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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!

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Out of the park and onto the stage, it’s a new Go Fact Yourself!Wink Martindale is a radio and TV legend. He got his start as a disc jockey in Memphis, Tennessee and eventually became a fixture as a game show host. He’s been the moderator of tons of shows like “Tic-Tac-Dough” and “High Rollers.” He’ll tell us some great stories from his career before settling into a game show role he’s less familiar with: being a contestant. You can find more Wink on his YouTube channel and in his book Winking at Life.Opposite Wink is actor Arden Myrin. She’s practically done it all when it comes to her roles on TV; everything from a guest appearance “Friends” to starring on the Netflix series “Insatiable.” Recently she was featured in the Los Angeles Times not for her career accomplishments, but for her ability to decorate her home on a budget. Arden is the host of “The Bachelor” fan podcast “Will You Accept This Rose?” and is the author of the new book Little Miss Little Compton.Our contestants will  answer trivia about killer plants, bespectacled athletes and the law of desserts.What’s the difference: Torte ReformWhat’s the difference between a torte and a tart?What’s the difference between “reformed” and “transformed”?Areas of ExpertiseWink Martindale: radio history, the 1950’s St. Louis Cardinals and Elvis PresleyArden Myrin: the movie Moonstruck, the musical Little Shop of Horrors and the fact that not all cats can be bonded. Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongWink MartindaleArden MyrinWith guest experts:Lee Wilkof, American actor and originator of the role of Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors.Bill Virdon, former Major League Baseball player, manager and coachGo Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded from multiple homes at a safe social distance.Theme Song by Jonathan GreenMaximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura SwisherThe show is edited by Julian Burrell.Mask-wearing by YOU.
Tune up your guitar and try to write one great song… It’s a new Go Fact Yourself!Jade Catta-Preta is best known as the host of “The Soup” on the E! Network. How did she develop into such a strong lead for the show? Well it turns out that she learned english by watching talk show hosts when she was growing up. She’ll tell us more about her time on TV and explain how she’s still making comedy in 2020. You can get tickets now to Jade’s next stand-up show in October.Jade’s fellow contestant is musician Dave Hill. If you think you haven’t heard of his work, you may recognize one of his tracks as the theme song to HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” He’ll tell us about how he landed that gig... by exerting as little effort as possible. You can hear Dave on “Dave Hill’s Podcasting Incident” right here on the Maximum Fun Network.Our guests will answer trivia about hit musicals, hit music and animals taking hits of sedatives.What’s the difference: Calm Down!What’s the difference between a domesticated animal and a tame animal?What’s the difference between a sedative and tranquilizer?Areas of ExpertiseDave Hill: The rules of ice hockey, electric guitars and dog breeds.Jade Catta-Preta: Miley Cyrus, the musical RENT and laser hair removalAppearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongJade Catta-PretaDave HillWith guest experts:Tim Parnin, musician, guitar shop owner and vice president of technology for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Tony-winning actor from the musical RENTGo Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded from multiple homes at a safe social distance.Theme Song by Jonathan GreenMaximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura SwisherThe show is edited by Julian Burrell.Mask-wearing by YOU.
Grab some headphones and kick back on the couch -- or in the car--for a special musical episode of Go Fact Yourself!Grant-Lee Phillips is known for his career as a singer and songwriter. He’s released albums with his band Grant Lee Buffalo and as a solo act. But you also may recognize him as the town troubadour from the TV series “Gilmore Girls.” He’ll tell us what it’s like to play a musician on TV and how preparing for the “Gilmore Girls” revival series helped train him for quarantine life. Check out his new album out September 4!Grant-Lee will compete against his fellow singer-songwriter Nellie McKay. Nellie actually joins us from her car since, she’s currently on tour (from a social distance). Her original albums and soundtracks have earned her a devoted following over the years. But she’s also known for emulating the work of others -- whether that’s an album of covers or impersonating late-great comedian Joan Rivers.Our guests will answer trivia about the magic of music, the magic of movies and the magic of magic!What’s the difference: Sittin’ on the Dock of the BayWhat’s the difference between a dock and a pier?What’s the difference between a bay and a gulf?Areas of ExpertiseGrant-Lee Phillips: Houdini, Western Wear, the Winchester Mystery HouseNellie McKay: Billy Strayhorn, Leftist Politics and Cary Grant.Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongGrant-Lee PhillipsNellie McKayWith guest experts:John Cox, Houdini historian to the Magic Castle and writer of the blog “Wild About Houdini.”Jennifer Grant, actor and author of the book Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of my Father, Cary Grant.Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded from multiple homes at a safe social distance.Theme Song by Jonathan GreenMaximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura SwisherThe show is edited by Julian Burrell.Mask-wearing by YOU.
If you’d like to support this show, go to Maximumfun.org/join to become a Max Fun Member for as little as $5 a month! You’ll help keep this show going and be eligible for tons of great bonus gifts, including special bonus episodes of Go Fact Yourself.It’s the final week of the Max Fun Drive! We’re going out with another contest between two of our fellow Max Fun podcasters!Dan McCoy is best known as one of the hosts of “The Flop House,” where he and his co-hosts watch a bad movie every week so YOU don’t have to! Even though he still has a lot of fun doing the show, he’ll explain why the burden of bad cinema weighs heavily. Plus, he’ll tell us about being an Emmy-winning writer for “The Daily Show” and how it led to him having a brief and memorable appearance on TMZ.Jo Firestone is more used to being a host on a game show than a contestant. On the podcast “Dr. Gameshow,” she has guests compete in listener-submitted contests. For instance: when talking to someone on the phone, can you tell whether or not it’s raining where they live just from the sound of their voice? Turns out… you can!Our guests will answer questions about bro-y TV programs, showy rock stars and the value of psycho killers.What’s the difference: Security BlanketWhat’s the difference between “security” and “safety?”What’s the difference between a blanket and a comforter?Areas of ExpertiseDan McCoy: Sherlock Holmes, the band Talking Heads and Scrooge McDuckJo Firestone: The film When Harry Met Sally, the first two (or three) seasons of the TV show “Entourage” and Bathrooms in New York. Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongDan McCoyJo FirestoneWith guest experts:Rex Lee, actor who starred on “Suburgatory,” “Young & Hungry” and “Entourage”Chris Frantz, musician, songwriter and producer from the bands Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads.Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded from multiple homes at a safe social distance.Theme Song by Jonathan GreenMaximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura SwisherThe show is edited by Julian Burrell.Mask-wearing by YOU.
If you’d like to support this show, go to Maximumfun.org/join to become a Max Fun Member for as little as $5 a month! You’ll help keep this show going and be eligible for tons of great bonus gifts, including special bonus episodes of Go Fact Yourself.Happy Max Fun Drive! To celebrate we’ve brought on a pair of Max Fun podcasters.John Roderick hosts the show “Friendly Fire.” It started out as a way to make fun of war movies; But the show has since evolved into a look at culture and humanity through film… while still finding a way to make fun of war movies. John’s new album with his band, The Western State Hurricanes. is entitled Through with Love.Moujan Zolfaghari is one of the co-creators and voices on the improv comedy sci-fi show “Mission to Zyxx.” If you’ve never heard the show before, it’s got all the hilarious jokes from a good improv class combined with the professional sound design and cohesive story of a radio drama. Plus, she gets to play the voice of an actual spaceship!What’s the difference: That’s so dirtyWhat’s the difference between obscenity and profanity?What’s the difference between dirt and ]soil?Areas of ExpertiseJohn Roderick: Muscle cars, The GMC RV, the Judas Priest albums British Steel and Screaming for Vengeance.Moujan Zolfaghari: Celebrity relationships and divorces, Farsi phrases and the movie Gremlins, Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongJohn RoderickMoujan ZolfaghariWith guest experts:Vinny Costa, editor of Street Muscle Magazine.Joe Dante, director of hit films, including Gremlins and its sequel.Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded within multiple homes at a safe social distance.Theme Song by Jonathan GreenMaximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura SwisherThe show is edited by Julian Burrell.Mask-wearing by YOU.
This week we’re revisiting an episode from October of 2018 that featured Grant Imahara, whose recent death shocked and saddened us. J. Keith & Helen share some memories of Grant and how helpful he was for the show in its early days. Then you’ll hear the entirety of his competition against comedian Maria Bamford.What’s the difference?What’s the difference between “magma” and “lava”?What’s the difference between “baking” and “roasting?”Areas of ExpertiseMaria 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 StraatenHelen HongGrant ImaharaMaria BamfordWith 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 GreenDavid McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura SwisherThe show is edited by Julian Burrell.
From the mightiest of heroes to the worst of villains, it’s another LIVE edition of Go Fact Yourself! This time with special guest co-host Allie Goertz!Ann Magnuson is a legendary performance artist, musician and actor. Her movie resume includes Cabin Boy and The Hunger. She’s also recently gained attention for her recent role in “Star Trek: Picard.” And that’s right… she’s actually MET Sir Patrick Stewart! She’ll share some fun stories of him on set and explore some of the lesser known parts of her filmography.Hal Lublin is a podcaster, whose shows “Tights and Fights” and “We Got This with Mark and Hal” are on the Maximum Fun Network. They’re both shows that are built off his passions for different areas of pop culture… and his desire to be right all the time. Hal is also a voice actor. You can hear him as regular characters on the podcast “Good Morning Nightvale” and the Adult Swim show “Venture Bros.” Our guests will answer questions about comic books, serial killers and covert word play.What’s the Difference: Use Your WordsWhat’s the difference between “use” and “utilize?”What’s the difference between an accent and a dialect?Areas of ExpertiseAnn: German expressionism, early 1970s TV variety shows and the Manson familyHal: The process-era Philadelphia 76ers, Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the TV show “Saturday Night Live”Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenAllie GoertzAnn MagnusonHal LublinWith Guest Experts:Matt Forbeck, New York Times bestselling author whose books include Captain America: The Ultimate Guide to the First Avenger.Steve Railsback, actor whose credits include Broadway, film and the TV movie Helter Skelter.Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. Theme Song and Incidental Music 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 wear a mask!
Sing a little song and wish upon a star, it’s another socially-distant competition edition of Go Fact Yourself!Rachel Bloom is best known as co-creator and star of The CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which just ended last year. As a show with 157 original songs, she knows a little something about musicals. She’ll tell us more about the show and give us some insight into what life is like as a brand new mom.Opposite Rachel is Tommy Davidson. He’s made a name for himself as the voice of Oscar Proud on “The Proud Family.” He’ll reprise the role in an upcoming sequel series on Disney+. In the 90’s though, he was famous for his work in the sketch series “In Living Color.” He’ll tell us what it was like to develop that show and share some touching insights from his early life. You can read more about both in his memoir Living in Color: What’s Funny About Me.Our guests will also answer trivia about movies, animated musicals and going out (remember that?).What’s the DifferenceWhat’s the difference between secretion and excretion?What’s the difference between a door frame and a door jamb?Areas of ExpertiseRachel: The TV Show “Frasier,” Disney musicals and breastfeedingTommy: Ancient Egypt, Blaxploitation films and the music of Earth, Wind & FireAppearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongRachel BloomTommy DavidsonWith Guest Experts:Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, award winning songwriters who’ve worked on Broadway and films, including Disney’s FrozenFred Williamson, Former NFL player and actor, producer, writer and director, whose films include Hammer and Three the Hard WayGo Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. Theme Song and Incidental Music 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 wear a mask!(Update - July 3, 2020)Several days after the release of this episode, a listener alerted us to recent allegations involving one of our experts, Fred Williamson. We do not have specific knowledge about the alleged incidents, and were unaware of them before we recorded and released this episode.We can state, unequivocally, that sexual harassment and assault in the workplace is a serious issue, and that all of us have an obligation to take it seriously. No one should be the target of harassment or assault, whether in the workplace or anywhere else.-- Your friends at Go Fact Yourself
Ep. 60: Best of Music

Ep. 60: Best of Music

2020-06-0501:16:37

Strike up the band! It’s another Best-Of edition of Go Fact Yourself!We’ve gone all the way back to our very first episode to find some of the best segments with guests who chose something in the world of music as their area of expertise. Guests like Alonzo Bodden, Lennon Parham, Emily Heller and more will discuss their favorite artists and genres.Plus, we’ve got a veritable chorus line of special experts that includes authors, songwriters and legendary musicians. Now that’s what we call music trivia!This episode is brought to you in part by Express VPN! Visit expressvpn.com/gofact to get three months FREE when you sign up.Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongJimmy Pardo from Episode 1Alonzo Bodden from Episode 6Kirsten Vangsness from Episode 7Lennon Parham from Episode 8Chelsey Crisp from Episode 12Emily Heller from Episode 32With Guest Experts:Billy Vera, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, producer and historianMarcus Miller, Two-time Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist jazz fusion artistLyndsey Parker, author of the book Careless Memories of Strange Behavior: My Notorious Life as a Duran Duran Fan.Paulette McWilliams, Legendary vocalist who sings background.Michael Jay, Best-selling songwriter.Emily Saliers, Grammy-winning musician and one half of Indigo Girls.Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. Theme Song and Incidental Music 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 wear a mask!
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!
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!
Ep. 57: Jordan Morris

Ep. 57: Jordan Morris

2020-04-1701:20:15

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!
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!
Ep. 55: Jimmy Pardo

Ep. 55: Jimmy Pardo

2020-03-2701:06:22

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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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Fusrodog

poor guy can't see his favorite idol. I feel bad

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