Information for potential contestants
Thanks for expressing an interest in joining us at QuizBob for some quizzing!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who or what is QuizBob?
We're an independent production company, and we make quiz shows in Birmingham for viewers around the world. We've been filming shows since 2018.
After filming, the shows are edited in-house. Our viewers then buy downloads via our website... the one you're on right now, in fact. We've filmed over 80 shows in our short history.
Currently we have over almost 1,000 customers, with around 75% of our viewers in the UK, 15% in the USA and 10% elsewhere in the world.
What quiz shows do you make?
They're all our own formats. Most are general knowledge based. Some also require some good luck; others may include puzzles instead. All of them involve (almost certainly) getting messy in our custom-made "gunge tank".
Why are the shows messy?
To be honest, we aren't entirely sure. We have made shows that didn't involve gunge and slime. But not as many viewers were interested in them. When we launched our first messy show Mucked Up, people LOVED it. And any other shows we make that involve our contestants getting gunged has proved equally popular... Maybe it's a nostalgia thing. So, that's become our "thing" - making game shows with slime! (And don't worry, there are showering facilities to clean up afterwards.)
Will the "gunge" ruin my clothes or hair?
No, it's perfectly safe and doesn't stain. It's basically cosmetic thickener with colouring added - totally harmless, even if it looks gross!
Do I need to be good at quizzes?
Not at all. All that we ask is that you do your thinking aloud, taking as long as you like. We try to create quizzes at least partly based around your interests, so that you'll be able to look as though you know what you're talking about, even if you end up getting the answers wrong!
What shows do you make?
Firstly there's Mucked Up. This is the show that started it all!
The basic premise of the show is to unscramble "mucked up" sequences of answers, such as the height of 5 different footballers or the populations of 6 different countries. Score a point for getting it right, get "mucked up" if you get it wrong.
Similar in many ways, our second hit show was Drop It.
We give you questions with multiple answers. Some correct, some incorrect. Keep the correct answers. Drop the incorrect answers. But beware: drop a correct answer by mistake and something gooey drops on you instead.
Slime Balls is a rather cruel fun-fair game. The "slime balls" are hiding in our Mucky Dip. Find the Good Balls to try for the prize. Find the Bad Balls and you leave with nothing. Each ball also hides a bonus question for extra cash or a pie in the face!
Puzzle Funnel features logic, number and picture puzzles... as with all of our shows you can expect a messy time for wrong answers!
Tank Top sees our player filling in the blank spaces on a list of answers. Each wrong answer adds more slime to the tank above. When it reaches the top, the slop will drop!
Any other shows?
We also make another show called People Power that pits two friends (or relatives, colleagues, etc) against one another. In the days before the shoot, you'll both be trying to get the most votes on social media to gain the advantage in the show itself. The bigger the share of the vote, the more likely you'll be staying clean and get to gunge your opponent at the end of the show.
If you think you know someone who might be interested in joining you on a shoot, let us know!
There's also usually a pilot show or two in the planning stages - these don't always make it onto the website but would still pay the same appearance fee if you were to take part.
Can I promote my brand?
Absolutely! In the past we've had players advertise their brand, put their Instagram / Twitter handles onscreen and provide discount codes to viewers, too. Mucked Up is ideal for promotion with the first part of the show offering a chance to introduce yourself as part of the game - and this part of the show appears for free on YouTube, too. But if you're taking part in a different show, we can film a separate promotion at the time of your shoot and this will be made available for free across our social media channels instead.
Where are you based?
We're in Birmingham City Centre - we literally overlook New Street station, so getting here is easy by train from most places around the country! There's also numerous car parks nearby if you prefer to drive.
Will you cover my transport costs?
Within reason, yes. We'll even pre-book your train tickets if you want us to!
Did you mention an appearance fee?
Absolutely. We'll pay you for appearing on the show, depending on how many shows you film with us and if you've appeared on our shows before. Please note that any cash prizes on the shows are entirely fictional - but you will receive the appearance fee, no matter how well / badly you do in the quizzes!
How are you making the shoots safe for COVID-19?
The health and well-being of participants and staff is our top priority. We film with social distancing and hygiene measures in place at all times. This includes regular hand washing, filming with just one member of staff present and keeping 2m social distance.
What else do I need to know?
We prefer to film in the afternoons, generally starting around 1pm, but can be flexible around your plans. Evenings and weekends are possible to film, if you prefer. There's really no need to take time off work to film with us - we'll do our best to fit with you!
If you’d like to see any example episodes, let us know and we can send you a free link to see any that you’re interested in playing yourself.
If you’ve any further questions, get in touch - you can text / WhatsApp us at 07368348231 if you like.
Finally, here's a video of us on local network Birmingham TV:
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