Ask Me Another
About the Podcast
Ask Me Another blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music into a rambunctious hour-long show. Play along as 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. 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. This popular, weekly program offers exciting cross-platform sponsorship through its on air and podcast program, as well as integrated live event sponsorship opportunities. Ask Me Another is recorded live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY and airs on 380+ stations nationwide.
About the Host
Ophira Eisenberg, Jonathan Coulton, John Chaneski, Art Chung, Will Hines
Ophira Eisenberg is a Canadian-born stand-up comedian and writer. She hosts NPR's comedy and trivia show Ask Me Another, airing nationally on more than 400 stations. When not immersed in trivia, she's a familiar face in the comedy world. Eisenberg performs stand-up regularly at comedy clubs in New York City and headlines across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Eisenberg is a regular host and storyteller on The Moth Radio Hour. Her stories have also been included in two of The Moth's best-selling collections. Eisenberg's own comedic memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, was optioned for a feature film. She has appeared on Comedy Central, This Week at The Comedy Cellar, The New Yorker Festival, Kevin Hart's LOL Network, HBO's Girls, Gotham Live, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Today Show, and VH1. Eisenberg was selected as one of New York Magazine's "Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny," and has been featured in The New York Times as a skilled comedian and storyteller with a "bleakly stylish" sense of humor. Her comedy special Inside Joke is available on Amazon and iTunes. Her debut memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, was recently optioned by Zucker Productions for a feature film. She and her husband, son, and Boston Terrier, Mocha, can often be found eating breakfast in Brooklyn.
Jonathan Coulton is the in-house musician for NPR's Ask Me Another. In 2005, Coulton dropped out of a perfectly good software career to write music on the Internet. He embarked upon a bold experiment called Thing a Week, in which he home-recorded and released a new song every week for an entire year, giving them all away for free. Even he thought he was crazy. But while a struggling music industry fell to pieces over file sharing and shifting business models, Coulton quietly and independently amassed a small army of techies, nerds, and dedicated superfans who buy his music even though they don't have to. Coulton speaks to the outcast in all of us, in the voices of characters we know from our own sad little lives: the awkward, lovelorn mad scientist from "Skullcrusher Mountain," the powerless wage slave from "Code Monkey," and the annoying former coworker turned zombie from the anthemic ode to office doublespeak, "Re: Your Brains." His songs resonate because he transcends what might otherwise be a gimmicky genre of songwriting - behind every misunderstood monster is a human frailty that we recognize all too well. Luckily for his patient and supportive family, his Internet superstar status has led to much real world success. He tours extensively in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Europe. His song "Code Monkey" was used as the theme for the G4 animated series "Code Monkeys," and in 2007 he was tapped to write "Still Alive," the closing song to the award-winning game Portal. That song won the Game Audio Network Guild's Best Original Vocal Pop Song award in 2008, and has been called the greatest video game ending song of all time. If you can't sing it all the way through, chances are your children can. In 2011, he was asked back to write "Want You Gone," the closing song for Portal's long-awaited and critically acclaimed sequel. Artificial Heart is Coulton's first album of new material since Thing a Week, and features an actual band consisting of actual musicians, the delicious high production values of a real recording studio, and the talents of guest vocalists and actual famous people Suzanne Vega, John Roderick of The Long Winters, and Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara. It springs from a brief run opening for They Might Be Giants that ended with member John Flansburgh offering to produce Coulton's next record - a collaboration that fans of both acts have been waiting for their entire lives, whether they know it or not.
John Chaneski was born in Hoboken, NJ and spent several years as an energetic hanger-on at the GAMES magazine offices. He was the puzzle advisor for Paramount Pictures movie, I.Q., and wrote questions (and answers) for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? during the Regis years. For the past six years he has been one of the "puzzle guys" on a syndicated radio show about the English language, A Way With Words. He lives in Brooklyn with his amazingly talented wife, two fascinating children, and one annoying dog.
Art Chung has written for and produced more television game shows than one should safely watch in one's lifetime, including Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Cash Cab, the World Series of Pop Culture, and Stump the Schwab. He also produced the 2011 documentary, The Pit, about commodity traders at the New York Board of Trade, and has written for such publications as the Village Voice, Time Out New York, and SmartMoney. He believes this is finally the year he wins his fantasy baseball league.
Will Hines is an actor and writer in NYC. He has performed and taught improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for something like 10 years, which is a staggeringly ridiculous time to do such a thing. Other things: He dabbles in stand-up, creates comedy videos and obsessively reads books on how to compile baseball statistics, a task he will never have to do.