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Taking 21 Questions to the next level

Quirky web series with Niagara roots makes it way to SiriusXM show

By Melinda Cheevers
Jul 27, 2017
Published by Niagara This Week
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Photo Credit – Patrick Gagliardi, host of the web series 21 Questions, outside the SiriusXM studio in Toronto. – Supplied Photo


ST. CATHARINES — What started out as a fun way to put well-known locals in the hot seat has taken on a life of its own.

For the past three years Patrick Gagliardi has been hosting 21 Questions, an internet web series where he tries to get a guest to answer 21 questions in 60 seconds. The series started as a collaboration between Gagliardi and Open Concept Films.

“We wanted something quick that we could have fun with,” he recalls. In the ensuing years, he’s put a number of guests, including celebrities and other people of interest in Niagara, in the hot seat. He did a stint with the now-defunct Niagara Integrated Film Festival, grilling The Diary of a Teenage Girl lead Bel Powley, festival organizers Sari Ruda and Bill Marshall, and venue host Paul Harber of Ravine Vineyards. He’s interviewed (and been interrogated by) Vincent Pastore of The Sopranos fame, Christopher McDonald — known to many as Shooter McGavin — at Niagara Falls Comic Con, and at WEKFEST he talked to Jim Treliving, and hockey player Erik Gudbranson.

Recently, the segment was picked up by The Todd Shapiro Show on SiriusXM Canada Laughs. Broadcast through satellite radio, the show exposes his segments to a much larger audience than they previously had.

“It started off with friends and colleagues and will now be broadcast across North America,” Gagliardi said. “It’s kind of cool.”

He met the radio host at a charity boxing event and things evolved from there. Gagliardi said even though he has a much bigger audience, he’s still hoping to showcase Niagara when he can. Recently, he did a segment sponsored by the City of Niagara Falls looking to promote the Live with Kelly and Ryan appearance that happened in June. On Friday, he posted his 21 Questions segment with Mayor Jim Diodati.

“I’m always looking for ways to incorporate more of Niagara,” he said, adding whether that’s through sponsorship opportunities or segments.

While The Todd Shapiro Show is recorded in Toronto, Gagliardi still operates out of St. Catharines.

To see all of the 21 Questions segments, visit his Facebook page 21 Questions with Patrick, or YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/twentyoneqs.