12ish Questions With HQ Trivia’s Scott Rogowsky


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Scott Rogowsky is usually a comedian as well as the main host of the brand new hit app HQ Trivia, where he reads trivia questions live as well as users can win cash prizes. The game has taken off inside last month, as well as 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 as well as he answered some questions about Phish, his iconic black suit (turns out which’s not his own), as well as dealing with an of influx thirsty DMs.

Who’s your favorite game show host?

Scott Rogowsky: Trebek is usually classic. I love Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek, which’s my answer. Will Ferrell in those SNL “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketches.

What does HQ stand for?

SR: which’s a trade secret. I personally change the meaning every week. Last week which was Horse Quaaludes, which week which’s Hairy Queens.

You often say some Yiddish words. What is usually your favorite Yiddish word?

SR: which’s probably unprintable, because there’s lots of Yiddish words for certain male anatomy. Schmuck is usually a great one. Schmeckle. Schvantz.

Do you live at home with your parents?

SR: I currently live with my parents. Let’s say, I’m between my apartments, as well as so I’m choosing to live with my parents. I have my stuff there. which’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 usually like a sponge, he soaks up information.” I just see stuff as well as I want to know, like *gestures at salad* there’s different kinds of kale. There’s Tuscan; there’s lacinato. I’m fascinated which everything inside planet has been named as well as classified. Every part of the body has been named – every tiny blemish. I don’t want to go to med school as well as learn which, however I’ll read the Wikipedia.

You did those viral stunts where you made funny book covers as well as rode the subway. If you were going to do another right now, what would certainly which say?

SR: I would certainly love to do another book cover. which’s been a year since the last one I did, which was Trump-inspired. After the election, I was in shock like everyone else, as well as I wanted to help raise money for the ACLU as well as Planned Parenthood. So I did one as a fundraiser. I did one which said “Eat Pray Grab Pussy,” as well as Elizabeth Gilbert reached out to me as well as donated $5,000 to Planned Parenthood for the copy of which.

I’d love to get some celebrities doing which — Jon Hamm, if you’re reading which, Nick Kroll… however I think for a brand new book, you have to just hammer the Trump thing.

Bemused by the HQ kerfuffle because I don’t play. My sole takeaway is usually Scott is usually super cute as well as I would certainly hella buy him a salad.

I have noticed an overwhelming, uh, thirst, for you.

SR: Does which count as harassment, when I have women DM’ing me like, “I wanna marry you…”? No, I’m kidding, which’s not harassment — which’s flattering. Come to my house — my mom makes a mean latke.

however honestly, I just don’t have time. I can’t even watch Netflix. as well as right now with my schedule, I’m taking a late train home. I get in at like 11:30 p.m. What am I going to do?


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So people slide into your DMs, as well as you’re just like, “thank you, I’m too busy”?

SR: I just want to be polite, as well as I’m trying to learn how to deal with which. I barely used social media before until HQ so I’m just not used to which. Yes, I mean, which’s very flattering; yes, I do see which. I acknowledge which. If you have tweeted at me or DM’d me, thank you. Maybe one day I’ll have time to scroll through all the DMs, as well as maybe have a Bachelor-style reality show to choose someone? I don’t know.

By the way, what if I was into bestiality? What if which was like, Sorry guys as well as girls, animals are my thing? I mean I’m just saying. Don’t assume.

We’re going to print which.

SR: Ok, just don’t make which the headline.

What is usually your daily schedule like?

SR: So I get to the office an hour or two before the show, run through the questions, do some research, make some edits. Then I have a break as well as some dinner, maybe see friends, then do which again.

I’d read 5000 words on Scott Rogowsky as well as the very specific aesthetics of the Jewish-American bro.

Someone tweeted: “I’d read 5,000 words on Scott Rogowsky as well as the very specific aesthetics of the Jewish-American bro.” Are you a bro?

SR: is usually which how I come 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 do contain the ability to be a social chameleon; which goes back to middle school. I could hang with preps or jocks or nerds. I’d float between groups as well as had my core friends who were just into baseball card collecting. which’s what I am at heart: a baseball card collector.

What’s your team?

SR: The Mets. however I have soft spot for the Red Sox because of Nomar Garciaparra, my favorite player of all time.

How many times have you seen Phish?

SR: Over 20.

Vape or bong?

SR: Neither. Honestly, I don’t smoke, I don’t truly drink. I’ve been to all these Phish shows completely sober.

How do you pick your suits as well as ties for the show?

SR: I don’t. We did a whole wardrobe thing. They’re not my own suits.

On your day off, do you play, as well as if so how far have you gone?

SR: If I have a day off, which’s because I’m traveling or have something going on, so I can’t play. however I do watch the games if I can. I’ve never won. Honestly, once I got out on question one. Usually I can’t get past six.

Katie Notopoulos is usually a senior editor for BuzzFeed News as well as is usually based in brand new York. Notopoulos writes about tech as well as internet culture is usually cohost of the Internet Explorer podcast.

Contact Katie Notopoulos at katie@buzzfeed.com.

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