Pop Quiz Hotshot: Big Lebowski Edition

Ready your White Russians, it’s time to abide!

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  1. Congrats to Megan for defeating the NC!

  2. I am loving this show

  3. I really enjoy this new show. It’s fun and Doug makes for a good host. The theme-episode though I’m not so sure about. Diversity is better in my opinion since I have fun trying to get the answers too. So with just one theme I’m not too familiar with -sorry to report it’s been a while since I’ve last seen this movie-, it gets a bit less fun. That said there are still the jokes and I can’t wait to see next week’s ep! Thanks for the video 🙂

  4. I love egan’s Kirby t-shirt. She also reminds me of Kirby, she seems cute and cuddly but will make you lose in the end.

  5. As a Lebowski fan, I would have done way better than either of these contestants.

  6. I hope to see more themed episodes. I can see it now: Rocky Horror Picture Show, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Mad Max, etc.

    I can abide by that.

  7. I am not sure how to feel about themed episodes.

  8. I like the themed episode idea. Once to once and a half every month should be good.

    BTW the Coen brothers parody was hilarious on the Garfield review.

  9. Please stop… This is awful!

    From someone who makes money out of slagging off other peoples work – you’d think you’d have standards!

  10. I have had a hard time figuring out why this show does not interest me and, moreover, even feels a bit awkward to watch. But I think I have some ideas now.

    Firstly, the whole “kidnapping” gimmick just doesn’t work. It feels artificial, tacked on, and it’s not really used for anything. Some might even find it just a tad bit distasteful. (Be assured, I’m in no way a prissy SJW who complains about every such inconsequential thing. I couldn’t be farther from that. My problem with it is not moral outrage. It’s more that it’s a… perhaps just slightly sensitive subject in our modern word that is not used all that well in the show, so it feels unnecessary. Because the gimmick amounts to pretty much nothing, in other words, it’s pretty much useless in the show and does not add anything to it, that only helps accentuate the ever so slight distasteful tone of it. It’s a bit hard to explain.)

    Secondly, this seems to be pretty much an improv show. It doesn’t seem to be highly scripted, and instead all the “jokes” and “humor” is pretty much improvised on the fly. Improv is a really, really demanding and difficult form of art that requires an enormous amount of talent to pull off. Some shows succeed marvelously at this (eg. Whose Line Is It Anyway?), but others not so much.

    I think the critic is really talented at scriptwriting and acting his own show. He is not *bad* at improv, but… how do I put this? It’s not bad, but not all that great either. It can feel a bit forced at times. I don’t want to say “cringeworthy” because that would be way too strong of a word to describe it, but… a slight bit to that direction nevertheless. Maybe it’s just me but… I don’t know. Somewhere between “ok” and “meh”, I suppose.

    As for the actual quiz show contents… Well, somewhere between “ok” and “meh”, I suppose. And that’s perhaps the problem.

    I think I might check the next episode too, just go give the show a chance. But if it doesn’t improve, I suppose this will be another series I will be skipping.

  11. HermioneHotpants

    Too bad they removed the Cinema Snob from the show. Even though the first episode of Popquiz Hotshot was lots worse than the current episodes, I liked Brad Jones in the show. Not that I dislike the Nostalgia Critic. It’s just fun to see other people in the spotlight sometimes instead of always the Nostalgia Critic.

    Even though I found this latest episode still rather boring the show has gotten much better since its pilot episode.

  12. Made an account just to say this. Working in TV I know that quiz shows are one of the hardest things to make interesting. So many come and go within a year here in the UK. You really need to have that engaging hook or gimmick. And you do have a gimmick, but I don’t think you’re using it to it’s full potential.

    You have this whole home brewed gameshow / crazy kidnapper host, that is the whole premise of your opening titles and yet you only ever allude to it in off the cuff remarks throughout the show. I’m not saying you need to go full Mr Plinkett on it, but maybe play it up a little more.

    – Have a segment at the start, show us the contestants being “kidnapped” (obviously pre-plan it, but show us it, fake CCTV, shaky cam from an old Sony DV)

    – Make the Spazzies just something the NC can see. Like they’re in his head. When Doug drifts off lookign at them The first contestant to figure out hes having a “spaz attack” and buzz wins.

    – Doug and Co. if you guys know the questions beforehand, maybe write a few jokes for them. Televised quizzes have tonnes of writers pumping out jokes and remarks. Right now it feels like the improv stuff is a little hit and miss.

    – Tighten it up a little, make the rounds a little shorter, little speedier. I think there’s a solid 15 minutes here. At 20 it feels a little loose.

    – You keep alluding to the fact that one of the contestants will die. But you never actually show it, if you mention it that much it needs to be shown. Chekhov’s Gun. You could get really creative here and kill them on camera in a plethora of fun ways, this is the losers forefit. Death by fruit pelting. Death by a super soaker of Maple Syrup to the face. Etc etc.

    Anyway. I’m sure I’ve just repeated what others have said before me. And you probably know better than to read the comments section anyway. But thats my 2 bits.

  13. I LOVE cats as well, Megan. God, I love these now. Also, wow, I didn’t know that the Big Lebowski was so vulgar. I’ve never seen it but I was imagining it to be in the vein of a Napoleon Dynamite or something.

  14. Captain Speedbump

    OK, with the 3rd episode (not counting the pilot) this show was starting to hit its stride. But I think themed shows (especially based on just one movie) is a HUGE misstep. If someone watching the show hasn’t seen the movie, they’re not gonna follow the questions (Spoiler: I haven’t seen the Big Lebowski). Even if someone has seem the movie, all the questions being from one subject gets old FAST.

    If you go back to a variety of questions like the first three episodes, it keeps it more interesting.

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