Take the trivia...leave the cannoli
10/1 Update...after this week’s episode I’ve decided Jonathan is just too unkind with his words, so I will be unsubscribing.
Once I was obsessed with this podcast, but lately I can’t get over how Jonathan speaks to his “friends.” He is always “joking” but it come across cruel to me. Especially when it comes to Chris, he seems to have the best time making fun of him. I imagine this might work in their real life, but on air it comes off cruel.
Love Ben and Carmela!!
Fun game. Annoying bits.
I’m currently listening to the live in Vegas episode. The game is fun and entertaining, but Carmella’s constant vocal fry is a big speed bump in the fun and is just plain annoying. It comes and goes making it seem like she’s forcing the fry. I may listen again, but will probably skip the episodes she’s in.
Don't understand new business model
EDIT: Need to update to reflect new opinions. This podcast shouldn't even be on Apple Podcasts. It should be on stitcher premium or something else in that category. Recently went to subscription service for weekly content. Free listeners were getting one every other week which was fine and fair. The last two episodes for free listeners were OLD EPISODES!!! Who does that? What are you doing with your money from your subscribers?? You're making much more money than before and putting out less content... Makes zero sense. And on top of that I was on the fence about starting to subscribe but now that I'm seeing lack of effort to free listeners I'm no longer on the fence and will not be subscribing and may unsubscribe since I'm not getting new episodes anyway.
I just want to start this off by saying I LOVE this podcast. I've been subscribed for a long time. I drive a lot for work and listen to tons of podcasts. I've donated to quite a few and was close to doing so with TW as well until recently.
Jonathan recently mentioned wanting to make the podcast his full time job soon which is a great decision. With that said I'm not entirely sure why the podcast changed. It was normally a weekly podcast and now it's bi-weekly unless you pay the monthly "donation" to get beyond the pay wall and get the episodes.
I feel if he wants to become a full time content creator then the result should be to create more content with the money he is earning. People who don't want to donate, or can't donate, shouldn't be penalized by missing out on an episode. The people who do donate should be getting the weekly episode plus an exclusive episode. Otherwise he is just getting paid more money for the same amount of content.
I understand that if we like something we should pay because many people say that but some of the success of the podcast can be attributed to the listener base since they have subscribed, listened, and I'm sure mentioned it to friends.
Again, I still like the podcast but I feel the TW team is alienating some of their listeners by asking for money and not producing an equal amount of content with those earnings
Best Trivia Podcast available, but needs work.
The questions are usually good. Not too easy not to hard. But the banter is excessive. Maybe it would work better as two different podcasts.
LoveD the podcast..
I used to love this podcast. I love most of the hosts, I don’t mind the bit of conversations and I think most of their interaction is great...except..I can’t handle Jonathan’s personality. Don’t mean to call him out but it’s made my husband and I stop listening. He comes across as egotistical and narcissistic. I feel like when he created the paywall (I get it, it’s a job..it’s a lot of work) he criticized people who didn’t pay and it majorly turned me off. I felt reprimanded and felt he was greedy playing up people who paid and created not great content for people not yet paying. I do donate to podcasts but not ones that smack my hand if I chose not to donate. I stopped listening for months but tried again today. Jonathan is full of himself and is too competitive in a cocky way. Again, I really like everyone else so if that doesn’t get on your nerves it’s a fun podcast. Definitely fun with the set up and trivia..it’s not hard enough that I feel like an idiot but not too easy. Just don’t know what to do when the main creator is someone I just can’t handle anymore.
This Fab Four keeps me coming back for more
I look forward to starting my week with a new episode from Trivial Warfare. I try and save that episode for my Monday commute to work but sometimes I just can’t wait! Jonathan, Chris, Ben and Carmela are wonderful hosts who complement each other very well. They each bring their own strengths to the show and it’s so hard to pick a favorite...so I don’t! I look forward to being able to meet the whole gang in person someday, but until then I will admire them all from afar, come back each week and continue to listen to past shows over and over again. Jonathan’s hard work on this podcast really shows and made my decision to support the show through Patreon a no-brainer. Don’t let the nay-sayers grind you down! You have so many more supporters than not, my friends! #TWA4LIFE
5 stars 4 years ago
This used to be my favorite podcast. I couldn’t wait for the next episode. Now I find it’s a filler. Once I fast forward through the intros, and usually the Warm it up Chris segment as well. The questions are very good, however everything else is generally annoying. Because I don’t pay for it, I have access to 1 Episode every 2 weeks, which is just fine!!
Because this show used to be my favorite and now I only listen to certain episodes. I love the trivia and the banter and the guests but some of the hosts have really turned me off mainly due to what feels like them pushing their societal/political beliefs on the listeners. I understand we all have opinions but this show used to be about trivia and unity and now it seems like it’s turned into ego hour with a side of trivia. I’m not done with it but I will continue to delete certain episodes and move on.
Enjoy the podcast but...I understand everybody has their own opinions and it’s your podcast and what not but after the latest episode I must say...I don’t tune in to listen to political spiel. There’s other places I can go for that...
One con outweighs the positives
Pros: Best technical quality of any podcast I subscribe too... well done.; Nice assortment of categories of questions and level of difficulty. Have run across several questions in local pub trivia.; Team Ben - Good answer logic and the only legit laugh on the podcast.; Guests plus Facebook group really seem like a tight knit community.
Cons: The if/or, true/false Warm It Up Chris is not enjoyable; The biggest con is the
too often political stance against Republicans. I get if someone has issues with the President or a party, but that is personal and not on a professional (full time job) podcast. It instantly turns me off on the podcast when this occurs and usually is said with an annoying laugh that only comes off as bitter and sinister. If you want this to be a liberal based podcast then no thank you. I love 90% of the podcast, but the 10% of pure lumping of a party into what one thinks is bad is disrespectful and changes the whole tone of the podcast, which should be about trivia.
Great Podcast at a Great Value
I've been listening to Trivial Warfare for about 2 years, and have probably listened through the entire catalog 3-4 times. I look forward to the new episodes each week, but the older episodes really have great replay value because you can listen to them in the background at work / home and test what knowledge you retained from earlier shows. So if you are in the market for some entertaining banter where you just might learn something, you should definitely give Trivial Warfare a try. #TeamChris
Fantastic trivia podcast!
Love the show. Have been listening for about two years now. The podcast has such a wide variety of questions. I always feel like I learn something and once in a blue moon am shouting an answer at the car radio (I listen while I commute) when I know the answer and none of the players do. If you want to be entertained and learn some great facts along the way, check this out!!
General Lee Brit
I discovered this podcast a little over a year ago. I have caught up on the back episodes and now that I contribute to the Patron, I am catching up on the exclusive episodes. It is a fun podcast and the perfect length that gets me through my commute and long car rides when visiting family. My husband and I enjoy listening to the podcast together when we’re driving in the car, and find that we make the perfect trivia duo! Trivia Warfare has great questions that cover a myriad of topics both historical information as well as current events. I would have given a five star rating, except for the fact, there are certain aspects of the show that occur that I can only take in small doses. Other than that, it is a wonderful podcast, I love listening to it, and I hope one day I can get a chance to team up with one of the hosts for a great game of trivia! Keep up the good work!
Trivial Warfare was my first and favorite podcast to listen to. Learn the craziest things and can't wait to catch up on all the episodes!!
Flyer Ryan 76
As their tagline says, they manage to take the pub quiz out of the pub and into your home/car/jog/wherever you listen to podcasts.
I discovered this podcast while on a road trip a few weeks ago, and it quickly became part of my regular rotation. In fact, it is the first podcast that actually inspired me to pay extra for a Patreon subscription.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good pub quiz, but can’t make it out to the pub!
You might feel dumber, or smarter...
Jigga J Rich
You could feel dumber...or smarter...all in the same episode because of the random questions and topics they cover! 6 rounds, a mid-point question, and a final crazy “gauntlet” multi-part question.
They have a Patreon feed with many more episodes updated weekly, but these ones available here are very fun, updated once a month. I like the premise of advanced pub trivia at your fingertips. Fun podcast, with traditions and inside jokes the more you listen to it. Definitely would give a listen.
It’s really hard for me to write this because I used to really love this podcast. I have listened to every *free* episode and something has gone off in the last few months. Perhaps they focus their quality content to those who are donating, but the rest of us are left scratching our head.
My biggest complaint is with Warm it Up Chris. I listen to trivia podcasts to learn, well, trivia. The “is this real or fake” nonsense is just filler and of no intellectual value. Please go back to naming actual things off a list or other mind warming puzzles.
The ads are a bit too long. I listen to MANY podcasts weekly. I hear an ad for a certain meal delivery service 20 times. No one else makes me hit my 30 second skip ahead button five times to move past it. I’m all for ad revenue, but it’s a bit much.
The meat of this podcast, the actual trivia, is great. Questions are well thought out and not unreasonably difficult. I like the personalities. I just wish they’d go back to the way they used to be. Too much other noise covering up the good stuff.
Used to be good
Then it turned into a business and instead of increasing value they cut content and added a paywall to have the value we used to get for free. It was a poor business move. That combined with the increased chatter of the in crowd of guests. I’m looking for a new fix.
This is one of my favorite podcasts! I drive for work and am in the car at least 1-2 hours a day. I love that I can turn this on and know that I'll be entertained and probably learn something as well. All of the hosts are great but Ben and Carmela are my favorites, especially when they host. (Give me all the science and Disney Junior questions #parentprobs) Keep up the great work and thanks for all of the great entertainment (and education) I've received while driving!
A wonderful trivia podcast
Straight Shooter 764
If you like pub trivia or quiz shows, this podcast will be right up your alley. Jonathan along with Carmela, Ben & Chris as well as guest hosts/players (which are often listeners) provide a great mix of knowledge and banter. I learn at least one thing every episode. I enjoy taking a good question from the show and stumping my friends and family with it. Thank You for the weekly entertainment. I’m also a patron of the show and the strides that Jonathan and company have made to improve the quality and presentation of the show are also well appreciated. Even if he doesn’t Boston and its sports teams. Thanks John
Great Trivia Podcast
Great questions that are well balanced, and a fun group of regulars that are entertaining and funny. Really is like playing a pub trivia game in your house/car. This is the first trivia podcast I started listening to, and it’s great fun. The online community that Jonathan has built is also really good.
90% of the podcast is random people with no charisma TALKING about the questions rather than actually answering questions. This is so awful to listen to. Does anyone actually enjoy this?
I like it, but not as much as I used to.
Good podcast with a good structure, but sometimes they ramble far too much. Banter is fine, but if I’ve gotta yell at my phone “hurry up” even when I’ve got it set to 1.5x you gotta speed it up. I used to really like the “warm it up Chris” segment too but now I just skip it because it’s not really trivia anymore—it’s “is Rover acat or a dog name.” Overall pretty good though.
The best trivia podcast, as far as I can tell.
As far as I can tell, this is the best trivia podcast available.
Love, Love, Love!!!!
For the love of rage!
This past summer I started binging ALL the trivial warfare episodes. With the plan of becoming a warrior/reviewer when I finished all the episodes and now I am finally leaving a review as a major. I love this podcast, it feels like I’m sitting at my local pub trivia table with my friends. While this show has taught me a lot, it has also brought me tons of enjoyment and laughter.
The army is coming!
(This is a resubmit, because I did not know how to edit reviews)
You’re standing at the corner of your favorite coffee shop when you hear the sounds. The drumming of boots on ground as they march.
You hear the first group before you see them. “Warm it up Chris!”, as #TeamChris rounds the corner being lead by their illustrious leader. They (almost) harmonize, as you hear the call “Mussssiiicc!”
The next group flows up as if riding a wave, you hear #TeamBen in that silky soft yet brazen voice “Are you ready for some juicy points?”
Finally your head snaps around as you feel the presence of #TeamCarmela, you grow weak in the knees as you hear the sweet sound, “Hello boys.”
You dive behind the nearest table for cover as trivia grenades are thrown, joke shots are fired, and pun blasts make contact. Then all grows silent as you hear the whistling sound, everyone looks up to see Jonathan riding a knowledge bomb, with the word “Science!” Written along the side. The last words you hear before all goes dark ”Another win for Jonathan!”
Thanks for all you do in making trivia fun and entertaining. I’m not the smartest person around but I still feel good when I know some of the answers on the show. You make trips in the car all the more bearable with your witty banter and punny humor. Keep up the great work, I love the show exactly how it is. Some of my favorite parts are when you make each other laugh. It shows just how close of friends you truly are and how much you enjoy what it is you do.
(I apologize for any spelling or punctuation mistakes)
Best podcast ever! Pure entertainment
I stumbled across this gem about a month ago and have since been on a binge the likes of which even my Netflix account hasn’t seen. The questions are fun, the format is engaging and all the host show a level of dedication that every podcast could should aspire to. You can’t help but laugh along with these guys/gals as they discuss each answer. All day I find myself shouting out random (albeit mostly wrong) answers followed by hysterical laughter. All this while wearing barely noticeable headphones... so I’m sure I look perfectly balanced. Oh and thanks to Ben, literature and geography... couldn’t pronounce them normally again even if I wanted. But seriously thank you everybody at trivial warfare for one hell of a podcast!
P.S. just recently joined the TWA and I’m loving all the extra content. You have a loyal member in Alaska.
Subscribe to this great podcast. Do it.
When a warm up trivia question leads to talk about sushi, hunger, and a trap, how can a gem like "Admiral Snackbar" slip under the radar? Well, when the trivia gets hot, and the puns are flying, it's easy to get lost in the fray. I love the show guys. I deliver pizza, so I can binge your show, and instead of getting salty about getting stopped by a train, I can laugh maniacally and take it in stride. I love trivia, & puns, so you guys are the best! I haven't enlisted, so now that I've caught up I'll donate trivia. All the best:
-Mike Skuba, Mundelein Il.
p.s. To me, Admiral Snackbar is your Canada Mc Maple Bacon
Good trivia, bad contestant
Stormin' Norman 563
The quality of trivia is generally good. Two of the players are great — Ben has a nice voice and Carmella has a terrific laugh. But Jonathan thinks he’s funny. He is not. And he thinks he can sing. He cannot. He absolutely cannot.
If you can put up with Jonathan’s jokes, arrogance, and “singing,” the trivia rates a listen.
I started listening to Trivial Warfare a couple of weeks ago at the recommendation of my little brother... I have been having so much fun with it on my own, that I decided today to share the entertainment with my coworkers. Our combined Administrative Assistant team just whooped both Trivial Warfare teams on the “Dumb and Dumber” episode by over 100 points and were able to answer all 3 gauntlet questions correctly, which made us feel SO smart! This will surely be something we do on a regular basis... thank you for making our day go by incredibly quickly and for providing unparalleled entertainment and brain food! #teamtrivialwarfare #wearegettingsmarter
-Lauren and the Admin team in Omaha
It takes the pub quiz out of the pub and brings it home to you
I’ve been listening to Trivial Warfare for a while now, and also many of the other trivia podcasts that have sprung up since. Out of them, Trivial Warfare is by far my favorite and I think it’s because the show really does what the tagline says - it takes the pub quiz out of the pub and brings it home to you.
While the other podcasts also have great questions, they all feel more like a game show. Trivial Warfare really does feel like a pub quiz, with less pressure and fun with your friends - but still always focusing on the questions.
Kudos to Jonathan for creating something uniquely awesome and to Chris, Ben, Carmela and recurring guest hosts like Marc and Lauren for really making this show fun.
I don’t write reviews for anything because I’m way too cool for that (really I just never know what to say) but these guys have put together something really special. Love it, love the community.
As much as I dig Ben’s soothing baritone, I’m #TeamCarmela all the way! #GirlPower
P.S. Special shoutout to the other women who have recurring roles on the show - Lauren and Trish, you ladies have me in hysterics every time you’re on.
P.P.S. Jonathan, Chris, and Ben - I guess I like you fellas too ;-)
Hi all! I’ve been a part of the TWA for a bit but I wanted to leave a review specifically to thank you for this podcast.
In January I started having health problems, including a diagnosis of early stage colon cancer. Due to my complicated health status, much of my doctoring has to be done at the Mayo Clinic, a 3 hour drive from my home. On our very first drive up, I was scared and looking for something that would act as an engaging distraction, which is when I found this show. We’ve made many trips up with no end in sight, and each time I save up the new episodes of the show so I can have fun and laugh and guess answers during an otherwise stressful time.
I love you all and I appreciate the fun and lighthearted competition between you and you’re all such a supportive and caring crew of smarties. That said, #teamcarmella!! Ladies unite! I’m grateful you’ll all be with me on the drive for as long as we need to make it. Thank you for making my life a little easier.
PS: the colon cancer has been declared gone for now, woooo!
been putting this off for awile
Had to down load itunes for this... I hope you enjoy it....I've been listening to trivial warfare for awile now. I found TW when I ran out of another trivia podcast I was listing to. I really enjoy this Podcast. I work nights so I need something to pass the time and music was not cutting it. This Podcast has the right amount of banter and trivia to keep me going.
I love all the Hosts personalities. Chris is Goofy, Jonathan is somewhat of a know it all, Carmela is nerdy, Ben is analitical. I am a combination of all four of the so I feel right at home. I love the trivia keep it coming. and btw #TEAMBEN...... TIme to delete Itunes now.
#1 Trivia Podcast
I found this podcast on a road trip last thanksgiving. This podcast has kept me company on my crappy commute to work in the mornings ever since. It really makes it seem much shorter which is great because I hate being stuck in Bay Area traffic! In the past year I have been through the complete backlog and recently decided to give back by signing up as a Patreon. Keep up the good work. Tim Hilliard
So glad I stuck with it
I started listening to this podcast by going all the way back to episode 1 and listening in order. At first I wasn’t sure if it was for me but something about the quality of the trivia kept me coming back. And I am so glad I did. Once they got the format locked down this show was off to the races and hasn’t looked back. The hosts are all great and each brings a little something different to the show. The trivia topics are wide ranging and I love hearing answers reasoned out. And the amusing side tangents keep the vibe fun and light. All in all an incredibly well made show.
Definitely at the very top
... of the trivia podcast category. Great questions, good rapport among the hosts. Really enjoyable! Keep up the great work guys.
Best Trivia Podcast Yet
I listen to a lot of podcasts at work during the day and have been doing so for years, but when I discovered Trivial Warfare it sort of took over and I listened until I caught up. Even now I look forward to each new episode, knowing it will make my work day better. You all are the best at this, its easy to tell that you are friends enjoying some trivia. Keep it up!
Needs an editor
Quality questions, but needs a good editor to cut out the excessive banter. Carmela’s CONSTANT nervous laughter at mundane comments (mostly her own) makes it unlistenable for me. I only listen to ones she is not in. Maybe editing can at least lower the volume on this laugh? I don’t know if that would be enough, but it’s a start.
Great brain food!
My husband and I both love trivia and when I found Trivial Warfare, we were hooked. Trivia around our parts is limited to charity events, so it is nice to test our skills weekly instead of never. My husband wishes there was more math, as he does three dimensional geometry in his spare time.The hosts are all wonderful, but Carmela and Ben find questions that are tricky-just when you think you have it, you don’t!They are an important element to the show. #TeamCarBen
Will Make You Look Crazy
Informative and hilarious, I can not recommend this podcast enough. Upon numerous occasions, the cast has caused me to burst out laughing in rather awkward locations (such as mid-rep at the gym, walking through the grocery store, funeral homes... kidding on the last one, sorta... I was in the parking lot). #teamben!
West Coast Bias Sam
First let me say that the announcement you made Jonathan came off as sincere and honest and courageous. Having said that, I have decided to unsubscribe and will be looking for my fix elsewhere. Sorry. I was already hanging on by the skin of my tooth. There is way too much banter and it's not good. It's difficult to listen to people who come off as having very fragile egos and need to answer trivia questions to validate their intellect (except Ben). I'll end this bad review by saying this... I sincerely wish you the best Jonathan and I hope you're goals are met, but I'm out. Peace.
Great Show BUT....
I am a grad student who relies on this podcast for fun, family, and love.
My dad and I have listen to this show on every single car ride since the beginning. We can't read the word "science" without yelling SCIENCE! The only problem is that "warm it up Chris" is not the same. We can't get pumped out without our 5 min dance sesh. Instead of using the "Price is Right," we want to Warm It Up the old fashioned way. Other than that, keep the questions hard, the hosts good, and battle away! Thanks guys!!!
Like being on a trivia team with people you don’t like
The questions are good. Hosts are bad. Their banter is cringe worthy and has me skipping forward constantly. They spend a good chunk of the cast reading off masturbatory 5 star reviews.
Trivial Warfare is one of THE BEST podcasts I have encountered. I've been a fan of trivia since I competed in Knowledge Bowl in high school and started watching Jeopardy regularly. I got out of the trivia world when I went to college, and about a year ago I stumbled across this podcast. I instantly fell in love with the witty banter, passionate hosts, and thoughtful questions. I find myself learning something new with every episode, and I have a blast listening. #TeamCarmela for her category names, and #TeamBen (in solidarity from another frustrated introvert). Also, David Livasy needs to host more often! Thank you to the entire gang for all of your hard work in making such a quality product! <3
32 Ford guy
I am a over the road truck driver and recently discovered your podcast. I cannot tell you how much I love and appreciate the show. Not only does it help the miles click on by, I actually learn something in the process. My favorite part of the show is when Big Ben starts the game. It sounds like Charles Barkleys attempt at a Barry White song. Keep up the fantastic work and hopefully soon I will be part of the trivia warfare army
Games, Video Games
Your recent video game episode has been my favorite episode. I got most of the questions right for once and got audibly frustrated when participants got questions wrong. It was a great time. Thanks for being an amazing trivia podcast!
I don’t often leave reviews but when I do...
Ryan the SCIENCE!(tist)
I only leave them for great podcasts. This show is amazing and has made my hour long commute enjoyable. The main cast is great and the trivia is widespread. Listening to show grow and evolve has been amazing and I am almost through all of the back episodes (sad). If only I had 100 more to listen to I would be even happier. Great show, great people, highly recommend. *stamp of approval*
If cancer was named Tito or Michael, Joe Jackson would’ve beaten it.
Listened for the first time in my friend’s car during a little road trip down to Ensenada and let me just say, Jonathan’s soothing voice made me feel safe while driving through Tijuana.
But seriously, my fiancé and I love the show. Ever since we were introduced to it a few weeks ago, we’ve been devouring episode after episode. Jonathan does have a really nice voice and could easily read professionally for audiobooks. I feel the most connected with Ben, though. His reactions to Jonathan’s cheesy dad jokes are exactly how I react...not amused.
On a side note, my fiancé & I watched Jonathan’s Jeopardy test on YouTube and it’s been a long time since we laughed as hard as when we saw Jonathan’s face after seeing who won the 2016 World Series!
In closing, the title of the review was our trivia team name this last Saturday & that was the first time I ever did team trivia...AND we came in third place! Thanks for doing what you do & keep it up because we love you guys!