Ask Me Another

Saturdays at 2 pm

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.

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Podcasts

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014 9:23am

    (Episode 321) Get your popcorn ready for a thrilling, action-packed hour, as our V.I.P., Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman, shares his formula for making an edgy, mind-blowing blockbuster film.

  • Monday, July 7, 2014 12:53pm

    Director Doug Liman has strived to include a message in all of his films, whether it's an independent film like "Swingers," or a blockbuster like "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." In this bonus clip from our upcoming episode, host Ophira Eisenberg talks with Liman about how he's tried to convey deeper meanings in his films, the political story behind "The Bourne Identity," and the meaning behind his new film, "Edge of Tomorrow" — how one person can make a difference.

    Hear the full episode with VIP Doug Liman starting Thursday, July 10th.

  • Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:03am

    (Rebroadcast, Episode 302) As the saying goes, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," and this week's Very Important Puzzler, actor Justin Long has a knack for impressions.

  • Friday, June 27, 2014 10:03am

    Starting in the mid-1980s, They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh and John Linnell used an unusual method of DIY distribution to share new music with their fans. In this bonus clip from this week's episode, hear them tell host Ophira Eisenberg how they hacked their answering machine, and why. 

    Did you know Ask Me Another has a voicemail box? Call us at 563-ASK-ME-22 (563-275-6322) and record us your own song!

  • Thursday, June 26, 2014 9:43am

    (Episode 320) Brooklyn’s oldest opera house is the stage for a new song from special guests They Might Be Giants, and WNYC’s Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich spar over who has to have the last word.