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Co-host Brian Kelly will use a 20-sided die to choose the audience wildcard contestant for the Geek Cred show at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre. Courtesy photo.




Geek Cred

Where: Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St., Portsmouth
When: Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.)
Cost: $10
Call: 433-4793
Visit: seacoastrep.org




Nerd is the word
Searches for the Biggest Nerd on the Seacoast is on

11/13/14



 Let’s face it, we all geek out from time to time, whether it’s a passion for Star Wars, a massive comic book collection or an obsession with video games. But you’ve got to be a “nerd generalist” to win the new Seacoast Repertory Theatre show called Geek Cred, says co-host Brian Kelly. 

Participants in the show, which happens Saturday, Nov. 15, will be answering the nerdiest of pop culture trivia questions in front of a ton of people to win trophies and prizes.
“We’re living in a geek golden age right now,” said Kelly. “This stuff is popular. Where you may have had you and your friends interested in something, now there are thousands you could connect with [about nerdy topics]. We’re at a theater on a Saturday night talking about things we’ve talked about forever.”
On paper, the hosts of Geek Cred can identify the competition as a game show. However, Kelly said, contestants will be participating in a series of events that stretch beyond the realm of a typical episode of Jeopardy. The format of the show, he said, essentially functions like a more-animated game of pub trivia.
“We’ve got trivia, we’ve got charade performances,” said Kelly. “Because we’re in a theater we’ve got access to different types of challenges. Knowledge will be tested, and [the contestants’] ability to roll with the punches with whatever is going to be thrown at them.”
Kelly and co-host Mark Michael Adams came up with the idea as a way to find the biggest nerd in the state, one who can riff on information in a variety of media, such as comics, movies, television and games. 
Kelly and Adams put the call out to four organizations for contestants: Jetpack Comics in Rochester, Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, Future Imperfect LARP in Charlton, Mass., and Diversions Puzzles & Games in Portsmouth. Each will send a representative to compete in the game show. The representatives will be able to use their respective organizations as lifelines to help answer questions that stump them.
Kelly said that the game show will also feature a fifth contestant.
“People are welcome to come early to be selected as the audience champion,” he said. “We’ll have an application for people to fill out, and me and Mark will read the applications for viable candidates. The ones we feel can hold their own, we’ll roll a 20-sided [die] and pick one randomly.”
Besides the title of “Biggest Nerd on the Seacoast,” Kelly said the winner will receive a trophy and prizes donated by the organizations involved. The contestants will each bring something from their respective organizations to contribute to a potluck-style prize pool.
Kelly said he imagines the winner of the show will be someone who is consistently absorbing media, who lives and breathes pop culture.
“If you don’t know comics or don’t know television, you’ll miss a lot of questions,” he said. “If you play a lot of games but haven’t read a comic since you were a kid, then you’ll be at a disadvantage. You’ve got to be a nerd generalist.” 
 
As seen in the November 13, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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