RIDDLE ME THIS
That fun-loving musical trivia crowd from RocKwiz are heading for the Coast and they’re keen to ensure their fans get in on the action
Get ready to rock out with your flock out, as the RocKwiz troupe stop in at The Arts Centre on their RocKwiz Live tour. Grab your friends – or flock, as the rhyme requires – and experience Australia’s iconic live music quiz show in the flesh, historically cocreated by comedian and performer Brian Nankervis.
“In 2003 a dear producer friend of mine approached me and said, ‘We want to make a pilot for a music quiz show’,” he explains.
“He’d seen me do quizzes as part of my warm up act – I’d warmed up for The Panel, Lano and Woodley, Jimeoin – lots of warm ups and I’ve always used quizzes.
“It always went down well, people loved it and he thought I was on to something.
“So we came up with the structure and format we still use today.”
Considering the show has been running since January 2005, it would seem the formula is solid, a mixture of musical guests, live music, and of course, laugh-out-loud banter cajoled by Brian and co-host Julia Zemiro.
Without the recorded show, it’s doubtful there would be a live show, but Brian says there are significant perks to doing it live. “It might even be better live because there are no cameras; we don’t have to watch what we say,” he says.
“You can take risks, experiment, improvise.
“And when we do the TV show, we do one and then a week later another one. But the tour we do three nights in a row. We all get on so we sit around analyse the show, someone plays DJ, someone gets out the acoustic guitar, we drink wine.
“We have a great momentum and we’re right in the moment.”
RocKwiz fans know audience interaction is a key part of the show, and getting in on the action at the Gold Coast show is as simple as strolling up and introducing yourself.
“You turn up at the theatre centre and you could be onstage,” Brian says.
“Find me in the foyer and I’ll test you out and if you pass we’ll get you up.
“The show works best when you’ve got people who are really into their music, the questions aren’t too hard but they’re not easy. So we like to pick people who will be a good addition to the overall show and won’t be shy.”
Even if the selection was random, there’s a good chance they’d land on an enthusiastic music lover, because as Brian says, that’s the kind of people RocKwiz attracts.
“It’s a great celebration of music and especially Australian music,” he says.
“There’s a sense of joy in the air.”
Julia Zemiro and Brian Nankervis are bringing their RocKwiz Live tour to The Arts Centre.