Q: What is Geeks versus Nerds?
In essence, Geeks versus Nerds takes the conversations and debates you have with your friends, amplifies them, and puts them on stage for your entertainment. Originating on Canada's East Coast (see: Geeks versus Nerds Prime), and officially ported over to Vancouver by two avid fans, we like to call it the ultimate showdown of trivia, gadgets, and witty banter.
Each two-hour show features two debates; an Opener Debate - which usually pits two less-well-known or retro characters against each other, and a Headliner Debate - which usually features two behemoths of pop culture vying for glory. Each character is represented by a team of three (Team Geeks or Team Nerds) that argue for their candidate's right to hold the title. At the end of each debate, the audience determines the winner by round of applause, and to the winning team goes the "Chalice of Victory".
In addition to providing affordable live entertainment, we see this as an opportunity to bring together our flourishing Geek, Nerd, and Fan communities here in Vancouver:
Geeks and Nerds are social creatures at heart, and we define ourselves through our passion for sharing our ideas and knowledge with others. Our show offers a unique format for finding inspiration and laughter, meeting like-minded people, and have a great time out on the town!
Pro-Tip:For a detailed look at the people behind the show, check out the Meet the Crew and Meet the Geeks and Nerds pages! For interviews, articles, and reviews of the show, see our Press page. To listen to our podcasts and get a sense of what the show truly is, head over to the Podcasts page!
Q: How can I get involved?
The easiest way to participate is to come out and see our shows! Tickets are only $10 (that's cheaper an a movie!) and we give away a ton of prizes at each of our events. In addition to a Door Prize giveaway, Raffle, and online Caption Contest, we also run a Costume Contest at each show, so make sure to come in costume supporting your favourite character for a chance to win!
Upcoming shows are listed along the right hand side of our site and on the Home page. To keep up to date on all our upcoming events, make sure to 'like' our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter!
Pro-Tip:No previous stage experience is required to be a part of Geeks versus Nerds. All that matters is that you're willing to get up there in front of your peers and argue for your favourite character.
Q: What qualifications do I need to be a debater?
Experience on stage and/or in organized debate is a plus, but it is not a requirement. We love to support new debaters in achieving their maximum potential on our stage, so we also offer a variety of other ways to get involved (such as volunteering or being a Team Consultant) that don't require specific experience.
The most important thing is that you're passionate about the characters and universes you grew up loving and still love today. On top of that, we conduct a short informal interview with all applicants just to get a sense of who you are.
Pro-Tip:While it is a competition, our show is about having fun - not about winning - so we try to look for people with a good sense of humour who won't get bogged down in the competitive side of things. If this sounds like you, why not apply?
Q: What do "Team Leader" and "Team Consultant" mean?
Being a Team Leader involves taking on a little bit of extra responsibility in order to make sure your team is ready for the debate. We ask our Team Leaders to maintain communication with their teammates, schedule any meetups their team might want to schedule, and to organize the overall strategy that the team follows during the show.
A Team Leader is not soley responsible for their team's debate material, but should have the ability to support and lead their team confidently. Key ingredients in a good Team Leader are: organization, confidence, and patience.
In addition to the Team Leader and two regular Debaters, each team has a "Team Consultant" who acts as an extra Debater during preparation for the show. The Team Consultant meets with the team and is a part of the strategy and planning. Additionally, should a Debater need to drop out of a show for reasons beyond their control (eg: illness), the Team Consultant is able and ready to jump in and help take the team to victory.
Usually, if a Team Consultant is needed for the debate, they have several weeks warning. In some extreme cases, a Team Consultant might need to be called up on-the-spot at a show. For this reason, the requirements and rewards for Debating and acting as a Team Consultant are very similar.
Q: What is the difference between a "Geek" and a "Nerd"?
This is probably our most frequently asked question.
Some people have their own definitions that separate Geeks from Nerds and establish artifical boundaries between the two, but we prefer to believe that there really is no difference. At heart, both Geeks and Nerds are people who are knowledgeable, passionate, and dedicated to the characters, stories, and universes they've made a part of their lives.
As far as we're concerned, the terms are simply a way to differentiate "Team A" from "Team B", and are otherwise totally arbitrary. Nothing makes you more a Geek than a Nerd, and debaters will often find themselves participating on both teams over the course of their Geeks versus Nerds 'careers'.
Q: How can I listen to your Podcasts?
There are a few ways you can tune in! Check out Geeks versus Nerds on iTunes to catch all the West and East Coast debates, or take a look at our Podcasts page to see all our West-Coast-specific debates.
Pro-Tip:Make sure to 'like' our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on all the latest releases!
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