Go Fact Yourself

Ep. 43: Go Fact Yourself with Jena Friedman & Jack O’Brien

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Tracy Newman, Jena Friedman, J. Keith van Straaten, Jack O'Brien, Phyllis Katz, Helen Hong, Carl Gottlieb
Guests: 
Jack O'Brien & Jena Friedman
Guests: 
Tracy Newman, Phyllis Katz and Carl Gottlieb

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 dedicated to her work on the show that she was willing to risk her life if it meant getting the shot that she needed. Jena’s new series "Soft Focus" is on Adult Swim.

Jena’s opponent is Jack O’Brien, co-host of "The Daily Zeitgeist" podcast. Before that, he was the co-founder of Cracked.com. How did he turn the website into such a success? Well, he decided to take everything that worked about the original Cracked magazine… and completely ignore it. He’ll explain.

The guests will take a deep dive into the lore of the Jaws franchise, the history of comedy and why it is never a good idea to take a bath at a funeral.

What’s the Difference: Emergency

What’s the difference between a fire engine and a fire truck?

What’s the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic?

Areas of Expertise

Jena Friedman: The TV show "Ghostwriter," the history of improv and the ebola virus.

Jack O’Brien: The film Jaws 2, the film Rocky IV and Wu-Tang Clan solo records from 1993 to 1997.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Jena Friedman
Jack O’Brien

With guest experts:


Tracy Newman, Phyllis Katz and Jena Friedman

Phyllis Katz and Tracy Newman, original company members of The Groundlings improv theater.


Jack O’Brien and Carl Gottlieb

Carl Gottlieb, Screenwriter of Jaws and author of The Jaws Log.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Go Fact Yourself with Jim Rash, Jill-Michele Melean, Adam Conover & Jenny Jaffe!

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Date: 
10/13/2019 - 17:00 - 21:00
City: 
Los Angeles
Venue Name: 
Angel City Brewery

216 Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tickets are free when you RSVP HERE.

Join us for a live taping of Go Fact Yourself, a game show podcast from J. Keith van Straaten, Jim Newman, and Maximum Fun. Go Fact Yourself 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!

Hosts: J. Keith van Straaten & Helen Hong!

Guests:

5:00pm: Jill-Michele Melean and Jim Rash!

7:00pm: Adam Conover and Jenny Jaffe!

Please note, lineup is subject to change.

Go Fact Yourself with Greg Behrendt & Quinn Cummings!

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Date: 
09/30/2019 - 20:00 - 21:30
City: 
Los Angeles, CA
Venue Name: 
Center for Inquiry West

2535 W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Tickets are free when you RSVP HERE.

Join us at the Center for Inquiry for a live taping of Go Fact Yourself, a game show podcast from J. Keith van Straaten, Jim Newman, and Maximum Fun. Go Fact Yourself 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!

Hosts: J. Keith van Straaten & Helen Hong!

Guests:

8:00pm: Greg Behrendt & Quinn Cummings!

Please note, lineup is subject to change.

Ep. 42: Go Fact Yourself with Jim Beaver & Erica Rhodes

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Dr. Betsy Bogart, J. Keith van Straaten, Erica Rhodes, Helen Hong, Jim Beaver
Guests: 
Jim Beaver & Erica Rhodes
Guests: 
Dr. Stephen Brumwell & Dr. Betsy Bogart

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 he’s earned a reputation as a "tough guy"-type who’s usually associated with guns. He’s also done a lot of research on major Hollywood figures from other eras. He’ll explain why he didn’t let the technological limitations from his youth get in the way of his research of actor John Garfield. Jim Beaver can be seen in the final season of "Supernatural".

Jim will face off against Erica Rhodes, who’s currently tearing it up on NBC’s "Bring The Funny" and who had a memorable turn on "Modern Family". She’s been involved in show-business since she was 10 as a voice on the radio-drama "Prairie Home Companion". Erica’s newest comedy album is "Sad Lemon" and she’ll explain how she settled on the title after a little crowdsourcing.

The guests will discuss classic musicals set in France, American traitors and the finer aspects of going Dutch.

What’s the Difference: Going Dutch

What’s the difference between Holland and The Netherlands?

What’s the difference between a levee and a dike?

Areas of Expertise

Jim Beaver: Benedict Arnold, movies based on Raymond Chandler novels and "Adventures of Superman"

Erica Rhodes: The film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, philosopher Friedrich Neitzsche, and the poet William Wordsworth.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong


Jim Beaver and Erica Rhodes

Jim Beaver
Erica Rhodes

With guest experts:

Dr. Stephen Brumwell, award-winning author of several books on American history.


Dr. Betsy Bogart and Erica Rhodes

Dr. Betsy Bogart, singer and Film Studies teacher at UCLA.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Ep. 41: Go Fact Yourself with Jamie Kennedy & Melissa McQueen

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Jamie Kennedy, J. Keith van Straaten, Melissa McQueen, Helen Hong, Grant Rosenmeyer
Guests: 
Jamie Kennedy & Melissa McQueen
Guests: 
Brian Dunning & Grant Rosenmeyer

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 actor. He’s spent most of his life working in film and television with some big names like Frank Oz and David O. Russell. But how did he decide that he wanted to spend his life in Hollywood? It all goes back to his minor background role in a classic Robin Williams film. Jamie Kennedy can be seen in the upcoming film Ad Astra.

Jamie will face off against a frequent collaborator of his: comedian Melissa McQueen. These days, she’s known for wearing sequins and sparkly outfits while performing on comedy stages across the country. But she’ll tell us about how she used to work to help other people perform on stage… as a karaoke KJ.

The guests will chat about government secrets, child-actors and the value of passing on deceased relatives' clothing.

What’s the Difference: Impostors

What’s the difference between "duplicate" and "replicate?"

What’s the difference between a robot and an android?

Areas of Expertise

Jamie Kennedy: The MK Ultra conspiracy, pacemakers and lyrics to the Big Bopper song "Chantilly Lace."

Melissa McQueen: Lyrics from the Hall & Oates album Rock & Soul Part 1, the film The Royal Tenenbaums and The Pizzagate Conspiracy.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong


Jamie Kennedy and Melissa McQueen

Jamie Kennedy
Melissa McQueen

With guest experts:

Brian Dunning, science writer and host of the award-winning "Skeptoid Podcast".


Melissa McQueen and Grant Rosenmeyer

Grant Rosenmeyer, producer and actor who’s appeared on Broadway, film and television.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Go Fact Yourself live in CHICAGO with guest Peter Sagal!

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Date: 
08/10/2019 - 21:00 - 22:00
City: 
Chicago, IL
Venue Name: 
Sleeping Village

3734 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

Tickets: http://bit.ly/FactU2

DOORS: 8PM | SHOW: 9PM | 21+

Join us for a live taping of Go Fact Yourself, a game show podcast from J. Keith van Straaten, Jim Newman, and Maximum Fun. Go Fact Yourself 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!

Hosts: J. Keith van Straaten & Helen Hong!
Guests: Peter Sagal + TBA

Please note, lineup is subject to change. Seating is limited and first come, first served.

Go Fact Yourself Live in CHICAGO with guests Bill Kurtis and Sarah Spain!

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Date: 
08/09/2019 - 21:00 - 22:00
City: 
Chicago, IL
Venue Name: 
Sleeping Village

3734 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

Tickets: bit.ly/FactU

DOORS: 8PM | SHOW: 9PM | 21+

Join us for a live taping of Go Fact Yourself, a game show podcast from J. Keith van Straaten, Jim Newman, and Maximum Fun. Go Fact Yourself 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!

Host: J. Keith van Straaten & Helen Hong!
Guests: Bill Kurtis vs Sarah Spain

Ep. 40: Go Fact Yourself with Anthony Rapp & Jessica McKenna

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Helen Hong, Stephen Park, J. Keith van Straaten, Anthony Rapp, Cristela Alonzo, Jessica McKenna, Rory O'Malley
Guests: 
Anthony Rapp & Jessica McKenna
Guests: 
Rory O'Malley, Stephen Park & Helen Hong
Guests: 
Cristela Alonzo

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 book "Music to My Years" will be out in October.

Jessica McKenna is known for the podcast "Off Book" where she and her co-host Zach Reino improvise a full musical with special guests… even if the guests aren’t totally aware of what’s going on when they first join the program. Jessica is also a voice-artist who’s cornered a very specific portrayal: scrappy ten-year-old boys. She’ll explain what’s behind her expertise.

Jessica will face off against someone who also knows a lot about musicals: actor Anthony Rapp. He was part of the original cast of Rent and now stars on the CBS show "Star Trek: Discovery." You could say he’s a pretty accomplished guy, but he’ll tell us about his formative years where he got some unsolicited advice from legendary stage actor Yul Brynner.

The guests will also discuss American presidents, contemporary films and denim jackets.

What’s the Difference: Pay me back

What’s the difference between "loan" and "lend?"

What’s the difference between a charge card and a credit card?

Areas of Expertise

Jessica McKenna: American Presidents, the musical Hamilton and Christmas & Christmas movies

Anthony Rapp: The Coen Brothers movies, the Chicago Cubs baseball team from the early 2000’s to the present and the Mass Effect video-game series.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Cristela Alonzo
Jessica McKenna
Anthony Rapp

With guest experts:


Jessica McKenna and Rory O'Malley

Rory O’Malley, Tony Award-nominated actor who’s performed in the stage shows Hamilton and The Book of Mormon.


Helen Hong, Stephen Park and Anthony Rapp

Stephen Park, actor who’s known for his performances in the films Fargo and Do the Right Thing.

Helen Hong, comedian and actress who appeared in the film Inside Llewyn Davis and who’s the regular co-host of Go Fact Yourself!

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Ep. 39: Go Fact Yourself with Dwayne Perkins & Gaby Dunn

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Larry Thomas, Dwayne Perkins, J. Keith van Straaten, Gaby Dunn, Helen Hong, Amy Shira Teitel
Guests: 
Dwayne Perkins & Gaby Dunn
Guests: 
J. Keith van Straaten & Helen Hong

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 authority on personal finance. And her findings on commerce are supported by some conspiracy theories that are equally insightful.

Opposite Gaby is comedian Dwayne Perkins! His star has risen in recent years with him getting his own comedy special. That success has earned him a lot of love from his peers… and just a hint of resentment as well. You can find Dwayne on the podcast Movie Night.

Our guests will talk about money, sitcoms and iconic supporting actors.

What’s the Difference: Colors

What’s the difference between purple and violet?

What’s the difference between a tint and a shade?

Areas of Expertise

Gaby Dunn: The TV show “Law & Order: SVU,” The OJ Simpson Trial, NASA’s Apollo Missions.

Dwayne Perkins: Jay-Z lyrics, The TV show “Seinfeld,” Flavors of tea.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Gaby Dunn
Dwayne Perkins

With guest experts:


Gaby Dunn and Amy Shira Teitel

Amy Shira Teitel, space flight historian, author and YouTuber.


Larry Thomas and Dwayne Perkins

Larry Thomas, Emmy-nominated actor who’s appeared on the TV shows “Scrubs,” “Arrested Development” and “Seinfeld.”

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Ep. 38: Go Fact Yourself with Mindy Sterling & Dylan Brody

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Dylan Brody, J. Keith van Straaten, Mindy Sterling, Helen Hong, Kentaro Kameyama
Guests: 
Mindy Sterling & Dylan Brody
Guests: 
Kentaro Kameyama & Chris Claremont

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 perhaps best known for her role in the Austin Powers films. She’s also had several TV roles, earning her two Emmy nominations! The only problem was that those two nominations happened in the same year… and in the same category. You can find Mindy on Twitter and on Instagram.

Mindy will face off against author and humorist Dylan Brody! Dylan has made a career out of being funny. But he’ll explain why that’s changed in that profession as he got older. These days, he’s also interested in helping other people overcome their creative barriers to make what they’ve always wanted. To learn more, go to his website.

Our guests will discuss their passions, kitchenware and the finer points of telling jokes as a grown-up.

What’s the Difference: Home on the Range

What’s the difference between an oven and a range?

What’s the difference between a deer and an antelope?

Areas of Expertise

Mindy Sterling: How to put on makeup, decorating your apartment and "Project Runway."

Dylan Brody: Nikola Tesla, Korean Martial Arts and the John Byrne/Chris Claremont era "X-Men" comics.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong


Dylan Brody and Mindy Sterling

Mindy Sterling
Dylan Brody

With guest experts:


Mindy Sterling and Kentaro Kameyama

Kentaro Kameyama, fashion designer who won season 16 of "Project Runway."

Chris Claremont, New York Times bestselling author and writer of the bestselling comic book issue of all time.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

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