Go Fact Yourself
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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! If you're in the Los Angeles area and would like to be in the audience for a podcast taping, get your free ticket at gofactyourpod.com!
||CleanEp. 27: Cara Santa Maria & Glen Weldon||Happy National Trivia Day! Let’s celebrate with a collision of folks who also host podcasts! Cara Santa Maria, host of the Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria podcast, takes on author Glen Weldon, panelist on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour. Their trivia||1/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 26: Lea Thompson & Sandeep Parikh||Nerdy media of the past and present collide on this edition of Go Fact Yourself! Lea Thompson from Back to the Future faces off against Sandeep Parikh from The Guild to test their trivia knowledge of baseball, the color green and classic movies.||12/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 25: Wil Wheaton & Anne Wheaton||It’s the very first couple-edition of Go Fact Yourself! Wil and Anne Wheaton join J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong to determine their trivia supremacy in topics that they love… including a couple of categories that they share a love for (hint: v||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 24: Jordan Morris & Alison Rosen||Go Fact Yourself is back in Los Angeles! Jordan Morris and Alison Rosen join J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong to answer questions about the Harlem Globetrotters, sweet treats and prehistoric creatures.||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 23: Ophira Eisenberg & Charles Busch||Go Fact Yourself is back in New York City! Ophira Eisenberg and Charles Busch join hosts J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong for a battle of trivia supremacy. As part of that, they’ll chat about everything from street-building materials, fashion, and||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 22: Stacy London & Scott Rogowsky||It’s the first episode recorded in New York City! Stacy London and Scott Rogowsky join J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong to determine who the facting champion of trivia is. Along the way, they’ll talk about things they love, fashion, and clam cho||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 21: Maria Bamford & Grant Imahara||Grant Imahara and Maria Bamford join J. Keith Van Straaten and Helen Hong to determine who the facting champion of trivia is. Along the way, they’ll talk about things they love, cooking, robotics and pets of both the feline and canine persuasion.||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 20: Matt Besser & Lyric Lewis||Matt Besser and Lyric Lewis join J. Keith Van Straaten and Helen Hong to determine who the facting champion of trivia is. Along the way, they’ll talk about things they love, carbonated beverages, improv and drinking.||9/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 19: Alison Becker & Glynn Washington||In this episode, we’ll learn about Glynn Washington’s attitude towards producing quality stories, why puppets are a perfect way to combat social justice issues and Alison Becker’s amazing moment where she made out with Jon Bon Jovi.||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 18: Tom Bergeron & Jodi Miller||Comedian Jodi Miller and television host Tom Bergeron compete to answer questions about television, outerwear, film and more.||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 17: Louis Virtel and Laraine Newman||In this episode, we’ll learn how Louis’s love of publicly answering trivia questions stems from a 3rd-grade spelling bee that he came up short in and why the winners of Jeopardy love keeping in touch with each other after their victories. Laraine wi||8/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 16: with Jonathan Ames and Janet Varney||Jonathan Ames and Janet Varney join hosts J. Keith Van Straaten and Helen Hong to compete in a trivia showdown!||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 15: with Paul F. Tompkins and Susan Orlean||In this episode, we learn about why Paul can’t stop spoiling upcoming episodes of Bojack Horseman for his wife, and why he should be considered the king of coining new catchphrases. And we’ll also learn which animals in Susan’s life have been name||7/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 14: with John Ross Bowie and Jackie Kashian||Jackie Kashian and John Ross Bowie join J. Keith Van Straaten and Helen Hong to discuss what it means to flirt properly, how where you were raised can determine what you enjoy and answer a bunch of trivia questions.||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 13: Andrea Savage & Fred Willard||In this episode, J. Keith van Straaten is joined by Andrea Savage and Fred Willard to compete for trivia supremacy.||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 12: With Drew Droege & Chelsey Crisp||In this episode, actor and comedian Drew Droege faces off against Chelsey Crisp of “Fresh Off the Boat”. Chelsey, now a vegan, recalls what it was like eating leeches on Fear Factor. Before Drew began starring in the Charles Busch play Die, Mommie||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 11 with Edi Patterson and Wayne Federman||This week, actress Edi Patterson and comedian Wayne Federman will go head-to-head, answering such biting trivia as the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard, the politics of Beverly Hills and the finer points of child-birth. It’s a competition||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 10 w/ Stephanie Miller & Jonathan Mangum||This week, radio host Stephanie Miller and Let’s Make a Deal’s Jonathan Mangum compete to determine who’s the facting champion of Go Fact Yourself! But before they show off their trivia prowess, they talk a little about who they are. Stephanie exp||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 9 with Pete Holmes and Annabelle Gurwitch||This episode is SO MUCH FUN! Pete Holmes and Annabelle Gurwitch grace Go Fact Yourself with their wit, joy and, yes, abject frustration. And we learn fun facts about the performers. For example, Pete Holmes reveals that The New Yorker rejected his avoca||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 8 with Paul Scheer and Lennon Parham||In this episode, we have the hilarious Lennon Parham of Playing House and the podcast Womp It Up . She faces off against TV & film’s Paul Scheer, who also co-hosts the popular movie podcast How Did This Get Made? J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong w||3/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 7 with Kirsten Vangsness and Jason Kravits||In this episode, J. Keith and Helen play host to Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds) and Jason Kravits, who is very recognizable from his many many appearances on the big screen and the small screen, as well as Broadway. We learn that||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 6 w/ Lizz Winstead and Alonzo Bodden||In this episode, J. Keith and Helen play host to comedians Lizz Winstead and Alonzo Bodden. Lizz is the founder of Lady Parts Justice and was the co-creator and head writer of The Daily Show. Lizz’s topics of expertise were: fitted sheet folding, Scra||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 5 w/ Dave Holmes and Monique Powell||In this episode, writer, comedian and International Waters host Dave Holmes competes against Save Ferris’ Monique Powell. Holmes shares his number one piece of advice for game show host newbies like J. Keith, and Powell tells us about her hard-part||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 4 w/ Cristela Alonzo and Maz Jobrani||In this episode, Maz Jobrani reveals how much he makes per episode on Superior Donuts, and Cristela Alonzo leads the audience in a sing along of one of her favorite songs. In What's the Difference, Cristela and Maz share their theories on the differen||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 3 w/ Pamela Ribon and Frank DeCaro||In this episode, comic book author and Moana screenwriter Pamela Ribon faces off against former Daily Show correspondent and host of The Frank DeCaro Show, Frank DeCaro. Ribon’s three areas of expertise are: The...||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 2 w/ Alie Ward and Phil LaMarr||In this episode, Ologies podcaster and CBS science correspondent for Innovation Nation, Alie Ward, and actor Phil LaMarr (Mad TV, Family Guy) are grilled about bugs, baseball and bicycles. Can either of our charming guests tell the difference between...||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 1 Go Fact Yourself w/ Jimmy Pardo and Beth Littleford||Jimmy Pardo, Beth Littleford and surprise experts join hosts J. Keith van Straaten & Helen Hong||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Better than TV game shows
This podcast has been very well thought out and structured. The momentum is fun and interesting which encourages participation. Funny, factual and a great perspective on trivia questions. You will actually have fun trying to figure out the answers.
I love hearing a new podcast get into groove by episode 3. Fantastically fun!
Great guests, great hosts, great trivia
America is chronically underserved in the funny gameshow department, but this podcast does a great job of filling in that gap! Even when the panelists aren't quite on point with their expert knowledge, they make great (and funny!) guests. But when they really, truly know their stuff, it's really satisfying—even if you thought you didn't care about the subject!