You want a guy like Ed Fee on your Trivial Pursuit team. Obscure facts are part of this Brookfield resident’s stock in trade. As the member of a trivia team that engages in competitions at The State, a watering hole in Lincoln Park, Fee’s mental storeroom of assorted facts has been profitable.

“If you win first place [at The State] you win $850 to $1,000 a week,” Fee says. “The team I’m on, 90 percent of the time, we walk home with first or second place.

“I’ve always been that idiot who has all that useless knowledge in my brain.”

The stars aligned last December when the 36-year-old Fee and two of his friends took a ride in the “Cash Cab,” a TV game show that airs on the Discovery Channel. The episode featuring Fee and his mates aired Feb. 19.

They won $2,000.

The premise of the show is simple: A cab picks up folks looking for a ride. Once they step in, lights go off and the driver announces they’re on a game show, which has them answer general knowledge trivia questions where correct answers net cold, hard cash.

Actually, it’s less simple than that. While contestants are sworn to secrecy – and Fee was no exception – websites around the Internet let the cat out of the bag with regard to the apparent spontaneity. At least some of the contestants are “screened” and the cash handed to contestants as they walk out of the cab into the city night is fake. They get sent a check later (you know, tax laws and all).

Until recently, “Cash Cab” was a New York City-based show. But beginning late last year, the show started a Chicago franchise and Fee was one of the first “fares.” The Chicago editions of the show began airing Feb. 14.

Fee and his longtime friends, Keith Wilkins and Tom Warda, were out for a night on the town when the entered the Cash Cab near North and Clybourn in Chicago. Before they walked out of the cab at Madison and Michigan, the trio had answered a slew of questions – Fee’s trivia warehouse was critical to the effort – ranging from Concord grapes to demolition derby.

And they also triumphed in the final test – the video bonus, where they doubled their money. The correct answer, for the record: Wildebeests.

“We had all seen the show before, so we knew it was coming,” Fee says of the final double-or-nothing dilemma. “My first thought was we should take our [$1,000] and go. But Keith said we’d never live it down.”

So they took the leap and landed on their feet.

The biggest fear, Fee said, was not wanting to “screw it up.”

“The last thing you want to do is look like an idiot,” says Fee who works as an account executive for an online auto dealer. “All our mental faculties were focused on every question.”