61 episodes

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!

Go Fact Yourself Maximum Fun

    • Comedy Interviews
    • 4.8, 475 Ratings

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. 59: Jonathan Coulton & Ophira Eisenberg

    Ep. 59: Jonathan Coulton & Ophira Eisenberg

    It’s our first Go Fact Yourself that was streamed LIVE on video! In a battle of NPR trivia icons, musician Jonathan Coulton competes with comedian Ophira Eisenberg to answer questions about music, television and tentacles (seriously!)

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Ep. 58: Walter Koenig & Danielle Koenig

    Ep. 58: Walter Koenig & Danielle Koenig

    It’s the first ever father-daughter edition of Go Fact Yourself! Writer Danielle Koenig and actor Walter Koenig go head to head in a multigenerational family feud of trivia!

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ep. 57: Jordan Morris

    Ep. 57: Jordan Morris

    It’s another quarantine and redemption edition of Go Fact Yourself! Jordan Morris was on episode 24 of the show where he was quizzed on his love of the La Brea Tar Pits. Even though he aced his area of expertise, he came up just short of victory.  We’re giving him another shot at proving his trivia prowess as we have fun chats about drinking games, thinking games and cartoon fame! Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Jordan Morris With Guest Experts: Monique Powell, songwriter and lead singer of the band Save Ferris Yeardley Smith, actor who’s best known as the voice of Lisa Simpson. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun.  Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is engineered and edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself … whenever that is! Get our Go Fact Yourself t-shaped shirt! Visit us @gofactyourpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. And wash your hands!

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Ep. 56: Best of Baseball

    Ep. 56: Best of Baseball

    The 2020 MLB season is in question, but we’re happy to celebrate baseball on Go Fact Yourself! There have been a lot of contestants who have chosen baseball as their areas of expertise; we’ve quizzed folks like comedy legend Fred Willard, voice actor Phil Lamarr and Maximum Fun founder Jesse Thorn -- and more! We decided to put some of the best segments in one convenient episode. Along the way, we’ve got a murderer’s row of outstanding experts including World Series play-by-play broadcasters, world-class historians and world champion players. Let’s play ball! Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Phil LaMarr from Episode 2 Fred Willard from Episode 13 John Ross Bowie from Episode 14 Sandeep Parikh from Episode 26 Jesse Thorn from Episode 50 With Guest Experts: Jon Weisman, author of 100 Things Dodgers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. Dr. Joe Price, Co-Director for The Institute for Baseball Studies at Whittier College. Bobby Ojeda, former baseball player and current podcaster. Dan Shaughnessy, sports columnist for the Boston Globe. Jon Miller, award-winning TV and radio play-by-play commentator for the San Francisco Giants. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun.  Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is engineered and edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself … whenever that is! Get our Go Fact Yourself t-shaped shirt! Visit us @gofactyourpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. And wash your hands!

    • 59 min
    Ep. 55: Jimmy Pardo

    Ep. 55: Jimmy Pardo

    It’s a special, experimental Quarantine Edition of Go Fact Yourself recorded at our various homes and with no live audience! Jimmy Pardo is a comedian and host of the long-running podcast "Never Not Funny." He also owns the distinction of being a guest on the very first episode of Go Fact Yourself.  When he was first on the show, he answered trivia questions about 1980’s music. But this time we’re revisiting BOTH of his other areas of expertise to determine if he is truly the Facting Champion! Along the way, Jimmy will discuss how he’s podcasting from home, music from his hometown and favorite baseball hometeam.  Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Jimmy Pardo With Guest Experts: Jason Benetti, Sportscaster for the Chicago White Sox. Bill Champlin, musician, singer and songwriter who’s performed with the band Chicago. Oliver Pardo, son of Jimmy Pardo. Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun.  Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is engineered and edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself … whenever that is! Get our Go Fact Yourself t-shaped shirt! Let us know what you think of this experimental format. @gofactyourpod on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. And wash your hands!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 54.5: J. Keith & Helen on WGN TV and radio

    Ep. 54.5: J. Keith & Helen on WGN TV and radio

    Happy Max Fun Drive month! To celebrate, we’re changing up our episode schedule in March. This week, we’ve got a pair of interviews that aired as part of Go Fact Yourself’s shows in Chicago. First, J. Keith and Helen will speak with Larry Potash from WGN TV’s morning show. Then they’ll speak with Bill Leff and Dane Neal from the recently ended "Bill & Wendy Show." Both interviews will feature special mini-versions of our usual trivia games! Go Fact Yourself will be back with full episodes on March 20th and 27th -- just in time for the Max Fun Drive! Make sure to contribute at maximumfun.org/join Appearing in this episode: J. Keith van Straaten Helen Hong Larry Potash Bill Leff Dane Neal Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun.  Theme Song by Jonathan Green. Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher. The show is edited by Julian Burrell. Go to gofactyourpod.com for information and tickets to the next recording of Go Fact Yourself! Get our Go Fact Yourself t-shaped shirt!

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
475 Ratings

475 Ratings

sgrandih ,

Funny AND learning

I listen to a lot of game show podcasts, but Go Fact Yourself is different. Between the “what’s the difference” round, the deep dives with experts, and the laughs I keep coming back for more!

JRoyan1208 ,

Smarty Pants Welcome!

I love Helen Hong - I cheer out load whenever she’s on WWDTM! Well-paced and hosted this will at least you you laughing in confusion once per episode.

JCornell ,

Helen Hong is America’s Sweetheart!

Go Fact Yourself is funny and clever and does not take itself seriously. Helen Hong is marvelous as scorekeeper, we can’t get enough of her, and J. Keith is very quick on his feet and must moonlight for the CIA because every other episode he has just returned from a trip to Africa or Iceland or who knows where. The eclectic guests are fascinating (who knew Oscar Nunez studied fashion in college?) and loose in a three-sheets-to-the-wind sort of way, perhaps because the show is recorded at a downtown LA brew pub.

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