By Connor Beach
Pop-culture fans will get the chance to take part in a live game show at The Paramount in Huntington next week about all things Comic-Con.
The Last Fan Standing, a “live trivia contest for nerd-culture know-it-alls,” gives audience members a chance to compete against each other in an attempt to be the “last fan standing.”
The trivia show was first developed in 2015 by co-creators Steve Sellery, CEO of Iconic Media Group, New York Times best selling author Philip Van Munching and actor Bruce Campbell.
Campbell, best known for his role as Ash Williams in the numerous renditions of The Evil Dead franchise, hosts Last Fan Standing. Campbell is a familiar and popular face at Comic-Con panels across the country.
The show starts with an audience response round where each ticket holder gets a chance to earn a spot next to Campbell on stage. Using a clicker audience members answer 25 multiple choice questions on the show’s four major categories: fantasy, horror, sci-fi and superheroes.
“If you can find it at Comic-Con, you’ll be asked about it here,” Campbell said.
The top four players with the fastest correct answers advance to the podium round where they face questions asked by Campbell on stage. The players with the lowest scores are eliminated until only one is left to compete in a “the final confrontation.”
The game is repeated, and a second podium round produces another competitor for the final confrontation. These two pop-culture gurus answer questions on everything from Marvel Comics to Stephen King until one is crowned “The Last Fan Standing.”
The interactive nature of the show creates a party-like atmosphere. Some contestants show how dedicated they are as fans by cosplaying, or dressing up as a character from a comic book, movie or TV show, at the competition.
In addition to his self-deprecating comedic style, Campbell also commands the stage during the show in one of his signature flashy suits that Comic-Con fans have grown to love.
Fans can test their knowledge of pop culture and try to become the last fan standing at The Paramount on Oct. 10. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20-$40 and can be purchased at the box office or online at Paramountny.com.