The Master Puppeteer of Trivia, Jim Bensin


Find Jim Benson at these Last Call Shows:
Weds at 7pm: House Of Brews – Gilbert
Fri at 8pm: Copper Still Moonshine Grill – Gilbert

Would YOU answer a question from this man?

We are going a bit further West with our latest Host of the Month feature. Host  Jim Bensin has the best attended shows in Phoenix.  He’s developed that following due to his talent, humor and knack for connecting with teams.  I asked Jim my usual set of dumb questions:

RC: What’s your favorite Last Call show to host?  Feud? Tunes? Trivia?

JB: I’ve only had the opportunity to do Trivia and I have had a blast doing it!

RC: What question types/categories do you love / always get right?

JB: I love music related questions.  I am also a big fan of current events.  I wish we had more of those.

RC: What gaps are in your trivia knowledge / questions you suck at?

JB: I can’t stand history questions.  Unfortunately as I get older the questions that fall into that category tend to be things I actually remember happening! (Those current events pay off eventually.)

RC: What’s the best *wrong* answer a team has given you? (Or even just a few funny ones, if you remember.)

JB: It was a halftime question: “Name four countries that start with the letter ‘L’ “:

The team was “Team Um.”

They gave me three real answers but their last one blew my mind…. EL SALVADOR.  I guess technically it DOES begin with “L

RC: What are some of your favorite/funniest/filthiest team names?

JB: All time favorite: The Rectal Plucking Hucking Fillbillies

RC: Do you try to tailor your setlist to the questions?  (Not exactly for clues, but even thematically?)

JB: I like to live randomly so I let my computer figure it out.

RC: Do you have favorite songs to include or theme music that you start with every week?

JB: I have the first 90 seconds of the Van Halen song “Right Now” set up in a loop.  I use it as a bed for my intro speech.

RC: What are some ways a team can get on your bad side?

JB: Taking the game too seriously or just not having fun.

RC: What is your favorite power-up in Super Mario Brothers?  Fire-flower?  Tanooki/Flying Raccoon suit? Star of invincibility?

JB: I always sucked at SMB so I never really had an opinion.


You see this 80,000 times and you’ll DEVELOP an opinion. . .

RC: Don’t you hate it when a team folds their answer sheets into something the size of an aspirin with a thousand folds in it, and it takes half a song to unfold it so you can see what their answer is?  (I probably won’t feature this in the article, it’s just something I needed to vent about.)

JB: I can’t stand trivia origami!

Pic from:

Please don’t fold your answers more than once!

RC: Any favorite / funny stories from hosting?  Mispronouncing a key word in a question? Slamming down hecklers?

JB: I don’t get a lot of hecklers so I don’t really have to do much slamming. I don’t really do full contact trivia anyway – I prefer the two hand touch variety.

I try hard not to mis-pronounce questions but I have struggled with a few team names.  If you look at my all time favorite team name that I listed above you can probably guess how THAT name has been slaughtered in the past!

I’ve been ending my weekly columns with a trivia question.  As is now tradition , we turn that over to the HOST OF THE MONTH during their write up.  Take it away Jim:

Name (and properly spell) the official state fish of Hawaii.  

BONUS: Prove you’re a genius and try to pronounce it!

Send all guesses (and MP3 files featuring correct pronunciation) to: . First 3 correct guesses will be recognized in a future edition!

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