By Terry Kelleher
December 24, 2001 12:00 PM

Comedy Central (Weekdays, 7:30 p.m. ET)

Show of the week

It may be geeky to get hooked on this new game show, but if you’re into pop-culture trivia—and you think irony is alive and well—you’re urged to give it a try.

Playing for a “grand-prize package worth over $5,000,” contestants pit their mastery of entertainment minutiae against a self-important panel of experts in movies, television, music and a specialized subject that changes from episode to episode (comic books, Star Trek, etc.). Clad in tacky gowns befitting their faux-academic eminence, these so-called geeks boast of their superior—albeit useless—knowledge while host J. Keith van Straaten mocks them for basically lacking a life. The funniest personality on the show is tube geek Paul Goebel, an unabashedly out-of-shape couch potato and stand-up comic (proud winner of TV Land’s Ultimate Fan Search in 2000) who proves his prowess in the Dec. 19 episode by correctly recalling that Alyssa Milano starred as Amy Fisher in Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story. Ya gotta love it.

Bottom Line: Geeks rule