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Zmed! Zmed! Zmed! PHOTO: Angela George

ATLANTA–Frank Firman, proprietor of Frankie’s Bar and Grill, insists that he has found a successful and original spin on trivia night: actor Adrian Zmed. Firman’s downtown watering hole is known primarily as a sports bar, but he was determined to branch out into bar trivia.

“Sure, sports would have been the most logical choice, but lots of places do it. Same with movies, TV, sex, music…it’s all been done. But NOBODY’S doing Adrian Zmed trivia,” said Firman triumphantly.

Zmed, best known for his role as Officer Vince Romano on TV series T.J. Hooker, also starred in 80s films like Grease 2 and Bachelor Party. Surprisingly, he’s been working steadily ever since, including performances on The Love Boat, Empty Nest, Silk Stalkings and Caroline in the City.

Firman believes that Zmed’s shitty career and unremarkable personal life are the perfect choice for a weekly trivia night at Frankie’s. “Turns out the guy’s acting mentor is William Shatner!” he says, chuckling. “I mean, what the christ?”

Other incredibly uninteresting facts about Zmed include his three marriages, his 2009 show on Princess Cruise Lines and his ability to speak fluent Romanian.

“He speaks Romanian? Holy shit.” Firman laughs again. “Who wouldn’t love answering questions about this fucking guy? Priceless.”

When told that Zmed’s “trademark” on his IMDb page was “Babyfaced swarthy actor playing rebellious Italian descent teenagers,” Firman doubled over, gasping with laughter and waving his hand in the air. “Stop it, you’re killing me.”

“Zmednesdays,” Adrian Zmed trivia night, will be every Wednesday at Frankie’s at 8 PM. This week’s video bonus will feature clips of “Larry the Cable Guy’s Christmas Spectacular,” highlighting Zmed’s performance as “Dirty Caroler Dad.”

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PHOTO: Nathan in San Diego, Flickr

PONCEY HIGHLANDS — For most of us, New Year’s Eve is a time for happiness. It is a time to gather together with good friends, a time to reflect on the year passed and the one to come. If one plays one’s cards right, it might even be a time to parlay the mood of year-end wistfulness into an ill-advised make-out session.

Yes, New Year’s Eve can be a great night. Great, that is, for everyone but the city’s drunks, who are even now steeling themselves for the onslaught of amateur drinkers set to infiltrate their favorite bars. Atlanta Banana reporters spoke to some of those drunks to gauge their reactions.

Chad P, Real Estate Agent - “It sucks. I don’t like having my routine of self-destruction thrown into sharp releif by a bunch of fleece-vest-wearing assholes who are enjoying their lives. They think they can just waltz in here and suck down a couple Sugar Crappletinis? Screw them.”

Alison H, Publicist - “I kind of like New Year’s Eve, actually. It brings in new prospects. I flirt with the right guy, he gives me a ride home, and then I give him the worst handjob ever conceived. Ever paid cab fare from the Highlands to Alpharetta? It ain’t cheap.”

Felicia D, Bartender - “I make a lot of money on New Year’s, but the amateurs don’t know how to order a drink. Hey sweetie, maybe ask your dizzy friends and your doofus boyfriend what they want before coming over to the bar and wasting my time, huh?”

Jeff S, Atlanta PD - “These amateurs make it too easy. They’re all like ‘Whats the problem, officer?’ Please, buddy. You really want me to answer that? You’re trying to buckle yourself into a phone booth.”