Ask Me Another

Sundays at 7pm on WPSU2
  • Hosted by 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.

Better Call Saul and The Mandalorian star Giancarlo Esposito's on-screen interests include running a drug empire and hunting Baby Yoda. Off-screen, Esposito's interests include playing the saxophone and designing hats. In this interview, Esposito talks about his initial reluctance to take on the role of Gus Fring in Breaking Bad and its prequel, Better Call Saul.

Is It Broccoli?

Jun 18, 2021

Many plants in your supermarket produce section look different, but are actually the exact same species: Brassica oleracea. Broccoli is one such plant, so in this game, comedian Bethany Van Delft (Parentalogic and "The Ten News,") and Tanya Morgan rapper Donwill try to weed out which cunning crops are secretly broccoli.

Other Aughts

Jun 18, 2021

In this latest installment of decade-themed music parodies about history, comedian Bethany Van Delft (Parentalogic and The Ten News) and Tanya Morgan rapper Donwill take on popular songs from the 2000s — AKA, the "aughts," rewritten to make them about things from the "aughts" of other centuries. Now this is a game you "ought" to hear!

Sara Bareilles

Jun 11, 2021

Grammy-winning musician Sara Bareilles was playing stadium gigs when she was a teenager. (Well, technically, it was singing the national anthem at a Dodgers game — but still.) In this interview, Bareilles reflects on how the Broadway musical Waitress led to opportunities like working with Tina Fey on the Peacock comedy Girls5eva. Then, she gets quizzed on one of her favorite shows: The Golden Girls.

Andrew Rannells

May 28, 2021

In early performances of Broadway's The Book of Mormon, offended audience members would sometimes get up and walk out of the theater. Andrew Rannells, who originated the role of Elder Price, didn't mind.

"It was pretty exciting," Rannells told NPR's Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg. "It didn't happen that often but when it did happen, it did feel like we were a part of something special."

Heart Transplant

May 28, 2021

From the Hulu series Shrill, Lolly Adefope and E.R. Fightmaster work together in a music parody game where songs with the word "heart" in the title are rewritten to be about other things starting with H.

Heard on Andrew Rannells: The Truth About Cats And Dogs

Dolly Parton, Dalai Lama Or Both?

May 28, 2021

Actors Lolly Adefope and E.R. Fightmaster (Shrill) must determine if a fact is about Dolly Parton, the Dalai Lama... or BOTH?

Heard on Andrew Rannells: The Truth About Cats And Dogs

Sean Hayes: HypocondriActor

May 14, 2021

Eleven years after Will & Grace's first finale, Sean Hayes reprised his outrageous character Jack McFarland in the series' reboot — but it wasn't easy to jump right back into the role.

"When we did the table read of the first episode of the reboot I was like, 'oh boy.' Your body feels it. I forgot how much work this is. So it was hard to get the energy and find the energy. But slowly it comes back.""

Other 90s

May 14, 2021

Real Estate bandmates Martin Courtney and Alex Bleeker compete in a 90s themed music parody game about things from the 1890s, 1790s, 1690s... you get it.

Heard on Sean Hayes & Ed Helms: Podcast No. 9.

A Brand By Any Other Name

May 14, 2021

From the indie rock band Real Estate, bandmates Alex Bleeker and Martin Courntney put their time on the road to good use in a game about brands with different regional names around the United States.

Heard on Sean Hayes & Ed Helms: Podcast No. 9.

Sierra Teller Ornelas: Rutherford Falls

Apr 30, 2021

Writer and producer Sierra Teller Ornelas learned some of the skills she needed to succeed in Hollywood in an unlikely place: growing up working "in the booth" at Native American art markets.

"Just being at art markets and being able to sell, and trying to quickly distill the story of your nation, your family, this piece that you're selling and explaining the importance of it, it really did help in terms of pitching," she told NPR's Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg.

Good Tries

Apr 30, 2021

Product marketing is a group effort, with teams of people coming up with innovative ideas and often tons of marketing dollars behind them. Actor Mary Holland and director Maureen Bharoocha (Golden Arm) guess if the failed products described are real or fake.

Heard on Maria Bamford & Richard Kind: Yogurt Is Gold, Baby.

The Chortle Instruments

Apr 30, 2021

Actor Mary Holland and director Maureen Bharoocha (Golden Arm) listen to clips of unusual musical instruments. The title of this game is a gratuitous pun of a series of young adult fantasy novels.

Heard on Maria Bamford & Richard Kind: Yogurt Is Gold, Baby.

Yo-Yo Ma: Beginner's Mind

Apr 16, 2021

World-renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma began his musical journey at just 2-and-a-half years old when his parents placed a violin in his hands, "I was very bad and I gave it up. And my parents thought, "well the boy is just not musically talented." He rebounded quickly when at the age of 4, Ma was introduced to the cello.

Musical curiosity runs deep in the Ma family. Recently, Ma's grandson took an interest in his cello. "He figured out how to open the case, take the cello out and everything," Ma said. "He wants to take over. I don't need the competition. Just stay away, I need my job!"

Eddie Huang

Mar 5, 2021

In 2009, Eddie Huang opened Baohaus, a Taiwanese bun shop in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Huang said his attraction to cooking began with his mother. "She would taste something at a restaurant and be able to make it. And I think that gene or whatever my mom's magic is, it got passed to me." The secret to being able to recreate the magic? According to Huang, it's about paying attention. "When you're eating to pay attention, you know to savor it, think about it. And if you do that, you can probably make it again."

B-Gs

Mar 5, 2021

Writers and comedians Keith and Kenny Lucas are stayin' alive as house musician Jonathan Coulton sings songs from the Bee Gees rewritten to be about things with the initials B.G.

Heard on Eddie Huang & 'Judas And The Black Messiah' Writers: Who Tells Your Story.

Story writers of Judas and The Black Messiah Keith and Kenny Lucas decide whether each clue is a pseudonym of a real hacker, a mushroom, or the name of an anime.

Heard on Eddie Huang & 'Judas And The Black Messiah' Writers: Who Tells Your Story.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Feb 26, 2021

In the pilot of Modern Family, which will have aired 12 years ago this September, Mitchell Pritchett — played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson — brings home his adopted daughter, Lily. Today, as a new father himself, Ferguson is able to reflect on being a real dad versus playing one on TV.

"The great thing about having babies on TV is when they start crying, someone sweeps in and takes them away from you. And there's not that person in real life," Ferguson laughed, "but it's been a joy. It's so much fun."

Gettin' Greasy

Feb 26, 2021

Comics Samantha Ruddy and Luke Mones are hopelessly devoted to hearing Jonathan Coulton remix classic Grease songs to be about, you guessed it, Greece!

Heard on Home Cooking With Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Superstore's Nico Santos

What's The Word?

Feb 26, 2021

Comics Samantha Ruddy and Luke Mones compete in this game about words that are spelled and pronounced the same, but have different meanings.

Heard on Home Cooking With Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Superstore's Nico Santos

Kyra Sedgwick

Feb 19, 2021

Kyra Segwick's acting career has spanned nearly four decades but it all started on the soap opera Another World when she was just 16 years old. "I felt like a misfit toy. Because suddenly you're different from everyone else. But I was dead serious."

You Made This

Feb 19, 2021

From the film Save Yourselves! actors Sunita Mani and John Reynolds play a game about commonly-known things that are named after less commonly-known people. Will they know John Philip Sousas from Adolphe Sax? Or will they PHONE it in?

Heard on Kyra Sedgwick: Empty Nest, Barn Full Of Goats

Viral Moments

Feb 19, 2021

Believe it or not, there have been some things on the internet that AREN'T terrible. Actors Sunita Mani and John Reynolds (Save Yourselves!) compete in a game about delightful "viral" internet moments.

Heard on Kyra Sedgwick: Empty Nest, Barn Full Of Goats

Broadway Brands

Feb 5, 2021

Kulap Vilaysack and SuChin Pak (Add to Cart podcast) work together in a music parody game that changes the lyrics to popular showtunes to be about brands.

Heard on Keegan-Michael Key: Key & Peele & Penguins & Shakespeare

TV On TV On The Radio

Feb 5, 2021

In this meta audio game, hosts of the podcast Add to Cart, Kulap Vilaysack and SuChin Pak, hear clips from fictional TV shows that appear within real TV shows.

Heard on Keegan-Michael Key: Key & Peele & Penguins & Shakespeare

Move To The Music

Feb 5, 2021

Lets face it, moving is a total drag unless you have a friend willing to help you in exchange for pizza. Brendan Scannell and Matt Wilkas (Bonding) play a music parody game where lyrics from songs about moving are changed to be about moving into a new home.

Heard on Keegan-Michael Key: Key & Peele & Penguins & Shakespeare

Ken Jeong

Jan 29, 2021

Jeong's first taste of comedy began with a mock-male beauty competition in high school called the "Mr. Buccaneer Pageant."

"That was where I discovered my own comedy bug," Jeong told NPR's Ask Me Another host, Ophira Eisenberg. "I was posing like Arnold Schwarzenegger and just doing all these things and I got a standing O. And I ended up singing a Lionel Richie song, The Commodores' 'Three Times a Lady' on piano, and that got another standing O."

Erroneous Atlas

Jan 29, 2021

Road trip! Comedians Cameron Esposito (Queery podcast) and Beth Stelling (HBO Max Girl Daddy) navigate a multiple-choice game about maps.

Heard on Ken Jeong: Mask Me Another

Film At 11

Jan 29, 2021

Ophira and Jonathan pretend to be news anchors reporting on bizarre scenarios based on movie plots while comedians Cameron Esposito (Queery podcast) and Beth Stelling (Girl Daddy on HBO Max) try to guess the film.

Heard on Ken Jeong: Mask Me Another

Michelle Buteau

Jan 22, 2021

On New Year's Day 2020 Netflix released the first season of the socially-distanced reality series The Circle, hosted by this week's Ask Me Another guest, comedian Michelle Buteau. In The Circle, contestants live in isolation and can only communicate via the internet: a premise that became everyone's reality about two months later.

Buteau confessed she wasn't initially onboard with the concept: "A competition, and you can catfish people? Absolutely not, sir! Rude!"

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