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Ask Me Another

Saturday, 9:00- 10:00am
  • Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal walk into a bar... No, it's not the start of a joke. It's the essence of Ask Me Another, a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites in-studio guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from house musician Jonathan Coulton.

For an hour, listeners can play along as Eisenberg puts questions to a rotating band of puzzle gurus, audience members and special mystery guests, who then takes a turn in the contestant's chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her. What you'll hear resembles the casual intimacy of game night at a friend's house: one where scores are forgotten in favor of hilarious gaffes.

The puzzle gurus behind Ask Me Another include John Chaneski, who devised tough questions and answers for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" before becoming one of the "puzzle guys" on the radio program "A Way With Words"; Art Chung who has written for and produced television game shows including "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?," "Cash Cab," "The World Series of Pop Culture," and "Stump the Schwab"; and actor/writer Will Hines who has performed and taught improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for years, and obsessively reads books on compiling baseball statistics, a task he will never have to do.

Ask Me Another is recorded live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

The Final Final Round

Sep 24, 2021

Ophira and Jonathan answer listener questions and say goodbye.

Heard on The Final Round.

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Off The Air

Sep 24, 2021

Ophira quizzes Jonathan about Ask Me Another moments that weren't heard on the show.

Heard on The Final Round.

The Ends

Sep 24, 2021

Guest puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin and guest musician Julian Velard share their favorite Ask Me Another memories. Jonathan Coulton performs his final music parody.

Heard on The Final Round.

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TV Adaptation Theme Songs

Sep 17, 2021

Oscar Award-winning composers Robert and Kristen Anderson Lopez are the geniuses behind that WandaVision song "Agatha All Along," for which the world is forever indebted to them. So, it was only right to give them a chance to show off their TV theme song chops! In this music parody game, the lyrics of older TV theme songs were changed to make them about recent TV series, based on books. Step aside Marvel, there's a new "most ambitious crossover event in history."

That's How I Midroll

Sep 17, 2021

On TV, they're called "commercials." But on podcasts, they're called "midrolls." In this game, Welcome to Night Vale's Cecil Baldwin and guest house musician Julian Velard are read ads for companies that famously advertise on podcasts. The twist is— the person who wrote these midrolls has done no research into the companies... instead, they've given it their best guess based solely on the company's name. It's not lazy if it's on purpose!

Before Or After?

Sep 17, 2021

Ask Me Another premiered on May 4, 2012, and wouldn't ya know it, things have happened in those nine years since! Oscar Award-winning composers Robert and Kristen Anderson Lopez guess if certain events occurred before Ask Me Another premiered or after. Sounds simple enough! Plus, there's no way our perception of time is in any way warped by this past year and a half...

Heard on The Penultimate Puzzles

Nadiya Hussain

Aug 27, 2021

The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain (Nadiya's Time to Eat, Nadiya Bakes) breaks down her journey as a baker— beginning with using an oven only as extra kitchen storage, to baking a birthday cake for the Queen of England. She shares some behind the scenes of what life in the Bake Off tent is really like, and gives some advice from her cookbooks.

I Heard It Through The Beehive

Aug 27, 2021

Chefs and Food Network hosts Carla Hall (Carla and the Christmas Cornbread, Best Baker in America) & Nancy Fuller (Farmhouse Rules) are joined in this game by a real life honey bee, Drone-athan Buzzton!

Real or Fake Fair Food

Aug 27, 2021

Chefs and Food Network hosts Carla Hall (Carla and the Christmas Cornbread, Best Baker in America) & Nancy Fuller (Farmhouse Rules) make dinner and drinks in a listener-submitted round of Food Jazz.

Good Questions

Aug 13, 2021

Couple-testants Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Can You Ever Forgive Me) and Ben Falcone (The Boss, Super Intelligence) play a music parody game in which songs with a question in their title are rewritten to be about types of tests. Let's hope you brought your scratch paper and a #2 pencil, it's time for some high school flashbacks!

Heard on Nice Guys: Ted Lasso & Bob Ross

Art Details

Aug 13, 2021

Couple-testants Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Can You Ever Forgive Me) and Ben Falcone (The Boss, Super Intelligence) are two producers of the new documentary Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed. In this game, they get tested on their memory of other famous pieces of art.

Heard on Nice Guys: Ted Lasso & Bob Ross

Reading Lost

Aug 13, 2021

Linguists Gretchen McCulloch and Lauren Gawne, hosts of the podcast Lingthusiasm, play a word game where every answer is the title of a famous book with one letter changed. Get ready for The Most, uh, Good-gerous Game (this is harder than it looks, okay?).

Heard on Nice Guys: Ted Lasso & Bob Ross

Supreme Supremes

Jul 23, 2021

If there are two things that exude the same type of power in this world, it's Motown powerhouses and deluxe menu items from Taco Bell. That's why in this music parody game, The War Report podcast hosts Shalewa Sharpe and Gastor Almonte are served a hefty helping of Supremes songs rewritten to be about fast food chains.

Heard on MathNuggets.

Body Of Work

Jul 23, 2021

Ask Me Another's staff recently learned that, back at the New York office, there is an ever-growing pile of listener mail from film-buff surgeons. Thus, hosts of the podcast The War Report, Shalewa Sharpe and Gastor Almonte, play this word game in which every answer is the title of a movie, with one of the words replaced with a rhyming body part.

Who Owns What?

Jul 23, 2021

Many companies own other companies, brands or things that you may not expect. Shalewa Sharpe and Gastor Almonte, hosts of the podcast The War Report, figure out which corporate relationships are true and which are false. Pet food candies? Cheesecake workouts? These days, who's to say.

Heard on MathNuggets.

Peppermint

Jul 16, 2021

RuPaul's Drag Race alum and Call Me Mother co-host Peppermint talks about how her love of peppermint as a flavor led to her choosing it as a name, even if she now says "it was a dumb mistake, but I guess it's too late to change it." She talks about the winding road of her theater career, from "knocking on Broadway's door" and getting "no one's home" in response, to becoming the first out trans woman to originate a role on Broadway. Then, she plays a colorful game all about shades of red, blue, and green.

Other Tens

Jul 16, 2021

"How many decade-themed music parodies can they play??" As many as there are decades, buddy! Miracle Workers actors Geraldine Viswanathan and Karan Soni take on this latest installment, venturing through the "tens" of centuries past.

Heard on We Ship It.

Hey There, Hot Stuff

Jul 16, 2021

Things get a bit toasty in this game with Miracle Workers stars Geraldine Viswanathan and Karan Soni... No, like, literally. This game is about things that reach very, very hot temperatures. Please bring flame resistant clothing, or at least some oven mitts.

Heard on We Ship It.

Uzo Aduba: In Treatment

Jul 9, 2021

In Treatment and Orange Is the New Black actor Uzo Aduba shares that when she was growing up, she and her sister learned a secret language— their brother, on the other hand, missed the lesson. This, of course, leads to years of inside jokes and secret conversations, much to her brother's annoyance. She talks about how playing a therapist— In Treatment's Dr.

Elemental Nightlife

Jul 9, 2021

As if being in a regular nightclub wasn't stressful enough, Quinta Brunson (A Black Lady Sketch Show, She Memes Well) and Taylor Garron (Look I Bought Plants: And Other Poems About Life and Stuff, As of Yet) navigate some new clubs themed after elements on the periodic table.

The Sounds of TikTok

Jul 9, 2021

Quinta Brunson (A Black Lady Sketch Show, She Memes Well) and Taylor Garron (Look I Bought Plants: And Other Poems About Life and Stuff, As of Yet) identify the TV clips that have been haunting everyone's For You Pages.

Better Call Saul and The Mandalorian star Giancarlo Esposito's on-screen interests include running a drug empire and hunting Baby Yoda. Off-screen, Esposito's interests include playing the saxophone and designing hats. In this interview, Esposito talks about his initial reluctance to take on the role of Gus Fring in Breaking Bad and its prequel, Better Call Saul.

Is It Broccoli?

Jun 18, 2021

Many plants in your supermarket produce section look different, but are actually the exact same species: Brassica oleracea. Broccoli is one such plant, so in this game, comedian Bethany Van Delft (Parentalogic and "The Ten News,") and Tanya Morgan rapper Donwill try to weed out which cunning crops are secretly broccoli.

Other Aughts

Jun 18, 2021

In this latest installment of decade-themed music parodies about history, comedian Bethany Van Delft (Parentalogic and The Ten News) and Tanya Morgan rapper Donwill take on popular songs from the 2000s — AKA, the "aughts," rewritten to make them about things from the "aughts" of other centuries. Now this is a game you "ought" to hear!

Sara Bareilles

Jun 11, 2021

Grammy-winning musician Sara Bareilles was playing stadium gigs when she was a teenager. (Well, technically, it was singing the national anthem at a Dodgers game — but still.) In this interview, Bareilles reflects on how the Broadway musical Waitress led to opportunities like working with Tina Fey on the Peacock comedy Girls5eva. Then, she gets quizzed on one of her favorite shows: The Golden Girls.

Adult Milestones

Jun 11, 2021

Rugrats first aired 30 years ago. In this game, Nancy Cartwright and Cheryl Chase, the voices of Chuckie Finster and Angelica Pickles, imagine what their original audience might be doing now. Maybe they've got rugrats of their own. Maybe they just have debt. Or maybe both!

Heard on Sara Bareilles, American Ninja Warrior & Rugrats

Animal Songs

Jun 11, 2021

In this music parody game, Rugrats stars Cheryl Chase and Nancy Cartwright hear songs about animals that were rewritten to be about fictional examples of those animals. If that sounds too complicated, let minnow.

Heard on Sara Bareilles, American Ninja Warrior & Rugrats

Andrew Rannells

May 28, 2021

In early performances of Broadway's The Book of Mormon, offended audience members would sometimes get up and walk out of the theater. Andrew Rannells, who originated the role of Elder Price, didn't mind.

"It was pretty exciting," Rannells told NPR's Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg. "It didn't happen that often but when it did happen, it did feel like we were a part of something special."

Heart Transplant

May 28, 2021

From the Hulu series Shrill, Lolly Adefope and E.R. Fightmaster work together in a music parody game where songs with the word "heart" in the title are rewritten to be about other things starting with H.

Heard on Andrew Rannells: The Truth About Cats And Dogs

Dolly Parton, Dalai Lama Or Both?

May 28, 2021

Actors Lolly Adefope and E.R. Fightmaster (Shrill) must determine if a fact is about Dolly Parton, the Dalai Lama... or BOTH?

Heard on Andrew Rannells: The Truth About Cats And Dogs

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