How to Choose a Trivia Night Host


Good hosts can keep your patrons coming back for more

When starting your trivia journey, one of the most important parts is ensuring your choose the right person to be on the mic. If you haven’t already chosen a host for your event, you are probably asking yourself:

  • How important is it to choose a good host?

  • What qualities should I look for in a good host?

  • What previous experience should I look for?

We can help you think through all of these questions with this blog post, and more. One quick way to determine who might be your best host is to attend a trivia event at another venue and see how they are doing it.

Finding the right host will keep your crowd happy and happy crowds equal food and beverage purchases and repeat customers. Read on to see how you can find the right host for your trivia nights.

Good Host Characteristics

When picking the individual that will be starting to host your trivia nights, we’ve complied a list of characteristics that we see typically making someone an engaging host:

  • Funny

  • Energetic

  • Confident

  • Creative

  • Knowledgeable

  • Friendly

If your host demonstrates a few or more of these, then you are probably on the right track to picking a good host. If the person you are considering has none of these, then you are probably better off to keep looking.

Choosing a Host

When starting your search for a host, you may not need to look any further than your own organization. Ask around to see if any of your employees might be interested in helping out. You may have a witty waiter or a hostess who loves trivia already on staff!

If you don’t have anyone on staff who fits the bill, don’t fret. One of the easiest ways to find someone who might be interested in hosting your events is to leverage Craigslist or other similar online classified ad platforms. Just make a post and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll get responses from people with an interest in your trivia night.


After you’ve chosen the perfect host for your night, you should have a practice round to see how they do. During the practice run, you should use the tools and materials that you will be using during the live night.

After the big night, you’ll need to pay your host. This can vary depending if they are an in-house staff, but typically we see hosts getting paid about $50 for doing the hosting. Less experienced hosts may get less and popular hosts may get a bit more.

If you’re worried about what to pay, just ask your host. Many of them love being on the mic and may do it for less than you think!

We hope this information has been helpful in finding a great trivia night host! If you are in need of any other trivia night help, we are here for you. Just give TriviaHub Live a free try!