So you know the difference between a bat’leth and a Batmobile, or you can win any board game you get your hands on, or you can easily rhyme off 20 alien species who were in Star Wars. And whatever your nerd or geek cred skills, you’re interested in competition — in showing off what you can do and becoming the best among friends.
If this sounds like attributes similar to what you have, there’s a T.V. show out there for you. It’s called King of the Nerds and it’s casting its third season.
I had the pleasure of watching the last season closely because my former classmate at the University of North Dakota, Kayla LaFrance, participated and won!
I saw a range of colorful competitions, such as playing a modified game of Quidditch or racing go-karts around a darkened track. There were celebrity judges and appearances; as a Star Trek fan, my personal favourite was George Takei (Sulu on the original series). And there were also a disorienting set of skills among the competitors, who had knowledge of anything from space to languages to engineering to even debating skills.
While participating appears to be its own reward, the prize for the winner is a cool $100,000. If this perks your interest, the producers say that applicants should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to apply, including your name, phone number, and a brief summary of why you should be on King of the Nerds.
(And by the way, Kayla has no idea I’m writing this article. It’ll be a surprise to her.)