Go Fact Yourself

Go Fact Yourself

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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!


69: Eliza Skinner & Josh Gondelman
Oct 16 • 79 min
Turn up your favorite song and raise a glass, it’s time for more Go Fact Yourself! Comedians and TV producers Eliza Skinner and Josh Gondelman answer questions about life behind the scenes and classic shows on the stage and screen.
68: Frank Conniff & Courtney Henggeler
Oct 2 • 77 min
Binge some classic television and brush up on your U.S. history, it’s time for another episode of Go Fact Yourself! Comedian and writer Frank Conniff takes on actor Courtney Henggeler to discuss trivia on books to read, shows to stream and presidential…
67: Wink Martindale & Arden Myrin
Sep 18 • 74 min
Out of the park and onto the stage, it’s a new Go Fact Yourself! Legendary broadcaster and game show host Wink Martindale goes up against actor and podcaster Arden Myrin to answer trivia about killer plants, bespectacled athletes and the law of desserts.
66: Jade Catta-Preta & Dave Hill
Sep 4 • 71 min
Tune up your guitar and try to write one great song… It’s a new Go Fact Yourself! TV host Jade Catta-Preta takes on podcaster and musician Dave Hill`to answer questions about hit musicals, hit music and animals taking hits of sedatives.
65: Nellie McKay & Grant-Lee Phillips
Aug 21 • 68 min
Grab some headphones and kick back on the couch — or in the car— for a special musical episode of Go Fact Yourself! Singer-songwriters Nellie McKay and Grant-Lee Phillips compete in trivia about the magic of music, the magic of movies and the magic of…
64: Dan McCoy & Jo Firestone
Aug 6 • 87 min
It’s the final week of the Max Fun Drive! We’re going out with another contest between Max Fun podcasters: Dan McCoy from “The Flop House” takes on Jo Firestone from “Dr. Gameshow,” to discuss bro-y TV programs, showy rock stars and psycho killers!
63: John Roderick & Moujan Zolfaghari
Jul 24 • 83 min
Happy Max Fun Drive! To celebrate, we’ve brought on a pair of Max Fun podcasters: John Roderick from “Friendly Fire” and Moujan Zolfaghari from “Mission to Zyxx.” We’ll have questions all about vulgarity, classic movie stars and classic moving cars!
RERUN: Grant Imahara & Maria Bamford
Jul 17 • 66 min
This week we’re revisiting an episode from October of 2018 that featured Grant Imahara, whose recent death shocked and saddened us. We’ll share some of our favorite memories of working with Grant, then present the entirety of his competition against…
62: Ann Magnuson & Hal Lublin
Jul 3 • 70 min
From the mightiest of heroes to the worst of villains, it’s another LIVE edition of Go Fact Yourself! Voice actor Hal Lublin takes on actor Ann Magnuson in a trivia battle of comic books, serial killers and covert word play.
61: Rachel Bloom & Tommy Davidson
Jun 19 • 81 min
Sing a little song and wish upon a star, it’s another competition edition of Go Fact Yourself! Award winning Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) takes on Tommy Davidson from “The Proud Family” to answer questions about movies, animated musicals and going…
60: Best of Music
Jun 5 • 76 min
It’s another best of edition of Go Fact Yourself centered on music. Guests like Alonzo Bodden and Emily Heller discuss their favorite artists and genres with a veritable chorus line of authors and songwriters.
59: Jonathan Coulton & Ophira Eisenberg
May 15 • 94 min
It’s our first Go Fact Yourself that was streamed LIVE on video! In a battle of NPR trivia icons, musician Jonathan Coulton competes with comedian Ophira Eisenberg to answer questions about music, television and tentacles (seriously!)
58: Walter Koenig & Danielle Koenig
May 1 • 74 min
It’s the first ever father-daughter edition of Go Fact Yourself! Writer Danielle Koenig and actor Walter Koenig go head to head in a multigenerational family feud of trivia!
57: Jordan Morris
Apr 17 • 80 min
It’s another quarantine and redemption edition of Go Fact Yourself! Jordan Morris was on episode 24 of the show where he was quizzed on his love of the La Brea Tar Pits. Even though he aced his area of expertise, he came up just short of victory. We’re…
56: Best of Baseball
Apr 3 • 59 min
The 2020 MLB season is in question, but we’re happy to celebrate baseball on Go Fact Yourself! There have been a lot of contestants who have chosen baseball as their areas of expertise; we’ve quizzed folks like comedy legend Fred Willard, voice actor Phil…
55: Jimmy Pardo
Mar 27 • 66 min
It’s a special, experimental Quarantine Edition of Go Fact Yourself recorded at our various homes and with no live audience! Jimmy Pardo is a comedian and host of the long-running podcast “Never Not Funny.” He also owns the distinction of being a guest on…
54.5: J. Keith & Helen on WGN TV and radio
Mar 6 • 23 min
Happy Max Fun Drive month! To celebrate, we’re changing up our episode schedule in March. This week, we’ve got a pair of interviews that aired as part of Go Fact Yourself’s shows in Chicago. First, J. Keith and Helen will speak with Larry Potash from WGN…
54: Oscar Nunez & Molly Knight
Feb 21 • 76 min
Strike up the band! It’s a music-filled episode of Go Fact Yourself! Oscar Nunez is best known for his role as Oscar Martinez in the classic NBC comedy “The Office.” Between its original run on television and streaming distribution on Netflix, it’s earned…
53: Gareth Reynolds & Ali Spagnola
Feb 7 • 67 min
Slackers of the world unite! Fire up your flux capacitors! “Go Fact Yourself” has trivia that spans the timeline this week! Gareth Reynolds is best known as one of the hosts of “The Dollop.” It’s a podcast that shares stories from U.S. history in a fun…
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! Jamie Loftus is a comedian and a host of “The Bechdel Cast” podcast. Her show is all about analyzing film from a…
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! Charlie Hankin is perhaps best known for his comics in The New Yorker magazine. For you aspiring cartoonists, he shares the secret to getting your work in the…
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! To help us celebrate, we’ve brought on Maximum Fun founder, Jesse Thorn. These days, MaxFun is known for dozens of quality podcasts. But in Jesse’s early days, he recorded the talk show…
49: Atsuko Okatsuka & Joel Stein
Dec 6, 2019 • 65 min
FINALLY! An episode of Go Fact Yourself that celebrates trivia AND elitism! In July, Atsuko Okatsuka had perhaps the most on-brand experience that a comedian can have in LA: she got on stage ready to perform right as an earthquake struck. She’ll tell us…
48: Jenny Jaffe & Jim Rash
Nov 15, 2019 • 70 min
Mysteries will be solved and species saved on this episode of Go Fact Yourself! Jenny Jaffe is a comedy writer who grew up with an obsession for 90’s Nickelodeon animated shows. Her career has now come full circle: she’s landed a gig to writing for the…
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! You probably know Adam Conover from his TruTV show, “Adam Ruins Everything,” where he uncovers the complicated, and often…
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! As an actor, Quinn Cummings saw success at an early age. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the film The Goodbye Girl. It was a great…
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! Peter Sagal is the host of the NPR program “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” But his experience with trivia shows goes all the way back to when he was a contestant on…
44: Bill Kurtis & Sarah Spain
Sep 20, 2019 • 74 min
It’s the first episode of Go Fact Yourself from Chicago! Two-time Peabody Award winner Bill Kurtis is a news anchor with one of the most famous voices in television and radio. You may have heard him as the scorekeeper for the program “Wait, Wait… Don’t…
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 is a comedian and longtime contributor to television, perhaps her best known work was as a producer on “The Daily Show.” She’ll talk about how she was so…
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!) Jim Beaver is an actor who’s known for his roles in TV shows like, “Breaking Bad,” and, “Justified,” where…
41: Jamie Kennedy & Melissa McQueen
Aug 2, 2019 • 66 min
Go Fact Yourself is coming to Chicago! Join us on August 9 & 10 at Sleeping Village. Visit gofactyourpod.com for tickets and details. Our patented mind-control techniques compel you to hear this episode of Go Fact Yourself! Jamie Kennedy is a comedian and…
40: Anthony Rapp & Jessica McKenna
Jul 19, 2019 • 71 min
Go Fact Yourself is coming to Chicago! Join us on August 9 & 10 at Sleeping Village. Visit gofactyourpod.com for tickets and details. Cristela Alonzo is a comedian and former guest on Go Fact Yourself. This week, she’s stepping in as the co-host! Her new…
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! Gaby Dunn is the author of the book Bad With Money and the host of the podcast of the same name. That makes her something of an…
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! Mindy Sterling is an actor who’s…
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! Margaret Cho is a comedian and actress, known for her role in “30 Rock” as Kim Jong-il, for which she received an Emmy nomination. Margaret is also heavily tattooed, but…
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! Allie Goertz is a writer who hosts the fellow Max Fun podcast “Everything’s Coming up Simpsons”. As if that didn’t give her enough funny things to surround herself…
35: Suzy Nakamura & Mark L. Walberg
May 3, 2019 • 65 min
It might be the most highbrow episode of Go Fact Yourself yet! Suzy Nakamura is an actor who’s been seen in shows like “Dr. Ken” and “The Goldbergs”. Her work has endeared her to a large number of fans, but she’ll explain what she’s had to correct them…
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! Dave Anthony is a comedian, but he loves making people think just as much as he loves making them laugh. He hosts the podcast “The Dollop” where he tells…
33: Sara Schaefer & Kurt Braunohler
Apr 5, 2019 • 65 min
Grab your favorite science-fiction novel and settle into your 1400’s English outfit for this episode of Go Fact Yourself! Sara Schaefer is an accomplished comedian and writer. She won an Emmy for her time as a blogger on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”…
32: Guy Branum & Emily Heller
Mar 22, 2019 • 77 min
In honor of the #MaxFunDrive, Go Fact Yourself presents a special network crossover! Guy Branum is a comedian and host of the podcast “Pop Rocket”. He’s also a pop culture savant, as detailed in his book My Life as a Goddess. If you want to know more…
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 open for Judge John Hodgman. First, Bailiff Jesse Thorn gives a warm welcome to the audience. Then J.…
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 is a comedian whose special “Stretch It Out” is available now. She’s ready to be quizzed about her favorite things; But she’s also excited…
30: Sasheer Zamata & Samm Levine
Feb 15, 2019 • 67 min
“The Simpsons,” Quentin Tarantino and comedy come together on Go Fact Yourself! Sasheer Zamata is best known for her roles on “Saturday Night Live” and as the host of the variety showcase Sasheer Zamata Party Time. She’ll tell us about why a very……
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 is known for being part of the famed comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall. How did he become a part of such a well-regarded group of funny people? Let’s just say that it all…
Ep 28: Felicia Day & Elliott Kalan
Jan 18, 2019 • 69 min
It’s a trivia mix of film, TV and the internet this week on Go Fact Yourself with two of the creative forces behind Netlfix’s “Mystery Science Theater 3000!” Elliot Kalan is a newly published children’s author of the book Horse Meets Dog. He’s also the…
27: Cara Santa Maria & Glen Weldon
Jan 4, 2019 • 61 min
Happy National Trivia Day! Let’s celebrate with a collision of journalists who also host podcasts! Cara Santa Maria is the host of the podcast Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria. She’s also a science communicator and there’s a chance that her proficiency in…
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 is an actress, perhaps best known for her role in the classic Back to the Future series. But lately, she’s developed a reputation for losing reality TV…
25: Wil Wheaton & Anne Wheaton
Dec 7, 2018 • 64 min
It’s the very first couple-edition of Go Fact Yourself! Wil Wheaton is an actor, writer and geek-culture legend. He’s been in everything from Star Trek: The Next Generation where he starred as the character Wesley Crusher, to his YouTube series TableTop.…
Ep 24: Jordan Morris & Alison Rosen
Nov 16, 2018 • 60 min
Go Fact Yourself has returned to Los Angeles! Jordan Morris is a podcasting savant. For years he has endeared himself to listeners as one of the hosts of the Max Fun podcast Jordan, Jesse Go!. But these days, he’s getting more attention for the…
23: Ophira Eisenberg & Charles Busch
Nov 2, 2018 • 55 min
It’s another episode Go Fact Yourself recorded in New York! Ophira Eisenberg is used to being on trivia shows as the host of NPR’s Ask Me Another. But here’s the thing: she doesn’t consider herself a trivia buff. Like, at all. That said, she’s chosen…
Ep 22: Stacy London & Scott Rogowsky
Oct 19, 2018 • 59 min
It’s the first episode of Go Fact Yourself recorded in New York! Fashion stylist Stacy London is a New York Times Bestselling author. And for ten seasons, she was best known as the host of What Not to Wear on TLC. And while she still prides herself on…
Ep 21: Maria Bamford & Grant Imahara
Oct 5, 2018 • 59 min
Maria Bamford is a comedian, and star of the Netflix series Lady Dynamite. She’s normally not one for small talk, but this podcast has just the right amount of organized conversation to make her feel comfortable. Grant Imahara is a former member of the…
20: Matt Besser & Lyric Lewis
Sep 21, 2018 • 63 min
Matt Besser is a comedian, actor, writer, director and founding member of The Upright Citizens Brigade. He also hosts the weekly podcast improv4humans. He tells J. Keith about the two word prompts he’s banned at shows (hint: one’s a type of fruit and the…
Ep 19: Alison Becker & Glynn Washington
Sep 7, 2018 • 62 min
Glynn Washington is the host and creator of the public radio show Snap Judgment. Fun fact: He actually got his radio show started by winning a radio contest. Snap Judgment is all about “storytelling with a beat,” and, with a little help from Helen Hong,…
Ep 18: Tom Bergeron & Jodi Miller
Aug 17, 2018 • 59 min
Jodi Miller is a stand-up comedian and actress. She’s also known for her appearance on America’s Got Talent where she explained how guys are like cats. Her comedy album No Child Left Behind is available now. Tom Bergeron has been a fixture on ABC for…
Ep 17: Louis Virtel & Laraine Newman
Aug 3, 2018 • 59 min
Louis Virtel is a comedian and a co-host of the podcast Keep It. He’s also the winner of Jeopardy, whose Double Jeopardy celebration went viral shortly after it aired on TV. Laraine Newman returns to Go Fact Yourself, this time as a contestant. Newman is…
Ep 16: Jonathan Ames & Janet Varney
Jul 20, 2018 • 61 min
Jonathan Ames created several TV shows, including Bored to Death and Blunt Talk. He’s also the author of many books, including You Were Never Really Here, which was recently adapted into a movie. Janet Varney stars in the TV show Stan Against Evil and…
Ep 15: Paul F. Tompkins & Susan Orlean
Jul 6, 2018 • 61 min
Susan Orlean is a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of books like The Orchid Thief. Paul F. Tompkins is a comedian whose voice you’ll recognize as the character Mr. Peanutbutter on Bojack Horseman. In this episode, we learn about why Paul…
14: John Ross Bowie & Jackie Kashian
Jun 15, 2018 • 59 min
In this episode, we learn about the time Jackie Kashian’s father hit on Maria Bamford. It was at Jackie’s wedding. To find out how Maria reacted, take a listen. Also, if anyone books a guest-starring role on NBC’s Speechless, John Ross Bowie will not only…
13: Andrea Savage & Fred Willard
Jun 1, 2018 • 61 min
In this episode, J. Keith van Straaten is reunited on stage with fellow thespian Andrea Savage. You may recognize Savage from her starring role on TruTV’s I’m Sorry, and dozens of Angelenos will recognize her from a junior high production of a pirate…
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”. We learn lots of interesting facts about Drew and Chelsey in this episode. Chelsey, now a vegan, recalls what it was like eating leeches on Fear…
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 childbirth. It’s a competition as…
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 explains…
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 will…
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…
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,…
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-partying…
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 Goonies, The Outsiders, and Beastie Boys…
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 a…
1: Jimmy Pardo & Beth Littleford
Dec 8, 2017 • 51 min
It’s the inaugural episode of Go Fact Yourself! Hosts J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong test whether comedians Jimmy Pardo (“Never Not Funny”) and Beth Littleford (“Dog with a Blog”) are as smart as they think they are about topics they love. For…