Ask Me Another

Saturday, 9:00- 10:00am
  • Hosted by 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.

See You Later Alligator

May 20, 2016

Florida is home to about 1.5 million alligators, so we've crafted this game around the expression, "See you later, alligator!" Each answer contains a word that ends in ator. See you later, gladiator!

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Fantasy Sports

May 20, 2016

We ask contestants to identify sports franchises that share their names with things found in fantasy literature. If we said, "This Florida basketball team is named for the supernatural art studied at Hogwarts," the answer would be "The Orlando Magic." Because this is public radio and sports are hard, they only have to know the fantasy word.

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Spy Spy Spy

May 20, 2016

Orlando is the primordial soup from which many of the most successful boy bands emerged: The Backstreet Boys, O-Town, and, of course... N*SYNC. In recognition, we have rewritten N*SYNC's "Bye Bye Bye" to be about famous fictional spy spy spies.

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Who Are You Wearing?

May 6, 2016

Our producers went out onto the C2E2 convention floor and asked some cosplayers, "Who are you wearing?" In this game, cosplayers describe their outfit and you have to guess who they are.

Heard on C2E2: Rose McGowan

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It sounds like a Hollywood cliche, but a teenage Rose McGowan was discovered in 1995 on the street corner of Beverly and Sweetzer in Los Angeles. Her "angry girl" demeanor landed McGowan the leading role in Gregg Araki's The Doom Generation, and launched a movie career in films such as Jawbreaker and Grindhouse. On the lighter side, she spent five seasons as the witch Paige on the TV show Charmed.

Stop And Go

May 6, 2016

Red light, green light! Every answer in this final round will contain one of these three words: red, yellow or green.

Heard on C2E2: Rose McGowan

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That's What I Hate About You

Apr 29, 2016

Jonathan Coulton plays the bad guy! In this game, we've rewritten The Romantics song "What I Like About You" from the perspective of famous fictional villains, complaining about their arch-enemies.

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A-B-C-ing You

Apr 29, 2016

Every answer in this final round is a word that has all of its letters in alphabetical order. For example, if we asked for the number of thieves Ali Baba faced — you'd answer FORTY.

Heard on Alia Shawkat And Jeremy Saulnier: In The 'Green Room'

Growing up near Washington D.C. in the 1990s, director Jeremy Saulnier was surrounded by a whirlwind culture of punk rock, skateboarding, and cult films. His latest feature Green Room is a tribute to his youth — the thriller follows a punk band in a battle of survival against a group of skinheads after witnessing a murder backstage. For Saulnier, Green Room was a catharsis for a former 19-year-old self.

Yes We Can

Apr 21, 2016

In this final round, every answer will contain the letters C-A-N, in that order, somewhere in the answer. As in, "Leave the gun, take the cannoli."

Heard on Leslie Odom Jr.: Aaron Burr, Sir

It's Alive!

Apr 21, 2016

In this game, every answer sounds like the word "alive" said in the voice of Dr. Frankenstein. For example, "What actor delivered the line this game is based on?" You'd answer, "It's Colin Clive!"

Heard on Leslie Odom Jr.: Aaron Burr, Sir

Don't Know Much About History

Apr 21, 2016

We all know that "those who don't learn from history are doomed to make things up on the test." This game recalls descriptions of historical events from the perspective of someone who wasn't really paying attention in school.

Heard on Leslie Odom Jr.: Aaron Burr, Sir

Look Under Your Seats

Apr 7, 2016

Oprah's audience finds exciting items under their seats so we thought we'd give it a try. In this game, we've written clues about things you might find under your seat in boring everyday life but Oprah-fied, like, "You get some GUM!"

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Snack Or Wack?

Apr 7, 2016

Mint-flavored Lays: are they an international food sensation or something we dreamed up? In this game, we name a food item and ask our contestants, "Snack or wack?"

Heard on Jason Jones: Comfy Bunny Hug

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Grooving Mountains

Apr 7, 2016

Jonathan Coulton reworks "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to be about things that aren't high enough. Just kidding, this game is about real and fictional mountains.

Heard on Jason Jones: Comfy Bunny Hug

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