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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.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:00amAs the album cover closes on this collection of favorite music games, Fugazi's Ian MacKaye and NPR's Stephen Thompson identify acoustic renditions of punk songs performed by house musician Jonathan Coulton. Plus, "Our Magnum Opus," a musical final round.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:00amWe continue the hour of our favorite musical games. Join host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton as they lead the games "Triple Word Score" and "Happy and You Know It." Plus, contestant try out-lyricizing the clever Cole Porter in the game "Pen It Like Porter."
Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:00amShake, rattle and roll! Play along as host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton rework famous songs into trivia questions, in the games "With The Beatles" and "Call Me M.B."
Thursday, December 5, 2013 11:00amPuzzle Guru John Chaneski leads this final round in which every correct answer is the name of a real or fictional doctor, most of whom you shouldn't go to for medical advice. Except maybe Dr. Who. Bonus trivia question: On The Muppet Show, who led the house band and played the keyboards?
Thursday, December 5, 2013 11:00amConsidering the satin-voiced singer's fourth record, Normal as Blueberry Pie, was a tribute to Doris Day, we put McKay in the puzzle hot seat for a quiz about the legendary actress and singer. Plus, hear what vinyl she's currently spinning, and why she brought a pair of leopard-print, "second-hand love cuffs" to the show.