Go Fact Yourself



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! If you're in the Los Angeles area and would like to be in the audience for a podcast taping, get your free ticket at gofactyourpod.com!


  • Ep. 85: Colt Cabana & Sukanya Krishnan

    04/06/2021 Duration: 01h30min

    Off the top rope for the three count fall, it’s the reigning defending champion of trivia: Go Fact Yourself!Colt Cabana is a professional wrestler who appears every week on All Elite Wrestling on TNT. Wrestling is a little different in the middle of a pandemic; but even though he can’t be in front of a crowd much, he’s found other ways to keep his audience engaged. He’ll tell us all about that and why his mother thinks of him as the “Hebrew Hunk” of wrestling.Colt takes on a fellow TV personality: Emmy-winning TV host Sukanya Krishnan. Her first day on a job was covering one of the most significant events of the last 20 years: the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But not all of her work is so serious: one of her latest projects is being the host of game show “90 Day Fiance: Love Games” on Discovery Plus -- a show J. Keith wrote!Our guests will also talk about ‘80s hits (music and movies) and winning gold (championships and Grammys).What’s the Difference: Weather or NotWhat’s the difference between weathering and erosi

  • Ep. 84: Best of TV

    21/05/2021 Duration: 01h09min

    Get settled on the couch and grab some snacks: it’s another “Best Of” edition of Go Fact Yourself!As we all were stuck inside for most of the past year, TV was one of the only sources of entertainment that didn’t go away. We’ve collected some of our favorite contestants from the early episodes of the show who chose TV shows as their area of expertise.You’ll hear from tons of great guests like Cristela Alonzo, Pete Holmes and many more, as they talk about shows like “Mad Men,” “The Golden Girls,” and “Jeopardy.” Happy binging!Appearing in this episode:J. Keith van StraatenHelen HongCristela Alonzo from Episode 4Pete Holmes from Episode 9Louis Virtel from Episode 17Alison Rosen from Episode 24Glen Weldon from Episode 27With guest experts:Jim Colucci, Entertainment writer, radio reporter, editor at CBS Watch magazine and author of Golden Girls Forever.Allan Havey, actor and comedian, from “Mad Men.”Jerome Vered, writer and all-time winner of “Jeopardy.”Gloria Loring, actror and singer-songwriter from “The Facts

  • Ep. 83: Justin McElroy & Dr. Sydnee McElroy

    14/05/2021 Duration: 01h38min

    Make sure to listen to our second pledge break for a very special announcement that could put YOU on an episode of GFY...It’s all about that classic trio of music, movies and medicine this week on our second #MaxFunDrive episode of Go Fact Yourself!Justin McElroy’s podcast career spans multiple shows including the hugely popular “My Brother, My Brother and Me,” and “The Adventure Zone.” Through it all, he’s never lost sight of the things he owes his career to: a lifetime of insulting his brothers and the recently shut down Yahoo Answers service.Justin will compete against his wife Dr. Sydnee McElroy. She shows off her medical expertise on the podcast “Sawbones” (which she hosts with Justin!) and “Still Buffering” (which she hosts with her siblings). Sydnee’s also asked to display her knowledge in other unconventional places… mainly at family functions and to strangers who want her to check their moles. This episode is a special Max Fun Drive edition of trivia competition. To become a Max Fun Member and suppor

  • Ep. 82: Dave Shumka & Laura House

    07/05/2021 Duration: 01h30min

    Go Fact Yourself is joining forces with Politifact for the United Facts of America -- a (virtual) festival of fact checking -- May 10-13. To get 30% off tickets to the event and to see a special video edition of Go Fact Yourself, visit bit.ly/FactsFest and enter the promo code “FACTS2021” at checkout.And… make sure to listen to our second pledge break for a very special announcement that could put YOU on an episode of GFY...Whether you want to sing about Summer lovin’ or the Big Bang, we’ve got you covered on this special #MaxFunDrive episode of Go Fact Yourself!Dave Shumka is one of the hosts of Maximum Fun’s “Stop Podcasting Yourself,” which has been around for 13 years. While things have certainly changed in the world of podcasting, Dave says their longevity can be attributed to their show’s vague initial premise of “bland white people.”Dave’s opponent is Laura House, the voice behind one of Maximum Fun’s newest shows, “Tiny Victories.” The show is meant to be a celebration of the little things in life. La

  • Ep. 81: Lewis Black & Helen Zaltzman

    16/04/2021 Duration: 01h27min

    Sing a Broadway hit from your favorite local landmark and get ready for the newest episode of Go Fact Yourself!Lewis Black is famous for his brand of curmudgeonly comedy. He’s been a constant presence on “The Daily Show” since it was hosted by Craig Kilborn. But despite that tenure, people are still surprised to learn that he remains part of the show now that it’s hosted by Trevor Noah. He’ll tell about how his role has changed over the years and how he got his Emmy for an unexpected reason. Lewis’s comedy special “Thanks for Risking Your Life” is available now.Helen Zaltzman is a podcaster of the highest order. She’s the host of “The Allusionist” and “Veronica Mars Investigations.” In addition to hosting her own shows, she also does her best to provide assistance to her peers with her podcaster support group. She’ll tell us about that and why her grandmother’s gravestone is one of the funniest things she’s ever seen.Our guests will answer trivia questions about big windmills for small towns and big stage rol

  • Ep. 80: Heidi Gardner & Orlando Leyba

    02/04/2021 Duration: 01h24min

    Grab a roundtrip ticket and go for the gold, it's a brand new episode of Go Fact Yourself!Heidi Gardner is a cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” known for her kooky characters and celebrity impressions. Now that she’s in her fourth season with the show, she’s experienced it all. That includes some celebrity encounters with people she’s imitated on TV. Orlando Leyba is a stand up comedian. Between his appearances on "The Tonight Show" and his new special "Adorable," he has one goal with his comedy: to radiate joy. He’ll tell us about how that mission has led him through a fun career path...and some bizarre encounters with fans. “Adorable” is streaming now on HBO Max. Our guests will answer trivia questions about ice skating, flight taking and code breaking!What’s the difference: Code of ConductWhat’s the difference between a cipher and a code?What’s the difference between a train engineer and a train conductor?Areas of Expertise:Heidi Gardner: Figure skating, the 1992 Olympic “Dream Team” and the movie Plane

  • Ep. 79: Jason Benetti & Liz Feldman

    19/03/2021 Duration: 01h15min

    This episode is sponsored in part by Cancer Support Community Los Angeles and their fundraising comedy game show, “Funny On Purpose” -- hosted by J. Keith! Featuring scheduled guests (and former GFY guests) Ophira Eisenberg, Laraine Newman, Mindy Sterling and more! Go to http://bit.ly/FunnyonPurpose to watch the show on April 1!You’ve been served some out-of-the park trivia on the newest episode of Go Fact Yourself! Jason Benetti is the play-by-play announcer for the Chicago White Sox, and Jason had a firsthand look at the strangest baseball season in history. Even though there weren’t any crowds, each game did showcase some not-safe-for-work dialogue from the players. Jason will tell us some of the ways he managed to cover that up for viewers and what it was like calling a no-hitter in an empty stadium. Jason’s competitor is Liz Feldman, an Emmy award-winning writer who’s worked in comedy for years. Now, she’s reached new career highs with the Netflix series “Dead to Me.” She’ll tell us all about why she’s d

  • Ep. 78: Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

    05/03/2021 Duration: 01h20min

    **J. Keith is running for office! If you live in Los Angeles, please check out the Progressive Slate he’s on for Mid City West Neighborhood Council at mcw2021.com! Register for your ballot by March 9 and mail it in by March 16**Sing a song, watch a movie and let it go on this brand new Go Fact Yourself!Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony-winning songwriting couple. They’re best known for music they’ve made for Disney movies, including Frozen and Coco -- and now the theme music for “WandaVision!”They’ll give us a crash course on how they’ve written such memorable songs over the years -- everything from deciding which story beats demand to be sung to how to incorporate math into dramatic lyrics.This will be a couples contest for questions on commercials, constipation and comedy.What’s the difference: Number TwoWhat’s the difference between the name suffixes “Jr.” and “II”?What’s the difference between a laxative and a stool softener?Areas of ExpertiseKristen Anderson-Lope

  • Ep. 77: Yeardley Smith & Ryan Kalil

    19/02/2021 Duration: 01h25min

    Head to Tosche station and make a stop at the royal palace, it's a new episode of Go Fact Yourself!Yeardley Smith has been the voice of Lisa Simpson since 1989. Yeardley’s normal voice actually sounds very similar to the voice of her famous character, but she’ll explain the subtle ways that it’s changed over the years. You can hear Yeardley on “The Simpsons” and on the true crime podcast “Small Town Dicks.” Plus, she was an expert on episode 57 of Go Fact Yourself!Ryan Kalil is a ten-year veteran of the NFL. He played center for the Carolina Panthers for most of his career. Even though he’s spent most of his life as an athlete, his early passions were steeped in pop culture and comedy. He’ll tell us about how his love for superheroes led to him becoming a jock. Ryan is also the founder of the production company Mortal Media.Our guests will answer questions about the dark side of the force, the strong side of sports and the Walt Disney family of entertainment.What’s the difference: Tinder and BumbleWhat’s the

  • Ep. 76: Cady Huffman & Jonah Ray

    05/02/2021 Duration: 01h18min

    Check in with your doctor and take a seat in the makeup chair, it’s a new episode of Go Fact Yourself!Cady Huffman has been seen in TV shows like “The Good Wife” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” She’s also a Broadway star, perhaps best known as her role in the original cast of The Producers -- for which she won a Tony! She’ll tell us about how being up for a prestigious award doesn’t mean that you can take the day off from performing on-stage. You can see Cady on the webseries “Cady Did.”Jonah Ray is a comedian and actor who hosted the revival of the series “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” He’ll tell us about what it was like to see the famous spoof comedy show tackle movies that he grew up with. We’ll also learn more about what could be his crowning achievement: Being friends with Weird Al. Jonah is the host of the podcast Jonah Raydio.Our guests will answer questions about hot flashes, cold-hard facts and the best places to keep your major awards.What’s the difference: You got dissedWhat’s the difference between

  • Ep. 75: Alice Ripley & Lee Wilkof

    15/01/2021 Duration: 01h10min

    Set the kettle to a full boil and put on a quality flick! It’s a new episode of Go Fact Yourself!Alice Ripley is a Tony Award-winning Broadway icon, whose trailblazing performances include Side Show and Next to Normal. She recently appeared in the one-woman show, The Pink Unicorn, which is being adapted into a film. She’ll tell us all about that… and why she’s one of the reasons that this podcast exists! (Hint: She would be the expert if J. Keith were a guest!)Lee Wilkof is an actor who originated the role of Seymour in the musical Little Shop of Horrors -- and he appeared with Alice Ripley in a revival that was headed to Broadway … until it wasn’t. Lee has been acting for decades on stage and screen -- including the badge of honor for any performer: numerous appearances on “Law & Order.” You can see Lee in the short film Any Song and as an expert on episode 67 of Go Fact Yourself.Our guests will answer questions about high-quality tea, high-quality gold and high-quality movies.What’s the difference: Silv

  • Ep. 74: Freddie Wong & Erin Foley

    25/12/2020 Duration: 01h15min

    We’re down 40-Love, but we’re gonna turn this prison escape around! It’s a new episode of Go Fact Yourself!Freddie Wong is a filmmaker and host of the podcast “Story Break” right here on the Maximum Fun Network. If you haven’t heard it, Freddie and the rest of the panel improvise silly stories for movies. That includes sequels for movies series like Star Wars and Boss Baby. What’s their secret for such creative ideas? It all starts with the basic understanding that every creative idea is stupid on some level. You can also hear Freddie on the “Dungeons and Daddies” podcast.Competing against Freddie is Erin Foley, host of the podcast “Sports without Balls,” where she interviews women athletes and sports enthusiasts. She’ll tell us all about her favorite conversations that she’s had on the show and explain once and for all which sport is sexiest. Erin Foley’s comedy album “Deep Dive” is available now.Our contestants are joined by guest co-host Allie Goertz in a show that was recorded earlier this year in front o

  • Ep. 73: Ben Feldman & Lauren Ash

    18/12/2020 Duration: 01h16min

    Can we get a price check on podcasts? It’s a new episode of Go Fact Yourself -- featuring stars from the hit NBC sitcom “Superstore”!Ben Feldman is an actor known for playing quirky and lovable characters on shows like “Mad Men” and “Drop Dead Diva.” But he’ll tell us about one role that allowed him to showcase his talent of portraying a jerk… and Helen Hong was there to see it in person! Ben is in the upcoming series “Monsters at Work” on Disney+.Ben’s opponent is renowned comedian and actor Lauren Ash. Like Ben, she also stars in “Superstore.” She’ll tell us about how the show has helped her navigate uncharted waters, including life in a pandemic and stan twitter. Lauren also hosts the podcast “True Crime and Cocktails”This week, our contestants will answer questions about the joy of competition and the magic of true love.What’s the difference: CopycatWhat’s the difference between “Imitate” and “Emulate”?What’s the difference between cat hair and cat fur?Areas of ExpertiseBen Feldman: The play and move Glen

  • Ep. 72: Rachel Dratch & David Lindsay-Abaire

    04/12/2020 Duration: 01h26min

    Here’s the story… of a lovely podcast! It’s a new episode of Go Fact Yourself!David Lindsay-Abaire is a playwright, lyricist and the first Pulitzer prize-winning contestant in the history of our show. He’ll tell us all about the great productions he’s made for broadway and how he managed to win such a prestigious award... when he wasn’t even nominated for it.Rachel Dratch has had a storied career in comedy. She endeared herself to “Saturday Night Live” when she co-created and embodied the character Debbie Downer. She’ll tell us about how she developed the bit along with the signature trombone sound that plays in her segments. This week, our contestants will answer questions about classic skits, classic comedy and classic families -- that were all on TV!What’s the difference: Shear MadnessWhat’s the difference between shears and scissors?What’s the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath?Areas of ExpertiseDavid Lindsay-Abaire: Boston slang words, notable graduates of Sarah Lawrence College and the TV g

  • Ep. 71: Jim O’Heir & Dulcé Sloan

    20/11/2020 Duration: 01h21min

    Do you hear the people sing? It’s another edition of Go Fact Yourself!Jim O’Heir is best known for his role as Jerry/Larry/Terry/Garry on NBC’s beloved comedy “Parks & Recreation.” But despite the show’s monstrous fanbase, he says that he still hears people confuse it with another beloved NBC comedy. You can probably guess which one. He’ll tell us all about his career and why he was so shocked when he won his first Emmy award.Dulcé Sloan is a frequent correspondent on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” What’s one of her most memorable things about working on the show? It’s gotta be the costumes -- she’s dressed up as everything from a Christmas Tree to God with an afro. Plus, she’ll tell us about how she feels right at home with Korean culture, from the history to the TV to the food.Guests answer questions about (and shed some tears for) intergalactic voyages, international plays and the perfect Korean meal spread.What’s the difference: Trust but VerifyWhat’s the difference between “distrust” and “mistrus

  • Ep. 70: Michael Peña & Brie Peña

    06/11/2020 Duration: 01h19min

    Perfect your stroke and dance in Purple Rain, it’s time for Go Fact Yourself!Michael Peña is an actor whose career began with his roles in dramas like Crash and World Trade Center. But after a while he decided, much to the hesitation of his agent, that he wanted to take his career in a new direction: comedy. He’ll tell us about his memorable roles in the Ant-Man and Dora The Explorer films and how his entire career began because a family friend noticed he was good at impressions.Michael will compete against his wife: screen-writer and fine artist Brie Peña! She’s traveled with Michael a lot for his job and even gotten to live in other countries with her family for months at a time. What’s one of the most significant things she misses from her travels? Well… it used to be nice seeing how eager the English were to hug their friends. Our contestants are ready to answer questions about birdies, a Tiger and a PrinceWhat’s the difference: Couch PotatoWhat’s the difference between a couch and a sofa?What’s the diffe

  • Ep. 69: Eliza Skinner & Josh Gondelman

    16/10/2020 Duration: 01h19min

    Turn up your favorite song and raise a glass, it's time for more Go Fact Yourself!Eliza Skinner is known for her comedy and musical improvisation, but she’s also got a TV show out now on Disney+! “Earth To Ned” is a talk show with a cast made up entirely of puppets from the Jim Henson company. She’ll explain why, despite all the aliens and spaceships, it’s still a lot like its contemporaries… just with more coordination to make the host talk. Eliza Skinner’s debut comedy album, “Regarding My Lovers,” is available now. Eliza’s opponent is her friend and fellow TV producer Josh Gondelman. He works behind the scenes on the show, “Desus and Mero,” which has gone through some creative changes since the quarantine started. He’ll explain. Plus, he’ll tell us all about his discovery that a good pep talk can make all the difference in a rough situation (even when that situation is 2020). Our contestants will answer questions about life behind the scenes and classic shows on the stage and screenWhat’s the difference: G

  • Ep. 68: Frank Conniff & Courtney Henggeler

    02/10/2020 Duration: 01h17min

    Binge some classic television and brush up on your U.S. history, it’s time for another episode of Go Fact Yourself!Frank Conniff is a comedian and writer who’s made a career out of mocking bad movies. He was one of the minds behind the Peabody award-winning show “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” where he and his co hosts mocked hundreds of movies. And while you might think he hates all the bad movies that he makes fun of, he’ll explain why all the jokes are actually an extension of his love of cinema. Frank continues the tradition of “MST3K” on his newest live show “The Mads are Back.” Frank’s opponent is actor Courtney Henggeler. You may have seen her on the show “Cobra Kai.” While that show had a very dedicated following when it was streaming on YouTube Red, it’s since gained a lot of popularity when it moved to Netflix. She’ll tell us all about that show and some fun stories from her other projects that include pitches to Lifetime and turning off Justin Timberlake.Our guest co-host is a former guest! It’s co

  • Ep. 67: Wink Martindale & Arden Myrin

    18/09/2020 Duration: 01h14min

    Out of the park and onto the stage, it’s a new Go Fact Yourself!Wink Martindale is a radio and TV legend. He got his start as a disc jockey in Memphis, Tennessee and eventually became a fixture as a game show host. He’s been the moderator of tons of shows like “Tic-Tac-Dough” and “High Rollers.” He’ll tell us some great stories from his career before settling into a game show role he’s less familiar with: being a contestant. You can find more Wink on his YouTube channel and in his book Winking at Life.Opposite Wink is actor Arden Myrin. She’s practically done it all when it comes to her roles on TV; everything from a guest appearance “Friends” to starring on the Netflix series “Insatiable.” Recently she was featured in the Los Angeles Times not for her career accomplishments, but for her ability to decorate her home on a budget. Arden is the host of “The Bachelor” fan podcast “Will You Accept This Rose?” and is the author of the new book Little Miss Little Compton.Our contestants will  answer trivia about kil

  • Ep. 66: Jade Catta-Preta & Dave Hill

    04/09/2020 Duration: 01h11min

    Tune up your guitar and try to write one great song… It’s a new Go Fact Yourself!Jade Catta-Preta is best known as the host of “The Soup” on the E! Network. How did she develop into such a strong lead for the show? Well it turns out that she learned english by watching talk show hosts when she was growing up. She’ll tell us more about her time on TV and explain how she’s still making comedy in 2020. You can get tickets now to Jade’s next stand-up show in October.Jade’s fellow contestant is musician Dave Hill. If you think you haven’t heard of his work, you may recognize one of his tracks as the theme song to HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” He’ll tell us about how he landed that gig... by exerting as little effort as possible. You can hear Dave on “Dave Hill’s Podcasting Incident” right here on the Maximum Fun Network.Our guests will answer trivia about hit musicals, hit music and animals taking hits of sedatives.What’s the difference: Calm Down!What’s the difference between a domesticated animal a

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