12ish Questions With HQ Trivia's Scott Rogowsky
Scott Rogowsky is a comedian and the main host of the current hit app HQ Trivia, where he reads trivia questions live and users can win cash prizes. The game has taken off in the final month, and Rogowsky has become a cult figure, with fans of the game calling him “quiz daddy.” He came by our office, where we supplied him with kale salad and he answered some questions approximately Phish, his iconic black suit (turns out it’s not his own), and dealing with an of influx thirsty DMs.
Who’s your favorite game display host?
Scott Rogowsky: Trebek is classic. I savor Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek, that’s my acknowledge. Will Ferrell in those SNL “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketches.
What does HQ stand for?
SR: That’s a trade secret. I personally change the meaning every week. final week it was Horse Quaaludes, this week it’s Hairy Queens.
You often say some Yiddish words. What is your favorite Yiddish word?
SR: It’s probably unprintable, because there’s lots of Yiddish words for certain male anatomy. Schmuck is a worthy one. Schmeckle. Schvantz.
accomplish you live at domestic with your parents?
SR: I currently live with my parents. Let’s say, I’m between my apartments, and so I’m choosing to live with my parents. I beget my stuff there. It’s like a storage unit.
What did you major in in college?
SR: Political science. I’m a naturally curious person. My kindergarten report card said, “Scott is like a sponge, he soaks up information.” I just see stuff and I want to know, like *gestures at salad* there’s different kinds of kale. There’s Tuscan; there’s lacinato. I’m fascinated that everything in the world has been named and classified. Every section of the body has been named – every tiny blemish. I don’t want to ride to med school and learn that, but I’ll read the Wikipedia.
You did those viral stunts where you made humorous book covers and rode the subway. whether you were going to achieve another now, what would it say?
SR: I would savor to achieve another book cover. It’s been a year since the final one I did, which was Trump-inspired. After the election, I was in shock like everyone else, and I wanted to attend raise money for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. So I did one as a fundraiser. I did one that said “Eat Pray Grab Pussy,” and Elizabeth Gilbert reached out to me and donated $5,000 to Planned Parenthood for the copy of it.
I’d savor to obtain some celebrities doing it — Jon Hamm, whether you’re reading this, Nick Kroll… But I believe for a current book, you beget to just hammer the Trump thing.
I beget noticed an overwhelming, uh, thirst, for you.
SR: Does that count as harassment, when I beget women DM’ing me like, “I wanna marry you…”? No, I’m kidding, that’s not harassment — it’s flattering. near to my house — my mom makes a mean latke.
But honestly, I just don’t beget time. I can’t even watch Netflix. And now with my schedule, I’m taking a late train domestic. I obtain in at like 11:30 p.m. What am I going to achieve?
So people slide into your DMs, and you’re just like, “thank you, I’m too busy”?
SR: I just want to be polite, and I’m trying to memorize how to deal with it. I barely used social media before until HQ so I’m just not used to it. Yes, I mean, it’s very flattering; yes, I accomplish see it. I acknowledge it. whether you beget tweeted at me or DM’d me, thank you. perhaps, possibly one day I’ll beget time to scroll through utter the DMs, and perhaps, possibly beget a Bachelor-style reality display to choose someone? I don’t know.
By the way, what whether I was into bestiality? What whether it was like, Sorry guys and girls, animals are my thing? I mean I’m just saying. Don’t assume.
We’re going to print that.
SR: Ok, just don’t acquire it the headline.
What is your daily schedule like?
SR: So I obtain to the office an hour or two before the display, sprint through the questions, accomplish some research, acquire some edits. Then I beget a wreck and some dinner, perhaps, possibly see friends, then accomplish it again.
Someone tweeted: “I’d read 5,000 words on Scott Rogowsky and the very specific aesthetics of the Jewish-American bro.” Are you a bro?
SR: Is that how I near across? I’ve seen people tweet, “Your host exudes douchiness.” I’ve never considered myself a bro or a douche. I don’t like those types of characters. Here’s what I’ll say: I accomplish beget the ability to be a social chameleon; this goes back to middle school. I could hang with preps or jocks or nerds. I’d float between groups and had my core friends who were just into baseball card collecting. That’s what I am at heart: a baseball card collector.
What’s your team?
SR: The Mets. But I beget soft spot for the Red Sox because of Nomar Garciaparra, my favorite player of utter time.
How many times beget you seen Phish?
SR: Over 20.
Vape or bong?
SR: Neither. Honestly, I don’t smoke, I don’t really drink. I’ve been to utter these Phish shows totally sober.
How accomplish you pick your suits and ties for the display?
SR: I don’t. We did a whole wardrobe thing. They’re not my own suits.
On your day off, accomplish you play, and whether so how far beget you gone?
SR: whether I beget a day off, it’s because I’m traveling or beget something going on, so I can’t play. But I accomplish watch the games whether I can. I’ve never won. Honestly, once I got out on question one. generally,normally I can’t obtain past six.
Katie Notopoulos is a senior editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in current York. Notopoulos writes approximately tech and internet culture is cohost of the Internet Explorer podcast.
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