Let’s play a game…But first, we’ll talk to Greggo about his game shows!

If you haven’t attended one of Greggo’s Game Shows, you’re missing out. Check out the video above, and check out our interview with him below!

Danley

Before we get started.. can you introduce yourself for anyone that might not be familiar with you?

Greggo

My name is Greg Wicker, though most people know me as “Greggo,” and I have been producing and hosting game shows for anime and other fandom conventions for the last fifteen years.

Danley

So what started you into doing the Game Shows? Do you have anything that was your inspiration?

Greggo

I went to a Jeopardy! type panel back at a con in the late nineties, wasn’t impressed, and since I’ve been hosting game shows since I was 5 (Family Feud on the chalkboard in preschool) I thought I could do better.  I approached A-Kon’s chair to ask about hosting Match Game with some of their guests, and she said yes.  The original panel had Tiffany Grant (Asuka from Evangelion), Justin Sevakis (now one half of ANNCast on Anime News Network), Neil Nadelman and Anna Exter (who between the two of them translated roughly half of all anime that came out in the nineties), Geoff Tebbetts (former writer for Animerica) and Rodney Caston (who would later co-create the webcomic Megatokyo).

Danley

From games such as Anime Press Your Luck, The Pokemon Game Show, Anime Password… what is your personal favorite to run?

Greggo

I like the ones where the audience can play along.  Most recently I hosted my “fun with a pun” game show, Definition, and you could tell who had the puzzles solved in the audience…you’d here a string of “A-has!” followed by groans.  It was great!

Danley

You’ve done conventions all over the US.. ColossalCon, NyanCon, IchibanCon… what is your  your favorite convention you’ve attended so far? Any favorite convention memory?

Greggo

Gotta give the stock answer for this one, my favorite convention is the next one!  One particular memory that stands out…at Zenkaikon 2011 we had more than a thousand folks in the audience for a game of Password…by far my largest audience.  I’m sure they were there for Vic and Todd, but still…great feeling.

Danley

You’ve even been booked now for your first international convention, any details on it?

Greggo

I’m flying to Paris for Japan Expo, July 2-5 in Paris.  I won’t actually be hosting the shows, but I am producing five game shows, running the board, stage managing, and training their French game show host on my formats…and am also doing a French game show!  Really excited to be doing this event.  Hopefully other international events will bring me out!

Danley

If there was any convention you could host your game shows at that you haven’t been to before, which would it be?

Greggo

I’d love to do some events in Canada.  They love their games up there…I even modified two of their formats for conventions: Definition and Line ‘Em Up!

Danley

Just recently you’ve launched a patreon for Greggo’s Game Shows.. anything you’d care to mention about it?

Greggo

We just launched it this week, you can find it HERE. I’m hoping that people who have been long time fans will see the value in throwing a dollar a month at it.  If enough people do, I can use that money to ensure bigger and better shows, and even bring back some old favorites that otherwise don’t have enough of a budget to continue!

Danley

You can be quite the busy guy when convention season is in full swing.. how do you make the time to even play mini games with fans on social media?

Greggo

I procrastinate, and find time in the large holes where I really should be working, haha.

Danley

Is there anything else you’d like to say or plug before you go?

Greggo

Make sure to come see my games at Colossalcon this weekend!  It will be the last time you see Anime Press Your Luck there (unless the Patreon meets its stretch goal!) Also, subscribe to the YouTube channel, the FaceBook and Twitter!

Danley

Thank you very much sir!

Greggo

Thank you!  Help control the fanboy odor; have your fanboy shaved and showered!  Goodbye, everybody!