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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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**J. Keith is running for office! If you live in Los Angeles, please check out the Progressive Slate he’s on for Mid City West Neighborhood Council at mcw2021.com! Register for your ballot by March 9 and mail it in by March 16**Sing a song, watch a movie and let it go on this brand new Go Fact Yourself!Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony-winning songwriting couple. They’re best known for music they’ve made for Disney movies, including Frozen and Coco -- and now the theme music for “WandaVision!”They’ll give us a crash course on how they’ve written such memorable songs over the years -- everything from deciding which story beats demand to be sung to how to incorporate math into dramatic lyrics.This will be a couples contest for questions on commercials, constipation and comedy.What’s the difference: Number TwoWhat’s the difference between the name suffixes “Jr.” and “II”?What’s the difference between a laxative and a stool softener?Areas of ExpertiseKristen Anderson-Lopez: Religious musicals from the 1970s and 1980s, TV commercial jingles that aired in the tri-state area from 1981 to 1986 and Symptoms of schizophrenia.Robert Lopez: The TV show “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” The making of the film The Godfather and The history of hamburgers.Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongRobert LopezKristen Anderson-LopezWith guest experts:Lynn Ahrens, Tony-winning songwriter whose career highlights include TV’s “Schoolhouse Rock,” Broadway’s Ragtime and dozens of commercial jingles.Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff, Peabody-winning writer/performers from “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun. Theme Song by Jonathan Green.Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.Mask wearing by YOU.
Head to Tosche station and make a stop at the royal palace, it's a new episode of Go Fact Yourself!Yeardley Smith has been the voice of Lisa Simpson since 1989. Yeardley’s normal voice actually sounds very similar to the voice of her famous character, but she’ll explain the subtle ways that it’s changed over the years. You can hear Yeardley on “The Simpsons” and on the true crime podcast “Small Town Dicks.” Plus, she was an expert on episode 57 of Go Fact Yourself!Ryan Kalil is a ten-year veteran of the NFL. He played center for the Carolina Panthers for most of his career. Even though he’s spent most of his life as an athlete, his early passions were steeped in pop culture and comedy. He’ll tell us about how his love for superheroes led to him becoming a jock. Ryan is also the founder of the production company Mortal Media.Our guests will answer questions about the dark side of the force, the strong side of sports and the Walt Disney family of entertainment.What’s the difference: Tinder and BumbleWhat’s the difference between tinder and kindling?What’s the difference between “bumble” and “fumble”?Areas of Expertise:Yeardley Smith: Cooking, knitting and Princess Diana Ryan Kalil: The life and work of Walt Disney, The movie The Rocketeer and The original Star Wars trilogy.Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongYeardley SmithRyan KalilWith guest experts:Ingrid Seward, writer of 18 books on the royal family and the editor of “Majesty Magazine.”Anthony Daniels, actor best known for playing the role of C-3PO in the Star Wars films. Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun. Theme Song by Jonathan GreenMaximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura SwisherAssociate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.Mask wearing by YOU.
Check in with your doctor and take a seat in the makeup chair, it’s a new episode of Go Fact Yourself!Cady Huffman has been seen in TV shows like “The Good Wife” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” She’s also a Broadway star, perhaps best known as her role in the original cast of The Producers -- for which she won a Tony! She’ll tell us about how being up for a prestigious award doesn’t mean that you can take the day off from performing on-stage. You can see Cady on the webseries “Cady Did.”Jonah Ray is a comedian and actor who hosted the revival of the series “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” He’ll tell us about what it was like to see the famous spoof comedy show tackle movies that he grew up with. We’ll also learn more about what could be his crowning achievement: Being friends with Weird Al. Jonah is the host of the podcast Jonah Raydio.Our guests will answer questions about hot flashes, cold-hard facts and the best places to keep your major awards.What’s the difference: You got dissedWhat’s the difference between misinformation and disinformation?What’s the difference between being uninterested and disinterested?Areas of Expertise:Cady Huffman: the TV show “Call the Midwife,” cat peculiarities and menopause. Jonah Ray: 1994 punk music, the movie Ed Wood and Hawaii.Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongCady HuffmanJonah RayWith guest experts:Dr. Jen Gunter, OB/GYN and author of the books The Vagina Bible and the upcoming The Menopause Manifesto.Ve Neill and Yolanda Toussieng, makeup artist and hair stylist who both won back-to-back Academy Awards for their work on the films Mrs. Doubtfire and Ed Wood.Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun. Theme Song by Jonathan GreenMaximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura SwisherAssociate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.Mask wearing by YOU.
Set the kettle to a full boil and put on a quality flick! It’s a new episode of Go Fact Yourself!Alice Ripley is a Tony Award-winning Broadway icon, whose trailblazing performances include Side Show and Next to Normal. She recently appeared in the one-woman show, The Pink Unicorn, which is being adapted into a film. She’ll tell us all about that… and why she’s one of the reasons that this podcast exists! (Hint: She would be the expert if J. Keith were a guest!)Lee Wilkof is an actor who originated the role of Seymour in the musical Little Shop of Horrors -- and he appeared with Alice Ripley in a revival that was headed to Broadway … until it wasn’t. Lee has been acting for decades on stage and screen -- including the badge of honor for any performer: numerous appearances on “Law & Order.” You can see Lee in the short film Any Song and as an expert on episode 67 of Go Fact Yourself.Our guests will answer questions about high-quality tea, high-quality gold and high-quality movies.What’s the difference: Silver and gold What’s the difference between silver and sterling silver?What’s the difference between gold-plated and gold-filled?Areas of ExpertiseAlice Ripley: Making tea, English words from Latin and Greek elements and getting out stains. Lee Wilkof: The battle of Gettysburg, the film Barry Lyndon and Jewish food.Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongAlice RipleyLee WilkofWith guest experts:Jinlan Zhong, Chinese tea expert and owner of Music City Tea in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.Ryan O’Neal, Oscar-nominated actor from many memorable films including What’s up, Doc? and Barry LyndonGo Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun. Theme Song by Jonathan GreenMaximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura SwisherAssociate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.Mask wearing by YOU.
We’re down 40-Love, but we’re gonna turn this prison escape around! It’s a new episode of Go Fact Yourself!Freddie Wong is a filmmaker and host of the podcast “Story Break” right here on the Maximum Fun Network. If you haven’t heard it, Freddie and the rest of the panel improvise silly stories for movies. That includes sequels for movies series like Star Wars and Boss Baby. What’s their secret for such creative ideas? It all starts with the basic understanding that every creative idea is stupid on some level. You can also hear Freddie on the “Dungeons and Daddies” podcast.Competing against Freddie is Erin Foley, host of the podcast “Sports without Balls,” where she interviews women athletes and sports enthusiasts. She’ll tell us all about her favorite conversations that she’s had on the show and explain once and for all which sport is sexiest. Erin Foley’s comedy album “Deep Dive” is available now.Our contestants are joined by guest co-host Allie Goertz in a show that was recorded earlier this year in front of a live audience at the Angel City Brewery! (So some of the stuff mentioned isn’t quite so timely anymore.)What’s the difference: Clean the table What’s the difference between “sterilize” and “disinfect”?What’s the difference between flatware and cutlery?Areas of Expertise:Freddie Wong: Magic, burgers in Los Angeles and the movie Face/Off.Erin Foley: Women’s tennis, cheesy dance pop from the 1990’s and the TV show “The Bachelor.”Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenAllie GoertzFreddie WongErin FoleyWith guest experts:Julie Heldman, Olympic Gold Medalist and one of women’s tennis’ Original Nine. Her book, Driven: A Daughter’s Odyssey, is available now. Mike Werb and Michael Colleary, screenwriters whose credits include the screenplay for the film Face/Off.Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded from the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles, by our live sound engineer, Dave McKeever.Theme Song by Jonathan GreenMaximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura SwisherAssociate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.Christmas-Merrying by YOU.
Can we get a price check on podcasts? It’s a new episode of Go Fact Yourself -- featuring stars from the hit NBC sitcom “Superstore”!Ben Feldman is an actor known for playing quirky and lovable characters on shows like “Mad Men” and “Drop Dead Diva.” But he’ll tell us about one role that allowed him to showcase his talent of portraying a jerk… and Helen Hong was there to see it in person! Ben is in the upcoming series “Monsters at Work” on Disney+.Ben’s opponent is renowned comedian and actor Lauren Ash. Like Ben, she also stars in “Superstore.” She’ll tell us about how the show has helped her navigate uncharted waters, including life in a pandemic and stan twitter. Lauren also hosts the podcast “True Crime and Cocktails”This week, our contestants will answer questions about the joy of competition and the magic of true love.What’s the difference: CopycatWhat’s the difference between “Imitate” and “Emulate”?What’s the difference between cat hair and cat fur?Areas of ExpertiseBen Feldman: The play and move Glengarry Glen Ross, 1990’s Alt-Rock, Los Angeles sandwiches.Lauren Ash: The TV show “The X-Files,” The TV show “90-Day Fiance” and the 1992-93 Toronto Blue Jays baseball team.Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongBen FeldmanLauren AshWith guest experts:David and Annie Toborowsky, couple featured on the TLC series “90 Day Fiance” and stars of “Spice It Up” on Facebook Watch.  (“90 Day Fiancé” currently airs Sunday nights on TLC and new 90 Day spinoffs will be on the new streaming platform Discovery+, launching January 4th).  Joe Mantegna, Tony Award-winning actor who performed in the original cast of Glengarry Glen Ross.Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, 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 SwisherAssociate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.Mask-wearing by YOU.
Here’s the story… of a lovely podcast! It’s a new episode of Go Fact Yourself!David Lindsay-Abaire is a playwright, lyricist and the first Pulitzer prize-winning contestant in the history of our show. He’ll tell us all about the great productions he’s made for broadway and how he managed to win such a prestigious award... when he wasn’t even nominated for it.Rachel Dratch has had a storied career in comedy. She endeared herself to “Saturday Night Live” when she co-created and embodied the character Debbie Downer. She’ll tell us about how she developed the bit along with the signature trombone sound that plays in her segments. This week, our contestants will answer questions about classic skits, classic comedy and classic families -- that were all on TV!What’s the difference: Shear MadnessWhat’s the difference between shears and scissors?What’s the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath?Areas of ExpertiseDavid Lindsay-Abaire: Boston slang words, notable graduates of Sarah Lawrence College and the TV game show “Match Game” from 1973 to 1982.Rachel Dratch: 1983-1984 Pop Music Lyrics, Modern Art in the collection of MoMa, and the TV show “The Brady Bunch.”Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongDavid Lindsay-AbaireRachel DratchWith guest experts:Joyce Bulifant, author and actor, who’s appeared on Broadway, in movies and on television.Susan Olsen, artist, author, and actor... who played Cindy Brady on “The Brady Bunch.”Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, 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 SwisherAssociate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.Mask-wearing by YOU.
Do you hear the people sing? It’s another edition of Go Fact Yourself!Jim O’Heir is best known for his role as Jerry/Larry/Terry/Garry on NBC’s beloved comedy “Parks & Recreation.” But despite the show’s monstrous fanbase, he says that he still hears people confuse it with another beloved NBC comedy. You can probably guess which one. He’ll tell us all about his career and why he was so shocked when he won his first Emmy award.Dulcé Sloan is a frequent correspondent on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” What’s one of her most memorable things about working on the show? It’s gotta be the costumes -- she’s dressed up as everything from a Christmas Tree to God with an afro. Plus, she’ll tell us about how she feels right at home with Korean culture, from the history to the TV to the food.Guests answer questions about (and shed some tears for) intergalactic voyages, international plays and the perfect Korean meal spread.What’s the difference: Trust but VerifyWhat’s the difference between “distrust” and “mistrust”?What’s the difference between “verify” and “confirm”?Areas of Expertise:Jim O’Heir: The 2020 U.S. election, The musical Les Miserable, The TV show “Mama’s Family.”Dulcé Sloan: The TV show “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” the TV show “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and historical Korean dramas.Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongJim O'HeirDulcé SloanWith guest experts:Judy Kuhn, multiple Tony, Olivier and Grammy-nominated Broadway actor. Nana Visitor, actor best known for her roles in the TV shows “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Wildfire”Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, 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 SwisherAssociate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.Mask-wearing by YOU.
Perfect your stroke and dance in Purple Rain, it’s time for Go Fact Yourself!Michael Peña is an actor whose career began with his roles in dramas like Crash and World Trade Center. But after a while he decided, much to the hesitation of his agent, that he wanted to take his career in a new direction: comedy. He’ll tell us about his memorable roles in the Ant-Man and Dora The Explorer films and how his entire career began because a family friend noticed he was good at impressions.Michael will compete against his wife: screen-writer and fine artist Brie Peña! She’s traveled with Michael a lot for his job and even gotten to live in other countries with her family for months at a time. What’s one of the most significant things she misses from her travels? Well… it used to be nice seeing how eager the English were to hug their friends. Our contestants are ready to answer questions about birdies, a Tiger and a PrinceWhat’s the difference: Couch PotatoWhat’s the difference between a couch and a sofa?What’s the difference between a sweet potato and a yam?Areas of Expertise:Michael Peña: Tiger Woods’ golf coaches and techniques, movie quotes from early Woody Allen films, grunge music featured at Lollapalooza 1992.Brie Peña: The music and producing work of Prince from 1979 to 1985, renovating old Dutch colonial houses, French bulldog behavior and the pros and cons of having one. Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongMichael Peña Brie PeñaWith guest experts:Rudy Duran, award-winning golf coach and Tiger Woods’ first golf coachLisa Coleman, Emmy and Grammy award-winning musician, who played keyboard for Prince’s band “The Revolution”Go Fact Yourself was devised and produced by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, 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 SwisherAssociate Producer and editor is Julian Burrell.Mask-wearing by YOU.
Turn up your favorite song and raise a glass, it's time for more Go Fact Yourself!Eliza Skinner is known for her comedy and musical improvisation, but she’s also got a TV show out now on Disney+! “Earth To Ned” is a talk show with a cast made up entirely of puppets from the Jim Henson company. She’ll explain why, despite all the aliens and spaceships, it’s still a lot like its contemporaries… just with more coordination to make the host talk. Eliza Skinner’s debut comedy album, “Regarding My Lovers,” is available now. Eliza’s opponent is her friend and fellow TV producer Josh Gondelman. He works behind the scenes on the show, “Desus and Mero,” which has gone through some creative changes since the quarantine started. He’ll explain. Plus, he’ll tell us all about his discovery that a good pep talk can make all the difference in a rough situation (even when that situation is 2020). Our contestants will answer questions about life behind the scenes and classic shows on the stage and screenWhat’s the difference: God complexWhat’s the difference between the gospel and the scripture?What’s the difference between “complex” and “complicated”?Areas of ExpertiseEliza Skinner: Stephen Sondeim, the Jamestown colony and Beanie BabiesJosh Gondelman: The NBA bubble in Florida, the first seven seasons of the TV show “Cheers” and celebrities from Massachusetts.Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongEliza SkinnerJosh GondelmanWith guest experts:Michel Cerveris, actor, singer and guitarist who’s won two Tony Awards.George Wendt and Bernadette Birkett, actors best known for their respective roles as Norm and Vera on the show “Cheers.”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.
Binge some classic television and brush up on your U.S. history, it’s time for another episode of Go Fact Yourself!Frank Conniff is a comedian and writer who’s made a career out of mocking bad movies. He was one of the minds behind the Peabody award-winning show “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” where he and his co hosts mocked hundreds of movies. And while you might think he hates all the bad movies that he makes fun of, he’ll explain why all the jokes are actually an extension of his love of cinema. Frank continues the tradition of “MST3K” on his newest live show “The Mads are Back.” Frank’s opponent is actor Courtney Henggeler. You may have seen her on the show “Cobra Kai.” While that show had a very dedicated following when it was streaming on YouTube Red, it’s since gained a lot of popularity when it moved to Netflix. She’ll tell us all about that show and some fun stories from her other projects that include pitches to Lifetime and turning off Justin Timberlake.Our guest co-host is a former guest! It’s comedian and actor Jill-Michele Melean.Our contestants will answer trivia on books to read, shows to stream and presidential dreams.What’s the difference: Standing on ceremonyWhat’s the difference between a physical stance and a physical posture?What’s the difference between “ceremonial” and “ceremonious”?Areas of ExpertiseFrank Conniff: The singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, tin pan alley songwriters of the 1930s and the Kennedys.Courtney Henggeler: Britney Spears, the TV show “Beverly Hills: 90210, and cooking for a Jewish man who is afraid of butter. Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongFrank ConniffCourtney HenggelerWith guest experts:Fredrik Logevall, Pulitzer-winning author and Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Professor of History, Harvard University.Ian Ziering, actor known for his roles in “Beverly Hills: 90210” and “Swamp Thing.”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.
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!
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Fusrodog

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

Nov 3rd
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