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.

Comparatively Speaking

Jan 8, 2015

A comparative adjective is a word used to compare two things, such as "I am hairier than the puzzle guru." This game is about nouns that only seem like they're comparative adjectives because they end in the letters i-e-r. What might you call a high chest of drawers with a more delicate whipped texture? A "chiffon-ier chiffonier."

Heard in Stark Raving Mad

Cookie Monster Vocals

Jan 8, 2015

Some death metal singers have a gravelly voice known as "Cookie Monster vocals." However, in this game we focus on Cookie Monster's habit of confusing "I" with "me," and convert pop songs to Cookie's grammatical tendencies--so, a certain Beatles hit becomes "Me Want to Hold Your Hand."

Heard in Stark Raving Mad

Ho Ho Ho

Dec 18, 2014

In this final round, every correct answer will start with a jolly "Ho!" sound. Which goalkeeper has won two Olympic medals with the U.S. women's soccer team? That would be Ho Ho Hope Solo!

Heard in Holiday Spectacular 2014

All I Don't Want For Christmas

Dec 18, 2014

Warm up your vocal chords and join in singing some holiday tunes with the songwriting duo from Disney's Frozen, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The Oscar-winning husband-and-wife musical team has written some of the all-time catchiest tunes about winter, and on a previous episode of Ask Me Another, graciously lent their voices to a rewritten version of "Let It Go."

Chappy Cholidays

Dec 18, 2014

All answers in this round start with the letter "h", but we want you to pronounce them with that back-of-the-throat "ch" sound, in honor of the "ch" in "Chanukah." Have a lozenge or two ready.

Heard in Holiday Spectacular 2014

What's the best piece of trivia you learned this week? Share it with us on Facebook or Twitter, and we'll figure out whether it's true or false.

After World War II, did Idaho really airlift beavers around the state using parachutes? Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton debate the premise before revealing the truth.

I Definitely Not Before E

Dec 4, 2014

Sometimes words like to break the rules. Every answer in this final round contains the letters "E" and "I" in that order, with complete disregard for the "I before E except after C" rule!

Heard in Coupe De Grace.

A-Plus

Dec 4, 2014

In this game we'll give certain words an A! For instance, if you give a purple fruit an A, you get what confident word? "Aplomb." All the answers will start with "A" and involve terrible wordplay.

Heard in Coupe De Grace.

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We'll Always Be Royals

Dec 4, 2014

The most popular lord of the 21st century is a teenage pop star from New Zealand who spells her name "L-o-r-d-e." We've rewritten her hit song "Royals" to be about famous royalty, both real and fictional.

Heard in Coupe De Grace.

Answers So Nice, They Named Them Twice

Nov 13, 2014

They call New York, New York, "the city so nice, they named it twice," and that's the theme for this game. All answers will be phrases that feature repeated words or names.

Heard in Episode 402: The Model Of A Modern Major Game Show

Fictional Illnesses

Nov 13, 2014

R2-D2-berculosis? In this game, we've mashed up the names of fictional comic, sci-fi and fantasy characters with medical diseases or conditions. Welcome to the hypochondriac's Comic Con.

Heard in Episode 402: The Model Of A Modern Major Game Show

One Letter Away From Fame

Nov 13, 2014

Take a single letter away from a celebrity's name and he's transformed. If the star of World War Z lost a letter in his first name, he becomes a piece of lingerie: "Bra Pitt."

Heard in Episode 402: The Model Of A Modern Major Game Show

Rick Rolling

Nov 6, 2014

House musician Jonathan Coulton gives Rick Astley a run for his money. Donning a turtleneck and trench coat, he sings "Never Gonna Give You Up" with the lyrics changed to be about other famous Ricks.

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

Load Of B.S.

Nov 6, 2014

Don't worry, this is a G-rated game. The answers will be people and things with the initials B.S., like "baby shower." Then, VIP Ethan Hawke serenades the winner live on the Ask Me Another stage.

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

Cinema Snacks

Nov 6, 2014

If you think the best part of going to the movies is the popcorn and candy, this game is for you! All the answers are mash-ups of movie titles and names of foods, like "Children of the Corned Beef."

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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