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Ask Me Another
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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Thursday, October 9, 2014 9:51amSing 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.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 9:51amHere's a linguistic oddity for you: Retronyms are names for things that have to be altered after newer versions appear. What retronym was needed after the electric guitar arrived? Acoustic guitar.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 9:51amIn this game we honor the best cook in television history: The Swedish Chef from The Muppets. All the answers must be repeated three times in his signature accent and will rhyme with "bork-bork-bork!"