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Ask Me Another blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music into a rambunctious hour-long show. Play along as 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. 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.
||AMA Bonus: Hannibal Buress on his '30 Rock' role||You may recognize comedian Hannibal Buress from his roles on Broad City and 30 Rock, the latter of which he also wrote for. In this bonus clip from Episode 314: Let's Do This Thing, Buress describes his experience with improv and its spontanaeity, and the genesis of his recurring role on 30 Rock as an eccentric homeless gentleman. For more Hannibal Buress on Ask Me Another, visit askmeanother.npr.org.||4/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Let's Do This Thing||(Episode 314) Make groan-worthy puns about Shaquille O’Neal, sing commercial jingles in Italian, and test your knowledge of rap music with comedian and television writer Hannibal Buress.||4/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||AMA Bonus: Just A Friend||A teaser for our upcoming episode with comedian Hannibal Buress as our V.I.P. Yes, his game involves a hat tip to Biz Markie's "Just A Friend," performed here by Jonathan Coulton with an assist from our in-house audience. Hear the entire episode with Hannibal starting April 10th, 2014.||4/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||AMA Bonus: Blurred Rhymes||Remember way back in the summer of 2013, when you couldn't escape Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"? Well, we think the lyrics could have used some work; after all he rhymes "you wanna hug me" with "what rhymes with hug me?" So, we rewrote the song into a trivia game where all the answers rhyme with "hug me"...sort of.Hear the song in its entirety, sung by our favorite piano-playing troubadour, Julian Velard. You provide the answers.||4/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||This Birbiglian Life||(Episode 313) Get ready for a hilarious religious experience this week, as our Very Important Puzzler, comedian Mike Birbiglia, shares some bizarre personal tales, including why he once considered becoming a priest.||4/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitAMA Bonus: Mike Birbiglia, No Air Quotes, Man!||Here at Ask Me Another, we like to create a safe space for our VIPs, where they can feel free to bare their souls. Like comedian Mike Birbiglia, who shared with us a story about a visit to a particular doctor.||4/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Foodie Favorites||(Favorites Episode 005) This hour, sample a smorgasbord of our favorite food-related games from past episodes. Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton are in the kitchen and cooking with fire for this puzzle feast.||3/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Leggo My Lego||(Episode 312) Revisit a cherished childhood hobby with this week's Very Important Puzzler, LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya, who builds astounding, life-size sculptures out of those magical bricks.||3/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||AMA Bonus: An Extra Bit of "California"||Hear Jonathan Coulton perform a cover of Rufus Wainwright's "California," recorded at The Castro Theatre in San Francisco during the comedy festival SF Sketchfest.||3/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||AMA Bonus: Happy Pi Day!||Happy March 14th - aka Pi Day! How will you celebrate? Why not check out this bonus round from our holiday episode, with VIP John Hodgman stepping into the role of puzzlemaster.||3/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Puzzlin' On The Dock Of The Bay||Bust myths, sing news and break out beloved action movies one-liners: from the San Francisco comedy festival SF Sketchfest, we play games with Community's Danny Pudi, Mythbusters' Adam Savage and tech columnist Farhad Manjoo.||3/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||AMA Bonus: Danny Pudi Makes Docs and Adam Savage Calls Space||For us, the mark of a good show is when we agonize over what to air, and what gets left on the cutting room floor. Our show in San Francisco at the SF Sketchfest comedy festival was one such show. Enjoy these extra clips from Community's Danny Pudi and Mythbusters' Adam Savage, and be sure to check out the full episode starting March 13, 2014.||3/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lizz Free Or Die (R)||(Rebroadcast, Episode 215) Word nerds, unite! This week's show will whet your appetite for wordplay with a game that mashes up famous names and food items into portmanteaus. Our Very Important Puzzler, comedian and co-creator of The Daily Show Lizz Winstead, is a bonafide game fanatic who shares the definitions of her own, made-up vocabulary, and plays a game about her home state of Minnesota.||3/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitAMA Bonus: Stand Up For San Francisco||In anticipation of our special episode recorded live in San Francisco as part of the comedy festival SF Sketchfest, here’s a taste of host Ophira Eisenberg’s rather salty stand-up set from the evening’s pre-show. You can hear this episode, featuring VIPs Danny Pudi and Adam Savage, as a podcast starting March 13th, 2014.||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fact Check Me Another||(Episode 310) It's a trivia lover's dream this week, as our Very Important Puzzler, editor of The World Almanac Sarah Janssen, shares weird and mind-blowing facts from pop culture, politics and beyond.||2/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||All Hail The King (R)||(Rebroadcast, Episode 216) Sorry, Beatles fans: This hour, Jonathan Coulton turns some of the Fab Four’s most beloved hits into trivia questions about famous historical figures. Is nothing sacred? We’ll also put the King of Horror’s son, novelist and B-movie aficionado Owen King, in the puzzle hot seat as our V.I.P. Plus: play a game that has nothing to do with the HBO series Game of Thrones, and translate common expressions into medical conditions.When it comes to our contestants, you never know what is going to come out of their alimentary canals.||2/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||What's The Delia With Love?||(Episode 309) What's love got to do with it? A lot, actually. This week we explore those fuzzy feelings between families, couples and a puzzle guru and his games. Plus author and screenwriter Delia Ephron shares tales from the front lines of the romantic comedy business.||2/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Planet Money Makes The World Go 'Round (R)||(Rebroadcast, Episode 224) Making heads or tails of the ever-changing job market can be a puzzle in and of itself. Luckily, this week's Very Important Puzzlers — Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg, co-creators of NPR's Planet Money podcast — give the scoop on how they help listeners make sense of the global economy. Plus, a literary twist on blockbuster-style movie trailers, a tribute to city names of yesteryear, and a game all about repeating words for effect...effect...effect.||2/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Totally Biased, Totally Hilarious||(Episode 308) In 1955, Variety predicted rock 'n roll would be dead by summer. Boy, were they wrong! We can't predict the future either, but we can invite you to learn the ups and downs of hosting your own TV show, from a comedian who's been there — this week's V.I.P., W. Kamau Bell.||1/30/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||AMA Bonus: Barbara Walters Heckles W. Kamau Bell||In this podcast extra, comedian W. Kamau Bell shares his rather lively appearance on The View, sharing the spotlight with pop star Taylor Swift and why he was heckled by Barbara Walters.||1/30/14||Free||View In iTunes|
Give it a listen, and just try not to be stumped!
I attended a live taping of this show as well. Lots of fun! Very entertaining. A big high-five to the musical star Jonathan Coulton!
Funny, Challenging, Entertaining
If you enjoy NPR's "Wait, Wait" or TV's "Jeopardy", I believe you'll enjoy this show as well. The puzzles are challenging enough to keep you on your toes. The musical component is entertaining. The commentary is pretty funny. Thoroughly enjoyable. I'm looking forward to watching this show grow and improve. Kudos on an original new game show!
Great New Podcast!
Thank you, NPR. This quiz show is hip, smart, and lots of fun.
JoCo really makes this great!
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