Cowabunga! 'Simpsons' Trivia Night is back at a new venue


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What did Homer smuggle on board the space shuttle? What is the name of Bart's favorite comic book hero?

This is the type of knowledge that must be second nature if you walk into Franktuary in Lawrenceville tonight for the return of the monthly Simpsons Trivia Night.

The trivia nights, co-hosted by Bryan Tramontina and Katie Markowski, launched last November at the nearby Hambone's and ran through April before taking a six-month hiatus. Back in a new location, it will feature two rounds of 18 questions and screenings of three episodes of the show, which, in its 25th season, holds the distinction of being America's longest-running sitcom and longest-running prime-time scripted show.

And the characters have barely aged a day.

"The trivia itself ranges from general 'Simpsons' knowledge to specific episode quotes to video questions covering seasons 1-9," Ms. Markowski says. "Obviously, there's a steady stream of jokes the whole time. Some are funny, some are not."

Contestants can come in teams, go alone or show up solo and take your chances with strangers or friends.

"It's pretty rowdy," Ms. Markowski says. "People yell out 'Simpsons' quotes, and we don't take any of it very seriously."

"In general," Mr. Tramontina says, quoting the show, "it's far more thrilling than any roller coaster, and more interesting than a weekend with Batman."

"The winner," Ms. Markowski says, "gets a lifetime supply of Duff Beer -- available in cans or intravenously." Not really. That's a joke from season 6, episode 18.

Up for grabs are free beer and gift certificates, courtesy of Franktuary -- if you can come up with answers like "potato chips" and "Radioactive Man."

Simpsons Trivia Night is at 8 tonight at Franktuary, 3810 Butler St., Lawrenceville.


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