www.michaelwebstermusic.com.