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
9:11 am
Thu April 10, 2014

The Internets

Admit it, you spend too much time on the Internet. Never fear— all that procrastination should pay off in this final round, in which every answer features the letters "N-E-T" in consecutive order.

Heard in Episode 314: Let's Do This Thing

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Ask Me Another
9:11 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Hannibal Buress: It's A Rap

Hannibal Buress on Ask Me Another.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 9:15 am

As part of his act, Hannibal Buress performs his own "Gibberish Rap," but he's also an expert on hip-hop. He plays this game with our contestant, describing songs without using their titles.

Heard in Episode 314: Let's Do This Thing

Ask Me Another
9:11 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Fruity Films

The films A Clockwork Orange and 50 First Dates don't have much in common, except in the world of Ask Me Another. Go bananas in this game and think up films whose titles contain the name of a fruit.

Heard in Episode 314: Let's Do This Thing

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Ask Me Another
9:11 am
Thu April 10, 2014

We Are the Champions

It's often said that winners write history. Well, they also helped us write this game. We'll give you four major award winners—your job? Tell us the name of the prize they share.

Heard in Episode 314: Let's Do This Thing

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Ask Me Another
8:49 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Our Delicious Bodies

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 10:59 am

Cannibalism is gross, but admittedly, ladyfinger cakes are delicious. Try not to get too hungry as you think up various foods, all of which have a human body part in their name.

Heard in Episode 313: This Birbiglian Life

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Podcasts

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:09am
    Admit it, you spend too much time on the Internet. Never fear— all that procrastination should pay off in this final round, in which every answer features the letters "N-E-T" in consecutive order.
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:09am
    The films A Clockwork Orange and 50 First Dates don't have much in common, except in the world of Ask Me Another. Go bananas in this game and think up films whose titles contain the name of a fruit.
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:09am
    It's often said that winners write history. Well, they also helped us write this game. We'll give you four major award winners—your job? Tell us the name of the prize they share.
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:09am
    Some animals are named after other animals, which makes no sense. This game asks you to to defy logic and remember the names of creatures like "elephant seal," whose names are two animals in one.
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:09am
    You've probably heard the jingles for products like Kit Kat and McDonald's hundreds of times. But can you recognize them when Jonathan Coulton sings them — in Italian? Buona fortuna!