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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.

Country singer-songwriter Margo Price (That's How Rumors Get Started) and Jeremy Ivey, her guitarist husband join house musician Jonathan Coulton in a game where other Billy Joel songs are rewritten to be about 20th century events.

Heard on Padma Lakshmi: Taste the Nation, From Your Couch.

The Longest Quiz

Jul 17, 2020

Jenny Hagel and Amber Ruffin work together in a short game about some of the world's longest things.

Heard on Padma Lakshmi: Taste the Nation, From Your Couch.

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Hallmark Holidays

Jul 10, 2020

Cristin Milioti and Camila Mendes (Palm Springs) compete to see who can identify holidays based on the text of Hallmark cards.

Heard on: Bob the Drag Queen And Camila Mendes: We're Here... To Play Games!

Bob the Drag Queen

Jul 10, 2020

Bob the Drag Queen is the alter ego of comic and actor Caldwell Tidicue (he uses both she/her and he/him pronouns). Immersed in drag culture from a young age—his mother owned a drag bar in Columbus, Georgia—Bob moved to New York at age 22 and began dabbling in drag himself, first taking on the name "Kitten Withawhip," but ultimately landing on Bob the Drag Queen. In 2016, Bob competed on season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race, beating out 11 other contestants to be named America's Next Drag Superstar.

Funky Stuff, Part 2

Jul 10, 2020

Cristin Milioti and Camila Mendes join house musician Jonathan Coulton for a game where funky songs are rewritten to be about things that smell funky.

Heard on: Bob the Drag Queen And Camila Mendes: We're Here... To Play Games!

Black Playwrights

Jun 26, 2020

Inspired by his love of theatre and per his request, actor and comedian Baron Vaughn is challenged to a game about Black playwrights.

Heard on: Jane Levy and Alex Newell: Zoey's Extraordinary Zoom Call.

Baron Vaughn

Jun 26, 2020

Baron Vaughn has had success as both an actor and a comedian. After graduating from Boston University's theater program, he appeared in a variety of television series and movies, ultimately landing the role of Nwabudike "Bud" Bergstein in Netflix's Grace and Frankie.

You're A Good Jokerman, Charlie Brown

Jun 26, 2020

Catherine Reitman and Philip Sternberg join house musician Jonathan Coulton for a game that tests their knowledge of two famous Minnesotans: Bob Dylan and Charles Schulz.

Heard on: Jane Levy and Alex Newell: Zoey's Extraordinary Zoom Call.

The Ask Me Another Hotline

Jun 19, 2020

Listeners call in to talk about their quarantine kitchen disasters. Please don't attempt to bake your own cucumbers after hearing this.

Heard on: Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin: Sherman's Showcase Black History Month...In June!

The Sound Of Music Of The Night

Jun 19, 2020

Composers Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez compete in an audio mashup game where they combine the titles of two Broadway showtunes.

Heard on: Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin: Sherman's Showcase Black History Month...In June!

Return Of The Lopezes

Jun 19, 2020

This true-or-false Star Wars themed quiz marks the triumphant return and fourth appearance of Oscar Award-winning composers Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen, Coco) on Ask Me Another.

Heard on: Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin: Sherman's Showcase Black History Month...In June!

Fact Bag

Jun 12, 2020

Fact Bag returns from a tiresome expedition through time and space with a new edition of Fact Bag. It's difficult, some say dangerous work, but somebody has to do it. That somebody is Fact Bag. Featuring comedians Matt Rogers and Sudi Green.

Heard on Bobby Berk: Queer Eye For Home Design.

Bobby Berk: Queer Eye For Home Design

Jun 12, 2020

Bobby Berk wore many hats before becoming Queer Eye's interior design expert in 2018. Raised in a small Missouri town, he dropped out of high school at 15 and worked various retail jobs in Missouri and Colorado. He moved to New York City in 2003 and, after finding success with his own online marketplace, Berk opened up the first brick-and-mortar Bobby Berk Home store in SoHo. The company later opened locations in Miami, Los Angeles and Atlanta. In 2015, Berk opened his own design firm.

Maybe Baby

Jun 12, 2020

Comedians Sydnee Washington and Marie Faustin play a music parody game where the word "Baby" is replaced with another two-syllable word beginning with the letter B.

Heard on Bobby Berk: Queer Eye For Home Design.

Ramy Youssef

May 29, 2020

Actor and comedian Ramy Youssef started his career in New York City's comedy scene. He frequented stand-up showcases, performed sketch comedy and took acting classes before landing his first major role in the Nick At Nite sitcom See Dad Run. He later had a recurring role in the USA Network drama Mr. Robot. In 2019, his hour long stand-up special titled Feelings premiered on HBO.

To Thinkpiece Or Not To Thinkpiece

May 29, 2020

Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite) and Jackie Kashian (The Jackie and Laurie Show) update the titles of Shakespeare plays as search engine-friendly, clickbait-y headlines.

Heard on QuaranTV: Ramy, Space Force And Lady Dynamite.

Plus Ones

May 29, 2020

Comedians Maria Bamford and Jackie Kashian join musician Jonathan Coulton for a game that ruins bands by adding an extra letter to form a new name. Coulton discovers the game's concept is a little hard to explain.

Heard on QuaranTV: Ramy, Space Force And Lady Dynamite.

Hong Chau

May 22, 2020

Hong Chau didn't plan on becoming an actor. She studied film at Boston University and planned on pursuing a career in documentary filmmaking. But after landing roles in Treme, Inherent Vice, and the off-broadway drama John, Chau had her breakthrough performance in Alexander Payne's sci-fi comedy Downsizing. In 2019, Chau played the hyper-wealthy futurist Lady Trieu in the critically-acclaimed HBO series Watchmen.

Couple-testants Nico Santos and Zeke Smith compete against Ask Me Another listeners in this numbers-based guessing game.

Heard on: Hong Chau & Nico Santos: Superheros And Superstores.

Ask Me Another Hotline

May 22, 2020

Ask Me Another listeners call in to talk about things they're learned (or re-learned) while practicing distance learning with their kids, because nobody expected the pythagorean theorem to come back into their lives.

Heard on: Hong Chau & Nico Santos: Superheros And Superstores.

What's In The Box?

May 8, 2020

Inspired by the iconic Drag Race "unboxing," Shangela takes an audio quiz on unboxing videos found on YouTube.

Heard on D.J. "Shangela" Pierce: Quaran-Queen.

D.J. "Shangela" Pierce: Quaran-Queen

May 8, 2020

Drag queen and actor D.J. "Shangela" Pierce gained national attention as a contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race. Shangela was the first queen eliminated in season 2, but Shangela's personality won fans and the producers over. In the premiere of season 3, the queen surprised the other contestants by popping out of an oversized gift box and joining them in the competition.

Since then, Shangela has appeared in the Oscar-nominated remake of A Star Is Born, The X-Files and Ariana Grande's 2019 album, thank u, next.

Something In Monet She Moves

May 8, 2020

Pop artists meet pop music in this music parody game where songs are rewritten about artistic movements, featuring comedians Aparna Nancherla and Joyelle Nicole Johnson.

Heard on D.J. "Shangela" Pierce: Quaran-Queen.

The Ask Me Another Hotline

May 1, 2020

Listeners call in to talk about the most decadent and shameful things they've eaten since social distancing began, because honestly? Making whipped coffee is more fun in theory than in practice.

Heard on TV Face-Off: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Superstore, Parks & Rec, Silicon Valley & Insecure

Natasha Rothwell

May 1, 2020

Before working on the HBO comedy series Insecure, writer and comedian Natasha Rothwell performed comedy in New York City, Washington D.C. and Tokyo. In 2014, she was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live's 40th season and later, Rothwell wrote and starred in an episode of the Netflix sketch series, The Characters.

Fact Bag re-emerges from the digital cloud to once again relay a fresh set of facts. Why? Because facts never sleep and neither does Fact Bag. Featuring comedians Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz.

Heard on TV Face-Off: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Superstore, Parks & Rec, Silicon Valley & Insecure

SuperLucas

Apr 24, 2020

Ophira's son Lucas makes his Ask Me Another debut with this quiz about classic superhero theme songs.

Heard on Orville Peck & Mitra Jouhari: A Cowpunk And One Busy Debra.

Orville Peck

Apr 24, 2020

Country musician Orville Peck gained attention with the release of his debut album, Pony, in 2019. Released through Sub Pop Records, the album formally introduced the public to a queer masked crooner who straddled the line between outlaw country, punk and indie. After extensive tours through North America and Europe, Peck developed an audience for his unique songwriting and his energetic live performances.

Stars In The Stars

Apr 24, 2020

Hey now, it's all-stars versus all stars in this rhyming word game. Comedians Alyssa Limperis and May Wilkerson get their game on; go play.

Heard on Orville Peck & Mitra Jouhari: A Cowpunk And One Busy Debra.

Ask Me Another Hotline

Apr 10, 2020

Listeners call in to talk about their most decadent and/or shameful thing they've eaten since social distancing began. Octuple-stuffed Oreos don't count, right?

Heard on Marc Maron & Aimee Mann: End Times Fun.

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