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 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 after characters from Bojack (hint: not horses), and why it’s important to learn the title of an author’s book before interviewing her in a public forum. Plus, Susan explains more about her upcoming book and Paul discusses what makes him love podcasting so much.
Do YOU Know the Difference?
What’s the difference between a “Labyrinth” and a “Maze”?
What’s the difference between “Distinguish” and “Discern”?
Areas of Expertise
Susan Orlean: Women’s fashion, 80’s music from the Congo and chicken husbandry
Paul F Tompkins: SCTV, Neil Gaiman’s comic The Sandman and the film Jaws
Appearing in this episode:
J. Keith van Straaten
Paul F. Tompkins
With guest experts:
Dr. Linnea Newman, Director of Global Technical director of poultry for Merck Animal Health
Carl Gotlieb, Screenwriter of Jaws and author of The Jaws Log.
Go Fact Yourself is coming to New York for two live tapings on July 21st and 22nd at Caveat NYC! For information on guests and to buy tickets go to gofactyourpod.com.
Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.
Theme Song by Jonathan Green
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun’s Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.
In this episode...
- Paul F Tompkins & Susan Orlean
- Dr. Linnea Newman
- Carl Gotlieb
- J. Keith Van Straaten
- Helen Hong
About the show
Twice a month, host J. Keith van Straaten and co-host Helen Hong quiz the smartest celebrities they know to find out why they love what they love! 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!
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