Ask Me Another

Saturday at 11 a.m.
  • Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg

Ask Me Another is the rambunctious live show from NPR and WNYC that blends brainteasers, pub trivia, comedy and music into an hour of mind-bending fun. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones and be serenaded by house musician Jonathan Coulton. 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.

Every week on your radio or podcast, you can play along as Ophira poses questions to willing audience members and call-in contestants, Jonathan sings clues to the tune of pop songs and the resident puzzle guru attempts to keep everyone in line. Each week a new celebrity V.I.P. – that's Very Important Puzzler – dazzles from the puzzle hot seat in a custom-built game.

ZZ Topics

5 hours ago

Every answer in this final round contains the consecutive letters "Z-Z."

Heard on Dascha Polanco And Mo Amer: Orange Is The New Black Flag

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When Mo Amer was nine, he left his home in Kuwait with his mother and sister. "It was a tough time," he told Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another at the Bell House in Brooklyn. "We fled war in Kuwait and we ended up in Houston, Texas. Which is a natural destination for refugees."

Texas is where Amer first experienced stand up comedy. "I saw stand up for the first time when I was ten at the rodeo, and I told my brother that this is what I want to do for a living," he recalled.

Breaking Up

5 hours ago

The lyrics to Alanis Morissette's classic break-up anthem "You Oughta Know" are rewritten to be about people and things that famously "broke up."

Heard on Dascha Polanco And Mo Amer: Orange Is The New Black Flag

Thanksgiving Mashups

5 hours ago

Pass the non sequiturkey! In this word game, contestants stuff together Thanksgiving dishes with other words and phrases.

Heard on Dascha Polanco And Mo Amer: Orange Is The New Black Flag

Dascha Polanco is no stranger to an erratic schedule. "I was never a college student without working," she told Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another at the Bell House in Brooklyn. "I was working the overnight, and then I would rush to Hunter [College], eight o'clock in the morning — organic chem."

Polanco now stars in Orange Is the New Black, but she originally set out to become a nurse. However, she said she was jealous of the students in Hunter's performing arts programs. She reflected on her decision to follow her dreams of performance:

Acting For Two

5 hours ago

One actor, double the fun. In this audio quiz, contestants identify films in which actors play multiple roles.

Heard on Dascha Polanco And Mo Amer: Orange Is The New Black Flag

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Real Or Fake Merit Badge?

5 hours ago

Scouts these days know how to do everything, even nuclear science. In this game, contestants guess if Boy and Girl Scout merit badges are real or fake.

Heard on Dascha Polanco And Mo Amer: Orange Is The New Black Flag

Ed Helms: Tag Me In

Nov 9, 2018

Before he was Andy from The Office or Stu from The Hangover, actor Ed Helms did stand-up at a dingy comedy cellar that, despite being in New York, was called The Boston Comedy Club. He reminisces on his time there with Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at the Bell House in Brooklyn.

Auto-Tune The Clues

Nov 9, 2018

Ophira joins the likes of Daft Punk, T-Pain, and Rihanna in an Auto-Tuned trivia game that will definitely be a top hit at the club next week.

Heard on Ed Helms: Tag Me In.

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Real Or Fake Academic Article

Nov 9, 2018

In this game, contestants sort fact from fiction to figure out which academic studies are real, and which are fake.

Heard on Ed Helms: Tag Me In.

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Final Round: Rock On

Nov 9, 2018

In this final round, every clue is synonymous with an act in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So, "Corridor and Cereal Grains" becomes "Hall and Oates."

Heard on Ed Helms: Tag Me In.

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Meet The Expert: Rob Sheffield

Nov 9, 2018

Rob Sheffield, longtime Rolling Stone music critic and author, tackles some hardcore music trivia and chats about his newest book, Dreaming the Beatles. The book, which came out this spring, is an exploration of the beloved band through the ears of today's listeners.

"It's crazy the Beatles are still the most popular group in the world," says Sheffield. "There's nothing else anywhere in our culture that's like this." Later, Ophira tries to stump Sheffield with some extra-tough music questions.

Jonathan Coulton parodies some of Rolling Stone music critic Rob Sheffield's favorite summer songs in a game about summer annoyances. Don't forget your SPF.

Heard on Ed Helms: Tag Me In.

Stars And Candy Bars

Nov 9, 2018

This word game challenges contestants to mash up names of celebrities and famous candy brands. Time to break out that pop culture sweet tooth!

Heard on Ed Helms: Tag Me In.

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T-M Information

Nov 2, 2018

In this final round, every answer is a brand name that is often used in a generic way, such as Kleenex.

Heard on Michael C. Hall and Ronny Chieng: More Fun Than A Carrot.

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Early in his career in comedy, Ronny Chieng didn't touch politics in his work. As he told Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another, "At that time, I felt like there were smarter people than me who were talking about it. I didn't want to inject myself into this thing."

Michael C. Hall: Based On Nothing

Nov 2, 2018

Before Michael C. Hall played a funeral director on HBO's Six Feet Under, he had many odd jobs: He worked as bartender, a busboy, a knife salesman, and a suit salesman, among other things. But as he told Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another, his worst pre-career posting was working as an operating room recovery room technician. "Being the first thing people saw when they woke up from anesthesia... intubation breath is the worst breath, that first exhale when you're like on the elevator and they're facing up at you and there's just nowhere to go."

Bad Ideas From The Past

Nov 2, 2018

Sometimes even the smartest people get things wrong. In this game, contestants answer questions about things that some of history's supposedly great minds once thought were true.

Heard on Michael C. Hall and Ronny Chieng: More Fun Than A Carrot.

Gibberish Lyrics

Nov 2, 2018

Can you say that again? Ophira and Jonathan deliver dramatic readings of nonsense song lyrics, and contestants try to identify the artist who made the song famous.

Heard on Michael C. Hall and Ronny Chieng: More Fun Than A Carrot.

An Unlicensed Halloween

Nov 2, 2018

This game goes out to all the costume manufacturers avoiding intellectual property litigation! Contestants must identify characters and celebrities based on descriptions of unlicensed costumes in their likeness.

Heard on Michael C. Hall and Ronny Chieng: More Fun Than A Carrot.

Paint By Numbers

Nov 2, 2018

Which shade do you prefer, Picasso Blue or Kapoor Vantablack? In this music parody, songs with colors in the title were rewritten to be about famous artists.

Heard on Michael C. Hall and Ronny Chieng: More Fun Than A Carrot.

Rapid Eye Music

Oct 26, 2018

Jonathan Coulton parodies some of the band R.E.M.'s most famous songs, rewritten to illustrate common dream experiences. Nighty night!

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

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Easy Peasy

Oct 26, 2018

Who'll be the resident president of this game? Contestants are given clues to two-word phrases where the second word is made by adding the letter P to the beginning of the first.

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

Ethan Slater, the Tony Award-nominated star of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, didn't know what he was auditioning for at first.

"I was in my friend's dorm room at Vassar College," he told Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg, "and I got a phone call."

On the phone was a casting director who offered Slater an audition for a role temporarily titled "Chipper Chip." "'We can't tell you what it is, technically,'" Slater recalled the casting director saying, "'but we think you might be the right shape for it.'"

Character Karaoke

Oct 26, 2018

American Idol's got nothing on Ask Me Another. Contestants listen to clips of fictional characters performing karaoke, and identify the actors. Brava!

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

Honest Foods

Oct 26, 2018

Hungry for some ultra-pasteurized sour dairy, cultured with lactic acid-producing bacteria? Contestants identify common foods based off of less-than-appetizing descriptions.

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

New Surname, Who Dis?

Oct 26, 2018

This final round pits contestants against each other in a game of celebrity-name palindromes — words that are spelled the same backwards and forwards. Wow!

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

Wisdom Of The Crowd

Oct 26, 2018

Ophira and Jonathan join forces and face off against the audience to ponder the numerical answers to some of life's greatest questions.

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

What's More

Oct 19, 2018

Sometimes less is more, but not today. In this final round, contestants must pick which of two things there's more of.

Heard on Nick Kroll: The Story Of The Toothpaste Wedgie.

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Fact Bag

Oct 19, 2018

7UP. Pennies. Charles Dickens. It's time for your favorite bag of facts. Fact Bag is back!

Heard on Nick Kroll: The Story Of The Toothpaste Wedgie.

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