Ask Me Another

Saturday, 9:00- 10:00am
Ophira Eisenberg

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal walk into a bar... No, it's not the start of a joke. It's the essence of Ask Me Another, a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites in-studio guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from house musician Jonathan Coulton.

For an hour, listeners can play along as Eisenberg puts questions to a rotating band of puzzle gurus, audience members and special mystery guests, who then takes a turn in the contestant's chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her. What you'll hear resembles the casual intimacy of game night at a friend's house: one where scores are forgotten in favor of hilarious gaffes.

The puzzle gurus behind Ask Me Another include John Chaneski, who devised tough questions and answers for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" before becoming one of the "puzzle guys" on the radio program "A Way With Words"; Art Chung who has written for and produced television game shows including "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?," "Cash Cab," "The World Series of Pop Culture," and "Stump the Schwab"; and actor/writer Will Hines who has performed and taught improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for years, and obsessively reads books on compiling baseball statistics, a task he will never have to do.

Ask Me Another is recorded live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

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Ask Me Another
8:55 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Accentuate The Positive

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 9:46 am

What do Beyoncé, André the Giant, and a soufflé have in common? Why, the accents in their names, bien sûr! The answers in this final round will be words, names, or phrases containing an accent.

Heard in Episode 329: Lake Street Dive Bar Trivia

Ask Me Another
8:55 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Very Confused TV Guide

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 9:46 am

Have you ever been perplexed by the on-screen guide descriptions of your favorite TV shows? Us too. We serve up descriptions of shows, whose titles have been taken perhaps a bit too literally.

Heard in Episode 329: Lake Street Dive Bar Trivia

Ask Me Another
8:55 am
Thu October 23, 2014

IQ Test

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 9:46 am

These words, names, and phrases contain the letters "IQ" consecutively somewhere inside of them. Does this somewhat oblique game pique your interest?

Heard in Episode 329: Lake Street Dive Bar Trivia

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Ask Me Another
9:51 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Disconsolate Consonants

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 7:09 am

Why are these consonants so gloomy? Because they're all alone. Each answer is a word with just one consonant. For example, the letter D is surrounded by vowels in a French word meaning goodbye: adieu.

Heard in Episode 328: Pack Your Knives And Go Play Trivia

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Ask Me Another
9:51 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Instrument Man

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 7:09 am

Sing us a song you're the... Glockenspiel Man? House musician Jonathan Coulton sings Billy Joel's "Piano Man" with the lyrics rewritten to be about a musical dude jamming out on other instruments.

Heard in Episode 328: Pack Your Knives And Go Play Trivia

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Ask Me Another
9:51 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Battle of The Silver Screen Sexes

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 7:09 am

This final round game is all about movies with either "man" or "woman" in the title, like Rain Man and Scent of a Woman. Who will be the last man or woman standing?

Heard in Episode 328: Pack Your Knives And Go Play Trivia

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Ask Me Another
9:31 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Animal Instincts

John Cameron Mitchell (left) with grand winner Margaret Bortner, post face-painting.
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Redemption is nigh for returning contestants who have reached the final round. Whose instincts about names containing animals (Snoop Dogg) will lead to victory? Plus, Very Important Puzzler John Cameron Mitchell delivers a one-of-a-kind prize to the grand winner: He agrees to paint her face like the character Tommy Gnosis, from his Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Heard in Episode 327: Second Chances

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Ask Me Another
9:31 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Step up to the mound — every answer in this game is a word, phrase or proper noun that also contains a baseball term. Catch my drift?

Heard in Episode 327: Second Chances

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Ask Me Another
9:31 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Worst. Vacation. Ever.

The world's a lonely planet, so why not turn to the Internet to figure out which spots need company. Try to guess which famous landmarks are depicted in these less-than-positive TripAdvisor reviews.

Heard in Episode 327: Second Chances

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Ask Me Another
9:58 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Passionate Proclamations With Gilbert Gottfried

"Every time something pops in my head, I think twice about it and I do it anyway." - Gilbert Gottfried.
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Gilbert Gottfried likes his comedy with a side of something dangerous.

"I think an audience - like when they go to a horror movie or get on a rollercoaster - they want that feeling like they're going to die," he said. "And then [they] get off and everything's okay. And I think when they see a comic they want to feel like something bad could happen. And with me, something bad is happening, because they spent money to see me."

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Podcasts

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:55am
    What do Beyoncé, André the Giant, and a soufflé have in common? Why, the accents in their names, bien sûr! The answers in this final round will be words, names, or phrases containing an accent.
  • Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:55am
    Have you ever been perplexed by the on-screen guide descriptions of your favorite TV shows? Us too. We serve up descriptions of shows, whose titles have been taken perhaps a bit too literally.
  • Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:55am
    These words, names, and phrases contain the letters "IQ" consecutively somewhere inside of them. Does this somewhat oblique game pique your interest?
  • Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:55am
    U.S. Presidents spend years in office, but their tenure is often remembered in the mind of the public by a singular moment or trait. Given a keyword, you tell us which President it describes.
  • Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:55am
    This game has attitude — each answer is a word or phrase containing the word "snap." But extra coordination is required: substitute an actual *snap* of your fingers where it appears in the answer.