TriviaNYC is New York’s best and longest-running weekly trivia event company, performing weekly live public trivia nights across New York City as well as private and corporate events, since 2006. Trivia. Quizzes. Fact-based entertainment. We do it better than anyone.
We’ve been featured extensively in the New York Times and the Village Voice as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, New York Post, LA Times, Newsweek, and on NY1 and Law & Order: SVU.
Tony Hightower oversees every aspect of Trivia NYC, from writing questions and hosting events to promotion, procuring sponsors, and arranging technical details.
Tony has hosted trivia for 13 years; before that, he toured as a musician across Canada & the northern U.S., learning the fine art of commanding and connecting with a crowd.
In December 2011, he won one day on Jeopardy!(R), and in 2015, on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?(R) , he took home $250,000, but he’s proudest of his appearance on Cash Cab.
His personal Twitter feed is @ThatTonyH.
John Chaneski was born in Hoboken, NJ and spent several years as an energetic hanger-on at GAMES Magazine. He has written questions (and answers) for the game shows Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and The Million Second Quiz and writes for truTV’s comedy game show Paid Off with Michael Torpey. He was part of the team that created NPR’s variety game show Ask Me Another and since 2005 has presented quizzes on the nationally-syndicated radio show A Way with Words. He lives in Brooklyn with his amazingly talented wife, two fascinating children, and one floofy dog.
John manages all of our question and content creation, and you can find him on Twitter at @chaneski.
As our street-level showrunner, Adam oversees the practical aspects of running our slate of weekly trivia events. He finds the bars, trains the hosts, makes sure the plan comes together, and loves doing it. Adam brings a diverse background as an actor, karaoke host/DJ, and event presentation.
Adam has been performing in and around New York on stage and on film since 2002. You want him on your trivia team for Movies, Music, and History. When in the wild, you can find him wherever the good times are. You can find the log of his adventures on Instagram at @captnatrain, specializing in scenic panoramas, culinary masterpieces, and things that make you go “wait, what?”
As our marketing specialist, Carissa’s main goal is to spread trivia and knowledge as far and wide as possible. She works with the promotional materials for all of our brands as well as private events. Before joining the team full-time, she hosted with Trivia NYC while accruing experience in sales, administration, and publishing.
Carissa does best at literature and pop culture questions, and she can often be found trying new recipes, starting arguments about football, or recording her boozy book club podcast. Her personal Twitter feed (@_carr) is full of culturally relevant retweets and jokes of questionable quality.
Chief Financial Officer
Max oversees all finance functions at Trivia NYC, including overseeing investments in new strategic initiatives, budgeting the company’s rapid growth and making sure everyone gets paid on time.
Max has decades of C-level finance experience having acting as CFO, board member, corporate advisor and investor in a wide variety of companies spanning diverse industries.
A jack of all trades and a master of none, Max juggles his trivia time with negotiating corporate mergers, flying airplanes, woodworking, and publishing baby books.
Strategy & Development
Chris takes the lead on Trivia NYC’s growth, new ventures, and partnerships. He is a strong believer in our mission to educate while entertaining, and is working hard to share our brand of fun far and wide. With the rest of the Trivia NYC leadership, he is launching us into whole new categories of products and services.
He has served as an advisor and board member to companies of all sizes around the world, providing corporate development, strategic planning, joint venture formation, and investment guidance.
Chris can often be found mixing cocktails in his tiki bar, attending roller derby matches, or just getting work done in his Old West-themed office.