Ep. 59: Jonathan Coulton & Ophira Eisenberg

Episode 59

15th May 2020

This episode of Go Fact Yourself previously streamed live on video, in partnership with NPR station KPCC and LAist! You can watch the entire unedited episode here! Jonathan Coulton (a.k.a. “JoCo”) is folk/comedy musician who has a lot of experience in the world of trivia: he’s been the in-house musician for the NPR program Ask […]

Episode notes

This episode of Go Fact Yourself previously streamed live on video, in partnership with NPR station KPCC and LAist! You can watch the entire unedited episode here!

Jonathan Coulton (a.k.a. “JoCo”) is folk/comedy musician who has a lot of experience in the world of trivia: he’s been the in-house musician for the NPR program Ask Me Another since 2012. Jonathan’s also known as the founder and namesake of the JoCo Cruise, a geek and culture convention on a cruise ship. How did Jonathan get so successful to the point that he got a cruise named after him? He’s not entirely sure — but he’s doing his best to celebrate it!

Opposite Jonathan is his Ask Me Another colleague, comedian Ophira Eisenberg. You may recall that Ophira was previously on episode 23. Now, she’s returned new insight about why celebrities are so terrified of trivia and her never-ending quest to become famous in her homeland of Canada.

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Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten

Helen Hong

Jonathan Coulton

Ophira Eisenberg

With Guest Experts:

Mark Rivera

Mark Rivera — Multi-instrumentalist musician best known for his work with Billy Joel.

Suzanne Somers

Suzanne Somers — Actor, author, singer and entrepreneur, known for her role of Chrissy Snow on “Three’s Company.”

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. 

This episode’s livestream was produced in partnership with KPCC and LAist. 

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

Maximum Fun’s Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

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In this episode...

Guests

  • Jonathan Coulton
  • Ophira Eisenberg
  • Mark Rivera
  • Suzanne Somers

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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!

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