Josh Latta: Expert Of Nothing

26f0d544953c11e29ee622000aa80004_7Wanna hear me ignominiously bomb live on a local game show 6 months ago? Of course you do, jerk.

Not only did I not know how ‘Expert Of Nothing‘ is supposed to be played, I was the only moron without a improvisational background. So it goes.  I get it now, and I’ll save you the trouble of googling it yourself.

Eight (8) contestants each choose one (1) separate topic they believe they know well from a list of diverse topics including pop culture, science, history, current events, and more. They must relate this topic to another topic randomly assigned from another batch, which will be presented to them (and the hosts and audience) when they come up on stage. At that point the hosts begin the clock.

In the first round the contestant must combine, compare, contrast, and connect the two (2) topics as creatively as possible and try to convince the audience you’re an “expert”. They have two (2) minutes to speak uniterrupted on the topic, opening with their thesis then exploring all possible avenues of thought. After their time is up, they will have to take on a short round of questions from the hosts and audience and prove their expertise.

For the second round, four (4) contestants will be asked to select another topic, and will again be assigned a second topic. This time them must speak for four (4) minutes, but will be challenged throughout their presentation by the hosts and one of the contestants eliminated in the first round.

The third round will be two (2) contestants going head to head in a barely moderated debate, following the “Irish Pub” format of volume, insult, and short sighted rationalization with elements of the “talk radio” posturing and intellegencia.

This episode kept on the trend of an unexpected theme, with religion and intolerance being tackled like a Miami quarterback. That happens a lot. The debates were heated like a domed stadium in January, which is a good idea. The metaphors were less strained than these. Check them out and see how we rounded out season one in style! Featuring Lance Bankerd, Matthew Casella, Ben Howarth, Justin Jones, Josh Latta, Heiko Spieker, Kevin White, and Michael Ziccardi!

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