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There seems to be an endless number of quiz shows on television these days; from classic general knowledge shows like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and The Weakest Link, to game shows like Pointless, where it is more important how many hours of MTV you watch, rather than how many GCSEs /O-Levels you achieved. All these quizzes are played by the general public in an effort to win a grand cash prize so they can go on that holiday of a lifetime.

There are of course other quiz shows such as Mock of The Week, Have I Got News For You, and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, which are played by celebrities rather than the everyday likes of you and me. These game shows are not played for money, but just to provide entertainment and all around silliness.

The Humble Quest For Universal Genius falls into the latter category, but with one crucial difference. It's live. Forget a night on the couch with your TV dinner while you watch Jimmy Carr or Bill Bailey making witty remarks; instead go to the theatre. Seeing things live creates a much better experience. The whole atmosphere, with the audience, staging, sound, etc makes the experience seem that much funnier.

The Humble Quest For Universal Genius is a comedy quiz show that tests proper knowledge on topics such as science, literature, and language. The show is hosted by Mark Allen and his beautiful assistant, Eli Silverman. Twice a month they perform at in either Brighton, Edinburgh, or London with a guest panel of comedians who go head-to-head in a battle of the brains.

The last tournament saw stand-ups, Alex Horne and Sara Pascoe in London, and most of the guests have appeared on the television quiz shows we are so familiar with. It is really like a cross between The Eggheads and QI.

Tickets to the show are 9 or 7 for concessions. The next guests have yet to be announced, but the dates include:

21st March, 8pm, Komedia, Brighton
28th March, 9pm, Leicester Square Theatre, London
11th May, 6pm, Komedia, Brighton
30th May, 8.30pm, Leicester Square Theatre, London
27th June, 8.30pm, Leicester Square Theatre, London
25th July, 8.30pm, Leicester Square Theatre, London
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Why? For a laugh
When: 21st March - 25th July
Where: Leicester Square Theatre
Cost: 7-9
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