Go Fact Yourself

Go Fact Yourself

By MaximumFun.org

Twice a month, host J. Keith van Straaten and co-host Helen Hong bring together the smartest celebrities they know and make them look dumb...and then smart again! Recorded before a live audience in downtown Los Angeles, this game show features comedians, actors and musicians answering arcane questions on topics they claim to be experts in. But don't worry, if they slip up, there are real experts on hand to give us the facts! If you're in the Los Angeles area and would like to be in the audience for a podcast taping, get your free ticket at gofactyourpod.com!

Episodes

Ep. 59: Jonathan Coulton & Ophira Eisenberg

This episode of Go Fact Yourself previously streamed live on video, in partnership with NPR station KPCC and LAist! You can watch the entire unedited episode here!Jonathan Coulton (a.k.a. “JoCo”) is folk/comedy musician who has a lot of experience in the world of trivia: he’s been the in-house musician for the NPR program Ask Me Another since 2012. Jonathan’s also known as the founder and namesake of the JoCo Cruise, a geek and culture convention on a cruise ship. How did Jonathan get so successful to the point that he got a cruise named after him? He’s not entirely sure -- but he’s doing his best to celebrate it!Opposite Jonathan is his Ask Me Another colleague, comedian Ophira Eisenberg. You may recall that Ophira was previously on episode 23. Now, she’s returned new insight about why celebrities are so terrified of trivia and her never-ending quest to become famous in her homeland of Canada.What’s the difference: A Shot in the ArmWhat’s the difference between vaccination and immunization?What’s the difference between a tentacle and an arm?Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongJonathan CoultonOphira EisenbergWith Guest Experts:Mark Rivera -- Multi-instrumentalist musician best known for his work with Billy Joel.Suzanne Somers -- Actor, author, singer and entrepreneur, known for her role of Chrissy Snow on “Three’s Company.”Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. This episode’s livestream was produced in partnership with KPCC and LAist. Theme Song by Jonathan Green.Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself … whenever that is!Get our Go Fact Yourself t-shaped shirt!Visit us @gofactyourpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.And wash your hands!
15/05/201h 34m

Ep. 58: Walter Koenig & Danielle Koenig

Go Fact Yourself is streaming a LIVE edition of the show -- with video! It happens Tuesday, May 5th at 5 PM Pacific. To find out more and to RSVP for free, go to KPCC’s events page.It’s the first-ever father-daughter edition of Go Fact Yourself! Walter Koenig is a pop culture and science fiction icon. He played the character Pavel Chekov on the original “Star Trek” TV series and films. You’d think that having so much of your career tied to one particular role would get tiring. But Walter’s learned to accept his stardom… even if people like to hear more about Chekov than they do about him as a person. His new book Beaming Up and Getting Off is available now -- and you can get a signed copy!Walter will compete against comedian and writer Danielle Koenig -- who happens to be his daughter! She’s entertained plenty of people over the years through her work on shows like “Invader Zim” and “Fashion Police.” But she’ll tell us about another way that she earned a particular reputation: for her very distinct laugh. Plus, she’ll tell us how she still manages to enjoy the Star Trek franchise despite being so tied to it. Our guests will get into topics like classic kids’ shows, classic sci-fi and classic baseball!What’s the difference: The bumpy roadWhat’s the difference between a street and a road?What’s the difference between a speed bump and a speed hump?Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongDanielle KoenigWalter KoenigWith Guest Experts:Kirk Thatcher: Muppets performer and producer and one of the writers of Muppets Treasure IslandEddie Robinson: Retired baseball player who started at first base for the Yankees in the 1955 World Series Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. Theme Song by Jonathan Green.Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.Our live show engineer is Dave McKeever.The show is edited by Julian Burrell.Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself … whenever that is!Get our Go Fact Yourself t-shaped shirt!Visit us @gofactyourpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.And wash your hands!
01/05/201h 14m

Ep. 57: Jordan Morris

It’s another quarantine and redemption edition of Go Fact Yourself! Jordan Morris was on episode 24 of the show where he was quizzed on his love of the La Brea Tar Pits. Even though he aced his area of expertise, he came up just short of victory.  We’re giving him another shot at proving his trivia prowess as we have fun chats about drinking games, thinking games and cartoon fame! Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Jordan Morris With Guest Experts: Monique Powell, songwriter and lead singer of the band Save Ferris Yeardley Smith, actor who’s best known as the voice of Lisa Simpson. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun.  Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is engineered and edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself … whenever that is! Get our Go Fact Yourself t-shaped shirt! Visit us @gofactyourpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. And wash your hands!
17/04/201h 20m

Ep. 56: Best of Baseball

The 2020 MLB season is in question, but we’re happy to celebrate baseball on Go Fact Yourself! There have been a lot of contestants who have chosen baseball as their areas of expertise; we’ve quizzed folks like comedy legend Fred Willard, voice actor Phil Lamarr and Maximum Fun founder Jesse Thorn -- and more! We decided to put some of the best segments in one convenient episode. Along the way, we’ve got a murderer’s row of outstanding experts including World Series play-by-play broadcasters, world-class historians and world champion players. Let’s play ball! Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Phil LaMarr from Episode 2 Fred Willard from Episode 13 John Ross Bowie from Episode 14 Sandeep Parikh from Episode 26 Jesse Thorn from Episode 50 With Guest Experts: Jon Weisman, author of 100 Things Dodgers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. Dr. Joe Price, Co-Director for The Institute for Baseball Studies at Whittier College. Bobby Ojeda, former baseball player and current podcaster. Dan Shaughnessy, sports columnist for the Boston Globe. Jon Miller, award-winning TV and radio play-by-play commentator for the San Francisco Giants. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun.  Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is engineered and edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself … whenever that is! Get our Go Fact Yourself t-shaped shirt! Visit us @gofactyourpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. And wash your hands!
03/04/2059m 51s

Ep. 55: Jimmy Pardo

It’s a special, experimental Quarantine Edition of Go Fact Yourself recorded at our various homes and with no live audience! Jimmy Pardo is a comedian and host of the long-running podcast "Never Not Funny." He also owns the distinction of being a guest on the very first episode of Go Fact Yourself.  When he was first on the show, he answered trivia questions about 1980’s music. But this time we’re revisiting BOTH of his other areas of expertise to determine if he is truly the Facting Champion! Along the way, Jimmy will discuss how he’s podcasting from home, music from his hometown and favorite baseball hometeam.  Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Jimmy Pardo With Guest Experts: Jason Benetti, Sportscaster for the Chicago White Sox. Bill Champlin, musician, singer and songwriter who’s performed with the band Chicago. Oliver Pardo, son of Jimmy Pardo. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun.  Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is engineered and edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself … whenever that is! Get our Go Fact Yourself t-shaped shirt! Let us know what you think of this experimental format. @gofactyourpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. And wash your hands!
27/03/201h 6m

Ep. 54.5: J. Keith & Helen on WGN TV and radio

Happy Max Fun Drive month! To celebrate, we’re changing up our episode schedule in March. This week, we’ve got a pair of interviews that aired as part of Go Fact Yourself’s shows in Chicago. First, J. Keith and Helen will speak with Larry Potash from WGN TV’s morning show. Then they’ll speak with Bill Leff and Dane Neal from the recently ended "Bill & Wendy Show." Both interviews will feature special mini-versions of our usual trivia games! Go Fact Yourself will be back with full episodes on March 20th and 27th -- just in time for the Max Fun Drive! Make sure to contribute at maximumfun.org/join Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Larry Potash Bill Leff Dane Neal Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun.  Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself! Get our Go Fact Yourself t-shaped shirt!
06/03/2023m 53s

Ep. 54: Oscar Nunez & Molly Knight

Strike up the band! It’s a music-filled episode of Go Fact Yourself! Oscar Nunez  is best known for his role as Oscar Martinez in the classic NBC comedy "The Office." Between its original run on television and streaming distribution on Netflix, it’s earned fans of all ages. Oscar will tell us all about some of his most memorable moments in front of the camera, including sharing a kiss with Steve Carrell and performing a strip-tease for Betty White. You can see Oscar on the Netflix series "Mr. Iglesias." Oscar will compete against Molly Knight, journalist for the sports publication The Athletic. She mainly covers the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. She’ll share her insights into the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that she says robbed the Dodgers of the 2017 World Series. Plus she’ll recall simpler times in her journalistic career -- like when she was a reporter for "Shopping Centers Today" magazine. Molly’s book, The Best Team Money Can Buy, is available now. The guests will discuss the most important music of their lives, doggies and the beauty in finally quitting your day job. What’s the Difference: Look who’s talking What’s the difference between an interpreter and a translator? What’s the difference between a windbag and a blowhard? If you’d like to submit a question for our What’s the Difference round, go to gofactyourpod.com and click on "Get Involved." Areas of Expertise Oscar Nunez: Travel, iconic fashion designers, and David Bowie. Molly Knight:  The first six solo albums of Tori Amos, the best-selling artists as per the Recording Industry Association of America, and countries of Africa. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Oscar Nunez Molly Knight With guest experts: Arthur Spivak, producer and manager who's worked with Paul Reiser, Prince and Tori Amos  Ann Magnuson, actor whose latest credits include "The Man in the High Castle" and "Star Trek: Picard" Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at the Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself! Get our Go Fact Yourself t-shaped shirt!
21/02/201h 16m

Ep. 53: Gareth Reynolds & Ali Spagnola

Slackers of the world unite! Fire up your flux capacitors! "Go Fact Yourself" has trivia that spans the timeline this week! Gareth Reynolds is best known as one of the hosts of "The Dollop." It’s a podcast that shares stories from U.S. history in a fun and engaging way. That includes some less savory information -- like the details about George Washington’s teeth. Gareth will also tell us personal stories, including what it was like to be a writer for "Arrested Development" and how he first met his cat, Jose. Gareth’s new comedy record, "Riddled with Disease," is available now. Ali Spagnola also works in comedy, but in a different medium. Her presence on social media has earned her millions of followers across many platforms. What’s even more impressive is that she’s done it all while being physically fit, musically talented and breaking multiple world records. She’s even found a way to turn the hate that comes with being a prominent online figure into something very positive and constructive. The guests will discuss lessons from history, movies about the past and animated shows about the future! What’s the Difference: Too fry fry, hush hush (eye to eye) What’s the difference between pan frying and sauteing? What’s the difference between a pan and a skillet? If you’d like to submit a question for our What’s the Difference round, go to gofactyourpod.com and click on "Get Involved." Areas of Expertise Gareth Reynolds: The Green Bay Packers from the 1990s until now, the film Back to the Future and animals. Ali Spagnola: The TV show "Futurama," the TV show "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," and CrossFit. Appearing in this episode: Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Gareth Reynolds Ali Spagnola With guest experts: James Tolkan, retired actor best known for his role in the Back to the Future film series. Mike Rowe, writer/producer for "Futurama." Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at Center For Inquiry Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself! Get our NEW Go Fact Yourself t-shaped shirt!
07/02/201h 7m

Ep. 52: Jamie Loftus & Craig Shoemaker

Click your heels three times and remember there’s no place like home: "Go Fact Yourself" is officially the greatest trivia show on ice! Jamie Loftus is a comedian and a host of "The Bechdel Cast" podcast. Her show is all about analyzing film from a feminist perspective. One movie that holds up surprisingly well under such scrutiny? Alien! She’ll explain. Plus, she’ll discuss what gives her a special edge in this trivia contest: her certification as a Mensa Genius. Jamie’s upcoming appearances can be found on her website. Jamie will compete against her fellow comedian and feminist Craig Shoemaker. He describes his work as “comedy for the soul.” That’s not just a pun on his name; He’ll tell us about how his work has actually helped people in real life. He also has a number of personal aspirations as well, including to sing Les Miserables on Broadway. You can hear Craig on his podcast "Can I Help You?" The topics discussed include classic movies, ice rinks and the power of love. What’s the Difference: Music history What’s the difference between a Grammy award for "song of the year" and "record of the year"? What’s the difference between "historic" and "historical"? If you’d like to submit a question for our What’s the Difference round, go to gofactyourpod.com and click on "Get Involved." Areas of Expertise Jamie Loftus: Chuck E. Cheese, Zambonis and the collective works of Alfred Molina. Craig Shoemaker : Fatherhood, the film The Wizard of Oz and fixing people. Appearing in this episode: Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Jamie Loftus Craig Shoemaker With guest experts: Joe Keeler, Francois Martindale, ice maintenance experts for the Los Angeles Kings NHL team. Aljean Harmetz, author of the book The Making of the Wizard of Oz. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at Center For Inquiry Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself! Get our NEW Go Fact Yourself t-shaped shirt!
17/01/201h 15m

Ep. 51: Charlie Hankin & Kitty Felde

Perfect your comic punchlines and read up on your history for this episode of Go Fact Yourself! Charlie Hankin is perhaps best known for his comics in The New Yorker magazine. For you aspiring cartoonists, he shares the secret to getting your work in the famed publication. He also discusses how he’s already walked away a winner on another game show: "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" Charlie can be seen on his YouTube show "Good Cop, Great Cop." Also joining us is writer and podcaster Kitty Felde. Her show "Book Club for Kids" is all about showcasing kids’ perspectives on books and sharing them with the authors. As a veteran Capitol Hill reporter, she’s ready to share some amazing details about U.S. politics… like how Washington D.C. is home to the ugliest shoes in the country. We’ll get into topics like U.S. presidents, classic science-fiction films and regal living spaces. What’s the Difference: There’s no place like home What’s the difference between a home appraisal and a home assessment? What’s the difference between a palace and a castle? If you’d like to submit a question for our What’s the Difference round, go to gofactyourpod.com and click on "Get Involved." Areas of Expertise Charlie Hankin: the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the making of the atomic bomb and the Heaven’s Gate cult. Kitty Felde: The Dodgers baseball team’s move to LA from Brooklyn, Theodore Roosevelt and his children and the TV show Bonanza. Appearing in this episode: Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Charlie Hankin Kitty Felde With guest experts: Kermit Roosevelt III, professor at University of Pennsylvania's Carey Law School. Dan Richter, writer and actor who performed in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself! Get our NEW Go Fact Yourself t-shaped shirt!
03/01/201h 13m

Ep. 50: Jesse Thorn & Kelly Hu

It’s the 50th episode of Go Fact Yourself! And we’ve got a t-shirt! To help us celebrate, we’ve brought on Maximum Fun founder, Jesse Thorn. These days, MaxFun is known for dozens of quality podcasts. But in Jesse’s early days, he recorded the talk show that would become "Bullseye" in his apartment. The humble beginnings helped him learn a lot about interviewing great guests… and about the value of a good suit. In addition to “Bullseye,” you can hear Jesse on the podcasts "Jordan Jesse Go!" and "Judge John Hodgman." Jesse’s opponent for this momentous episode is actor Kelly Hu. She’s best known for appearances in tons of hit movies, including her role as Lady Deathstrike in X2: X-Men United. But even though audiences love her work, she’ll explain why she can’t stand to watch herself in any film or show she’s ever been a part of. Plus: a look into her desire to be a pageant winner without having a talent to showcase. Our guests will answer questions about baseball, cadavers and what can be mixed into chocolate. What’s the Difference: Murder! What’s the difference between a coroner and a medical examiner? What’s the difference between a knife and dagger? If you’d like to submit a question for our What’s the Difference round, go to gofactyourpod.com and click on "Get Involved." Areas of Expertise Jesse Thorn: The hip-hop group Dungeon Family, the city of San Francisco and the San Francisco Giants baseball team. Kelly Hu: Dog training, Hawaiian food and chocolate-making. Appearing in this episode: Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Jesse Thorn Kelly Hu With guest experts: Jon Miller, award-winning TV and radio play-by-play commentator for the San Francisco Giants. Patricia Tsai and Emily Walden, owner and manager of the Chocovivo chocolate-making shop in Los Angeles. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at the The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself!Get our NEW Go Fact Yourself t-shaped shirt!
20/12/191h 11m

Ep. 49: Atsuko Okatsuka & Joel Stein

FINALLY! An episode of Go Fact Yourself that celebrates trivia AND elitism! In July, Atsuko Okatsuka had perhaps the most on-brand experience that a comedian can have in LA: she got on stage ready to perform right as an earthquake struck. She’ll tell us about why she was so poorly equipped to deal with the situation. Atsuko is also the host of "Let’s Go Atsuko!" a woke Japanese game show. What exactly makes a game show woke? Well… she’ll explain.  Joel Stein is a writer whose work has appeared in TIME magazine. It’s been an avenue of great success... but it’s also led to a lot of people wanting him fired. Joel is excited to discuss some of the trivia topics he knows about. But they all pale in comparison to his greatest passion: elitism. In celebration of his new book In Defense of Elitism: Why I’m Better Than You and You are Better Than Someone Who Didn’t Buy This Book, he’ll tell us why we need to embrace expertise over instinct. This week’s discussion topics include cleanliness, classic sitcoms and fancy fountains. What’s the Difference: What a dump What’s the difference between a cobweb and a spiderweb? What’s the difference between "unkempt" and "unkept"? If you’d like to submit a question for our What’s the Difference round, go to gofactyourpod.com and click on "Get Involved." Areas of Expertise Atsuko Otatsuka: Kiehl’s products, the Netflix series "Queer Eye" (seasons 3 & 4) and The Americana at Brand shopping mall. Joel Stein: Old world wine, the TV show, "Taxi" and the first 30 years of president Lyndon B. Johnson’s life. Appearing in this episode: Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Atsuko Okatsuka Joel Stein With guest experts: Jim Doyle, Oscar-winning effects designer and director of design technology at Water Entertainment Technology. Randall Carver, actor from There Will be Blood and "Taxi". Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at the The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself!
06/12/191h 5m

Ep. 48: Jenny Jaffe & Jim Rash

Mysteries will be solved and species saved on this episode of Go Fact Yourself! Jenny Jaffe is a comedy writer who grew up with an obsession for 90’s Nickelodeon animated shows. Her career has now come full circle: she’s landed a gig to writing for the upcoming version of "Rugrats!" She’ll tell us about that and some of her other obsessions that haven’t been a part of her work.. yet. Jenny will take on actor/writer Jim Rash. Jim is a pretty accomplished guy. He’s known for his role as Dean Craig Pelton on NBC’s "Community." He’s also won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film The Descendants. But in spite of his success, he’s still not above searching for some quality advice on Instagram… even if he has trouble following it. You can hear Jim now as the voice of Gyro Gearloose on the new version "DuckTales." This week’s trivia topics include moisturizing, basket weaving and cuddly critters. This episode is sponsored by Fake Radio: America’s premier old-time-radio comedy troupe. To find out more about their show and how to attend their live performances, visitfakeradio.net/gofactyourself. What’s the Difference: It puts the lotion in the basket What’s the difference between lotion and ointment? What’s the difference between rattan and wicker? Areas of Expertise Jenny Jaffe: 90’s Disney movies, anxiety disorders and phobias, and pandas Jim Rash: Sid and Marty Krofft shows, The movie Clue, and giving advice to others that he doesn’t take. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Jenny Jaffe Jim Rash With guest experts: Dr. David Kersey, professor of veterinary sciences and giant panda reproduction expert. Jonathan Lynn, director of the film Clue. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at the The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself!
15/11/191h 10m

Ep. 47: Adam Conover & Jill-Michele Melean

This week on Go Fact Yourself, it’s not just a game of trivia: it’s a game of hardcore roller derby AND a game of Super Mario! You probably know Adam Conover from his TruTV show, "Adam Ruins Everything," where he uncovers the complicated, and often problematic, backstories behind topics like voting, football, Hawaii and more. He’ll also tell us about his own complicated backstory: as the only member of his family without a PhD. Adam can also be heard on the podcast "Factually!". Adam’s opponent is comedian and writer Jill-Michele Melean. She was the first (and last) Latina cast member on “MADtv.” She was known for her celebrity impressions, most notably for Britney Spears and Drew Berrymore. And don’t worry… she’s happy to demonstrate. Jill-Michele can be seen in her stand up special "White/Latina" on Amazon Prime. The guests will also discuss topics like clean eating, public transportation and the value of tasteful plastic surgery. This episode is sponsored by Trivia Con, happening April 3-5, 2020 in Las Vegas. What’s the Difference: Clang, clang, clang What’s the difference between a bell and a chime? What’s the difference between a tram and a trolley? Areas of Expertise Adam Conover: Western philosophy, the TV show "Succession" and the history of the Nintendo video-game character, Mario. Jill-Michele Melean: Eating clean, being the best aunt ever, everything Drew Barrymore. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Adam Conover Jill-Michele Melean With guest experts: Shauna Cross, novelist, screenwriter and roller derby athlete. Jeff Ryan, author of Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at the The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself!
01/11/191h 9m

Ep. 46: Quinn Cummings & Greg Behrendt

Whether you’re in the mood to surf some waves or binge some TV, this episode of Go Fact Yourself is for you! As an actor, Quinn Cummings saw success at an early age. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the film The Goodbye Girl. It was a great experience, but one that put a bit of a strain on her relationship with her mother… and her hair. She’ll explain. Quinn can be heard on the podcast "Quinn Cummings Gives Bad Advice". Like Quinn, Greg Behrendt also has experience giving others advice, especially with relationships. He’s written several books about love, including He’s Just Not That Into You and serves as a private life coach. What exactly are his qualifications? Just a 30-year comedy career, multiple books on the New York Times bestseller list and the fact that he survived cancer (twice). The guests will compete to answer trivia questions about surf music, animated Netflix shows and their respective expertise on cats and dogs. This episode is sponsored by Spencer Marks’ new science-fiction novel Living History. Go to livinghistorynovel.com and enter the promo code "HELEN" to purchase the book for a discount and to have it personally autographed. What’s the Difference: wasted What’s the difference between liquor and liqueur? What’s the difference between trash and garbage? Areas of Expertise Quinn Cummings: High fashion, the Netflix series "Bojack Horseman" and domestic cats. Greg Behrendt: Surf music, dog shows and Dots candy Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Quinn Cummings Greg Behrendt With guest experts: Mike Hollingsworth, Emmy-nominated producer and supervising director of "Bojack Horseman." Dean Torrence, one half of the surf-music duo Jan and Dean. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan theater at The Center For Inquiry in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself!
18/10/191h 12m

Ep. 45: Peter Sagal & Rebecca Makkai

It’s another helping of Go Fact Yourself in Chicago, now more delicious and savory than ever! Peter Sagal is the host of the NPR program "Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!" But his experience with trivia shows goes all the way back to when he was a contestant on "Jeopardy"… and quickly found himself in the negative dollars. That doesn’t mean he’s bad at trivia; he’s just bad at pressing buttons. He’ll tell us about that and why he’s so dedicated to disrupting the narrative of Chicago deep-dish pizza. Opposite Peter is author Rebecca Makkai. Her book The Great Believers earned her the distinction of being a finalist for the Pulitzer prize. It’s a truly special accomplishment -- but she had an even bigger dream as a child: teaching dogs how to talk. The guests will discuss the local food scene, whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich and, yes, a lot of discussion about the windy city. What’s the Difference: The Windy City What’s the difference between a hurricane and a typhoon? What’s the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning? Areas of Expertise Peter Sagal: Chicago food culture, James Cameron movies and running Rebecca Makkai: The film Clue, the state of Vermont and the furnace girl murder of Lake Bluff, Illinois Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Peter Sagal Rebecca Makkai With guest experts: Gov. Madeleine May Kunin, author, ambassador and three-term governor of Vermont. Bob Schwartz, Senior Vice President of Vienna Beef and author of the book Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at Sleeping Village in Chicago. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell. Come to our next live tapings in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 13 -- Go to gofactyourpod.com for FREE tickets!
04/10/191h 13m

Ep. 44: Bill Kurtis & Sarah Spain

It’s the first episode of Go Fact Yourself from Chicago! Two-time Peabody Award winner Bill Kurtis is a news anchor with one of the most famous voices in television and radio. You may have heard him as the scorekeeper for the program "Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!", but he’s also known for his narration in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. He’ll explain how that role changed his life forever and share other stories from his extensive career. Bill will compete with his fellow broadcaster and fellow Peabody Award winner Sarah Spain, host and contributor for ESPN. She’s often seen on the sports debate show "Around the Horn." She’ll tell us how she crafts an effective argument on the show and how she’s battling the negativity that comes with being a woman in the sports industry. Also, doggies! The guests will answer questions about war veterans, improv comedy characters and the windy city. What’s the Difference: Cubs & White Sox What’s the difference between a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout? What’s the difference between stitching and darning? Areas of Expertise Bill Kurtis: Frank Sinatra’s big band music, World War II in Okinawa and the prairie Sarah Spain: Rescue dogs, 90’s "Saturday Night Live" characters and grammar. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Bill Kurtis Sarah Spain With guest experts: Julia Sweeney, actor and comedian who’s appeared in four seasons of "Saturday Night Live." John Ullinskey, WWII veteran who served aboard the USS Arikara and participated in the D-Day Invasion and the Battle of Okinawa Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at Sleeping Village in Chicago. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
20/09/191h 14m

Ep. 43: Jena Friedman & Jack O’Brien

This episode of Go Fact Yourself features quick wits and facts about hit flicks! Jena Friedman is a comedian and longtime contributor to television, perhaps her best known work was as a producer on "The Daily Show." She’ll talk about how she was so dedicated to her work on the show that she was willing to risk her life if it meant getting the shot that she needed. Jena’s new series "Soft Focus" is on Adult Swim. Jena’s opponent is Jack O’Brien, co-host of "The Daily Zeitgeist" podcast. Before that, he was the co-founder of Cracked.com. How did he turn the website into such a success? Well, he decided to take everything that worked about the original Cracked magazine… and completely ignore it. He’ll explain. The guests will take a deep dive into the lore of the Jaws franchise, the history of comedy and why it is never a good idea to take a bath at a funeral. What’s the Difference: Emergency What’s the difference between a fire engine and a fire truck? What’s the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic? Areas of Expertise Jena Friedman: The TV show "Ghostwriter," the history of improv and the ebola virus. Jack O’Brien: The film Jaws 2, the film Rocky IV and Wu-Tang Clan solo records from 1993 to 1997. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Jena Friedman Jack O’Brien With guest experts:
06/09/191h 10m

Ep. 42: Jim Beaver & Erica Rhodes

C’est l’heure pour un nouvel épisode de Go Fact Yourself*! (In case your French is a little rusty: It’s time for a new episode of Go Fact Yourself!) Jim Beaver is an actor who’s known for his roles in TV shows like, "Breaking Bad," and, "Justified," where he’s earned a reputation as a "tough guy"-type who’s usually associated with guns. He’s also done a lot of research on major Hollywood figures from other eras. He’ll explain why he didn’t let the technological limitations from his youth get in the way of his research of actor John Garfield. Jim Beaver can be seen in the final season of "Supernatural". Jim will face off against Erica Rhodes, who’s currently tearing it up on NBC’s "Bring The Funny" and who had a memorable turn on "Modern Family". She’s been involved in show-business since she was 10 as a voice on the radio-drama "Prairie Home Companion". Erica’s newest comedy album is "Sad Lemon" and she’ll explain how she settled on the title after a little crowdsourcing. The guests will discuss classic musicals set in France, American traitors and the finer aspects of going Dutch. What’s the Difference: Going Dutch What’s the difference between Holland and The Netherlands? What’s the difference between a levee and a dike? Areas of Expertise Jim Beaver: Benedict Arnold, movies based on Raymond Chandler novels and "Adventures of Superman" Erica Rhodes: The film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, philosopher Friedrich Neitzsche, and the poet William Wordsworth. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Jim Beaver Erica Rhodes With guest experts: Dr. Stephen Brumwell, award-winning author of several books on American history. Dr. Betsy Bogart, singer and Film Studies teacher at UCLA. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
16/08/191h 7m

Ep. 41: Jamie Kennedy & Melissa McQueen

Go Fact Yourself is coming to Chicago! Join us on August 9 & 10 at Sleeping Village. Visit gofactyourpod.com for tickets and details. Our patented mind-control techniques compel you to hear this episode of Go Fact Yourself! Jamie Kennedy is a comedian and actor. He’s spent most of his life working in film and television with some big names like Frank Oz and David O. Russell. But how did he decide that he wanted to spend his life in Hollywood? It all goes back to his minor background role in a classic Robin Williams film. Jamie Kennedy can be seen in the upcoming film Ad Astra. Jamie will face off against a frequent collaborator of his: comedian Melissa McQueen. These days, she’s known for wearing sequins and sparkly outfits while performing on comedy stages across the country. But she’ll tell us about how she used to work to help other people perform on stage… as a karaoke KJ. The guests will chat about government secrets, child-actors and the value of passing on deceased relatives' clothing. What’s the Difference: Impostors What’s the difference between "duplicate" and "replicate?" What’s the difference between a robot and an android? Areas of Expertise Jamie Kennedy: The MK Ultra conspiracy, pacemakers and lyrics to the Big Bopper song "Chantilly Lace." Melissa McQueen: Lyrics from the Hall & Oates album Rock & Soul Part 1, the film The Royal Tenenbaums and The Pizzagate Conspiracy. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Jamie Kennedy Melissa McQueen With guest experts: Brian Dunning, science writer and host of the award-winning "Skeptoid Podcast". Grant Rosenmeyer, producer and actor who’s appeared on Broadway, film and television. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
02/08/191h 6m

Ep. 40: Anthony Rapp & Jessica McKenna

  Go Fact Yourself is coming to Chicago! Join us on August 9 & 10 at Sleeping Village. Visit gofactyourpod.com for tickets and details. Cristela Alonzo is a comedian and former guest on Go Fact Yourself. This week, she’s stepping in as the co-host! Her new book "Music to My Years" will be out in October. Jessica McKenna is known for the podcast "Off Book" where she and her co-host Zach Reino improvise a full musical with special guests… even if the guests aren’t totally aware of what’s going on when they first join the program. Jessica is also a voice-artist who’s cornered a very specific portrayal: scrappy ten-year-old boys. She’ll explain what’s behind her expertise. Jessica will face off against someone who also knows a lot about musicals: actor Anthony Rapp. He was part of the original cast of Rent and now stars on the CBS show "Star Trek: Discovery." You could say he’s a pretty accomplished guy, but he’ll tell us about his formative years where he got some unsolicited advice from legendary stage actor Yul Brynner. The guests will also discuss American presidents, contemporary films and denim jackets. What’s the Difference: Pay me back What’s the difference between "loan" and "lend?" What’s the difference between a charge card and a credit card? Areas of Expertise Jessica McKenna: American Presidents, the musical Hamilton and Christmas & Christmas movies Anthony Rapp: The Coen Brothers movies, the Chicago Cubs baseball team from the early 2000’s to the present and the Mass Effect video-game series. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Cristela Alonzo Jessica McKenna Anthony Rapp With guest experts: Rory O’Malley, Tony Award-nominated actor who's performed in the stage shows Hamilton and The Book of Mormon. Stephen Park, actor who’s known for his performances in the films Fargo and Do the Right Thing. Helen Hong, comedian and actress who appeared in the film Inside Llewyn Davis and who’s the regular co-host of Go Fact Yourself! Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
19/07/191h 11m

Ep. 39: Dwayne Perkins & Gaby Dunn

It’s Go Fact Yourself…. IN SPAAAAACE! Or at least with a lot of discussion about space, plus tons of comedy and trivia! Gaby Dunn is the author of the book Bad With Money and the host of the podcast of the same name. That makes her something of an authority on personal finance. And her findings on commerce are supported by some conspiracy theories that are equally insightful. Opposite Gaby is comedian Dwayne Perkins! His star has risen in recent years with him getting his own comedy special. That success has earned him a lot of love from his peers… and just a hint of resentment as well. You can find Dwayne on the podcast Movie Night. Our guests will talk about money, sitcoms and iconic supporting actors. What’s the Difference: Colors What’s the difference between purple and violet? What’s the difference between a tint and a shade? Areas of Expertise Gaby Dunn: The TV show “Law & Order: SVU,” The OJ Simpson Trial, NASA’s Apollo Missions. Dwayne Perkins: Jay-Z lyrics, The TV show “Seinfeld,” Flavors of tea. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Gaby Dunn Dwayne Perkins With guest experts: Amy Shira Teitel, space flight historian, author and YouTuber. Larry Thomas, Emmy-nominated actor who’s appeared on the TV shows “Scrubs,” “Arrested Development” and “Seinfeld.” Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
05/07/191h 14m

Ep. 38: Mindy Sterling & Dylan Brody

Are you a true fashionista? Are you surrounded by the lore of classic comics? Do you just want to laugh and learn some great trivia? Whether you check one or all of those boxes, this episode of Go Fact Yourself is for you! Mindy Sterling is an actor who’s perhaps best known for her role in the Austin Powers films. She’s also had several TV roles, earning her two Emmy nominations! The only problem was that those two nominations happened in the same year… and in the same category. You can find Mindy on Twitter and on Instagram. Mindy will face off against author and humorist Dylan Brody! Dylan has made a career out of being funny. But he’ll explain why that’s changed in that profession as he got older. These days, he’s also interested in helping other people overcome their creative barriers to make what they’ve always wanted. To learn more, go to his website. Our guests will discuss their passions, kitchenware and the finer points of telling jokes as a grown-up. What’s the Difference: Home on the Range What’s the difference between an oven and a range? What’s the difference between a deer and an antelope? Areas of Expertise Mindy Sterling: How to put on makeup, decorating your apartment and "Project Runway." Dylan Brody: Nikola Tesla, Korean Martial Arts and the John Byrne/Chris Claremont era "X-Men" comics. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Mindy Sterling Dylan Brody With guest experts: Kentaro Kameyama, fashion designer who won season 16 of "Project Runway." Chris Claremont, New York Times bestselling author and writer of the bestselling comic book issue of all time. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.  
21/06/191h 9m

Ep. 37: Margaret Cho & Jamie Kaler

Dolphins and music and sports, oh my! It’s a brand new episode of Go Fact Yourself! Margaret Cho is a comedian and actress, known for her role in "30 Rock" as Kim Jong-il, for which she received an Emmy nomination. Margaret is also heavily tattooed, but she’ll explain why she’s ready to slow down the body art now that she only has space on her bodies that would be painful. You can find her tour schedule on her website. Margaret will face off against fellow comedian and actor Jamie Kaler! He rose to prominence for his role in the TBS series "My Boys." He’s also a former Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He’ll explain why the punctuality he developed as a Navy man was a poor preparation for a career in Hollywood. Jamie can be found in the YouTube series "Dads in Parks" and the "Father Time" podcast Our guests will reminisce about their careers and answer trivia questions about marine life, basketball and celebrities from the ‘80s and ‘90s. What’s the Difference: Something fishy What’s the difference between a seal and a sea lion? What’s the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise? Areas of Expertise Margaret Cho: Korean revenge movies, YouTube beauty wars and The Beach Boys Jamie Kaler: The Dirty Harry film series, the basketball player Larry Bird and potty training. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Margaret Cho Jamie Kaler With guest experts: Gary Holland, longtime high school basketball coach, whose players included Larry Bird. Gary Griffin, keyboardist, vocalist and music producer who’s played with The Beach Boys. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
07/06/191h 8m

Ep. 36: Allie Goertz & Jason Stuart

This episode of Go Fact Yourself is part of a balanced breakfast of trivia and comedy! Allie Goertz is a writer who hosts the fellow Max Fun podcast "Everything’s Coming up Simpsons". As if that didn’t give her enough funny things to surround herself with, she’s also the first woman editor for MAD Magazine! She’ll explain why even the silliest MAD content requires a lot of hard work. Allie faces off against Jason Stuart! He’s a comedian and actor. He’s appeared in a number of films like Birth of a Nation stars in the new TV series "Smothered." He’s always been openly gay in his showbiz career. But these days he says he’s, "only gay on the weekends." He’ll explain. Our guests will discuss breakfast, math and seminal "Saturday Night Live" films. What’s the Difference: Make it Count What’s the difference between a number and a numeral? What’s the difference between arithmetic and mathematics? Areas of Expertise Jason Stuart: LGBTQ History, Barbra Streisand, and breakfast cereal. Allie Goertz: The Beatles movies, the film Wayne’s World and giving advice. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Allie Goertz Jason Stuart With guest experts: Penelope Spheeris, director of films such as The Decline of Western Civilization parts 1, 2 and 3 and Wayne’s World. Mikal Vollmer, cereal box collector, lecturer and historian and creator of the online zine about breakfast cereal Free Inside. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
17/05/191h 7m

Ep. 35: Suzy Nakamura & Mark L. Walberg

It might be the most highbrow episode of Go Fact Yourself yet! Suzy Nakamura is an actor who’s been seen in shows like "Dr. Ken" and "The Goldbergs". Her work has endeared her to a large number of fans, but she’ll explain what she’s had to correct them about an unfortunate number of times. Suzy’s opponent is Mark L. Walberg! He’s the host of shows like "Antiques Roadshow" and "Temptation Island" (and is not to be confused with the actor who shares his name). Mark will tell the story of how his son inadvertently helped him win another trivia game show, "The Weakest Link." Our guests will discuss minor league baseball, math, and traditional holiday ballet. What’s the Difference: Mean What’s the difference between "facetious" and "sarcastic"? What’s the difference between a median and a mean in mathematics? Areas of Expertise Suzy Nakamura: The Gutenberg Bible, the city of Chicago and Instagram cats Mark L. Walberg: The film Pitch Perfect, moonshine and ballet. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Suzy Nakamura Mark L. Walberg With guest experts: Stephen Tabor, rare book curator for the Huntington Library. Bianca Bulle, principal ballerina for Los Angeles Ballet. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
03/05/191h 5m

Ep. 34: Dave Anthony & Xeni Jardin

This week’s episode of Go Fact Yourself features topics that are really scary and really funny! Dave Anthony is a comedian, but he loves making people think just as much as he loves making them laugh. He hosts the podcast "The Dollop" where he tells people about the U.S. history that they probably didn’t learn in school. That includes some less-discussed details about George Washington’s teeth. Dave’s opponent is Xeni Jardin! She’s the co-editor of one of the premier blogs on the internet: "Boing Boing". As someone who’s worked with websites for years, she’s got a lot of thoughts on what makes the internet such a great platform for conversation… and why it’s often not-so-great as well. Our guests will take deep dives into trivia, advocate for important causes and even get to meet a personal hero. What’s the Difference: Warship/Worship What’s the difference between a battleship and a destroyer? What’s the difference between a church and a cathedral? Areas of Expertise Dave Anthony: San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, why Halloween is better than Christmas and climate change. Xeni Jardin: Golden retrievers, the film Blade Runner and marijuana. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Dave Anthony Xeni Jardin With guest experts: Doctor Alex Hall, director for the UCLA center for climate science. Tommy Chong, comedian, writer, actor and cannabis activist. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
19/04/191h 9m

Ep. 33: Sara Schaefer & Kurt Braunohler

Grab your favorite science-fiction novel and settle into your 1400's English outfit for this episode of Go Fact Yourself! Sara Schaefer is an accomplished comedian and writer. She won an Emmy for her time as a blogger on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." And yes, you can win an Emmy for blogging! But that was not her first Emmy nomination, that came during her time as a writer for a show that might help her out today: "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Sara's new comedy album "LIVE LAUGH LOVE" is available now. Sara's opponent is Kurt Braunohler! He's the host of the Los Angeles comedy show "Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen". These days, he's got a pretty great professional life, but that wasn't always the case. He'll recount some of the roughest parts of his career, including when he performed an hour of stand-up to an audience of three people. You can see Kurt in the Showtime series "Black Monday" As our guest's trivia prowess is pushed the limit, we'll learn more about the postal service, barnyard animals and the two Coreys. What’s the difference: Mail/Male What’s the difference between certified mail and registered mail? What’s the difference between a bull and an ox? Areas of Expertise Sara Schaefer: Joni Mitchell, crafting and Tudor England Guy Branum: Science-Fiction literature, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and movies that feature both Coreys Haim and Feldman. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Sara Schaefer Kurt Braunohler With guest experts: Dr. Muriel C. McClendon, UCLA professor whose area of research is Tudor England. Larry Niven, author of numerous science-fiction books, including the Ringworld series. This episode is sponsored by CA Trusts. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
05/04/191h 5m

Ep. 32: Guy Branum & Emily Heller

In honor of the #MaxFunDrive, Go Fact Yourself presents a special network crossover! Guy Branum is a comedian and host of the podcast "Pop Rocket". He's also a pop culture savant, as detailed in his book My Life as a Goddess. If you want to know more about the pop culture he loves, you'll have to read the book… but he's happy to provide a glimpse through some of his answers today. His opponent is a fellow comedian for whom he has a lot of respect (and fear): Emily Heller! You can hear her as the host of the podcast "Baby Geniuses". Her show is all about explaining things. Today she’ll key in on a very important topic: Martha Stewart's barnyard animals. From personal heroes to classic television to the subtleties of regional coffee pot designs, this episode has it all. This show is directly funded by our Maximum Fun Members. As part of our annual #MaxFunDrive, you can sign up for as little as $5 a month at maximumfun.org/donate to help support this and other Max Fun shows you listen to AND earn great gifts in the process! What’s the difference: Coffee/Coughy What’s the difference between a teapot and a coffee pot? What’s the difference between phlegm and mucus? Areas of Expertise Emily Heller: The TV show "Frasier", the musical group Indigo Girls and how to have a good time at Disneyland. Guy Branum: Academy Award nominees for best actress, the TV show "30 Rock" and grains. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Guy Branum Emily Heller With guest experts: Emily Saliers, Grammy Award winning musician and one-half of Indigo Girls. Margaret Cho, comedian and actress. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
22/03/191h 17m

Bonus Ep. 31.5: opening for Judge John Hodgman

Our regularly scheduled episode has been moved to next week for the #MaxFunDrive. This mini-episode of Go Fact Yourself was recorded as part of a live open for Judge John Hodgman. First, Bailiff Jesse Thorn gives a warm welcome to the audience. Then J. Keith and Helen will share some laughs and get to know members of the crowd. After that, the games begin: Two rounds of “What’s the Difference?” featuring the following topics: What is the difference between a cruise ship and an ocean liner? What is the difference between a casket and a coffin? Finally, we’ll finish with a round of Fast Facts! Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
15/03/1920m 7s

Ep. 31: Greg Fitzsimmons & Shawn Pelofsky

Fans of comedy, cars and Howard Stern rejoice: This episode of Go Fact Yourself is sure to delight! Shawn Pelofsky is a comedian whose special "Stretch It Out" is available now. She’s ready to be quizzed about her favorite things; But she’s also excited to share a personal experience with one of her greatest loves: Bette Midler. Shawn goes up against comedian Greg Fitzsimmons, who you can hear hosting two podcasts: "Ftizdog Radio" and "Childish." He tells us about why his brief time as an athletic swimmer helped his future career in the entertainment industry. The show touches on everything from cool janitors to chemistry to presidential prank calls. What’s the difference: Silent "E" What’s the difference between silicon and silicone? What’s the difference between whisky and whiskey? Areas of Expertise Greg Ftizsimmons: Classic Mustangs, President John F. Kennedy and antidepressants. Shawn Pelofsky: Howard Stern, the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance" and gay culture. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Greg Fitzsimmons Shawn Pelofsky With guest experts: Leslie Kendall, chief historian of the Petersen Automotive Museum. John Melendez comedian and author of the book "Easy For You To Say". This episode is sponsored by CA Trusts. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
01/03/191h 7m

Ep. 30: Sasheer Zamata & Samm Levine

"The Simpsons," Quentin Tarantino and comedy come together on Go Fact Yourself! Sasheer Zamata is best known for her roles on "Saturday Night Live" and as the host of the variety showcase Sasheer Zamata Party Time. She’ll tell us about why a very... confusing invasion of her privacy has her so protective of her personal possessions. Sasheer will go up against actor Samm Levine, who you may know from the Quentin Tarentino film Inglorious Basterds. He’s also in the beloved, but short-lived, TV series "Freaks and Geeks." He’s heard from a lot of fans who say they wish that show hadn’t ended so abruptly. But good news: he’ll share his solution to keeping "Freaks and Geeks" going for just a little longer. What’s the difference: Space What’s the difference between a meteor and a meteorite? What’s the difference between a nook and a cranny? Areas of Expertise Sasheer Zamata: Beyonce, the films Kill Bill: Vol. I and Kill Bill: Vol. II and show choir. Samm Levine: The first three Die Hard movies, poker and "The Simpsons" seasons 3-9. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Sasheer Zamata Samm Levine With guest experts: Cat Thomas, award-winning costume designer for film and television. Jay Kogen writer for "The Simpsons" This episode is sponsored by The Big Quiz Thing and the Maximum Fun Jumbotron program. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
15/02/191h 7m

Ep. 29: Scott Thompson & Jenny Yang

It's a collision of comedians on this episode of Go Fact Yourself! Scott Thompson is known for being part of the famed comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall. How did he become a part of such a well-regarded group of funny people? Let's just say that it all started with a table full of donuts. He'll explain the rest. Scott faces off against comedian Jenny Yang. Growing up, she thought that she was destined for a career in political activism. But through a long road that included lobbying and poetry readings, she became a comedian and TV personality on the E! Network show "Busy Tonight". In this episode, we'll learn about timeless movie stars, city planning and the expansive network of UCLA alumni. What’s the difference: On the Water and Under the Ground What’s the difference between a cruise ship and an ocean liner? What’s the difference between a casket and a coffin? Areas of Expertise Jenny Yang: LA city planning, social justice leaders and Taiwanese food. Scott Thompson: James Dean, the show “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and condiments. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Jenny Yang Scott Thompson With guest experts: Dylan Sittig, community-focused urban and environmental planner for the city of Los Angeles . Peter Winkler, author of the book The Real James Dean: Intimate Memories from Those Who Knew Him Best. This episode is sponsored by Scott Langteau's new children's book Sofa Boy and the Maximum Fun Jumbotron program. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
01/02/191h 4m

Ep 28: Felicia Day & Elliott Kalan

It’s a trivia mix of film, TV and the internet this week on Go Fact Yourself with two of the creative forces behind Netlfix's “Mystery Science Theater 3000!” Elliot Kalan is a newly published children’s author of the book Horse Meets Dog. He’s also the host of fellow Maximum Fun podcast The Flop House. The show is all about discussing bad movies, but Elliott’s made sure that that never impacts his love of great films… even if he can only watch them on his iPad these days. Facing off against Elliott is actress Felicia Day. She’s most known for creating and starring in the online series The Guild. She’ll tell us all about some of her favorite topics and explain some of things she’s learned as she navigates motherhood. In this episode, about 90’s sitcoms, classic films and the everlasting star-power of dinosaurs. What’s the difference: Intention and Prevention What’s the difference between “purposely” and “purposefully”? What’s the difference between “cease” and “desist”? Areas of Expertise Elliott Kalan: Dinosaurs, Alfred Hitchcock, and Abraham Lincoln. Felicia Day: The TV show “Dharma and Greg”, the board game “Settlers of Catan,” and baking cookies. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Elliott Kalan Felicia Day With guest experts: Veronica Cartwright, actress who has had roles in films like Alien and The Birds. Alan Rachins, actor who’s had roles in series such as “L.A. Law” and “Dharma and Greg.” Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
19/01/191h 9m

Ep. 27: Cara Santa Maria & Glen Weldon

Happy National Trivia Day! Let’s celebrate with a collision of journalists who also host podcasts! Cara Santa Maria is the host of the podcast Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria. She’s also a science communicator and there’s a chance that her proficiency in STEM will lead her to victory in this trivia battle. Her opponent is Glen Weldon, panelist on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. He’s written the book on Batman and Superman (literally) but will that knowledge be enough to guide him to victory? In this episode, we’ll learn about fashion, drag queens and art with deceased creatures. What’s the difference: Top and Bottom What’s the difference between a shirt that is “button-up” and “button-down”? What’s the difference between “below” and “under”? Areas of Expertise Cara Santa Maria: Hold ‘em poker, the artist Christopher Marley and the Olive Garden menu. Glen Weldon: Wine tasting, Rupaul’s Drag Race and Catherine O’Hara. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Cara Santa Maria Glen Weldon With guest experts: Christopher Marley- international artist. Brian Firkus- actor, singer and embodiment of drag-queen Trixie Mattel. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
05/01/191h 1m

Ep. 26: Lea Thompson & Sandeep Parikh

Nerdy media of the past and present collide on this edition of Go Fact Yourself! Lea Thompson is an actress, perhaps best known for her role in the classic Back to the Future series. But lately, she’s developed a reputation for losing reality TV competitions to such illustrious pop culture fixtures like Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong and Alfonso Ribiero. But she’s ready to end that trend on this show! Competing against Thompson is Sandeep Parikh, star of the series The Guild. Growing up, he worked really hard to learn about things that would help him fit in and make friends. Luckily, that helped him gain knowledge that could help him win today's game. In this episode, we’ll learn about classic Hollywood movies, baseball and the color green. What’s the difference: Green What’s the difference between “jealous” and “envious”? What’s the difference between a grove and an orchard? Areas of Expertise Sandeep Parikh: The Boston Red Sox, Hindu Mythology, and the film The Princess Bride. Lea Thompson: Roseville Pottery, designing houses and the film Harold and Maude. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Sandeep Parikh Lea Thompson With guest experts: Dan Shaughnessy, sports columnist for the Boston Globe. Ellen Greer, actress who’s appeared in more than 100 projects across movies, television and theater. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
21/12/181h 0m

Ep. 25: Wil Wheaton & Anne Wheaton

It’s the very first couple-edition of Go Fact Yourself! Wil Wheaton is an actor, writer and geek-culture legend. He’s been in everything from Star Trek: The Next Generation where he starred as the character Wesley Crusher, to his YouTube series TableTop. He’s glad to come onto the show and answer trivia questions about his interests; but he also is eager to prove that he knows these subjects well enough to stump the hosts too. Competing against Wil is Anne Wheaton, author of the children’s book Piggy and Pug, which is as adorable as the title makes it sound. The book also reflects her background as an animal lover, which has shown in her professional life as well as her personal one. Anne also happens to be married to Wil. In this episode, we’ll learn about secrets from classic arcade games, musical theater and how Anne and Wil met and fell in love. What’s the difference: High or Low What’s the difference between “altitude” and “elevation”? What’s the difference between “less” and “fewer”? Areas of Expertise Anne Wheaton: 1980’s Arcade games, Atari 2600 video-games and puns. Wil Wheaton: 1980’s Arcade games, Atari 2600 and baking sourdough bread. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Wil Wheaton Anne Wheaton With guest experts: Gene Lewin, owner of Vintage Arcade Superstore. Owen Rubin, game designer who helped make classic arcade games for Atari. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
07/12/181h 4m

Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone Ep 19: A Very Poundstone Thanksgiving

What are Paula and Adam thankful for? You, dear listeners. You. Which is why we spend some time reading your letters and playing your fantastic submissions to our Theme Song Contest. And then we treat you to a review of a heartwarming Thanksgiving classic so you can decide if it’s worth your time to rush through that second helping of turkey and go out to see “Creed 2.” Yes, we watched the very first “Rocky.” SPOILER ALERT: In the original, the turkey doesn’t make it. House band Craig Eastman, unusually low fiddle Website: Craigeastman.com
19/11/181h 2m

Ep 24: Jordan Morris & Alison Rosen

Go Fact Yourself has returned to Los Angeles! Jordan Morris is a podcasting savant. For years he has endeared himself to listeners as one of the hosts of the Max Fun podcast Jordan, Jesse Go!. But these days, he’s getting more attention for the sci-fi/comedy show Bubble, which wrapped up its initial season (spoiler alert: he’s going to tease the future of the series in this episode). Completing our pair of podcasting guests is Alison Rosen, host of Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend. She’s also the author of the book Tropical Attire Encouraged (and Other Phrases That Scare Me). She’s got a reputation of being very funny in her work, but also very warm in a way that encourages people to share personal insights with her. But that’s not what makes her successful. What is? Well… she’ll explain In this episode, we’ll learn about the Harlem Globetrotters, sweet treats and prehistoric poop. What’s the difference: Feast or Famine What’s the difference between “ice cream” and “gelato”? What’s the difference between “to deny” and “to deprive” when referring to food? Areas of Expertise Jordan Morris: The Simpsons, the La Brea Tar Pits, and the 90’s third-wave ska revival. Alison Rosen: In vitro fertilization, The Facts of Life, and analogies. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Jordan Morris Alison Rosen With guest experts: Dr. Mairin Balisi, National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow. Gloria Loring, singer and actress. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
16/11/181h 0m

Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone Ep 18: Heavy Data and Heavy Metals

We take a hard look at the numbers - and how to make them prettier. Los Angeles Times data journalist Jon Schleuss tells us how to analyze elections - and our listeners. Then - if Paula quits comedy... how would she fare as a welder? On our Kareer Korner, Jeff Agnew of the Universal Technical Institute gives Paula a peek at what might await her behind the mask. Also, we take our newfound knowledge of data journalism to new heights as we unveil our online map of places where lost survivalist Thomas Coyne ISN’T. House band Jonah “Knuckles” Glickman Vibraphone Guests Jon Schleuss Data journalist, Los Angeles Times Twitter: @gaufre Instagram: @schleuss Website: Jon Schleuss Jeff Agnew Welding Instructor Universal Technical Institute Twitter: @UTITweet Instagram: @uti.tech Facebook: @UTI YouTube: Universal Technical Institute Website: UTI.edu
19/11/181h 10m

Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone Ep 17: Vote With Your Feet

On our Election Special, we explore who’s running - both for office and on the streets. First, we talk to Coach C.J. Foster to determine if Paula has what it takes to run a marathon. And then we run to the polls with USC’s Professor of Public Policy, Dr. Nicolas Duquette, who helps clear up all the mysteries on our ballots. Plus, Paula reports on her fantastic performance on Jimmy Pardo’s “Never Not Funny” podcast, and why she will probably never be invited back. House band: Jory Herman, double bass Guests C.J. Foster Marathon Coach for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training Website: TeamInTraining.org Dr. Nicolas Duquette Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California Twitter: @NicDuquette Website: NicolasDuquette.com/ Jory Herman Double bass, Los Angeles Philharmonic
19/11/181h 6m

Ep. 23: Ophira Eisenberg & Charles Busch

It's another episode Go Fact Yourself recorded in New York! Ophira Eisenberg is used to being on trivia shows as the host of NPR’s Ask Me Another. But here’s the thing: she doesn’t consider herself a trivia buff. Like, at all. That said, she’s chosen topics that she thoroughly understands… and most of them involve being a proud Canadian. Charles Busch is a Tony-nominated actor, playwright, and drag legend. He’s the creator of the film and play Die, Mommie, Die!, which will soon be produced as a radio show. Even though he’s spent most of his professional career performing in women’s clothing, he still finds some of the clothes a bit uncomfortable… but that’s one of the best parts of being an actor. In this episode, we’ll learn about street-building materials, fashion, and the undervalued cuisine of Canada. What’s the difference: The streets of New York What’s the difference between “cement” and “concrete”? What’s the difference between a “freeway” and a “highway”? Areas of Expertise: Ophira Eisenberg: Canadian Geography, Canadian food, and the film Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Charles Bush: Women’s fashion of 1930’s, The film Rosemary’s Baby, and Bette Davis Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Ophira Eisenberg Charles Busch With guest experts: Marcel Simoneau, owner of the Brooklyn-based Canadian restaurant Up North. Eugenia Paulicelli, professor and author of the book Fashion under Fascism. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at Caveat in New York City. Theme Song by Jonathan Green Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
02/11/1855m 36s

Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone Ep 16: Paula's Halloween Spooktacular

We go all-out on our Halloween special! First, Paula shares her own scaaaary Halloween experiences (getting ripped off by her siblings), and then we explore our listeners' traditions.We summon pumpkin patch proprietor Lilly Cabrera to talk about the cutthroat jack-o-lantern business. And then Paula and Adam tell you whether you should see the new "Halloween" movie based on their red-hot take on the terrifying 1978 John Carpenter classic. House band Kevin Kelso, pipe organ Guests: Lilly Cabrera Co-Owner of the Whittier Pumpkin Patch FB: @whittierpumpkins IG: @misslatinalilly Website: WhittierChristmasTree.com Kevin Kelso Pipe organ, assorted terrifying sounds Twitter: @kevtunes IG: @kevtunes11
19/11/1853m 42s

Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone Ep 15: Behave! Correcting People and Teeth

Improve your manners... and your bite. Etiquette expert Elaine Swann gives us tips on tipping and other confusing human behaviors. Dr. Clarice Law prepares us for Cavity Season (AKA “Halloween”). Also, we welcome our first Skype guest: from Hungary, no less, where Paula and Adam, while not a household name, have at least become a classroom name. Guests Elaine Swann Lifestyle & Etiquette Expert Founder of Swann School of Protocol Website: ElaineSwann.com Facebook: @elaineswannofficial Instagram: @elaineswann Twitter: @elaineswann Dr. Clarice Law Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry Website: Clarice Law Sarah Gibson Toy Piano Website: sarahgibson-music.com SoundCloud: @sarahegibson Twitter: @SarahGibsonComp
19/11/181h 1m

Ep 22: Stacy London & Scott Rogowsky

It's the first episode of Go Fact Yourself recorded in New York! Fashion stylist Stacy London is a New York Times Bestselling author. And for ten seasons, she was best known as the host of What Not to Wear on TLC. And while she still prides herself on being a fashionista, she insists her advice for others… but Helen still remembers when that wasn’t the case. Scott Rogowsky can be seen on the popular app-based trivia gameshow HQ. He’s also known for the theater talk show Running Late with Scott Rogowsky. It’s all helped him reach a level of fame that allowed him to fulfill a lifelong dream: play in the Celebrity softball game where he got to pitch against Shaquille O’Neil. In this episode, we’ll learn about the subtleties of cocktail ingredients, learn about how to have a proper “mid-life renaissance” and why sweet desserts are superior to savory ones. What’s the difference? What’s the difference between “Manhattan” and an “Old-fashioned” cocktail? What’s the difference between “Manhattan” and “New England” clam chowder? Areas of Expertise Stacy London: The best desserts in New York City, the film Tootsie and French existentialism. Scott Rogowsky: The show Seinfeld, Woody Allen movies and minor league baseball teams. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Stacy London Scott Rogowsky With guest experts: Christa LiTrenta, director of culinary training for Magnolia Bakery. Dick Cavett, actor and broadcasting legend. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at Caveat in New York City. Theme Song by Jonathan Green Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
19/10/1859m 37s

Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone Ep 14: Real Estate - Wanted, Dead or Alive

The living and the dead can agree on one thing: Real estate is important. First, Dr. David Sloane, author of “Is the Cemetery Dead,” walks us through the latest trends in, um, after-aftercare. Then it’s time for Career Corner, in which luxury realtor Taylor Hasselhoff helps Paula decide whether she’s got a future as a real estate agent. Also, Paula and Adam pop a couple of pills to test allergy medicine Allegra’s claim that it can help us “get back to the moment.” And the search continues for our show’s favorite no-show, survivalist Thomas Coyne. House band: Chuck McLane Banjo Guests Dr. David Sloane Author, “Is the Cemetery Dead?” Professor in Urban Planning and Urban History at USC Website: DavidCSloane.com Twitter: @dcsloane53 Instagram:@dcsloane53 Facebook:@dsloane53 Taylor Hasselhoff Luxury Real Estate Agent at Aaron Kirman Partners Website: RealTay.com Twitter: @tayhoff Instagram: @tay Facebook: @RealtayRealEstate Chuck McLane Banjo Website: ChuckMcLane.com Instagram: @chuckmclane
19/11/1851m 25s

Episode 13 Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone: Battling Shyness. And Monsters.

Paula and Adam take a week off - but not before preparing this Very Special Episode! First - your questions, asked and answered. We read some of the many dilemmas that have been on our listeners’ minds, and Paula does her level best to help out. Then, we reach back into the archives - way, way back to the spring of 2018 - to offer a never-before-heard prequel movie review! The long-awaited sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacfic RIm” was coming out, and we review the original to let you know whether the new one might be worth your time. SPOILER ALERT: Paula and Adam do not totally agree on the dramatic potential of monsters vs. giant robots. House Band: Jorge Reyes Saxophone FB: Aileen Quinn and the Leapin' Lizards IG: @aileenquinnandtheleapinlizards Website: AileenQuinnandtheLeapinLizards.com
19/11/1844m 16s

Ep 21: Maria Bamford & Grant Imahara

Maria Bamford is a comedian, and star of the Netflix series Lady Dynamite. She’s normally not one for small talk, but this podcast has just the right amount of organized conversation to make her feel comfortable. Grant Imahara is a former member of the B-Team on Mythbusters, and can currently be seen on Netflix’s White Rabbit Project. He’s a HUGE robotics fan. Why? Two words: Star Wars. In this episode, we’ll get an answer to what happens when a bull is actually let loose in a china shop and learn about the robots Grant has created--including a BB-8 that he has at his shop. What’s the difference? What’s the difference between “magma” and a “lava”? What’s the difference between “baking” and “roasting?” Areas of Expertise Maria Bamford: 12 step programs, self-help and pug aging. Grant Imahara: Star Trek, X-Men comics and “La Di Da Di” by Doug E. Fresh. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Grant Imahara Maria Bamford With guest experts: Dr. Christine Dresser, pug breeder and health liason for the Pug Dog Club of America. Gabriel Koerner, digital effects artist who appeared in the documentaries Trekkies and Trekkies 2. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
10/10/1859m 52s

Episode 12 Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone - Rock, and Rolling

Ever wonder why the simple act of singing with someone feels good? Well, Science knows, and Science explains - in the form of our guest, USC research psychologist Assal Habibi. Then we hit the road with driving instructor Josh Mendoza to find out if anyone will ever fully unravel the mystery of the four-way stop (SPOILER ALERT: No.). Also, Paula’s “balloon animals” and more theme songs - including one that touts Paula’s genius and talent, and Adam’s... attendance. House band Amber Wyman, bassoon Guests Dr. Assal Habibi Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychology, USC Twitter: @AssalHabibi FB: @AssalHabibi Website: Assal Habibi Josh Mendoza Instructor, Melrose Driving School Twitter: @drivingschoolla IG: @melrosedrivingschool FB: @MelroseDrivingSchoolLosAngeles Website: MelroseDrivingSchool.com Amber Wyman Bassoon IG: @ajoy2urworld FB: @Amber Joy Wyman
19/11/1856m 47s

Episode 11: Chips and Chips

We explore chips: casino AND nacho cheese. First, one of the leaders of the notorious MIT card counting team, Mike Aponte handicaps Paula’s future as a high stakes gambler. And Certified Nutrition Specialist Alyson Roux helps us figure out how Paula’s diet of Doritos and Double Stuf Oreos is keeping her alive. Also, we feature new theme songs, and explore how we’re the toast of Hungary! House band Diana Morgan Flute Guests: Mike Aponte First Winner of the World Series of BlackJack Leader of the MIT Card Counting Team Card Counting Coach Website: MikeAponte.com Alyson Roux Certified Nutrition Specialist Website: AlysonRoux.com Twitter: @alyroux Facebook: @alysonrouxnutrition Instagram: @alyroux Diana Morgan Flute Website: DianaMorgan.net
19/11/1859m 31s

Ep. 20: Matt Besser & Lyric Lewis

Matt Besser is a comedian, actor, writer, director and founding member of The Upright Citizens Brigade. He also hosts the weekly podcast improv4humans. He tells J. Keith about the two word prompts he’s banned at shows (hint: one’s a type of fruit and the other is a type of animal), and how it came about that he’s featured on his very own Topps baseball card. Lyric Lewis is an actress and Groundlings Theater performer who’s perhaps best known for her role as Stef on NBC’s A.P. Bio. You may also recognize Lyric from Comedy Central’s Drunk History, and she tells us about an upcoming episode she did about “Cleopatra’s punk ass little sister”. In this episode, we’ll learn about how Matt adapted the visual format of improv to an audio-only medium, how Lyric used astrology to sort out potential dating prospects, and why Matt claims his memory is spotty, even though Lyric has a hard time believing him. What’s the difference? What’s the difference between “damping” and a “dampening”? What’s the difference between “club soda” and “seltzer?” Areas of Expertise Matt Besser: Arkansas cults, Arkansas Razorback football post-1978 and the film Repo Man Lyric Lewis: The film Jurassic Park, Greek mythology and astrology. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Matt Besser Lyric Lewis With guest experts: Debby Schriver, an author whose book Whispering in the Daylight: The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and their Journey to Freedom is about to become a documentary. Jody Duncan, the author of numerous books about the making of movies. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
10/10/181h 3m

Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone Ep 10: The Lying Game

We get a return visit from Dr. Jonathan Bowman, who instructs us how to tell if someone is lying to us. But we’re not sure we can trust him. Then, Paual reveals her deep fear of being the first person on the scene of an accident, and Giovanni Garbutt of @American First Responder explains how to respond first. Speaking of lying (possibly) or dying (allegedly) - we get an update on the status of our missing survivalist Thomas Coyne. House band Abby Savell, steel drum Guests Dr. Jonathan Bowman Professor, Communication Studies, University of San Diego Website: Dr. Jonathan Bowman Giovanni Garbutt President, American First Responder Twitter: @afrtraining Facebook: @Americanfirstresponder Website: @AmericanFirstResponder.com Abby Savell Twitter: @nesta_steelband Facebook: @NestaSteelDrumBand Instagram: @nesta_steel_drum_band Website: NestaSteelBand.com
19/11/1855m 23s

Ep 9 Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone: Neatness (and Body) Counts

We explore two of the most efficient ways to get organized: Decluttering... and murder! First, Clutter Healing’s Lili Pettit teaches us how to live better by cleaning up our personal environment. And then we watch a space monster declutter the Central American jungle environment by clearing away all the unsightly humans. Yes, Paula and Adam review the 1987 Schwarzenegger-infused action classic “Predator” to help you decide whether the upcoming sequel, “The Predator” will be worth your time and money. House band Doug Tornquist, tuba Guests Lili Pettit Founder, Clutter Healing Website: ClutterHealing.com Twitter: @ClutterHealing Instagram: @clutterhealing Facebook: @ClutterHealing Doug Tornquist Tuba Website: Doug Tornquist
19/11/1856m 10s

Ep 19: Alison Becker & Glynn Washington

Glynn Washington is the host and creator of the public radio show Snap Judgment. Fun fact: He actually got his radio show started by winning a radio contest. Snap Judgment is all about “storytelling with a beat,” and, with a little help from Helen Hong, Glynn will explain why. Alison Becker is an actress who’s perhaps best known for playing Shauna Malwae-Tweep on Parks and Recreation (people still recognize her for it to this day). She’s also the star of the Max Fun Podcast Bubble. In this episode, we’ll learn about Glynn’s attitude towards producing quality stories, why puppets are a perfect way to combat social justice issues and Alison’s amazing moment where she made out with Jon Bon Jovi, one of her musical heroes. What’s the difference? What’s the difference between a “lake” and a “pond”? What’s the difference between an “arrowsmith” and a “fletcher?” Areas of Expertise Glynn Washington: The original Star Trek, the New King James Bible, Michael Jackson. Alison Becker: Divorce ranches, Seinfeld episodes, Bon Jovi. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Glynn Washington Alison Becker With guest experts: Jason E. Hill, Musician, puppeteer and former United Methodist Clergy. Theresa Iker, teacher of history at Stanford University. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
07/09/181h 2m

Ep 8 Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone: The Birdhouse and the Bees

The Birdhouse and the Bees. Got bees? Paula does. Steve Downs, AKA "Beecasso," tells Paula what's happening with the beehive that's in her birdhouse. Veteran Lyft Driver Virginia Jones lets us know what it's like inside the gig economy, and how you too can become be an absolutely terrible passenger. Also - theme songs! You sent 'em; we are FAR from tired of 'em. And, oh yeah, we expose the FBI plot to bust our Miranda Street studios. House Band Johnny Herbert, ukulele Guests: Steve Downs Beekeeper and Owner of Beecasso Live Bee Removal Website: BeecassoLiveBeeRemoval.com Twitter: @BeeCassoBee IG: @beecassosavesbees FB: @BeecassoSavesBees Virginia Jones Lyft Driver Website: VirginiaJones.social Twitter: @badiniadones IG: @badiniadones Johnny Herbert ukulele Website: JohnnyHerbert.net IG: @johnnyherbertmusic
19/11/1848m 50s

Ep7 Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone - The Pipes!

A genuine 3rd grade teacher tells us how to get the most out a parent/teacher conference, and we learn why those conferences sometimes make you cry more than getting your genitals pierced. No, really: EdDHerrera of Prix Body Piercing walks us through the ins and outs of ins and outs that many people would rather not think about. Also, DJ Poundstone takes requests - answering questions from some of our listeners and playing the latest hits from our Theme Song Contest. House Band Aaron Shaw, bagpipes Guests A genuine 3rd Grade Teacher EdD Herrera Piercer, Prix Body Piercing, Pasadena Website: PrixBodyPiercing.com Instagram:@chachione Aaron Shaw bagpipes Website: PiperAaronShaw.com Facebook: @AaronShaw921
19/11/1850m 29s

Ep 6: In the House - Music and Mold

Paula explores two things that may raise the roof. First, USC music professor Dr. Ron McCurdyadvises us how to sound knowledgeable when talking about rap. Then, water damage expert Angela Valdez examines the dark spots on the kitchen ceiling to tell Paula’s future (at least in terms of her mold situation). Plus, more theme song entries, and an update on the status of survivalist Thomas Coyne (SPOILER ALERT: He’s still missing!). House Band Justin Berkobien on the harmonica and guitar Guests Dr. Ron McCurdy Professor, USC Thornton School of Music Twitter: @Ronmccbop Website: LangstonHughesProject.org Angela Valdez Water Damage Zone Instagram: @water_damage_zone Twitter: @waterdamagezone Facebook: @waterdamagezone Website: WaterDamageZone.com Justin Berkobien harmonica and guitar Instagram: @jbmale Twitter: @jbmale  Website: Berkobien.com
19/11/1850m 33s

Ep 18: Tom Bergeron & Jodi Miller

Jodi Miller is a stand-up comedian and actress. She’s also known for her appearance on America’s Got Talent where she explained how guys are like cats. Her comedy album No Child Left Behind is available now. Tom Bergeron has been a fixture on ABC for decades, hosting shows like Dancing with the Stars and America’s Funniest Home Videos. In this episode, we’ll hear about Jodi’s experience on America’s Got Talent and why her relationship with her cat might be an abusive one. We’ll also learn about Tom’s career as a host and a particularly embarrassing moment that he had to deal with on television. What’s the difference? What’s the difference between a “handrail” and a “banister”? What’s the difference between a “coat” and a “jacket?” Areas of Expertise Jodi Miller: The Exorcist, serial killers, and Jack Daniels. Tom Bergeron: Silent-film comedians, The Andy Griffith Show, and the curious casting history of The Wizard of Oz. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Jodi Miller Tom Bergeron With guest experts: ET Tecosky, U.S. Brand ambassador for Jack Daniels. Clint Howard, an actor with a 50+ year career, with appearances in recent project Solo: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming festival film Apple Seed. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
07/09/1859m 32s

Ep 5 Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone - Infested!

Episode 5: Infested! Paula investigates two household pests that have been plaguing her: Houseflies and late-night TV ads. First, applied social psychologist Dr. Gina Pingatore helps unravel how advertisers make us buy things we don’t want, and why the color red makes us hungry. Then - Will Paula ever get to enjoy a nectarine that some backyard pest hasn’t eaten first? Jordan Leachof UnBugMe Pest Control has the answers. Also, some early entries in our Theme Song Contest - including some EDM from Chile (yes, really). Guests Dr. Gina Pingatore Applied Social Psychologist Linked-In: @GinaPingatore Twitter: @GPingitorePHD Jordan Leach UnBugMe Pest Control Website: unbugmepestcontrol.com Facebook: @unbugmepestcontrol YouTube:UnBugMe Pest Control on YouTube Hope Easton Cello Website: HopeEaston.com Facebook:@HopeEaston Instagram:@hopeeaston
19/11/1849m 54s

Ep 4 Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone - The Survivalist!

Episode 4: The Survivalist! Here's the plan - First, we talk to wilderness survival instructor Thomas Coyne, who will tell Paula what to do the NEXT time she encounters a bear in the woods. Then, estate planner and elder law attorney Sarah Polinsky teaches us how to prepare for the moment when your cat contests your will. And we'll continue to explore our luxurious North Hollywood surroundings. At least, that was the plan... GUESTS Thomas Coyne Wilderness Survival Instructor Sara Polinsky Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorney Co-Founder of the non-profit, Make a Senior Smile FB: http://www.polinskylaw.net/ http://makeseniorssmile.org Aleksei Chebeliuk Accordion Player FB: @AlekseiChebeliuk IG: @chebeliuk https://www.chebeliuk.com/ Show credits Paula Poundstone - Host Adam Felber - Co-host Ray Horseman - Engineer MaximumFun.org
19/11/1849m 55s

Ep 17: Louis Virtel & Laraine Newman

Louis Virtel is a comedian and a co-host of the podcast Keep It. He’s also the winner of Jeopardy, whose Double Jeopardy celebration went viral shortly after it aired on TV. Laraine Newman returns to Go Fact Yourself, this time as a contestant. Newman is best known as an original cast member of the Not Ready for Primetime Players on Saturday Night Live, and she was a founding member of the legendary Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. If she sounds familiar to you, you may recognize her as the voice of Crab Lady on Sponge Bob Square Pants, Nana from Trollhunters: Tale of Arcadia and lots of other shows. In this episode, we’ll learn how Louis’s love of publicly answering trivia questions stems from a 3rd-grade spelling bee that he came up short in and why the winners of Jeopardy love keeping in touch with each other after their victories. Laraine will explain why she never tires of hearing people announce her name in the fashion of SNL’s Don Pardo, and how she decides what the voice of each of her characters sound like. What’s the difference? What’s the difference between a “thumbs up” sign and the “okay” sign in SCUBA diving? What’s the difference between a “Dead-End” and a “No-Outlet” on the road? Areas of Expertise Louis Virtel: Jeopardy, world capitals, and Aimee Mann. Laraine Newman: Electronic Dance Music, cooking, Universal horror movies from the 1930’s and 40’s Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Louis Virtel Laraine Newman With guest experts: Jerome Vered, writer and all-time winner of Jeopardy. Donnie Dunagan, U.S. Marine Corp Drill instructor and the voice of the titular character in the Disney movie Bambi. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
07/09/1859m 2s

Ep 3 Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone

On this week’s show, Paula and Adam get you acquainted with our beautiful North Hollywood studio locale. We talk to audiologist Dr. Michele Sherman about vital issues like whether earbuds are safe and why wax belongs in our ears and Q-tips don’t - and if they don’t, what the hell are Q-tips for, anyway? And cat rescuer and expert Leslie Ann Weiss explains how Paula should deal with her feral cat, Wednesday, and why she probably isn’t, in fact, feral. GUESTS Dr. Michele Sherman Audiologist Owner of Towers Audiology Twitter: @TowersAudiology FB: @TowersAudiologyCenter http://www.towersaudiology.com/ Leslie Ann Weiss Executive Director of SurfCat Rescue and Adoption Certified Feline Training & Behavior Specialist IG: @surfcatrescue FB: @surfcatcafeandadoptions www.surfcatcafe.org House band: Stephen Billington Trumpet IG: @sbillington14 We need a theme song! We launched this show without a theme song, and are turning to YOU, dear listener, to find one. If you have a tune in your head that you think should kick off our show each week, please reach out to us via our website. Show credits Paula Poundstone - Host Adam Felber - Co-host MaximumFun.org
19/11/1845m 6s

Ep 2 - Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone

Episode 2... in which we launch the search for a suitable Theme Song, and Paula finds the silver lining in the eternal struggle against sports bras. Intimacy expert Jonathan Bowman teaches us how to maintain friendships. And honest auto mechanic Darren Bart tells us how to spot the ripoff artists. GUESTS Jonathan Bowman, PhD - Professor of Communication Studies at The University of San Diego and Friendship and Intimacy Expert Darren Bart, Mechanic whitneyauto.com Facebook: @WhitneyAuto Timm Freeman - Guitar IG: @timm_two_mms TimmFreeman.com We need a theme song! We launched this show without a theme song, and are turning to YOU, dear listener, to find one. If you have a tune in your head that you think should kick off our show each week, please reach out to us via our website. Show credits Paula Poundstone - Host Adam Felber - Co-host MaximumFun.org Subscribe to the show using the buttons below, to make sure you never miss an episode!
19/11/1847m 7s

Ep 16: Jonathan Ames & Janet Varney

Jonathan Ames created several TV shows, including Bored to Death and Blunt Talk. He’s also the author of many books, including You Were Never Really Here, which was recently adapted into a movie. Janet Varney stars in the TV show Stan Against Evil and hosts of the podcast The JV Corner. In this episode, we’ll learn about Jonathan’s experience with having his book transformed into a movie and why, for all his literary expertise, he still has trouble pronouncing certain words. We’ll also hear more about Janet’s involvement at the annual Sketchfest and why she enjoys talking to women about their awkward teen years. And both Janet and Jonathan wonder what Jodie Foster is up to while they are on stage. Is she watching TV with someone while getting a nice neck massage? We may never learn the answer to that question. But GFY listeners will learn other things by listening to this episode. What’s the difference? What’s the difference between a “Presidential Pardon” and “Presidential Commutation”? What’s the difference between “Avenge” and “Revenge”? Areas of Expertise Jonathan Ames: 1990’s New Knicks, Detective Novels/Noir Literature and the works of Pema Chodron. Janet Varney: Jodie Foster movies from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, New York Times crossword puzzles, Alt. Rock 1990’s bands Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Jonathan Ames Janet Varney With guest experts: Tom Nolan, crime novel reviewer for the Wall Street Journal and author of several books. Johnny Whitaker, actor who’s had roles in shows like Family Affair and General Hospital Go Fact Yourself is coming to New York for two live tapings on July 21st and 22nd at Caveat NYC! For information on guests and to buy tickets go to gofactyourpod.com. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
07/09/181h 1m

Ep 1 Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone

On our inaugural episode, ping-pong enthusiast Paula Poundstone talks to sports psychologist Mario Soto about “the yips” and how to cure them. Grammarian Melissa Brandzel helps us talk good and also, punctuate good. And Paula and Adam watch Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to help you decide if you should blow your hard-earned cash on the new one, Mission: Impossible - Fallout. GUESTS Mario Soto- Sports Psychologist @mariosportsdoc sportsycperformance.com Melissa Brandzel - Grammarian @MediaChickEdits mediachick.com John Grab - Trombone John doesn't have a large social media footprint, but he often plays with The Orchestre Surreal We need a theme song! We launched this show without a theme song, and are turning to YOU, dear listener, to find one. If you have a tune in your head that you think should kick off our show each week, please reach out to us via our website. Show credits Paula Poundstone - Host Adam Felber - Co-host Jorge Reyes - Engineer MaximumFun.org
19/11/1848m 33s

Coming Soon: Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone

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19/11/182m 2s

Ep 15: Paul F. Tompkins & Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean is a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of books like The Orchid Thief. Paul F. Tompkins is a comedian whose voice you’ll recognize as the character Mr. Peanutbutter on Bojack Horseman. In this episode, we learn about why Paul can’t stop spoiling upcoming episodes of Bojack Horseman for his wife, and why he should be considered the king of coining new catchphrases. And we’ll also learn which animals in Susan’s life have been named after characters from Bojack(hint: not horses), and why it’s important to learn the title of an author’s book before interviewing her in a public forum. Plus, Susan explains more about her upcoming book and Paul discusses what makes him love podcasting so much. Do YOU Know the Difference? What’s the difference between a “Labyrinth” and a “Maze”? What’s the difference between “Distinguish” and “Discern”? Areas of Expertise Susan Orlean: Women’s fashion, 80’s music from the Congo and chicken husbandry Paul F Tompkins: SCTV, Neil Gaiman’s comic The Sandman and the film Jaws Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Paul F. Tompkins Susan Orlean With guest experts: Dr. Linnea Newman, Director of Global Technical director of poultry for Merck Animal Health Carl Gotlieb, Screenwriter of Jaws and author of The Jaws Log. Go Fact Yourself is coming to New York for two live tapings on July 21st and 22nd at Caveat NYC! For information on guests and to buy tickets go to gofactyourpod.com. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
07/09/181h 1m

Ep. 14: John Ross Bowie & Jackie Kashian

In this episode, we learn about the time Jackie Kashian’s father hit on Maria Bamford. It was at Jackie’s wedding. To find out how Maria reacted, take a listen. Also, if anyone books a guest-starring role on NBC’s Speechless, John Ross Bowie will not only have your back, but he’ll show you where the craft service table is on set. Plus, if you ever wondered, “What’s it like growing up in the Theater District in New York?”, you’ll soon find out. Do YOU Know the Difference? Areas of Expertise John Ross Bowie: The West Wing, Stephen Sondheim and 1986 New York Mets Jackie Kashian: Marvel Comics since 2004, romance novels, and chicken. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong John Ross Bowie Jackie Kashian With guest experts: Former baseball player and current podcaster, Bobby Ojeda. Comic book writer, Mark Waid. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Julian Burrell
07/09/1859m 24s

Ep. 13: Andrea Savage & Fred Willard

In this episode, J. Keith van Straaten is reunited on stage with fellow thespian Andrea Savage. You may recognize Savage from her starring role on TruTV’s I’m Sorry, and dozens of Angelenos will recognize her from a junior high production of a pirate musical, which also starred J. Keith himself. Alas, Fred Willard did not appear in that seminal musical. He was probably off filming This Is Spinal Tap or SCTV at that time. In any event, fate brought Andrea Savage and Fred Willard together to compete for trivia supremacy. Do YOU Know the Difference? What is the difference between a bagel and a bialy? What is the difference between theater that is off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway? Areas of Expertise Fred: WWII-era Baseball, '50s Rock & Roll, Silent film history Andrea: Little House on the Prairie, Playing Poker, Talking to your kids about beginning puberty Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Andrea Savage Fred Willard With guest experts: Alison Arngrim, the New York Times bestselling author and actress known for playing Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie. Dr. Joe Price, Co-Director for The Institute for Baseball Studies at Whittier College. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green. David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
07/09/181h 1m

Ep. 12: Drew Droege & Chelsey Crisp

In this episode, actor and comedian Drew Droege faces off against Chelsey Crisp of “Fresh Off the Boat”. We learn lots of interesting facts about Drew and Chelsey in this episode. Chelsey, now a vegan, recalls what it was like eating leeches on Fear Factor. Before Drew began starring in the Charles Busch play Die, Mommie Die!, he was most recognized for his Chloe Sevigny videos. Ever wonder what it’s like to achieve a certain level of fame doing impressions of someone even more famous...and then run into that person at a party? Droege does. On Go Fact Yourself, it’s not uncommon for the guest experts to be as accomplished as our guests, and Chelsey and Drew were thrilled to meet their respective experts. In fact, one of our experts shares some news about a certain French Canadian chanteuse that’s never been revealed in public before. Do YOU Know the Difference? What is the difference between a AMIABLE and AMICABLE? What is the difference between REFUTE and REBUT? Areas of Expertise Chelsey’s Crisp: Celine Dion music, Vegan Food, and Self-tanning tips Drew Droege: 1970s Movies, Serial Killers, “Saturday Night Live” Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Chelsey Crisp, Drew Droege, With guest experts: Laraine Newman Songwriter Michael Jay Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Julian Burrell
07/09/1858m 56s

Ep. 11: Edi Patterson & Wayne Federman

This week, actress Edi Patterson and comedian Wayne Federman will go head-to-head, answering such biting trivia as the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard, the politics of Beverly Hills and the finer points of childbirth. It’s a competition as funny as it is eclectic! But first, Edi will explain how her time at the Impro theatre primarily leads to the creation of full-length, fully improvised plays (yeah with an intermission and everything). And Wayne will explain what it’s like teaching stand-up comedy… as an actual class at a University. Edi’s areas of expertise include The Lost Boys, Midsouth Championship Wrestling from the 1980’s and Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show. Wayne’s area of expertise includes films that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture, drummers who sing while drumming and fast-food. As always, listen to find out if your trivia knowledge surpasses those of our guests. J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Edi Patterson Wayne Federman With guest experts: Podcaster and pro-wrestling historian Jim Cornette. Box-office analyst and author of several books on movies
07/09/1852m 28s

Ep. 10: Stephanie Miller & Jonathan Mangum

This week, radio host Stephanie Miller and Let’s Make a Deal’s Jonathan Mangum compete to determine who’s the facting champion of Go Fact Yourself! But before they show off their trivia prowess, they talk a little about who they are. Stephanie explains how she decided to channel her frustration with politics into a comedy tour and Jonathan discusses why he wants to continue producing Let’s Make a Deal forever, and the story behind why the show’s audience members and contestants wear crazy costumes. Stephanie’s areas of expertise include The Bionic Woman, Soul Cycle and cheap wines, beers and liqueurs from the 1970’s (her enthusiasm for one of these helped her outsmart J. Keith’s question format). Jonathan is knowledgeable about analogue keyboards, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Arc and World of Warcraft. Tune in to this episode to see if your knowledge of trivia surpasses those of our guests. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Stephanie Miller Jonathan Mangum With guest experts: Member of the Moog foundation Brian Kehew. Herbie J. Pilato, Executive Director of the Classic TV Preservation Society and author of The Bionic Book Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
07/09/1851m 50s

Ep. 9: Pete Holmes & Annabelle Gurwitch

This episode is SO MUCH FUN! Pete Holmes and Annabelle Gurwitch grace Go Fact Yourself with their wit, joy and, yes, abject frustration. And we learn fun facts about the performers. For example, Pete Holmes reveals that The New Yorker rejected his avocado cartoon, and calls into question the magazine’s editorial judgment. J. Keith reminds Annabelle Gurwitch that they both appeared in a pilot together that was so unmemorable...he had to tell her what it was. J. Keith Van Straaten and Helen Hong sink to new lows with questions like, “What’s the difference between a treaty and an accord?”, and “What’s the difference between arbitration and mediation?” It’s madness! In the end, we’ll find out which of our guests can be crowned the winner. Pete Holmes’ areas of expertise are Vegan Nutrition, Judd Apatow Movies, and Mad Men. Annabelle Gurwitch claims to know about Joni Mitchell's Blue, Commercials from the 1970s, and Secessionist Painters in Vienna. You know, painters like Gustav Klimt and Rudolf von Alt. Spoiler alert: Gurwitch does not get a chance to demonstrate her expertise of that subject. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Annabelle Gurwitch, New York Times bestselling author whose new book Wherever You Go, There They Are is available for purchase Pete Holmes, of HBO’s Crashing, just picked up for a third season With guest experts: Allan Havey, actor and comedian Rodney Allen Rippy actor and former fast food pitch man Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
07/09/181h 3m

Ep. 8: Paul Scheer & Lennon Parham

In this episode, we have the hilarious Lennon Parham of Playing House and the podcast Womp It Up . She faces off against TV & film’s Paul Scheer, who also co-hosts the popular movie podcast How Did This Get Made? J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong will test whether or not Scheer and Parham are as knowledgeable as they claim to be. Did you know that Paul knows a lot about Disneyland, parenting and Paw Patrol? He tries to prove his knowledge in at least one of those areas. And Lennon will get a chance to showcase her knowledge of one of the following areas: childbirth (unmedicated childbirth, to be specific), Michael Jackson and communicating effectively with a customer service rep. For anyone who struggles with customer service representatives, Parham shares one of her signature techniques. Do you want to see if you’re smarter than Scheer and Parham? Can you explain the difference between “expedient” and “expeditious”? What about the difference between “Great Britain” and “The UK”? Tune in to this episode to see if your knowledge of trivia surpasses those of our guests. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Paul Scheer Lennon Parham With guest experts: Jazz singer Paulette McWilliams Disney historian Joseph Titizian Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Julian Burrell
07/09/1850m 35s

Ep. 7: Kirsten Vangsness & Jason Kravits

In this episode, J. Keith and Helen play host to Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds) and Jason Kravits, who is very recognizable from his many many appearances on the big screen and the small screen, as well as Broadway. We learn that Kirsten considers herself an expert on Duran Duran, female sexual anatomy, and vegetarian food. Jason fancies himself an expert of intercontinental geography, crossword puzzles and Young Frankenstein. Will Kirsten be able to name the differences between apes and monkeys? Will Jason know the difference between “imply” and “infer”? Find out on this episode of Go Fact Yourself! Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Jason Kravits Kirsten Vangsness With guest experts: Lyndsey Parker, Author of the book Careless Memories of Strange Behavior: My Notorious Life as a Duran Duran Fan Actor Danny Goldman of Young Frankenstein Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Christian Dueñas
07/09/1852m 53s

Ep. 6: Lizz Winstead and Alonzo Bodden

In this episode, J. Keith and Helen play host to comedians Lizz Winstead and Alonzo Bodden. Lizz is the founder of Lady Parts Justice and was the co-creator and head writer of The Daily Show. Lizz’s topics of expertise were: fitted sheet folding, Scrabble, and the 1980s Minneapolis music scene. Winstead also demonstrates that loose lips sink...one’s chances to succeed at game shows. Alonzo won the third season of Last Comic Standing and is a regular panelist on Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! His areas of expertise are: Motorcycles, LA Clippers, Contemporary Jazz. Bodden shares tales from his time hanging out with elite soldiers, as well as elite musicians. It’s a really fun episode so pop your headphones on and enjoy! You can also enjoy this episode without headphones. Up to you. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Alonzo Bodden, Lizz Winstead, Co-creator and head writer of The Daily Show and Lady Parts Justice League founder With guest experts: Marcus Miller, Two-time Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist jazz fusion artist Alan Stern, former Guinness World Record Scrabble player and Director of NASPA Los Angeles Scrabble Club #44 Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Christian Dueñas
07/09/181h 2m

Ep. 5: Dave Holmes & Monique Powell

In this episode, writer, comedian and International Waters host Dave Holmes competes against Save Ferris’ Monique Powell. Holmes shares his number one piece of advice for game show host newbies like J. Keith, and Powell tells us about her hard-partying ways on last year’s Warped Tour. Monique’s areas of expertise include: cat behavior, home remedies, and brisket. Dave’s areas of expertise are: Broadway musicals, beer commercials and Melrose Place. Before their professed expertise is put to the test, however, J. Keith Van Straaten and Helen Hong will ask if their guests can explain the difference between venom, poison, and toxin, as well as the difference between a homonym, a homophone, and a homograph. Do YOU know the difference? Find out! Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Dave Holmes, Host of International Waters and editor-at-large for Esquire Magazine Monique Powell of https://saveferris.com/ With guest experts: Jessica Morgan, TV-recap writer extraordinaire and co-founder of the celebrity fashion blogGo Fug Yourself Dr. Rachel Malamed, Veterinary Behaviorist Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Christian Dueñas
07/09/1851m 20s

Ep. 4: Cristela Alonzo & Maz Jobrani

In this episode, Maz Jobrani reveals how much he makes per episode on Superior Donuts, and Cristela Alonzo leads the audience in a sing along of one of her favorite songs. In What's the Difference, Cristela and Maz share their theories on the difference between eternal and everlasting, and prison and jail. Maz's claimed areas of expertise are: Iran, shaving one's head and bad accents. Cristela claims to know a lot about The Golden Girls, bad 1980s movies and 1980s Radio Hits. Who will triumph in this useless game of trivia? Find out! Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Cristela Alonzo, host of her new podcast To Be Continued Maz Jobrani, star of Superior Donuts With guest experts: Jim Colucci,Entertainment writer, radio reporter, editor at CBS Watch magazine and author of Golden Girls Forever Eliza Jane Schneider, Accent and dialect coach Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Christian Dueñas
07/09/1857m 22s

Ep. 3: Pamela Ribon & Frank DeCaro

In this episode, comic book author and Moana screenwriter Pamela Ribon faces off against former Daily Show correspondent and host of The Frank DeCaro Show, Frank DeCaro. Ribon’s three areas of expertise are: The Goonies, The Outsiders, and Beastie Boys lyrics. DeCaro professes a deep knowledge of The Munsters, the original Batman TV series, and Broadway musicals. Who’s the better expert? Find out. Plus, J. Keith and Helen Hong ask the question that’s on EVERYBODY’S mind: What’s the difference between continual and continuous? If you don’t know the answer, drop everything and listen to the show. Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Pamela Ribon Frank DeCaro With guest experts: Robert Skir, TV writer whose credits include X-Men Evolution, Disney's Gargoyles and Batman: The Animated Series. Jeff B. Cohen, Former Goonie and Cofounder of the entertainment law firm Cohen Gardner LLP. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Song by Jonathan Green David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher The show is edited by Christian Dueñas
07/09/1850m 55s

Ep. 2: Alie Ward & Phil LaMarr

In this episode, Ologies podcaster and CBS science correspondent for Innovation Nation, Alie Ward, and actor Phil LaMarr (Mad TV, Family Guy) are grilled about bugs, baseball and bicycles. Can either of our charming guests tell the difference between a layover and a stopover, or the difference between corned beef and pastrami? Can YOU?  To find out, pop in your ear buds or tell Alexa to play Go Fact Yourself, and let hosts J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong increase your knowledge of useless trivia.
07/09/1852m 12s

Ep. 1: Jimmy Pardo & Beth Littleford

It's the inaugural episode of Go Fact Yourself!  Hosts J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong test whether comedians Jimmy Pardo ("Never Not Funny") and Beth Littleford ("Dog with a Blog")  are as smart as they think they are about topics they love. For Jimmy, it's 1980s music, the band Chicago and Post-90s Chicago White Sox, while Beth professes in-depth knowledge of old school funk music, artificial sweeteners and therapy. Beth and Jimmy may say they know about these subjects, but DO they? To find out, J. Keith and Helen enlist the help of actual experts, and pepper them with fascinating, but useless, trivia questions about things they might know and things they should know along the way.    Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.     David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Christian Duenas.
07/09/1851m 37s
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