Go Fact Yourself

Go Fact Yourself

maximumfun.org/shows/go-fact-yourself
Twice a month, host J. Keith van Straaten and co-host Helen Hong bring together the smartest celebrities they know and make them look dumb…and then smart again! Recorded before a live audience in downtown Los Angeles, this game show features comedians, actors and musicians answering arcane questions on topics they claim to be experts in. But don’t worry, if they slip up, there are real experts on hand to give us the facts! If you’re in the Los Angeles area and would like to be in the audience for a podcast taping, get your free ticket at gofactyourpod.com!


52: Jamie Loftus & Craig Shoemaker
Jan 17 • 75 min
Click your heels three times and remember there’s no place like home: “Go Fact Yourself” is officially the greatest trivia show on ice! Comedians Jamie Loftus and Craig Shoemaker show off their knowledge about Hollywood, ice rinks and the power of love.
51: Charlie Hankin & Kitty Felde
Jan 3 • 73 min
Perfect your comic punchlines and read up on your history for this episode of Go Fact Yourself! Cartoonist Charlie Hankin and writer Kitty Felde answer questions about U.S. presidents, classic science-fiction films and regal living spaces.
50: Jesse Thorn & Kelly Hu
Dec 20, 2019 • 71 min
It’s the 50th episode of Go Fact Yourself! And we’ve got a t-shirt! We celebrate this milestone by having Maximum Fun founder Jesse Thorn compete against actor Kelly Hu to answer questions about baseball, cadavers and what can be mixed into chocolate.
49: Atsuko Okatsuka & Joel Stein
Dec 6, 2019 • 65 min
It’s comedian Atsuko Otatsuka vs. writer Joel Stein, answering questions about cleanliness, classic sitcoms and fancy fountains.
48: Jenny Jaffe & Jim Rash
Nov 15, 2019 • 70 min
Comedy writer Jenny Jaffe and actor/writer Jim Rash compete for trivia supremacy in topics like moisturizing, basket weaving and cuddly critters.
47: Adam Conover & Jill-Michele Melean
Nov 1, 2019 • 69 min
This week on Go Fact Yourself, it’s not just a game of trivia: it’s a game of hardcore roller derby AND a game of Super Mario! TruTV Star Adam Conover and comedian Jill-Michele Melean discuss clean eating, public transportation and the value of tastef
46: Quinn Cummings & Greg Behrendt
Oct 18, 2019 • 72 min
Whether you’re in the mood to surf some waves or binge some TV, this episode of Go Fact Yourself is for you! Writer and podcaster Quinn Cummings goes head-to-head with comedian and author Greg Behrendt on trivia topics like surf music, animated Netflix
45: Peter Sagal & Rebecca Makkai
Oct 4, 2019 • 73 min
It’s another helping of Go Fact Yourself in Chicago, now more delicious and savory than ever! NPR host Peter Sagal faces off against Pulitzer-finalist Rebecca Makkai to talk about the value of Chicago deep-dish pizza, whether or not a hot dog is a sandw
44: Bill Kurtis & Sarah Spain
Sep 20, 2019 • 74 min
It’s the first episode of Go Fact Yourself from Chicago, and the first time on the show where we have not one, but TWO Peabody Award winners facing off! Legendary broadcaster Bill Kurtis and Sarah Spain from ESPN answer questions about war veterans, imp
43: Jena Friedman & Jack O’Brien
Sep 6, 2019 • 70 min
This episode of Go Fact Yourself features quick wits and facts about hit flicks! Jena Friedman and Jack O’Brien take a deep dive into the lore of the Jaws franchise, the history of comedy, and why taking a bath at a funeral might result in your funeral.
42: Jim Beaver & Erica Rhodes
Aug 16, 2019 • 67 min
C’est l’heure pour un nouvel épisode de Go Fact Yourself*! (In case your French is a little rusty: It’s time for a new episode of Go Fact Yourself!) Actor Jim Beaver and comedian Erica Rhodes discuss classic musicals set in France, American traitor
41: Jamie Kennedy & Melissa McQueen
Aug 2, 2019 • 66 min
Our patented mind-control techniques compel you to hear this episode of Go Fact Yourself! Comedians Jamie Kennedy and Melissa McQueen discuss government secrets, child actors and value of sparkly clothing.
40: Anthony Rapp & Jessica McKenna
Jul 19, 2019 • 71 min
The conspiracy connections are just as strong as the trivia and comedy on this episode of Go Fact Yourself! Comedian Cristela Alonzo joins as co-host for a competition between voice-artist Jessica McKenna and actor Anthony Rapp! Plus some discussion about
39: Dwayne Perkins & Gaby Dunn
Jul 5, 2019 • 74 min
It’s Go Fact Yourself…. IN SPAAAAACE! Or at least with a lot of discussion about space, plus tons of comedy and trivia! Author Gaby Dunn competes against comedian Dwayne Perkins to talk about money, sitcoms and iconic supporting actors.
38: Mindy Sterling & Dylan Brody
Jun 21, 2019 • 69 min
Are you a true fashionista? Are you surrounded by the lore of classic comics? Do you just want to laugh and learn some great trivia? Whether you check one or all of those boxes, this episode of Go Fact Yourself is for you! Actor Mindy Sterling and author
37: Margaret Cho & Jamie Kaler
Jun 7, 2019 • 68 min
Dolphins and music and sports, oh my! It’s a brand new episode of Go Fact Yourself! Comedians and actors Margaret Cho and Jamie Kaler reminisce about their careers and answer trivia questions about marine life, basketball and celebrities from the ‘80s
36: Allie Goertz & Jason Stuart
May 17, 2019 • 67 min
This episode of Go Fact Yourself is part of a balanced breakfast of trivia and comedy! Actor and comedian Jason Stuart faces writer and podcaster Allie Goertz to discuss cereal, math and seminal “Saturday Night Live” films.
35: Suzy Nakamura & Mark L. Walberg
May 3, 2019 • 65 min
It might be the most highbrow episode of Go Fact Yourself yet! Actress Suzy Nakamura squares off against television host Mark L. Walberg to discuss minor league baseball, math, and traditional holiday ballet.
34: Dave Anthony & Xeni Jardin
Apr 19, 2019 • 69 min
This week’s episode of Go Fact Yourself features topics that are really scary and really funny! Comedian Dave Anthony and journalist Xeni Jardin answer trivia, advocate for important causes and even get to meet a personal hero.
33: Sara Schaefer & Kurt Braunohler
Apr 5, 2019 • 65 min
Grab your favorite science-fiction novel and your settle into your 1400’s English outfit for this episode of Go Fact Yourself! Comedians Sara Schaefer and Kurt Braunohler’s trivia knowledge will be pushed to the limit, but not before they recount their pr
32: Guy Branum & Emily Heller
Mar 22, 2019 • 77 min
In honor of the #MaxFunDrive, Go Fact Yourself presents a special network crossover with Guy Branum from “Pop Rocket” and Emily Heller from “Baby Geniuses!” We run the gamut, from personal heroes to classic television to Martha Stewart’s barnyard animals.
Bonus Ep. 31.5: opening for Judge John Hodgman
Mar 15, 2019 • 20 min
Our regularly scheduled episode has been moved to next week for the #MaxFunDrive. This mini-episode of Go Fact Yourself was recorded as part of a live opening for Judge John Hodgman. J. Keith and Helen share some laughs before they quiz members of the aud
31: Greg Fitzsimmons & Shawn Pelofsky
Mar 1, 2019 • 67 min
Fans of comedy, cars and Howard Stern rejoice: This episode of Go Fact Yourself is sure to delight! Shawn Pelofsky, fresh off her comedy special “Stretch It Out,”takes on comedian Greg Fitzsimmons, host of “Ftizdog Radio,” in a battle of trivia supremacy.
30: Sasheer Zamata & Samm Levine
Feb 15, 2019 • 67 min
TV, Quentin Tarantino and comedy come together on Go Fact Yourself! Sasheer Zamata, best known for her role on “Saturday Night Live” and host of the variety showcase “Sasheer Zamata Party Time” will take on will take on Samm Levine, who’s appeared i
29: Scott Thompson & Jenny Yang
Feb 1, 2019 • 64 min
It’s a collision of comedians on this episode of Go Fact Yourself! Scott Thompson from the famed comedy troupe Kids in the Hall faces Jenny Yang from the show “Busy Tonight” on the E! Network. They’ll compare stories as to how they got their start before
Ep 28: Felicia Day & Elliott Kalan
Jan 18, 2019 • 69 min
It’s a trivia mix of film, TV and the internet on this episode of Go Fact Yourself! Elliott Kalan, host of fellow Maximum Fun podcast The Flop House, faces off against actress Felicia Day, known for creating and starring in the web-series The Guild. An
27: Cara Santa Maria & Glen Weldon
Jan 4, 2019 • 61 min
Happy National Trivia Day! Let’s celebrate with a collision of folks who also host podcasts! Cara Santa Maria, host of the Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria podcast, takes on author Glen Weldon, panelist on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour. Their trivia m
26: Lea Thompson & Sandeep Parikh
Dec 21, 2018 • 60 min
Nerdy media of the past and present collide on this edition of Go Fact Yourself! Lea Thompson from Back to the Future faces off against Sandeep Parikh from The Guild to test their trivia knowledge of baseball, the color green and classic movies.
25: Wil Wheaton & Anne Wheaton
Dec 7, 2018 • 64 min
It’s the very first couple-edition of Go Fact Yourself! Wil and Anne Wheaton join J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong to determine their trivia supremacy in topics that they love… including a couple of categories that they share a love for (hint: vid
Ep 24: Jordan Morris & Alison Rosen
Nov 16, 2018 • 60 min
Go Fact Yourself is back in Los Angeles! Jordan Morris and Alison Rosen join J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong to answer questions about the Harlem Globetrotters, sweet treats and prehistoric creatures.
23: Ophira Eisenberg & Charles Busch
Nov 2, 2018 • 55 min
Go Fact Yourself is back in New York City! Ophira Eisenberg and Charles Busch join hosts J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong for a battle of trivia supremacy. As part of that, they’ll chat about everything from street-building materials, fashion, and t
Ep 22: Stacy London & Scott Rogowsky
Oct 19, 2018 • 59 min
It’s the first episode recorded in New York City! Stacy London and Scott Rogowsky join J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong to determine who the facting champion of trivia is. Along the way, they’ll talk about things they love, fashion, and clam chowd
Ep 21: Maria Bamford & Grant Imahara
Oct 5, 2018 • 59 min
Grant Imahara and Maria Bamford join J. Keith Van Straaten and Helen Hong to determine who the facting champion of trivia is. Along the way, they’ll talk about things they love, cooking, robotics and pets of both the feline and canine persuasion.
20: Matt Besser & Lyric Lewis
Sep 21, 2018 • 63 min
Matt Besser and Lyric Lewis join J. Keith Van Straaten and Helen Hong to determine who the facting champion of trivia is. Along the way, they’ll talk about things they love, carbonated beverages, improv and drinking.
Ep 19: Alison Becker & Glynn Washington
Sep 7, 2018 • 62 min
In this episode, we’ll learn about Glynn Washington’s attitude towards producing quality stories, why puppets are a perfect way to combat social justice issues and Alison Becker’s amazing moment where she made out with Jon Bon Jovi.
Ep 18: Tom Bergeron & Jodi Miller
Aug 17, 2018 • 59 min
Comedian Jodi Miller and television host Tom Bergeron compete to answer questions about television, outerwear, film and more.
Ep 17: Louis Virtel & Laraine Newman
Aug 3, 2018 • 59 min
In this episode, we’ll learn how Louis’s love of publicly answering trivia questions stems from a 3rd-grade spelling bee that he came up short in and why the winners of Jeopardy love keeping in touch with each other after their victories. Laraine will
Ep 16: Jonathan Ames & Janet Varney
Jul 20, 2018 • 61 min
Jonathan Ames and Janet Varney join hosts J. Keith Van Straaten and Helen Hong to compete in a trivia showdown!
Ep 15: Paul F. Tompkins & Susan Orlean
Jul 6, 2018 • 61 min
In this episode, we learn about why Paul can’t stop spoiling upcoming episodes of Bojack Horseman for his wife, and why he should be considered the king of coining new catchphrases. And we’ll also learn which animals in Susan’s life have been named
14: John Ross Bowie & Jackie Kashian
Jun 15, 2018 • 59 min
Jackie Kashian and John Ross Bowie join J. Keith Van Straaten and Helen Hong to discuss what it means to flirt properly, how where you were raised can determine what you enjoy and answer a bunch of trivia questions.
13: Andrea Savage & Fred Willard
Jun 1, 2018 • 61 min
In this episode, J. Keith van Straaten is joined by Andrea Savage and Fred Willard to compete for trivia supremacy.
12: Drew Droege & Chelsey Crisp
May 18, 2018 • 58 min
In this episode, actor and comedian Drew Droege faces off against Chelsey Crisp of “Fresh Off the Boat”. Chelsey, now a vegan, recalls what it was like eating leeches on Fear Factor. Before Drew began starring in the Charles Busch play Die, Mommie Di
11: Edi Patterson & Wayne Federman
May 4, 2018 • 52 min
This week, actress Edi Patterson and comedian Wayne Federman will go head-to-head, answering such biting trivia as the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard, the politics of Beverly Hills and the finer points of child-birth. It’s a competition a
10: Stephanie Miller & Jonathan Mangum
Apr 20, 2018 • 51 min
This week, radio host Stephanie Miller and Let’s Make a Deal’s Jonathan Mangum compete to determine who’s the facting champion of Go Fact Yourself! But before they show off their trivia prowess, they talk a little about who they are. Stephanie expla
9: Pete Holmes & Annabelle Gurwitch
Apr 6, 2018 • 63 min
This episode is SO MUCH FUN! Pete Holmes and Annabelle Gurwitch grace Go Fact Yourself with their wit, joy and, yes, abject frustration. And we learn fun facts about the performers. For example, Pete Holmes reveals that The New Yorker rejected his avocado
8: Paul Scheer & Lennon Parham
Mar 16, 2018 • 50 min
In this episode, we have the hilarious Lennon Parham of Playing House and the podcast Womp It Up . She faces off against TV & film’s Paul Scheer, who also co-hosts the popular movie podcast How Did This Get Made? J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong wil
7: Kirsten Vangsness & Jason Kravits
Mar 2, 2018 • 52 min
In this episode, J. Keith and Helen play host to Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds) and Jason Kravits, who is very recognizable from his many many appearances on the big screen and the small screen, as well as Broadway. We learn that Ki
6: Lizz Winstead and Alonzo Bodden
Feb 16, 2018 • 62 min
In this episode, J. Keith and Helen play host to comedians Lizz Winstead and Alonzo Bodden. Lizz is the founder of Lady Parts Justice and was the co-creator and head writer of The Daily Show. Lizz’s topics of expertise were: fitted sheet folding, Scrabb
5: Dave Holmes & Monique Powell
Feb 2, 2018 • 51 min
In this episode, writer, comedian and International Waters host Dave Holmes competes against Save Ferris’ Monique Powell. Holmes shares his number one piece of advice for game show host newbies like J. Keith, and Powell tells us about her hard-partyi
4: Cristela Alonzo & Maz Jobrani
Jan 19, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode, Maz Jobrani reveals how much he makes per episode on Superior Donuts, and Cristela Alonzo leads the audience in a sing along of one of her favorite songs. In What’s the Difference, Cristela and Maz share their theories on the difference
3: Pamela Ribon & Frank DeCaro
Jan 5, 2018 • 50 min
In this episode, comic book author and Moana screenwriter Pamela Ribon faces off against former Daily Show correspondent and host of The Frank DeCaro Show, Frank DeCaro. Ribon’s three areas of expertise are: The…
2: Alie Ward & Phil LaMarr
Dec 15, 2017 • 52 min
In this episode, Ologies podcaster and CBS science correspondent for Innovation Nation, Alie Ward, and actor Phil LaMarr (Mad TV, Family Guy) are grilled about bugs, baseball and bicycles. Can either of our charming guests tell the difference between…
1: Jimmy Pardo & Beth Littleford
Dec 8, 2017 • 51 min
Jimmy Pardo, Beth Littleford and surprise experts join hosts J. Keith van Straaten & Helen Hong