Ask Me Another

Sundays Noon - 1 p.m.
  • Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg, Jonathan Coulton

Exciting puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of an audience.

Pardon My French

Sep 13, 2019

Sacré bleu! In this final round, every answer is a commonly-used French phrase.

Heard on Ilfenesh Hadera: Spike Lee Alum And DJ School Dropout.

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Fact Bag

Sep 13, 2019

Fact Bag makes its triumphant return as Ophira and Jonathan ponder questions about Germany, Bob Ross and an early Corn Flakes marketing gimmick. Fact Bag!

Heard on Ilfenesh Hadera: Spike Lee Alum And DJ School Dropout.

Cheesy Songs

Sep 13, 2019

This music parody is not for the lactose intolerant, as contestants guess which cheese musician Jonathan Coulton is singing about.

Heard on Ilfenesh Hadera: Spike Lee Alum And DJ School Dropout.

Electric Boogaloo 2: The Sequel

Aug 30, 2019

In this brutal final round, contestants are given a movie sequel's subtitle, and must identify the original film.

Heard on Julio Torres: My Favorite Espooky.

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The Goddessette With Julio Torres

Aug 30, 2019

Los Espookys co-creator and star Julio Torres puts his knowledge of "Introductory Level Greek Mythology" to the test in a game casting Greek mythological figures as contestants on The Bachelor.

Heard on Julio Torres: My Favorite Espooky.

The Cures

Aug 30, 2019

In this music parody game, songs by The Cure are rewritten to be about things that were touted as having health benefits, with no science to back up their claims.

Heard on Julio Torres: My Favorite Espooky.

M&Ms

Aug 16, 2019

In this final round every word begins and ends with the letter M.

Heard on Antoni Porowski: Queer Eye For The Quiz Guy.

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Antoni

Aug 16, 2019

Queer Eye's food and wine expert Antoni Porowski returns to the stage to play a multiple choice game about one of his favorite dog breeds, corgis.

Heard on Antoni Porowski: Queer Eye For The Quiz Guy.

Shine On, You Crazy Neil Diamond

Aug 16, 2019

Upon the news that a Neil Diamond musical is in development, guest musician Julian Velard jumps into action with a music parody reworking Neil Diamond hits to make them about other real people with Broadway musicals based on them.

Heard on Antoni Porowski: Queer Eye For The Quiz Guy.

To many, Topher Grace may still be best known for his role as Eric Forman on the late 1990s coming of age sitcom That '70s Show. But it's not like he's been resting on his laurels since then. Just in the past year, the actor has appeared in the Oscar-winning Spike Lee film BlacKkKlansman, and in a fifth season episode of Netflix's techno-pessimistic anthology series, Black Mirror.

Stay Gold, Ponyboy

Aug 2, 2019

In this final round, every answer contains the word "Golden."

Heard on Topher Grace And Arturo Castro: Cereal Stans.

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Ophira Eisenberg chats with Arturo Castro on Ask Me Another at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York.

Browsing History

Aug 2, 2019

Real moments from US history are rendered as social media updates.

Heard on Topher Grace And Arturo Castro: Cereal Stans.

: 8/01/19

A previous version of the American history quiz on this podcast incorrectly said Sally Ride was the first woman in space. She was the first American woman in space.

Sailing Takes Me Away

Aug 2, 2019

The words from Yacht Rock classics, soft rock singles with nautical references, are rewritten to be about real and fictional boats.

Heard on Topher Grace And Arturo Castro: Cereal Stans.

Chicken And Egg Problems

Jul 19, 2019

In this final round, the contestants — plus special guest Bowen Yang — are asked to identify, given a pair of events, which came first?

Heard on Bowen Yang And Matt Rogers: I Don't Think So, Honey!

Too Many Letters With Anna Roisman

Jul 19, 2019

In this game guest-hosted by the host of HQ Words, Anna Roisman, contestants mash-up two initialisms: The first is a government agency, and the second could be anything. For example: if your tax returns are being audited by Kate McKinnon, you've sent them to the I-R-S-N-L.

Heard on Bowen Yang And Matt Rogers: I Don't Think So, Honey!

Put On A Happy Face

Jul 19, 2019

In this music game, songs from famous musicals are rewritten to describe the plots of famous non-music dramatic stage plays. It's a crossover the Tony Awards would never themselves allow.

Heard on Bowen Yang And Matt Rogers: I Don't Think So, Honey!

The Emerald City

Jun 28, 2019

Inspired by Seattle's evocative nickname, in this final showdown, contestants are given definitions and must identify the corresponding word, which will contain a precious stone, mineral, or fossil within it.

Heard on: Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

Nicole Byer: It's A 'Ghost' Quiz

Jun 28, 2019

Nicole Byer returns to the stage for her Ask Me Another challenge, where she answers trivia questions about her self-proclaimed favorite childhood film, the 1990 hit Ghost.

Heard on: Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

Smells Like Teen Starbucks

Jun 28, 2019

In this music trivia round, the words of famous grunge songs are changed to describe things in and from the Seattle area.

Heard on: Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

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Catherine Cohen: Queen Of Cabernet Cabaret

Jun 14, 2019

Catherine Cohen is still a relative newcomer in New York, but the comedian, actor, and singer has already made a name for herself in the world of cabaret comedy. In 2019, GQ magazine featured her as one of "The 7 Funny People Reshaping Comedy Right Now." Cohen welcomed her recent praise in a conversation with NPR's Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York: "I'm one of the only people on earth that doesn't suffer from imposter syndrome."

Disco-Y History

Jun 14, 2019

Contestants listen to parody songs of famous disco hits and guess what 1970s phenomenon the lyrics were rewritten to describe.

Heard on Josh Gondelman And Catherine Cohen: Brooklyn Famous.

Beach Reads

Jun 14, 2019

It's a mash-up of clues about authors' names and common beach objects. If Jay Gatsby put on sunscreen at the beach, he'd have S-P-F Scott Fitzgerald to thank.

Heard on Josh Gondelman And Catherine Cohen: Brooklyn Famous.

Robot Love Songs

May 31, 2019

Beep Boop Beep. Robots can't love us, but we can write love songs about them. In this music parody game, contestants identify the real and fictional robots as Jonathan Coulton serenades.

Heard on Trace Adkins And Carlene Carter: Cowboys And Cowpunks.

Grand Ole Finale

May 31, 2019

In this here Grand Ole Finale, every answer ends with the letters O-L-E.

Heard on Trace Adkins And Carlene Carter: Cowboys And Cowpunks.

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Carlene Carter: Country Music Royalty

May 31, 2019

Bow down — or politely curtsy — in the presence of country music royalty like Carlene Carter. As the daughter of Carl Smith and June Carter Cash, the stepdaughter of Johnny Cash (who bought her first electric guitar from Sears), and part of the groundbreaking Carter Family, it's fair to say Carlene Carter grew up enmeshed in country music.

Spin Cycle

May 10, 2019

In this final round, every clue is a spin-off movie or television show.

Heard on Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown.

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Notorious And Eponymous

May 10, 2019

In this game, actor Taylor Schilling and Jonathan Coulton team up for a quiz about peculiar things named after real people.

Heard on Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown.

Odes To Codes

May 10, 2019

Contestants get crackin' in this music parody where song lyrics have been changed to different types of code.

Heard on Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown.

Taye Diggs: Your Grandma's Favorite

May 3, 2019

The titular character in Hedwig and the Angry Inch is not a role Taye Diggs thought he would ever get to play. The off-Broadway-turned Broadway hit musical by John Cameron Mitchell saw a slew of actors like Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, and Michael C. Hall all portray the story of the glam and punk rock transgender woman as she travels from East Germany to America on tour. But for Diggs, taking on the iconic part, and donning those diva heels represented both a challenge and a breakthrough.

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