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Meet the Crew

Brainstormer supplies fun and dynamic entertainment in the form of trivia quizzes to bars, corporate clients, and other organized group activity. Find out more about the history of the Pub Quiz phenomenon here.

Liam McAtasney - Quizmaster

Liam McAtasney was born in Ireland and is the business owner, Quizmaster, and the guy who refills the water cooler at Brainstormer's San Francisco H.Q.

During university days in Belfast (just a few years ago!), Liam and his roommates would venture out to the pub on (usually) damp Monday evenings to give it their best at the Four in Hand, occasionally winning a prize and the bragging rights.

Liam is actively involved in the day-to-day business of Brainstormer, although he yearns for a sandy beach, blue seas and a cold drink in his hand (all at the same time!).

Get in touch with Liam to host a pub quiz or corporate trivia party with a difference. We are also keen to hear from would-be quiz hosts, located anywhere in the U.S., who are interested in partnering with us to expand Brainstormer's quiz service. Click here for contact details.

Brainstormer’s motto: ‘Educating America, one bar at a time!’

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Rick - Host

Rick has always had a passion for music.

In the early 90s, Rick landed a job at WKSS-FM in Hartford for ‘Savage in the Morning.’ He has also worked as producer for the ‘Sebastian in the Morning’ on WCCC-FM in Hartford, as a Production Assistant on the ‘Chevy Chase Show,' and for movie Director Peter Bogdanovich on ‘This Thing Called Love.'

Rick lives and works in sunny Sausalito in the hospitality industry. He owns a party DJ company, is a regular host on QVC & The Shopping Channel, does voice over, print and TV commercial work. Rick is also an ordained minister AND can DJ your wedding. Mention 'Brainstormer' for a special rate!

That’s his life in a nutshell, so far.

Buy Rick a top shelf Anejo Tuesdays at Finnegan's (Novato).

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Dave - Host

Dave has never met an obscure fact he didn't like.

After running College Bowl tournaments at his university and designing trivia nights for his alumni association, he moved to San Francisco and helped lead pub quiz teams to the league finals at two of Brainstormer's bars.

He now combines his three loves of trivia, beer, and the sound of his own voice by writing questions and hosting trivia at Brainstormer's corporate and special events.

Come hear the dulcet tones of the trivia host about whom one quiz regular said 'If I could hire him to read me stories at bedtime, I would!' Wednesdays at Patriot House (San Francisco - Financial District).

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Marina - Host

Marina was born in Alaska but is a true Californian at heart. Growing up, her mom raised her on a steady diet of avocados, board games, and Sweatin’ to the Oldies.

After 5 years, two majors, two minors, a teaching credential, a masters, and a partridge in a pear tree, Marina finally left UC Davis to be a teacher in the Bay Area. Teaching high school has given her an extensive knowledge of Boy Bands, an overenthusiastic fondness for post-its, and a love/hate relationship with copy machines. Oh, and getting to travel to more than 30 countries during those summer breaks hasn’t been too shabby either!

When she’s not molding the minds of impressionable teenagers and beating people at Words With Friends, you can catch Marina quizzing it up Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. at O'Neill's Irish Pub (San Mateo).

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Alex - Host

Alex is a rabid baseball fan (seriously, don't let him bite you), and he writes about his favorite team, the Oakland A's, on the website Athletics Nation. He also works as a copy editor and totally judges you for your misspelled answers. There is a 97% chance that he is taller than you are, and a 100% chance that he already knows this without you pointing it out to him.

After spending most of his childhood reading World Book Encyclopedias and watching reruns of old sitcoms, Alex realized that his wealth of useless knowledge made him an ideal candidate to host pub quizzes. He hosted his first quiz at Woodstock's Pizza in Davis back in 2009 and hasn't stopped since. He loves it when teams called ‘At Least We're Not Last Place’ end up in last place..

He hosts weekly quizzes on Tuesdays at McGah's Pub & Pianos (Danville).

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Casey - Host

Once Casey graduated from college in Atlanta she knew she wanted to be where the action is — San Francisco! After packing up her bags - and her dog - she ventured west wide-eyed and ready for anything. Upon finding that trivia in San Francisco was just as popular as it was back home, she decided she wanted to help generate the fun!

When she is not livening the Seattle bar scene or working her 9-5, Casey spends time with her miniature dachshund Ramen, who always is down for some shenanigans. From the beaches, to the bars, to the parks, you will find this adventurous duo everywhere … that dogs are not prohibited.

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Kelly - Host

Although she was born and raised in the Bay Area, Kelly still loves to visit her alma mater Cal Poly down in beautiful San Luis Obispo as often as possible. When she's not hosting trivia, she's planning trips and events with friends, trying to survive the torture that is Giants baseball and Niners football, and works at Facebook.

Quiz with Kelly MONTHLY (last Monday of each month) at Bourbon Pub at Levi's Stadium (Santa Clara).

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Chris - Host

A North Bay native, Chris has a love of trivia that dates back to his early childhood, and is particularly fond of geography, music, theater, and sports. After a detour to the snowy wastes of the upper midwest for college, he was called back to the Bay Area by the promise of milder weather and Giants baseball, and has been involved with Brainstormer as either a quizzer or a host for nearly a decade since.

A project manager by day, Chris also enjoys hiking, geology, guitar, sports yelling, and hosting Thursdays at The Dubliner (San Francisco - Noe Valley).

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Evan - Host

Evan originally hails from the Midwestern tundra (don't they all?), but has been living in California for the better part of 10 years. New to Brainstormer, but a high school Academic Challenge nerd, there's nothing he loves more than punishing his liver and his brain at once, with friends. In his free time, he can be found walking the city parks and listening to Stephen King audiobooks.

Even hosts the weekly quiz Mondays at Asiento (San Francisco - Inner Mission).

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Victoria - Host

Victoria is an East Coast transplant and has spent the last two years trying to figure out where to get a decent slice of pizza around San Francisco. Her talents include headstands, professional over thinking, and sleeping on airplanes.

Victoria is a middle school math & science teacher; she has one of those vague liberal arts degrees that ends in ‘-ology’ and aspires to one day pay off all of her college loans. When she’s not working, Victoria can usually be found singing ‘Fergalicious’ at a local karaoke bar.

Much like everyone else who works for Brainstormer, she loves trivia and knowing the answers before everyone else. She highly recommends Brainstormer Trivia nights as a great place to bring your Tinder date, especially at Brotzeit Lokal (Oakland Waterfront), and Lord George (San Francisco - SOMA)

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Doug - Host

Doug was born in the green area of the ‘Garden State,’ New Jersey, and never knew his home state was the brunt of jokes until moving to California in 2007. Prior to coming to the Bay Area, he lived in another green area but with just a tad more mountains; Switzerland.

In the land of cheese he worked for a global pharmaceutical company during the day, and played Rugby and worked concert security at night where his native English language made the locals always assume that he was with every touring band’s entourage.

His favorite activities are simply to be with his wife and kids. He has an eidetic memory for trivial items so he greatly enjoyed his time as a former Brainstormer contestant in his pre-fatherhood days. His mouth waters when he gets trivia questions on geography and sports questions, especially tennis.

Doug hosts the Sunday quiz at The Swingin' Door (San Mateo).

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Eamon - Host

Not to be confused with the R&B singer of the same first and last names, Eamon is a veteran of Jeopardy!, LearnedLeague, and both sides of the pub-quiz mic.

A professional dilettante, he's been a bookseller, record store clerk, musician, housekeeper, copyeditor, and author. A San Francisco native and Cal alumnus, he lives in the Upper Haight, where he rides his bike and tweets roughly equal quantities of cerebral jokes and filthy ones.

Eamon hosts Wednesdays at Danny Coyle's (San Francisco – Lower Haight).

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Sarah - Host

Sarah is an Arizona native, but has long called San Francisco home. She loves sports, great stories, world travel, street tacos and telling bad jokes, typically for her own amusement. (Just laugh, please.)

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Kady - Host

Kady is a self-proclaimed cat-lady, cupcake connoisseur, lover of education, world traveler, and napping champion. As a former educator, she has always had a soft-spot for anything that combines knowledge, fun, and competition. She originally started going to trivia while living in Sacramento, but quickly found the pastime to be ubiquitous - even hosting trivia while living in Seoul, South Korea!

When she's not hosting Brainstormer's trivia, Kady spends her time binge-watching Netflix shows and movies, drinking wine, and hanging out with her cats. Fun fact: Kady has memorized all of the U.S. Presidents in order. You can test her on that while she's quizzing you at Monaghan's (San Francisco - The Marina) Tuesdays, and Barrel Proof (San Francisco - The Mission) Wednesdays.

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Lia - Host

Lia is a mid-Peninsula native with a deep love for pop punk, 49ers football, and grey sweaters. After four years in Southern California and Washington D.C. she returned to her Bay Area roots, where she spent three years as a Brainstormer league quizzer team captain before finally moving behind the microphone.

When she's not hosting the quiz, you can find her working by day as an HR Coordinator, baking up a storm and Instagramming every step, hitting the gym at all hours, singing karaoke, and cross-stitching while yelling at her TV.

Join her for trivia Tuesday nights at Main & Elm (Redwood City).

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Nick - Host

Nick has called the Bay Area his home since 2000 and works as a K-9 handler during the day. He also works part time at Levi's Stadium.

Nick's an avid San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan, and enjoys spending his free time with his family (6 brothers, 1 sister), his dog, listening to music, eating anything and everything, and playing recreational softball.

Nick hosts the quiz Mondays at Uproar Brewing Company (San Jose - So-Fa).

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Christian - Host

Christian Sherwood is a traveled actor, having appeared in such films as ‘Noah and The Normal Heart.’

Most recently from New York, he's lived in over five states. He did most of his growing up in New Mexico, and studied theater and languages at Hunter College in NYC. He has a love of art, humor and, of course, trivia. He lives in San Francisco with his charming wife, Christina.

Come by and play trivia at Bar Basic (San Francisco - SoMa).

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Masha - Host

Masha is another recent East Coast transplant, still trying to figure out what all this green, leafy, nature-ish stuff around the Bay Area is all about. No, she’s not related to either Uri Geller the spoon-bender, or Andrew Geller the shoe designer.

She majored in musical theater but grew too tall to play anything other than the windmill in Don Quixote, so advertising by day and pub trivia by night seemed like logical things to do. Loves Airedale Terriers, her slow cooker, and New York bagels.

Masha hosts the quiz Wednesdays at SPARK Social SF (San Francisco - Mission Bay), and Thursdays at Mars Bar (San Francisco - SOMA).

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Casey - Host

A Bay Area native, Casey moved back to the area after graduating from UC San Diego. He is a diehard sports fan and he roots for all of the correct Bay Area sports teams (Giants, 49ers, Warriors). He is also an avid board game enthusiast and is always down to strain a friendship with a nice, competitive game of Settlers of Catan.

His desire to become a quiz host sprang from his friends clearly getting really tired of him constantly telling them obscure, useless facts about all sorts of random topics. Other claims to fame of Casey's include being pretty good at Mario Kart, having witnessed the world's hot dog eating championship, and knowing way more about Taylor Swift than any straight male should.

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Stacey - Host

Stacey was born in Oakland, and raised in Alameda and Oakland.

She's always looking for a new brunch spot... obviously with bottomless mimosas. When she's not working her job at an East Bay vineyard, Stacey loves trivia, especially when it comes to anything Disney. She will dominate anyone in 'Disney Scene It'!

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Sami - Host

Sami has grown up in the Bay Area since 1995 and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. The west coast is definitely the best coast!

After attending Brainstormer Trivia events all around the Bay Area, Sami finally took the next step and became a quizmaster to share his passion for trivia. Other than hosting trivia, Sami enjoys traveling as much as possible and always discovering new places he hasn’t been. He also enjoys hanging with friends, and of course, playing trivia.

Feel free to introduce yourself to Sami and make a new friend at the Thursday quiz at Golden State Brewery (Santa Clara).

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Rachel - Host

Rachel was born in Houston, Texas during halftime of the SuperBowl. She's lived all over, but spent a plurality of her life in Chicago, Illinois.

She's only been in the Bay Area since 2016, but already loves succulents and Februaries so much more than she ever did before.

Rachel studied Bioengineering in both undergrad and grad school, and is currently working as an R&D Engineer at an exoskeleton company. In her free time, she enjoys talking to her family, her friends, and strangers on the bus. She hopes to one day become Alex Trebek or the Pope.

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Patricia - Host

She didn't choose the cat lady life, the cat lady life chose her. When Tricia is not stopping to pet every cat she comes across, she is teaching kindergarteners (and no, not just to love cats).

She is an avid sports fan (Raider nation! Go Warriors!), who is admittedly pretty terrible at sports trivia. She also love-love-loves Karaoke!

Tricia hosts Mondays at Diving Dog Brewery (Oakland - Uptown), and Tuesdays at AISLE 5 (Oakland - Grand Ave.).

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Stephanie - Host

Stephanie is a Bay Area native, and is back ‘home’ after living in Santa Barbara for 10 years. She attended UCSB, where she earned a BA in English and played D-1 softball.

In her spare time, she enjoys being active - whether playing softball, hitting the gym, or trying something new! She has played the clarinet since childhood, and remains passionate about music. She also strives to better our community through volunteer work and giving back. Other fun facts include: Zelda fanatic, ambidextrous, insatiable love of cheese, and black-belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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Alex - Host

Alex is one of those mythical born and raised San Franciscans that no longer seem to exist.

As a child, she had one aspiration--to be a velociraptor (Jurassic Park had a big influence on her childhood). As she got older, she realized it would be a lonely existence without any other dinosaurs to play with and decided to reassess her life choices. Eventually she journeyed to Seattle, where the weather matched her soul, to become a librarian instead. But Alex was no ordinary library student. By night she slung beers and hustled tables at one of the most popular beer bars in Seattle earning her the title of Libarbarian.

Alas all good things must come to an end; she received her masters and was lucky enough to find employment back in the Bay Area. She returned to her native land with her longtime feline companion (yeah, librarians like cats okay!) and bestows information on young minds. Naturally being a trivia host is appealing to her as it combines her love of information with the opportunity to be a smart ass with a microphone.

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Kiana - Host

Kiana does marketing and event execution for San Francisco magazine. When she’s not working, training for her first marathon, or doing yoga, she enjoys reading British literature and freelance writing. She is also taking language classes to learn Thai and hopes to live in Bangkok for a couple of years.

Kiana likes to plan her spontaneity, drink cold smoothies in hot showers, and is basically a living contradiction.

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Kaija - Host

Kaija was born and raised in the Bay. She has the spirit of your favorite camp counselor and the demeanor of your cool Aunt Pam.

She holds a large amount of enthusiasm for the following things: teaching, karaoke, tabletop gaming, going on tiny adventures, theatre, comedy, storytelling, reading, meta-analysis of media of all kinds. She can be seen hanging her head in shame getting the Classics questions wrong even though it was her college major and the U.S. History questions wrong even though she taught it in APUSH last week. She will however rock early 90’s Sci-Fi TV shows and most music rounds.

When she isn't on the mic, Ally's likely working in tech in downtown SF, taking a spin class, following a new dog on Instagram, or frankly, wishing she was on the mic.

Kaija hosts our Tuesday night pub quiz at Academy Bar & Kitchen (San Francisco - Pacific Heights).

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Noam - Host

Noam is a dad, a music lover, and a forester.

Originally from Pleasant Hill, he spent his high school years avoiding the classroom and trying to figure out life on his own. Fast forward a decade (or two), and Noam's brain is a collection of info from record shops, restaurant kitchens, Bay Area bars, and the language of trees. While his favorite pastime is camping with a roaring fire, he can't get away from a beer and a good conversation.

Noam brings a passion for science and history (yes he does watch Nova). He is constantly quizzed by his young son about how the world works, and is relieved to finally ask other people the same questions. Come play Tuesdays at The Flatiron (San Rafael).

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kristina - Host

Former Wisconsin Badger Kristina Kind lived the millionaire's lifestyle in Lake Tahoe and San Francisco before calling Livermore home. When not doing good for an astounding nonprofit, she enjoys snow skiing, hiking and combining the two.

Being from Wisconsin, Kristina is asked repeatedly to say 'bag' and knows that cheese can be used to salt icy roads. She hosts Wednesday's quiz at Beer Baron (Livermore), and secretly hopes that she can convince them to bring back Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge.

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Sam - Host

Originally from Sacramento, Sam has been playing trivia in bars and restaurants around the Bay Area for over ten years. He’s currently in the process of completing his MA in English Literature and works as a server slingin’ steaks at a restaurant in San Francisco’s Financial District.

Sam’s hobbies include photography and collecting comics. His favorite director is David Lynch and his favorite band is currently The Menahan Street Band.

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Jessican - Host

Jessica was born in Santa Cruz, California, and has lived in San Francisco since 2011, with the exception of a six month stint in Barcelona, during which time she led drunk people around the streets for a living.

Jessica prides herself on her music knowledge, and also the plethora of random trivia she has stored in her brain, particularly animal sex facts. When she's not working one of her million side gigs, you can find Jessica watching the sunset, making nachos, running around in her cow onesie, or writing about travel.

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Krysta - Host

Krysta is originally from North Carolina, but has lived in San Francisco since 2012. If you ask her what originally brought her to California, she’ll reply 'my car,' which is the most honest answer.

Her interests include comedy, being outdoors, and music - listening to and making it. She plays several musical instruments including ukulele, keyboards, and (extremely unauthentic) didgeridoo. She owns a television just to watch Jeopardy!

When she isn’t hosting trivia, Krysta daylights in tech at a software company. She tries to make coffee at home before work, rides the cable car whenever possible, and changes her hairstyle on a regular basis.

Krysta hosts trivia Mondays at The Final Final (San Francisco - Cow Hollow/Marina), and Wednesdays at Cabin (San Francisco - Polk Gulch).

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Krista - Host

Kristapedia (to her friends) has lived and worked on both coasts and overseas. Raised by a fanatical music trivia mom and a voracious reader engineer father, the product of such a union created a beast of utterly useless knowledge, with an appetite for more. You’ll always get a reasonably challenging and eclectic music round!

90s spent in grungy Seattle and 2000s in LA, she’s solid with a good wedge of pop culture. Her flock of brothers ensured that she has a proper understanding of sports and cars. Her love of cooking and baking round out her strengths, she speaks food in 4 languages. Make sure to ask about her cat when you come play trivia Thursdays at Kennedy's (San Francisco - North Beach).

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Bob - Host

Bob started playing Brainstormer quizzes in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood (too many years ago to count). In Seattle, he's hosted weekly quizzes at Pyramid Alehouse, Elephant & Castle and at numerous corporate and private events.

He has also produced radio commercials for Fox Sports affiliate 1380 KRKO in Everett, and worked as a DJ at Seattle's 103.7 The Mountain (may it rest in peace).

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Marjorie Berman - Host

Marjorie was born and raised in a suburb of Boston, MA. She moved to New York City to study childhood education at NYU and has lived in Brooklyn since 2011.

An avid fan of all things pop culture, Marjorie has participated in the many different kinds of trivia that NYC has to offer. When she's not hosting Brainstormer trivia, Marjorie is working hard as a third grade special ed teacher. You can also often find her perusing Netflix, buying a sandwich, listening to Beyoncé, or at the closest wine shop.

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Brett - Host

Brett is a Connecticut native who has been described as ‘a hooker with a heart of gold.’ He has many interests, including James Bond movies, the Green Bay Packers, beer, and trivia involving all of those things.

He holds a degree in Theater Studies and English from Duke University, where he created the first ever on-campus pub quiz at the school’s only full bar. He now resides in Brooklyn with his girlfriend and a Bose Wave Radio with CD player.

When not hosting Brainstormer trivia in New York City, including for our corporate events, Brett makes his living as a working actor in theater, film, TV, and commercials. He can be seen and heard on your television, radio, or computer, hopefully more and more each day.

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Matt - Host

Matt hails from northern New Jersey, and is sometimes even proud of it. He's been a pop culture aficionado and trivia fan since early childhood, and has been able to use these skills as a contestant on ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ and ‘Jeopardy!’

He studied Political Science, History and Cinema Studies at Rutgers University, where he helped organize concerts, lectures and film screenings for the campus student centers. After several years working as a political operative in Washington, DC and on campaigns around the country, he has lived in the New York City area since 2004.

Matt works for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Whenever possible, he’s out enjoying the best that New York has to offer.

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Liberty - Host

Liberty is a baby-faced British American who can't figure out which accent to use. Hailing from England (via New Jersey), her friends describe her as a modern-day Mary Poppins who can light up a room— and then subsequently fall over herself and snuff out that light source in an instant with Olympic-level clumsiness.

Fin-tech specialist by day, your weird Aunt Norris by night. She loves glitter, cowboy boots, and eclectic music rounds. She welcomes you to show off your Trivia chops and enjoy the time while your smartphone is not yet sentient or smarter than you at Brainstormer on Tuesdays at Gramercy Ale House (Manhattan, NY), and Sundays at Golden Years (Brooklyn, NY).

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Josh - Host

Built on high-energy and delivery, Josh’s personality aims to up the ante in Brainstormer Trivia. A reoccurring host at the SVA Film & Animation festival in Gramercy and previously a news reporter for Long Island, you can bet you’ll hear the trivia questions come in loud & clear when attending one of Josh’s shows. An aspiring host and comedian, pity applause and sympathetic laugher are always appreciated.

When not on the microphone, you can find Josh biking throughout the NY boroughs, jamming on guitar in a local basement, or making his next film on your neighbor’s rooftop. And if you’re looking to eat asphalt, you ought to challenge this fella to a round in Mario Kart.

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Stephanie - Co-Host

Stephanie is a recent transplant to San Francisco from Southern California. In her free time she loves to explore the city, hike the local parks, and watch trashy reality television. She’s a pretty competitive person, and is always down for a challenge in pool, poker, trivia, whatever! If she’s not out and about, she can be found organizing her room or trying new baking projects with her friends.

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Joanna - Co-Host

Joanna was born and raised in the Bay Area. In her free time she enjoys working out at the gym, going on hikes, playing boardgames ('Catchphrase' is her favorite), binge-watching shows on Netflix, going to the movies (especially horrors and comedies) and riding indoor go-karts.

Joanna co-hosts Brainstormer's corporate events in San Francisco and around the Bay Area.

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LaLa - Co-Host

Born and raised in San Jose, Esmeralda - she goes by the name of LaLa - enjoys trivia as she finds it both educational and entertaining.

When she's not working her day job at a local shipping company, she likes to travel as much as she can. LaLa is our awesome co-host at the Bay Area's busiest trivia night Mondays at Uproar Brewing Company (San Jose - So-Fa). Come early to get a seat!

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Stephanie - Co-Host

Stephanie was born in China, raised in Seattle, and moved all around the west coast for the past few years. She’s currently majoring in communications in San Francisco.

Stephanie loves exploring new things, meeting new people, hanging out with her friends and doing fun stuff such as hiking/camping/going for movies/ice skating. She's a part-time tour guide as well. Her biggest passion is dance (jazz, modern, contemporary and hip hop), and she has been dancing since she was 4.

Stephanie wants to travel around the world after her graduation!

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Sharon - Co-Host

Sharon is a Los Angeles transplant living in San Francisco.

When she’s not working full time as a University Recruiter, she likes to try new restaurants and work out fads, and expressing herself through music, dance and yoga.

Sharon loves traveling, and is trying to fill up her recently renewed passport.

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