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
11:22 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Celebrity Cross-Breeds

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 9:13 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two fearless contestants. We have Diana Tenery and Samantha Boardman.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Diana, you are a hard-core competitive bridge player.

DIANA TENERY: Sort of.

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Ask Me Another
11:22 am
Thu January 31, 2013

From A To Z

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 9:13 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Okay, in front of me right now are our next two contestants. The writer, editor and word game junkie Natalia Lavric.

NATALIA LAVRIC: Hello.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Welcome. And Mike Nothnagel, a math professor for chefs.

MIKE NOTHNAGEL: That is correct.

EISENBERG: Interesting. That sounds like a very cool job. Happy to have you.

NOTHNAGEL: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Okay, so this is a game called From A to Zed.

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4:24 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

The Man Who Knew Too Much. Way Too Much.

The bell: either friend or foe to all contestants who grace the stage at Ask Me Another.
Steve McFarland NPR

So you think you're a TV buff. But how well do you know shows by their episode titles? Contestants are put to some pop culture challenges, like deciphering breakfast cereal haikus and a remixed nursery rhyme. Plus, our Mystery Guest this week is a certain brainiac who shares a few of his favorite apocalyptic prophesies.

Ask Me Another
9:14 am
Thu January 24, 2013

On With Their Heads

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 10:47 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Alright. Let's welcome our next two contestants, Jamie Fried and Tom Kelso.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Hi Tom Kelso.

TOM KELSO: Hello Ophira.

EISENBERG: Do you have some experience in the theatre, being onstage in the past?

KELSO: Quite a bit, I've done shows in Louisiana, here in New York, Chicago, Baltimore.

EISENBERG: As an actor or?

KELSO: Both as an actor and backstage.

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Ask Me Another
9:14 am
Thu January 24, 2013

John Hodgman: How Much Does The Know-It-All Know?

Brantley Gutierrez Brantley Gutierrez

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 10:50 am

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