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“One of my tricks for parties is that I can draw a map of the world and name all 197 countries,” said Adriana E. Ramirez, a publicist writer, narrator and performance poet from Pittsburgh who will soon be the last Pittsburgh resident. compete further Danger! on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m.

Although she has loved the show since childhood and she has long dreamed of competing, her journey into Danger! the stage actually started unintentionally. In February 2021, she tells Pittsburgh City Newspaper in a phone interview the ball started rolling into a drunken pandemic evening with her husband.

“We’ve always been people from the games,” Ramirez says. “Like, we have a game night. We play board games … we love playing Trivial Pursuit ”. After drinking a couple, decided to watch Danger!

“My husband always says, ‘Oh my God, you know 75% of the answers every time,’ and I always say, ‘Yes …’ I’m very reserved about that.”

That night they competed with each other on online testthat is the first step to auditioning for the show. They both received a callback based on their scores, and Ramirez hit the show. In the callback round the candidates take another test of 50 questions with the proctor and she says that the round after that is an ideological game in Zoom.

“It just seemed like it was so far away,” she says. “You think you’re smart and you think you know things. But as soon as you get there, you realize that you know nothing. So I’m glad it wasn’t something I was actively working on, because I think if I had worked on it all my life, the pressure would have been too strong, ”she says.

Before going to film the show, Ramirez says she studied subjects such as British continuity and opera, which she thought could be some of her weaknesses. Although she is forbidden to share information about the issues and results of her appearance, she says that her studies “did not help”.

“There’s really nothing to learn to prepare,” she says. “It’s a kind of accumulated knowledge for a lifetime.” Ramirez says growing up as an immigrant, she accumulated information about the world around her to learn about American culture.

“My dad will call me and he’ll say,‘ What’s this movie with blah, blah, blah, blah? ’And even if she hasn’t watched that movie, Ramirez says she can usually name it. She has extensive “knowledge of things I didn’t necessarily do personally. As well as the number of such rock bands, which I can name without being a person from a rock band.

For the filming, Ramirez says she chose an outfit that was “quite comfortable” as opposed to many of her formal attire. “Thanks to the good people at Torrid for having cute clothes for chubby girls,” she says. She chose the most practical shoes, fake Vans from Target, and it turned out to be the right choice, as she says Danger! podiums have lifts that are adjustable to make all participants the same height.

She says she continues to keep in touch with other participants in her filming, with whom she was “perfectly traumatized” by the experience.

“It was really great to make friends and create a community and just visit the Sony platform and see the giant Danger! the logo on the side of the building, ”she says. “My heart just swelled at the thought of it.”

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