Watch out Alex Trebek, there’s a new game show host in town.
In just three months, comedian Scott Rogowsky has become a household name, thanks to the hot new app HQ Trivia.
“From the get-go, I thought this could be the future,” Rogowsky told Page Six on Wednesday. “I did not think it would be happening so quickly. The speed of it all is overwhelming and it’s truly incredible.”
Rogowsky was born in New York City and raised in Westchester County. He attended Johns Hopkins University and it was there — while pursuing a political science degree — that he discovered his natural talents in comedy. He took an optional stand-up comedy course and did a five-minute routine for his final project.
“At the risk of sounding immodest, I did very well,” he told us. “People were coming up to me afterwards saying, ‘Have you done this before?’ … Strangers were telling me I should do this and pursue this. I had never even considered it.”
Immediately after college, he moved to the city in 2007 and tried to do the “broke stand-up comic thing,” but said he wasn’t cut out for a lifestyle of drinking and staying out until the early hours of the morning.
He turned to the Internet to showcase his talents by starting a sports/comedy talk show called “12 Angry Mascots” in 2011. The show ran online for three years before he started a late-night talk show called “Running Late.”
After 10 years of comedy in New York, Rogowsky decided he was going to try his luck in Los Angeles. He was packed and ready to go before HQ offered him the hosting gig, which tapes live in Manhattan at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. every weekday.
“I never considered game show host as a career, but it’s fun because I get to inject some of my comedy into it,” he said. “People on Twitter are saying I should replace Alex Trebek. Never honestly considered that, but … he’s got a fantastic job.”
So what’s the overwhelming amount of attention been like for Rogowsky since becoming an overnight sensation?
“Its all been very flattering and fun. It’s a thrill to be recognized,” he said. “I don’t know, if it gets to the point like Tom Cruise, who can’t walk down the street. I don’t ever want to get to that point. It doesn’t seem fun when you can’t function in society … when you can’t go to Sweetgreen. I’m very comfortable with the level of fame right now. I would say let’s try to keep it at that.”
As for his dating…